Sept 10, 2010 / Our Rights, Our Communities: Streetwise and Safe & Young Women’s Empowerment Project

Friday, September 10, 2010, 7-9:30 pm
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Fabulous Loft Space
147 W. 24th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues, 5th floor

Streetwise and Safe (SAS), Streetwork & the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) invite you to join us in celebrating $pread magazine’s summer 2010 Issue featuring our collective achievements in working with homeless youth, youth with experience of involvement in the sex trades, and youth who have experienced criminalization in the context of policing sex work and “quality of life” initiatives! We hope you will support us in continuing to build safe and resilient communities, fight criminalization of youth, and protect and promote our rights, leadership and self-determination!!!

$10 – $50 sliding scale, youth under 24 FREE. Please bring your checkbooks. If you want to buy tickets in advance or can’t make it but would like to support our work anyway, please donate online.

This fabulous fundraiser will feature:

  • The New York City premiere screening of SAS’ unique “know your rights” video THIS IS MY TRUTH, made by and for LGBTQ youth of color about policing and criminalization in the context of policing of sex work and “quality of life” offenses. Find out how to bring a SAS workshop to your organization!
  • Dope tracks created by YWEP members with Detroit MC Invincible. Learn more about YWEP’s amazing participatory research project and report “Girls do what they have to do to survive: Illuminating Methods used by Girls in the Sex Trade and Street Economy to Fight Back and Heal: A Participatory Action Research Study of Resilience and Resistance”
  • Information about Streetwork’s new and groundbreaking initiative to provide harm reduction services to youth involved in the sex trades.
  • Spoken word by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene. Yvonne is an Ijaw and Urhobo who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Etaghene has self-published three collections of poetry, toured nationally and performed in over 25 u.s. cities. Her one woman show, Volcano’s Birthright{s}, debuted in May 2009 in New York City. For more information about her work & future performances of her one woman show, please visit My Love is A Verb. Her performative work can be found on YouTube.
  • And last but not least, we have amazing raffle prizes that include: One year Bluestockings membership card, Tarot Reading by Remy Kharbanda, a basket of Tree’s Treats, a 30 min massage with Saul Silva of Healing Hands for the People, a 1hr Swedish Massage at Center Balancing with Gail Cooper, 2 tickets to Basement Banghra, INCITE Women of Color Against Violence publications “The Color of Violence” and “The Revolution Will Not Be Funded,” $pread Magazine’s commemorative back catalogue and exciting Babeland goodies!

Please join us and help us spread the word!

Sponsored by: $pread magazine, Babeland, and Bluestockings