Thank you for supporting us! Watch our newest video in collaboration with Kink Out highlighting our work and cause: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAznZiu-_-Q
Red Canary Song 红莺歌 advocates for the safety, justice, dignity, and equal rights of Asian and migrant sex workers in New York. In addition to all of the advocacy work we do, we are also engaging in weekly outreach and providing referrals, drop-ins, organizing community events and know-your-rights trainings, and are putting together a community-led oral history research project with the support of Brown University's Professor Elena Shih.
Up till now, we have been entirely volunteer-run and unfunded. The costs of outreach and meetings have all been offered by individuals donations and our dedicated volunteers, including food, printing, and event costs.
However, it is not sustainable for us to always run without funding. We also can not ask for free labor from the migrant workers that we provide services to. In order to compensate these migrant workers for their time, and pay them to take on positions of leadership in our group, we are fundraising to create more sustainability for our organization.
We are not a nonprofit 501(c)3, and we have held off on our application process for this status, because we are conscious of the problems of the current nonprofit system. We approach our work from the perspective of sex worker mutual aid.
We have created some exciting partnerships lately, and are currently developing programming for a migrant worker-leadership program to train advocacy worker-leaders. We are partnering to create free mobile van healthcare services. We are spreading the word about our crisis hotline, and organizing more fun community events around the holidays.
We really want to partner with immigrant rights orgs to train migrants in facilitating ICE Know Your Rights trainings, get access to a bail fund, and provide resources to migrant workers directly targeted by police.
If you donate to us, your money will go directly towards paying migrant workers, and helping us run this programming.
We invite you to please attend our fundraising event on November 2nd, organized with KinkOut: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-canary-screams-tickets-73691847299
On November 30, 2019, will be our third vigil for Yang Song 宋扬, a Chinese massage parlor worker in Flushing, who was killed in a police raid in November 2017 a year after she had been raped by an undercover police officer. Red Canary Song was founded after organizing a vigil in Flushing, Queens, commemorating her life and highlighting the recent drastic increase in police brutality against Asian migrant sex workers.
We would like to honor Yang Song's memory, and ask for your support in coming out to this event.
We work in coalition with Decrim New York to decriminalize sex work. We meet with our local government to hold NYPD's Vice Squad accountable and build a strong AAPI coalition of migrant workers. We work with our communities to educate the public. We participate in direct actions against the building of new jails, policing of poor, migrant, black and brown, LGBTQIA communities, and more.
We are a group of Asian-American and migrant sex workers and allies, and we have mostly been volunteer run up to late 2019. Your contribution would be crucial in all of our efforts.
Please donate and share today!