Why we’re raising money: We are fighting to pass two bills this legislative session, one to repeal the harmful “loitering for the purposes of prostitution” statute that profiles and targets trans women and another to expand criminal record relief for trafficking survivors. We are currently drafting the most comprehensive state bill to decriminalize and decarcerate the sex trades in our country to introduce this session.
To win, we need to raise $15K for the following work over the next year:
•Base-building and community organizing: we need organizing stipends to support people doing outreach to and developing leadership of directly impacted communities, particularly black trans and cis sex workers and Asian migrant workers in massage parlors. We also need money for meeting spaces and to stipend directly impacted people for their attendance at workshops and events.
•Public education work: organizing teach-ins, public art campaigns, sit-downs with civic associations and community boards–having the hard conversations with our neighbors that we need to have!
Who we are: We are 30+ organizations and individuals representing the movements to liberate LGBTQ+ people, protect immigrant and migrant rights, decarcerate our communities, fight for racial justice, end gender-based violence and save lives through harm reduction. We are led by a steering committee of people directly impacted by the issue, including trafficking survivors, current and former sex workers, and people profiled as such. You can read/hear more about us in WNYC, New York Daily News, NY Review, and Gothamist.
What we do: Through policy advocacy, community organizing, and public education, we work to improve the lives of people who perform sexual labor by choice, circumstance, or coercion. We have three goals: Decriminalize, decarcerate, and destigmatize the sex trades in New York. Since our official launch in February, we’ve changed the public conversation with 25+ advocacy meetings with elected officials, protests and counter protests that have turned out 300+ people, and 70+ pieces in press. We’ve met with candidates for the Queens DA office and received commitments to decline to prosecute sex work-related offenses. We’ve educated voters on decriminalization as it becomes a national issue via the 2020 presidential race. We’ve brought an unprecedented number of legislators on board with our platform, who have championed our issue in media and with the public.
About how the money is processed: the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is a founding member of the Decrim NY coalition. Decrim NY is not an independent legal entity, so SWP and UJC are receiving funds on behalf of Decrim NY. Donations are tax-exempt. Though organizations within our coalition provide legal and social services to people who trade sex, we do not provide services as a coalition. We encourage you to support the work of GLITS and Princess Janae’s Place in housing LGBTQ+ sex workers in need. Donate directly to their work here and here.
Our lovely supporters have thrown in the following incentives. Here’s how to claim yours:
Second, make a donation.
Third, immediately forward your donation receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to write in the email body or subject line the incentive you’re claiming. Each donation is eligible for just one incentive (except for the Decrim NY button, which you can receive on top of another incentive).
- The opportunity to be the guest on a very special Chapo Traphouse podcast with hosts Virgil Texas, Will Menaker, Matt Christman, and Felix Biederman (or if you’re feeling shy, you can just set the subject of the episode). First person to donate $2.5k wins this opportunity! Please note this podcast will NOT be digitally released, only in analog. Follow Virgil, Will, Matt, and Felix on Twitter.
- Limited edition cassette tape of the aforementioned special podcast in a collector’s case. This exclusive episode will never be released digitally, so it is very rare. Donations $50+ are eligible. Max 100 tapes available, first come, first served. Follow Chapo Traphouse on Twitter.
- Two tickets to a Margaret Cho show in Provincetown (Cape Cod, MA) this summer and meet-and-greet with Margaret after. Donations $750+ are eligible. First come, first served. Follow Margaret on Twitter and Instagram.
- Limited edition 8’5” x 11” print by Molly Crabapple, signed and numbered. The drawing is of our Decrim NY community member Jennifer at our launch rally. Donations $350+ are eligible. Max 10 prints available, first come, first served. Follow Molly on Twitter and Instagram.
- Signed “The Inquisitive Stripper” T-shirt by Jacq the Stripper. Donations $100+ are eligible. Max 5 signed shirts available, first come, first served. You can choose your size. Follow Jacq on Twitter and Instagram.
- Signed book by Stoya. Donation $100+ is eligible. First come, first served. Follow Stoya on Twitter and Instagram.
- Limited edition 2.5” Decrim NY “Sex Work Is Survival” button. Donations $25+ are eligible. You can pick up the button at Bluestockings Bookstore in Lower East Side, Manhattan. Follow Paul Glover, who designed our logo/symbol, on Instagram.
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