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Privilege, Oppression, and InterseXionality-Day 4
Date Thursday May 23
Time 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details
Center for Sex & Culture 1349 Mission, SF 94103
Event Type Class/Workshop
Organizer/AuthorCarol Leigh
Emailsexworkerfest [at]
Day 4-Last day
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.

Thursday, May 23rd Noon -4 PM (snacks provided-full group)
Center for Sex & Culture 1349 Mission, SF 94103
At this last session we will review the lessons from the caucuses/small groups and have a large group discussion about how to heal conflict and harm as a result of historical oppression as well as dream and scheme about the ways our movement can be a truly inclusive and interseXional movement. From acknowledging and unpacking our privileges to celebrating our multiplicity and resilience, this last session will also provide space for making plans to continue these conversations and work to see lasting change for sex workers in the Bay Area.

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.
Added to the calendar on Friday May 17th, 2013 7:34 PM
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