Here’s what I said this afternoon:
Like many people who lay claim to the word feminist, I am a white cisgender woman. I am also a sexual assault survivor, and I am a former sex worker, and so I want to complicate a few things for you.
I stand here with a great degree of ambivalence, because…
I am attending the biannual REFORM: DRUG POLICY CONFERENCE this year http://www.reformconference.org/ in Los Angeles November 2-5, on behalf of SWOP-Chicago. There will be 5 other SWOP-National advocates there from various other chapters, and we will have an exhibitor table http://redlightchicago.wordpress.com/
1,000+ attendees from over 30 countries will be there! I think it’s important for us to have a presence at this conference because these are people who already have Progressive leanings. Most are Harm Reductionists & forward thinkers. I think many of these people are predisposed to support SWOP’s mission of harm reduction and human rights issues as pertaining to the Sex Worker Right’s Movement; but they need to see and meet us and hear what our positions are. I’m hoping we’ll be able to use this opportunity to attract new funders and supporters.
I am soooooo looking forward to this! AND, I get to spend some time in LA, see some old pals. mini vacation and activism. Hulk Smash!