As a company who works directly and closely with Sex Workers, we understand and would like to acknowledge that systemic racism contributes to the violence sex workers consistently face. We must not forget that as sex workers we are all at war against capitalism, white supremacy, and police states.
We must stand with Black and communities of color if we are to ever achieve justice for sex workers. We at Assembly Four stand with the protesters; we cannot be silent while vulnerable people are hurting.
The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for Black communities across the world. The murder of father and musician, George Floyd, has pushed these communities to a rightful breaking point. Anti-Blackness and Anti-Indigenous racism has run deep in the histories and cultures of developed nations, especially those with colonial pasts. Many sex workers from these communities are directly targeted by police surveillance for simply existing.
We are involved in the fight for sex workers rights and have been since our founding, so we understand the enormous importance of intersectionality in a globalised society. We cannot fight for sex workers' rights without recognising the specific concerns of Black sex workers, sex workers of color, and trans* sex workers.
To support the protestors and help uplift communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality, for every donation up to $100 to Black and Indigenous focused organisations, we will match that amount in TLC to your account, capped at 100 TLC. Any donations made between the 25th of May and the 31st of June 2020 will be eligible.
How to take part:
If you'd like to donate and take part, please forward your donation receipt through to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure the subject line of the email is "BLM Donation" and you've provided a link to your profile. We will be deleting these receipts at the end of June to ensure any information is kept private. We will be checking to ensure the receipts are unique.
These are some organisations we recommend donating to but please remember it is your responsibility to ensure you are well-informed and happy with the intended purposes of your donation:
- Black Lives Matter
- The Bail Project
- Black Visions Collective
- Lysistrata MCCF
- Black Sex Worker Collective
- North Star Health
- Reclaim the Block
- Communities United Against Police Brutality
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- National Lawyers Guild
Indigenous Australian organisations to support:
If there are any organisations supporting these communities that you would like us to add to this list, please let us know. We acknowledge that longer term action is needed to further support black, indigenous and trans* workers. We will continue to work on features and initiatives to help these communities. If you have any suggestions on how we can do better that you would like to share with us, please reach out to us via email@example.com :)