Wednesday, January 9, 2008
This special broadcast is to bring about awareness to International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers (12/17/07).
I interviewed Judy Dunaway, founder of SWIRL (Sex Workers' Internet Radio Lounge) about this project, and their involvement with this day of awareness, and other sex workers' rights activism.
December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Originally thought of by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in . International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from over cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence. During the week of December 17th, sex worker rights organizations will be staging actions and vigils to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Existing laws prevent sex workers from reporting violence. The stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by the prohibitionist laws has made violence against us acceptable. Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against prostitutes.
Sex Workers' Internet Radio Lounge (SWIRL) is a not-for-profit educational and artistic project dedicated to presenting audio works that give a voice to sex workers around the world by presenting their art and opinions, as well as community news and information.
I also interviewed Robyn Few, founder of the Sex Workers' Outreach Project (SWOP) about her work for sex workers' rights. Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.
(The following are recordings from SWIRL provided by Judy Dunaway)
PSA (read by Judy Dunaway)
Ten Things You Can Do (written by Annie Sprinkle, read by Judy Dunaway)
Interview with Judy Dunaway
Dream Date: L. Elise Bland
Waiting: Axon D'Luxe
Anna Regina (of Working Stories) Interview (conducted by Judy Dunaway)
Interview with Robyn Few of the Sex Worker Outreach Project
Robyn: Pat Dull and His Media Whores (Gimme The Whores - Break-Up Records)
Autumn: Ladyshade (from SWIRL)
Gifted In The Ways Of Love: Candye Kane (Diva La Grande)
Hangover Hotel: Lydia Lunch (Smoke In The Shadows)
Texas Annie: The Wet Spots (Hello Kinky)
Part-Time Hooker: Betty Blowtorch (Are You Man Enough?)
Control: Jennifer Blowdryer
I Was A Columbus College Co-Ed: Lady Monster