I wanted to invite all of you to an awesome fundraiser event this Thursday, May 8th at the Chaos Cafe and Parlor on SE 26th and Powell at 8pm. I am working with a Ph.D candidate at PSU on a creative participatory research study focusing on the needs and aspirations of female sex workers in Portland Oregon. We are using photovoice method which is a participatory action research method that involves placing cameras in the hands of community people so that they may visually represent and communicate to others their lived experience.
The Goals of Photovoice are to enable people to:
- Record and reflect their personal and community’s strengths and concerns through taking photographs.
- Promote critical dialogue and knowledge about important issues through discussion of their photographs.
- Reach policy makers and decision makers who can influence positive social change through public forums and showing of their photographs.
Ultimately we will be showing the photographs at various venues around Portland and inviting policymakers, community leaders and advocates to come to these showings with the intent of affecting positive change in our community in regard to the rights of sex workers.
We are compensating all of our participants for their time and also paying for the film, processing and framing (we had all the cameras donated by some of you) so we are trying to raise some money to help us out. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to this project and the sex workers who will participate. We are asking 5-10 dollar donations at the door. For those of you who can't make it but still want to donate to the project you can make checks out to me Crystal Tenty and mail them to me at PWCL at P.O. Box 42610 Portland, OR 97215. Unfortunately these donations are not tax deductible as we are doing this project as students and do not have a 501 (c)(3) status.
This fundraiser will be a dance party featuring global beats by DJ Niko. http://www.myspace.com/gypsyfunkglobalbeats
There will be free snacks and wine and beer for purchase. You can also check out our myspace: http://www.myspace.com/sexworkartasactivism
Feel free to e-mail me or call me for more information at 503-997-4078
Hope to see you all there!!!