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DECRIMNOW is a campaign and movement to decriminalize sex work and to promote the well-being and safety of people in the sex trade. The campaign was created by the Sex Worker Advocates Coalition, which DC Chapter joined in 2017. As a part of this work, last year BYP100’s D.C. Chapter collaborated to:
Launched the campaign website and a canvassing program
Co-hosted an ANC Sex Work Decriminalization Training
Hosted various political education events
Co-organized the Sex Workers Rise Up for Safety rally
Co-hosted the first ever Sex Workers’ Lobby Day on the hill
Co-hosted the End Violence Against Sex Workers Carnival
Organized a pop-up gallery featuring art by sex workers
Launched in 2017, MelaNation is our D.C. Chapter’s quarterly art zine (short for “magazine”) that aims to uplift the perspectives of local Black artists and writers, as well as engage Black folks in the D.C. area with political education. MelaNation has a complementary blog, as well as workshops. Last year, through MelaNation, the D.C. Chapter hosted a release party for their third issue, collaborated with Fantom Comics for a Sip N’ Create event, and did a reading at OutWrite — an annual literary festival uplifting work by people who are LGBTQIA+. View the zine here.