Chicago, Illinois - Demonstration to support survivors of sexual assault, protest rape culture and police violence, Slutwalk Chicago 2018, takes place for its 8th consecutive year. This year's Slutwalk Chicago gathering will take place at Water Tower ( 800 N. Michigan Ave ) on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at noon.
Slutwalk Chicago 2018 aims in large part to support Lee Dewey, a participant at last year's Slutwalk Chicago. Chicago Police arrested Lee Dewey at the Chicago Slutwalk 2017 march, which was the first time there were any arrests in the history of Slutwalk Chicago. Lee, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, is being falsely accused of biting a police officer and facing felony charges. These false charges are based on transphobia and HIV stigma. More background is available on Lee Dewey's legal defense fundrazr page.
Slutwalk Chicago 2018 will be having speakers at the first part of the gathering at 12 noon. The second portion of the day will feature a speak-out where participants can share their story and be with other survivors and supporters. We ask that press do not cover the speak-out portion of our day as the stories are personal.
Slutwalk Chicago stands for:
We stand with all survivors of sexual violence!
We decry victim-blaming, ableism, body-shaming, slut-shaming, whorephobia, queerphobia, transphobia, racism, classism, misogyny, body shaming, fatphobia, and general hatefulness.
We stand with all survivors of police and state violence!
We stand with Lee Dewey! We stand with Alisha Walker!
We stand with sex workers and all workers who have to struggle against abuse, discrimination, sexual harassment or violence on the job. We also condemn the recent anti-loitering ordinance passed by Chicago's alderpeople which targets sex working people and those perceived as sex working people by police.
We want freedom from police targeting and harassment.
We demand that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dismiss all charges against Lee Dewey immediately.
This event is endorsed by Support Ho( se ) Chi, The Sex Workers Outreach Project- Chicago chapter, Chicago Area LGBTQA+ Liberation Network, and Community Cave.
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#SlutWalkChi #SlutWalkChi2018 #FreeLeeFromCPD #FreeLee #CallKimFoxx | #DropTheCharges | #DecriminalizeHIV | #EndStigma | #LivePozitive | #SexWorkIsWork | #MeToo #StandWithAlisha #FreeLele #SurvivedAndPunished