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St. James Infirmary

https://stjamesinfirmary.org/

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers of all genders. They work to increase access to primary healthcare and social services for Sex Workers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, formalize communication and collaboration among individuals and agencies who serve Sex Workers to better serve our community and promote peer-based public health initiatives on behalf of Sex Workers, which may be used as a model for improving occupational health and safety standards and developing comprehensive medical and social services for Sex Workers around the world.

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Waves of Identity

by Ronoldi Valencia

Identity

Puddles

Identity

Kept

Identity

Calling

Identity

Meet

Dreams that wait

Dreamer

Dreamer

Long time wait

Sunrising on

The East

My dream

came late

Dreamer

Dreamer

No time

To waste

Sing along

With the song

That made the

sun wait

Dreamer

Dreamer

My dream

Came late

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Turning Point

by LuLu LaFlamme

I am, after so much fear, pain, disappointment, frustration, and deception, what I always knew I could be: a beautiful female.

I am not a woman, but that is an argument for another time.

I am a creation of god and goddess.

I follow pagan deities: Changó and Kwanying and Maximón.

I am a creator of poetry and art.

I am an unapologetic girly-girl.

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L’Itinéraire vendor reveals reality of sex work to challenge stigmas

29 July 2016 by INSP News Service

L’Itinéraire vendor Jo Redwitch candidly reflects on her former career as a “sex dancer” in Montreal. Her essay is in reaction to Canada’s controversial new prostitution bill, which has been widely denounced by sex workers. Jo believes the bill “isn’t suited to the reality of sex work” and hopes more sex workers can “find the courage to speak out and share their point of view” to challenge common stigmas.

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RIGHTS AT STAKE WITH HOMELESS CONSERVATORSHIP VOTE

by Meghan “Roadkill” Johnson

When someone describes what America means to them, somewhere in their words echoes the word Freedom. We can all rest assured, being born American, we have our civil liberties intact. But now none of that matters as a chilling bill rises to strip our freedoms away. Back in the November 2018 elections, as propositions and new state legislative bills were being voted in or out, a very scary bill came out onto the horizon and it became apparent that the majority public was in favor of it.

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My Adventure As A Homeless Person

Darnell Boyd

It was one of those hot, sunny afternoons in a wonderful city that I dare not name. The name of the city is not important, but what happened to me was. A church bus pulled up and asked us homeless folks if we were hungry, and we said “yes.” So they set up tables in the parking lot and started passing out food. On the menu was pork and beans and a hot dog.

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YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD NAVIGATION CENTER?

By TJ Johnston

Unhoused youth checking in at a navigation center in the Haight. North Beach homeless residents accessing lodging within walking distance of the piers.

That could happen under Supervisor Matt Haney’s proposal to open the low-threshold shelters in each supervisorial district. If approved, the ordinance would require a navigation center to open within six months in each of two districts where none have previously existed. It would also mandate that each of the 11 districts open a center within a 30-month timeframe.

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Close Juvenile Hall: Call to Action!

by Anisha Tammana

Last month, supervisors Haney, Ronen, and Walton introduced legislation that outlined the plan to close San Francisco’s juvenile hall by 2021. Led by several nonprofits and community groups, the effort to end youth incarceration has been a passionately led cause. With a focus on community alternatives and compassion, advocates have pushed for a progressive agenda that emphasizes the futures of incarcerated youth.

According to the Young Women’s Freedom Center,

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Interrogating San Francisco’s Approach to Street Homelessness

by Chris Herring

Summarized by Armando Garcia

The Bay Area is expecting a lot of rain mid May. For those of us which are housed, the rain might mean more evenings with Netflix under a warm blanket, or remembering to carry an umbrella when we go out. We might notice the deep green color of the hills across the Bay Area, or the flourishing flowers tucked into the edges of sidewalks,

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A Mother’s Love

by Rodney McClain

A Mother’s Love is so pure it must come from above. The gates of heaven sits at the Foot of a Woman. That means the best attribute that comes from GOD thats placed in the soul of a Woman (is undoubtable Love). Thank you Mom for showing me how to love. Thanks for showing me the meaning of unconditional Love. I’ll do this to spread this Love to make our World a better place.

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