Devices Arrived and More Fundraising Success

Dear Friends and Allies,
 
Great news! We didn’t have any financial blunders at all this week. As a matter of fact, we were generously graced with an incredible (and real) donation from James Cheng Architects, Inc. As of today we’ve raised $2,533.00 towards our goal! Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who’ve contributed this week and in the past!
 
We’re very excited about our new logos designed by the talented Jean Y. Kim. So, if you haven’t already checked them out, please visit our Facebook Community Page as well as the fun logo on the Rally.org page. Keep-Safe will soon reveal a brand new website, so stay tuned for updates on this new addition to the Keep-Safe Initiative. Our team ordered and received 8 sample devices this week in order to get a sense of what may be simple and user-friendly and keep costs down before presenting devices to stakeholders and sex workers. The Chinese New Year begins this Sunday, so we’re hoping to get the last sample device before then so our suppliers can enjoy this holiday!
 
Occasionally, we receive messages on the Keep-Safe Facebook page from other sex worker organizations and sex workers across Canada expressing their support of this initiative and how they or their organization can help in this effort. Here are some ideas:
 
1. Hold a fundraising event to benefit Keep-Safe Initiative: Ask a local restaurant/pub/coffee shop to donate a portion of their sales to the initiative. It gets the word out about your organization and help us get closer to our goal.
2. Share the Rally.org and the Facebook Community Page with friends, family, colleagues, university/academic allies, sex worker organizations and allies, and other listservs you are on.
3. Consider how something like this could be implemented in your city or province and how sex workers and allies you know would receive it. Take notes, ideas, suggestions and share them with us! We ultimately want this to be modeled and applied in other sex worker communities.
 
Finally, in the spirit of every group and organization who take risks, push boundaries, and challenge the status quo we leave you this weekend with a statement: “If you send up a weather vane or put your thumb up in the air every time you want to do something different, to find out what people are going to think about it, you’re going to limit yourself. That’s a very strange way to live.” (Jessye Norman, African American opera singer, 1945-) Sex workers have historically been limited occupationally, legally, and socially with little or no involvement in things that impact their community; however, of all the limitations they have faced sex workers continue to persevere and organize for their human rights worldwide. We hope that Keep-Safe will set a precedent in future efforts involving the sex worker communities.
 
In Solidarity,
The Keep-Safe Team

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  1. The website looks fantastic! Let’s raise our glasses to Kyle, our webmaster, for a job well done!

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