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Privilege, Oppression, and InterseXionality
Date Monday May 20
Time 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Hospitality House, 290 Turk Street, SF 94102
Event Type Class/Workshop
Organizer/AuthorCarol Leigh
Emailsexworkerfest [at]
Monday, May 20th 5-9 PM (dinner provided)
Hospitality House, 290 Turk Street, SF 94102

This session of the 4 workshops will introduce the InterseXionality series; an interactive and skills-based workshop that will explore and unpack what it means to be an intersectional movement - a movement made up of many overlapping experiences from our race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, size, education, health, legal status, religion belief/practice, country of origin, housing status, language, and our many other lived experiences that we carry with us everyday. Together we will do self-work and collective work to build common understanding of language around oppression and power as well as deepen our understanding of our individual experiences within this larger movement as a way of moving towards healing and transformation of the conflicts and tensions that keep us from having a stronger movement.

The San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival is offering a 4-day series of workshops, "Privilege, Oppression, and InterseXionality," organized in conjunction with Rhizome Consulting Project. a collaboration of social justice consultants working with grassroots and movement building organizations in the Bay Area.

The workshops run from Monday, May 20th to Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. All locations are ADA accessible. Childcare, translation and signing services are available upon request. We also ask you to assist us in making this a scent free environment (see ). Please email sexworkerfest [at] or call 510-410-4318 to request these or other options. Also see Logistics/Accessibility.

Current and former sex workers as well as individuals who engage in sex trade and their allies and families will be coming together to join this much needed and greatly missing lens on working towards the safety, health, and dignity of all people involved in sex work.

Cost: There is no charge, however donations are gladly accepted to help cover event expenses. We also seek funds from supportive sponsors and organizations.

Please call 510-410-4318 for more info

To register for InterseXionality, visit:

Rhizome "is committed to transformational processes and social justice movement building to uproot the systems of oppression that perpetuate state and interpersonal violence and generational poverty. We work to instead replace them with liberatory and beautiful structures and practices."

"Poor people, young people, immigrants, people of color and others in our communities are under attack with increasingly oppressive laws and policies being enacted and enforced to further criminalize acts of survival," explains Lisa Marie Alatorre of Rhizome. "As a larger movement and community of sex workers, we want to challenge those systems of oppression collectively. Rather than allow them to fracture our work, we aim to heal and build together."

Join other sex workers and allies coming together to build support, understanding and communication within our communities and to deepen our awareness of class/race/gender and how they overlap and intersect. We will build tools to challenge and overcome oppression as we work towards creating an inclusive space to organize and strengthen our communities. We will explore identities, the dynamics of power and discrimination and how they interact within the sex worker communities, addressing our diversities including race, class, age, size, abilities, religion/belief/practice, country of origin, housing status, language, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, legal status and more.

"As a sex worker activist, I have seen that issues of class, race and privilege have been scary and divisive. Our preparation for these workshops has been mind and heart opening and I really appreciate this guidance." says Carol Leigh from BAYSWAN.

"My mind was blown in the first 15 minutes of the ARAO training with Rhizome. Having been a radical leftist and activist for over 20 years, I had spent a lot of time thinking and talking about oppression, but now I realize that I had never really gone beyond the concepts of race and class," Shannon Williams from SWOP explains. "This training taught me that there is so much more to it than that. I have undergone some intense personal growth as a result of this training, growth that will make me a better person, and a better activist."

Locations and times vary. (See above.) Space is somewhat limited. We will also offer on site registration, but reservations should be made in advance. Interested people should call 510-410-4318 to learn more about this project or to register, click here to sign up or just email us at sexworkerfest [at] and let us know you are interested.
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