December 2014 Newsletter

We’ve had a busy few months at Peers Victoria – find out what’s going on with a browse through our December 2014 newsletter!

December 2014

 

December 2014 Newsletter

We’ve had a busy few months at Peers Victoria – find out what’s going on with a browse through our December 2014 newsletter!

December 2014

 

Photos from our holiday feast!

Thank you to the many people who made our Dec. 19 holiday feast at Peers such a success. We have many people to thank: Rainbow Kitchen for hosting and preparing the meal; Thorn and Thistle for the beautiful flowers; Country Grocer Esquimalt for donating groceries;  and Saanich Baptist Church, the Zontas, and the Little Elves for supplying the gifts. We had a full house and a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy these photos from the feast.

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Photos from our holiday feast!

Thank you to the many people who made our Dec. 19 holiday feast at Peers such a success. We have many people to thank: Rainbow Kitchen for hosting and preparing the meal; Thorn and Thistle for the beautiful flowers; Country Grocer Esquimalt for donating groceries;  and Saanich Baptist Church, the Zontas, and the Little Elves for supplying the gifts. We had a full house and a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy these photos from the feast.

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Red Umbrella March: Dec 17

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Join us Dec. 17 at the BC legislature for the Red Umbrella March to Victoria City Hall. Join sex workers and their allies in a march to say violence against sex workers must stop now!

December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, also known as the Red Umbrella Day. On this day, we are calling for an end to laws and unjust policing that prevent sex workers from reporting violence. These laws intersect with sexism, racism, ableism, and classism to perpetuate social stigma and create a cultural environment in which the violence perpetrated upon sex workers is seen as different from the violence perpetuated against others. Together, we will stand for autonomy, dignity, and the freedom to work in safety with equal access to justice.

The event is being co-organized by Peers Victoria Resource Society and the UVSS Women’s Centre, and will start at 5:30 PM at the Victoria Legislature. We’ll march to City Hall, where food, speakers and entertainment will await. We’ll have a limited number of $10 toques and $20 t-shirts on sale during the event – big thanks to Annie Morgan for the linocut design on the shirts, and Karolina Tokarski and Sarah Hunt for setting up the graphics.

In just the last few years over 140 sex workers have been murdered and/or disappeared. The Victoria Police department report that violence against sex workers has gone up by 56% in the last three years. It is urgent that sex workers have access to safe working conditions, legal recourse, health services, and “all human rights and civil liberties” (World Charter for Prostitutes’ Rights).

At this vibrant event, we will both honour the lives lost and celebrate our vital movement. The red umbrella is an international symbol of sex workers rights; please WEAR RED and bring your red umbrella to the rally and be a part of the movement!

For more information about Red Umbrella Day and how you can support sex workers’ rights, visit:
http://www.swopusa.org/dec17/

Red Umbrella March: Dec 17

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Join us Dec. 17 at the BC legislature for the Red Umbrella March to Victoria City Hall. Join sex workers and their allies in a march to say violence against sex workers must stop now!

December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, also known as the Red Umbrella Day. On this day, we are calling for an end to laws and unjust policing that prevent sex workers from reporting violence. These laws intersect with sexism, racism, ableism, and classism to perpetuate social stigma and create a cultural environment in which the violence perpetrated upon sex workers is seen as different from the violence perpetuated against others. Together, we will stand for autonomy, dignity, and the freedom to work in safety with equal access to justice.

The event is being co-organized by Peers Victoria Resource Society and the UVSS Women’s Centre, and will start at 5:30 PM at the Victoria Legislature. We’ll march to City Hall, where food, speakers and entertainment will await. We’ll have a limited number of $10 toques and $20 t-shirts on sale during the event – big thanks to Annie Morgan for the linocut design on the shirts, and Karolina Tokarski and Sarah Hunt for setting up the graphics.

In just the last few years over 140 sex workers have been murdered and/or disappeared. The Victoria Police department report that violence against sex workers has gone up by 56% in the last three years. It is urgent that sex workers have access to safe working conditions, legal recourse, health services, and “all human rights and civil liberties” (World Charter for Prostitutes’ Rights).

At this vibrant event, we will both honour the lives lost and celebrate our vital movement. The red umbrella is an international symbol of sex workers rights; please WEAR RED and bring your red umbrella to the rally and be a part of the movement!

For more information about Red Umbrella Day and how you can support sex workers’ rights, visit:
http://www.swopusa.org/dec17/