We have some bad news to report. Maggie's, Stella, l’amie de Maimie & POWER ::: Prostitutes of Ottawa / Gatineau Work Educate & Resist had jointly applied to the supreme court to be an intervenor in Bedford case which will be heard this June 13 in Ottawa. Being an intervenor means being allowed to give evidence/make arguments to the court.
Unfortunately we heard yesterday that the court rejected our motion along with those of an international group of sex worker led organizations (from NZealand, Sweden and Australia) and a coalition of feminist orgs that support decrim. In fact, every single organization they rejected as intervenors were pro-decriminalization.
Accepted as intervenors are the far-right group REAL Women of Canada and Vancouver Rape Relief (who were last in court when they successfully argued for the right to ban trans women from being a part of their organization).
It's terrible news and a reminder of what we are up against: that sex work is not considered work but a "social problem".
Today is May 1: international workers day. Today more than ever, Maggie's will be proudly marching. In order to build our power, we must continue to stand in our truth: that SEX WORK IS REAL WORK.