Direct Action Against Amnesty, and Rachel Moran at UBC
Nov 29, 2015 — On September 17th, a group of feminist activists came together to independently organize a direct action and speak at SFU Coal Harbour where Amnesty International's secretary general Alex Neve gave a presentation on Bill C51.
Our group consisted of working class women, non-white women, ex-prostituted women, and lesbian feminists.
We distributed flyers with information about the context of our protest to each member of the audience attending Alex Neve's presentation, including quotes from sex-trade survivors, front-line workers, and scholars who all agree that full decriminalization would increase trafficking and normalize rape and violence by making it legal. Members of our group were able to speak to Alex Neve on his way into his presentation. He listened to our concerns, but no official response was given to the content of our protest. We claimed space for the duration of his speak outside the lecture hall holding signs protesting Amnesty's support of the full decriminalization of all aspects of prostitution.
For more on the action and photos please see the following link: [http://www.the-bivouac.com/vancouverevents/2015/9/17/protest-amnesty-international-say-no-to-non-profit-industrial-complex-advocating-for-pimps-and-johns-worldwide]
On December 4th, the Guerrilla Feminist Collective will host Rachel Moran for a presentation and Q&A at UBC's Victoria Learning Theatre in the Irving K. Barber Centre. [http://www.the-bivouac.com/events/2015/11/26/rachel-moran-what-the-sex-trade-doesnt-want-you-to-know]
We are excited to make space for this tireless radical feminist activist, speaker, survivor, and author who has faced incredible backlash for speaking truth to power, exposing the multi-billion dollar global sex trade industry for what it is: systemized and commodified rape, exploitation, and subordination of women and girls worldwide.
This event will be taking place in an increasingly neoliberal campus where we feel students are indoctrinated to believe prostitution is just work like any other. More and more students, in an effort to keep up with rising tuition costs, turn to 'sex work', so that they can attend classes in which they're told this is normal and good, even empowering. More and more students, in an effort to create 'safe space', censor any dissent against accepted modes of thinking. Modes of thinking which unfortunately include the belief that anyone who speaks against the sex industry must be 'whorephobic' or a 'swerf' (sex worker exclusionary radical feminist), and therefore must be silenced.
Please share this event with your networks if you are in or around the Vancouver area. You can RSVP on facebook here: [https://www.facebook.com/events/1643997905888230/]
You can like our page to keep abreast of any future actions we organize, or if you would like to get in contact to organize something together. [https://www.facebook.com/guerrillafeministcollective/]
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