Grandview Calvary Baptist Church
1803 E. 1st (at Salsbury)
Trisha Baptie, Activist and Experiential Woman
Michelle Miller, Director of REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity)
Erin Graham, Frontline Mental Health Worker and PhD student
Krista Bones, Researcher with REED
Join us for an evening of learning and dialogue around trafficking, prostitution and harm re(pro)duction. This will be a great opportunity to deepen your analysis around the connections between domestic and international trafficking in women and to discuss possible solutions.
All of us are concerned for women trafficked into the sex industry and want their lives to be easier and better. These speakers are interested in expanding our conversation to include not only a reduction of harm but also an expanded conception of liberation both locally and globally.
For more info contact: Michelle Miller 604.725.3838
REED is partnering with MTV and Radiohead to promote awareness about sex trafficking to a broad audience. Tonight the band has a show in Vancouver and REED will be doing public awareness. Watch for us at the gig!
There is still time to sponsor Natalie’s marathon in support of REED! Get your donations in by September 1 to be a part of this creative effort to end sex trafficking and the global exploitation of women.
Thanks to all of you who have already contributed. We’re cheering her on as she runs on August 3.
Check back after August 4 for marathon pictures!
Canadian donors: Write check payable to “Salsbury Community Society” US donors: Write check payable to “Baptist World Alliance” Send to:
1424 Commercial Drive
P.O. Box 21732
Vancouver, BC V5N 4J8
“Decriminalization, Colonization, and the Normalization of Sexual Exploitation: The World’s Oldest Oppression Attempts to Go Legal.”
Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 pm
Learning Resource Centre,
(under the library)
Britannia Community Centre,
1661 Napier Ave.,
You are invited on Wednesday night to a roundtable discussion among union members, women’s organisations, community organisations, and organisations of formerly prostituted women about the recent drive to “decriminalise” and legalize prostitution.
Attempts to normalize prostitution elsewhere through decriminalisation, legalization, and “unionisation” have resulted in greater numbers of women being forced to commodify their bodies in the market place, while legitimizing and strengthening the positions of those who profit from sexual exploitation and violence. Sexual violence has not decreased for most prostituted women in those countries that have tried the “quick fix” of decriminalisation or legalisation.
Aboriginal communities have been especially hit hard by the expansion of prostitution: Disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal girls and young women are being drawn into the “sex trade” in urban centres, many of them never heard from again. It is a trauma akin to that of the residential school tragedy. Decriminalisation can only exacerbate the harm that is taking place, not ameliorate it.
Let’s stand with our Aboriginal sisters to oppose this aspect of the anti-social offensive, and defend the rights of the most vulnerable! Join in the discussion on July 30!
Organised by AWAN (Aboriginal Womens’ Action Network); and Investing in Health, B.C.