PLEASE SAVE THE DATE

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF MARGO ST. JAMES
Beloved Sex Worker Activist
INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL GATHERING ON MAYDAY

May 1, 2021
All are invited.

On May 1, 2021, YOU are invited to participate in a major online event to honor the life and legacy of Margo St. James, a treasured foremother of America’s modern sex workers rights movement. Margo passed away on January 11, 2021 after an incredible legacy of service to the sex worker community. This memorial event will bring together activists, allies and social justice warriors, from around the world, to honor Margo St. James and to show the vastness of the international movement to destigmatize and decriminalize sex work that she helped to build. We invite everyone to join us. You can participate as a viewer, content creator, patron or all three.

We can think of no better way to celebrate Margo than to put our time, talent and energy into a program of salutes, networking, art and invocations and innovations, in a 2 hour event. Tickets are free and we will also be accepting donations to for the St. James Infirmary, the San Francisco-based health clinic that Margo founded which has welcomed and inspired sex workers and activists since its opening in 1999.

We are already on our way to funding the budget for this production, estimated at $6000, but we can use more help to create the quality event we envision, and assure that this tribute to the life and work of Margo St. James is widely accessible and available for later viewing. More details shall be revealed. For now we encourage you to save the date, and perhaps donate to help us
produce the event.

As Margo would say, “We are soliciting for change.”

To receive morel details on tickets and how to participate please email [email protected].

In Solidarity,
The Margo St. James Memorial Collective

Partial List of MSJ Collective Host Committee and Sponsors: Carol Leigh of Bayswan.org, Gloria Lockett, founder Cal-Pep, Priscilla Alexander, Carol Queen and Center For Sex & Culture, Annie Sprinkle, Susie Bright, Carol Stuart, Samantha Miller, Kate Marquez, Kaytlin Bailey and Old Pros Project, Sex Work Project at Judson Memorial Church, Ceyenne Doroshow and GLITS,Inc, Melissa Sontag Broudo, Decriminalize Sex Work, SOAR Institute, Kim Teevan, Kate D’Adamo, Molly Bode, Naomi Akers, Veronica Vera, Red Schulte for Support Ho(s)e Collective, Johanna Breyer, Dolores French, Lottie Da, Stephany J.Ashley, Kat Sunlove.

From St. James Infirmary: Chuck Cloniger co-founder, Celestine Pearl, ED, Myron “Boo” Parker AD, Dennison Williams, Durt.

Artists: Amber Bowen, Hoshi Hanna, Kern Toy, AViD Arts, Jazz at Cursive Design Studio.

Our Mission

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers of all genders.
It is our mission to meet the needs of people engaged in the sex trade through advocacy, direct services, and social justice.

SJI EQUITY CAMPAIGN FOR SEX WORKERS AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE OF COLOR

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We are very excited to announce that we have begun our 2019–2020 fundraising campaign: "St. James Infirmary, in our 20th year, is fighting for the equity of sex workers and trans people of color."

St. James Infirmary believes that we will achieve health equity and anti-criminalization in California by focusing on providing comprehensive support to Sex Workers of Color. St. James Infirmary believes that we cannot fight for the liberation for Sex Workers and Sex Workers of Color without fighting for the liberation of Trans People of Color.

Towards those ends, we are expanding and transforming our services. We have FOUR major changes that we need your help to achieve:

First, St. James Infirmary is bringing its HIV services to Oakland. We have long desired to bring our services to Sex Workers to the East Bay, and we have finally decided that we are going to make a dedicated effort to gather the resources necessary to make it happen, starting with our HIV program.

Second, St. James Infirmary has a responsibility to ensure that the services provided to the Trans community of Color are appropriately run. Towards that end, we are launching a new housing program specifically for the Trans Community. Details to follow!!

Third, St. James Infirmary is expanding its outreach program in the Mission. Thanks to a grant from the City of San Francisco, St. James Infirmary will have increased presence in the Mission on weekend nights, additional resources, and, importantly, a newly-formed emergency housing program for Sex Workers at risk of harm. With your help, we can continue to build out our program and serve as a model for the rest of the country!

Fourth, St. James Infirmary is conducting a needs assessment and launching a leadership development program. We are privileged to be in a place where we can use our resources to amplify the voices of marginalized sex workers in the Bay Area, and look forward to providing those interested with what they tell us they need to bring their work to the next level.

With the above in mind, we are asking St. James Infirmary’s family and supporters to become sustaining donors. As you all have noticed over the past several years, St. James Infirmary has grown into an organization that has the leadership, vision, philosophy, and organizational capacity to make it happen. What we need is the money. The dollars. The dough. The bread. The cheddar. Whatever you want to call it, we need it. And we need you to give it to us.

St. James is on the rise—we are certain that you who have been watching us know this truth as well as we do. What we are asking for now is the resources necessary to push us through this period of growth so we can complete our transition into the organization that everyone knows we can be. We thank you for your patience during our transformation. We thank you for your support. We thank you for being you, because without you, there is no us.

Please support St. James Infirmary by making a monthly donation.

Our Trans Home SF

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Our Trans Home SF is a coalition campaign working to address & raise visibility of trans homelessness & housing instability. Led by St. James Infirmary and Larkin Street Youth Services we need your support.

Make a donation today!

OurTransHomeSF.org

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What We Believe

There are many factors which affect the working conditions and experiences for all Sex Workers including the political and economic climate, poverty and homelessness, stigmatization, violence, as well as the overwhelming intricacies of the legal, public and social systems. It is the philosophy of St. James Infirmary to build upon existing skills and strengths in order to allow individuals to determine their own goals.

  • We are fundamentally against the criminalizing of Sex Workers—regardless of our different perspectives on decriminalization or legalization, the collective view of the St. James Infirmary is that incarceration of our community further marginalizes and disenfranchised us, which creates barriers to capacity building, and exacerbates a public health crisis.
  • We believe in revolution through healthcare. We challenge the conventional healthcare model that divides patients and providers and fosters unhealthy power dynamics. Our peer-based model creates a safe, trusted, and honest environment in which to provide services, and empowers our community to define our own well-being.
  • We are founded on the principles of harm reduction—St. James Infirmary supports Sex Workers being treated with dignity and respect, in every aspect of their lives

Our Impact

  • We increase access to primary healthcare and social services for Sex Workers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • We formalize communication and collaboration among individuals and agencies who serve Sex Workers to better serve our community.
  • We 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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From Our Blog

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Village Sun Article About Margo

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

San Fran honors Margo St. James as N.Y. pols, feminists debate decriminalizing prostitution

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Press Release: “Prostitution: A Plethora of Ps”

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

Prostitution: A Plethora of Ps By Margo St. James Published as an Editorial in the San Francisco Examiner, November 16, 1995 There are many P words when it comes to Prostitution. Prohibition is a Prerequisite of course, for Popular Participation. Please Peruse Players in this Popular Pastime. Besides the Principal Person, the Prostitute:  Proffered in […]

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Press Release: Save the Date, A Celebration of Margo St. James’ Life

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

For Immediate Release 23 February 2021 SAVE THE DATE – A Celebration of Margo St. James’ Life Scheduled for May 1, 2021 Founder of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics): Witness History On January 11, 2021, Margo St. James, founder of the first prostitutes’ rights organization in the United States, died in her hometown […]

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Margo St. James Bio

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

23 FEBRUARY 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: KATE MARQUEZ/ [email protected] SAVE THE DATE REMEMBERING MARGO ST. JAMES, FOUNDER OF COYOTE (CALL OFF YOUR OLD TIRED ETHICS) WITNESS HISTORY, 1 MAY 2021 – 11:00 AM, PACIFIC TIME REGISTER AT www.stjamesinfirmary.org Everybody knew about Margo, who was culturally influential at the national level and a local celebrity […]

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A Wonderful NY Times Article About Margo!

By StJames | January 22, 2021

Margo St. James, Advocate for Sex Workers, Dies at 83 Please click this link to read the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/us/margo-st-james-dead.html?referringSource=articleShare

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San Francisco’s Own Legendary Margo St. James Dies

By sjidirector | January 14, 2021

Margo St. James, founder of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), has died.  Born in Bellingham, Washington on September 12, 1937, St. James moved to San Francisco on  St. Patrick’s Day in 1958, securing a room above the El Matador on Broadway. She would later join the beatnik scene, hanging out in jazz clubs […]

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Margo St. James

By StJames | January 12, 2021

With profound sadness, the St. James Infirmary announces the death of the most storied among our founders, Margo St. James. The St. James Infirmary is a part of Margo’s legacy. So too are her deeds and words that exposed hypocrisy with extraordinary wit. Much can be said of Margo, but her own words offer the […]

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St. James is Hiring!

By StJames | November 23, 2020

If you want to be part of a historic sex worker organization fighting for the most marginalized among our community then apply today! We’re building a strong team that represents the people that we serve. If you are passionate about social justice and providing truly client-centered healthcare, then please contact us. OTH Housing Director Job […]

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Request for Community Participation: New SJI Advisory Board

By StJames | July 16, 2020

Hello beloved community! St James Infirmary is in the process of forming an advisory board. We will be comprised of staff, volunteers, participants, and community. We hope to gain perspective on the needs and desires of sex workers who are trans, Black, POC/Indigenous, immigrant, youth, homeless, working on the street, organizers and anyone with great […]

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St. James is Hiring!

By StJames | July 16, 2020

If you want to be part of a historic sex worker organization fighting for the most marginalized among our community then apply today! We’re building a strong team that represents the people that we serve. If you are passionate about social justice and providing truly client-centered healthcare, then please contact us. OTH Housing Director Job […]

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