Conference planning time is here! We
are seeking volunteers to help plan and coordinate our July 2013 conference!
We are currently seeking a range of volunteers including an experienced
grant writer, fundraisers, social media people and much more. Please
email Sharmus if you are interested in volunteering firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add " Sharmus-Conference volunteer"
in the subject line.
You can also visit our volunteer page at: http://www.desireealliance.org/conference/volunteer.htm
As we begin our new year, it's impossible to move forward without
reflecting on what brought us into this new decade. The recent
years brought Desiree activists to new heights as we prepared
and presented our most fabulous conference to date in Las Vegas,
Nevada. Our presence at conferences, seminars, trainings, expos,
festivals, etc., has been felt around the globe. Our political
actions have surpassed groups that have every resource made
available to them.
A comprehensive national report on sex workers' (non) rights
and violations was prepared and presented to the United Nations
by the Best Practices Policy Project, the Desiree Alliance,
and the Sexual Rights Initiative earlier this year. Desiree's
involvement with the UN and making suggestions for the Universal
Periodic Review (The UPR calls for a review of member nations’
human rights records every four years, and this is the first
time the U.S. has participated), holding the US accountable
for its human rights track record, is one of the single most
important recognitions of our movement.
We must honorably mention our members and allies throughout
the world who have shared the media spotlights advocating for
national and global human rights. Desiree members supported
and attended Transgender Day of Remembrances in November and
SWOP's December 17th International Day to End Violence Against
Sex Workers, en masse with vigils, remembrances, and memorials
around the world. Leadership exchanged hands and we closed the
year with fresh ideas for the future of our organization.
The Desiree Alliance would like to thank everyone for their
enduring support. Our voices are being heard loud and clear
everywhere, and our movement is unstoppable. We are not confined
in solidarity but defined in it. Continued success in 2012 and
Sharmus Outlaw & Cris Sardina
Co-directors, Desiree Alliance
Email me your video poem at email@example.com
Also check out www.transgenderdor.org
for more information
about the International Transgender Day of Remembrance and organizations
that are helping put it on around the globe.
Tucson's PRIDE in the Desert parade Oct. 08, 2010
Our ally, Scott Groleau, graciously provided space for Desiree
& SWOP at his table at Sacramento's Rainbow Festival Sept.
Way to go Scott - Thank You for your support!!
Lockett is the former co-director of the prostitutes rights
organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and Executive
Director of the California Prostitute Education Project (CAL-PEP),
an Oakland-based, non-profit AIDS and HIV prevention organization
that works with street prostitutes. Lockett served on San Francisco
District Attorney Terence Hallinan's Task Force on Prostitution
and as a member of Governor George Deukmejian's California AIDS
Leadership Task Force. She has been published in several anthologies,
including The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves,
edited by Evelyn C. White (Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 1990), Sex
Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry, edited by Frederique
Delacoste and Priscilla Alexander (San Francisco, CA: Cleis
Press, 1984), and Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and
Junkies Respond to AIDS, by Nancy Stoller (Routledge, 1998).
She was also, for 18 years, a prostitute."
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