Tomorrow, Vancouver sex workers will gather with allies, friends, and family to celebrate and reflect upon 130 years of fighting laws against prostitution in Canada.
The annual Red Umbrella March For Sex Work Solidarity will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday (June 9), starting at Victory Square (located at Cambie Street at Hastings Street).
The march will celebrate the history of resistance against Canadian laws by touring through Gastown where many sex workers banded together as they faced fines and arrest.
Participants can show their support by wearing red or carrying a red umbrella, which symbolizes safety for sex workers.
The march will be followed by a free screening of the documentary No Human Involved, presented in partnership with the UBC Humanities 101 Community Programme's Documentaries For Thinkers series.
The film chronicles how a movement arose when Marcia Powell was sentenced in the U.S. in 2009 to over two years in jail for prostitution, was locked in a metal cage in the sun in an Arizona prison for several hours, was denied access to water and refused assistance, and later collapsed and died from the intense heat.
The screening will be held at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street).
For more information, visit the Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association of B.C. website.