Wed. Dec 17th — 6:30 meet up, 7pm procession, 8:30 vigil
Starts and ends at the Merchant Cafe – 109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104
Open to the Public. Allies, supporters, current and retired sex workers encouraged to join.
Every year on December 17th, sex workers and their supporters around the world observe the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a holiday of remembrance created by Annie Sprinkle to honor the victims of the Green River Killer here in Seattle.
This year’s remembrance ritual will feature a procession line through Downtown Seattle, which will start and end at the Merchant Cafe in Pioneer Square. We will pass through the streets of Seattle in a line, holding signs, red umbrellas, votive candles (with eclectic tea lights), and passing out literature. As we walk, we will out the names of those from our sex worker community who have lost their lives, both in 2014 and beyond. We will walk to Westlake Center and back, returning to the Merchant Cafe to close out our ceremony and honor the day with libations.
If you would like to participate:
— Meet us at 6:30 at the Merchant Cafe in Pioneer Square
— Wear warm black and/or red clothing
— wear comfortable walking shoes (this is about a 2 mile walk)
— Or, if you are shy or unable to walk the 2 miles, please feel free to help us document our journey with photographs or video. You may also opt to just meet us at the Merchant Cafe for the final segment of the ceremony.