International Whores Day Anniversary Celebration – June 2, 2019

Several of the attendees at the Celebration Picnic in Brooklyn on June 2.

On June 2, 1975, more than 200 street-based sex workers in Lyon, France, occupied the church of St. Nazier to protest police corruption and brutality. They hung a banner declaring, in French, “Our Children Do Not Want Their Mothers in Jail.” Every year since then, sex workers and their allies have celebrated the continued survival and resistance we continue to face.

In New York City this year, DSW hosted a picnic in northern Brooklyn that approximately 40 people attended. Occupying public spaces and celebrating is an act of resistance that honors the hundreds of sex workers who occupied a sanctuary and inspired millions of future activists to do the same.