To learn more about HIPS Advocacy team and the work Tamika Spellman has been a part of, check out her HIPS staff biography here.
I’ll Be There Awards 2020 - Virtual Event
Wednesday, November 18th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST
Every year DC Jobs with Justice hosts the "I’ll Be There" awards, They are a chance to come together, honor some of the outstanding leaders in our work, and remind ourselves of our values as a community. It is their single largest event of the year, and their most important community gathering. This year, HIPS Advocacy Coordinator, Tamika Spellman, and will recognize powerful community leaders and campaigns that fight for justice in Washington, DC. Makia Green is a queer non-binary fat Black liberation organizer with Black Lives Matter DC and the DC Working Families Party. They are also a trainer for Momentum. Makia fights to abolish the prison state and end intra-community violence and wealth inequality by facilitating community dialogues, leading direct actions, and building coalitions.
*this link will take you directly to the event zoom which will open on Wednesday at 5:50 PM
Excluded Workers Direct Action leaders Makia Green (Black Lives Matter DC) and Tamika Spellman (HIPS) are honored by DC Jobs with Justice at the I'll Be There Awards
Drug Policy Alliance COVID Discussion Series: New Frontiers: Drug Use, Harm Reduction, and Essential Services in the Time of COVID-19 featuring HIPS Board Member, Dr. Andrea Lopez
Article by Jessica Martinez, HIPS Methamphetamine Services Specialist
Tamika Spellman, HIPS Advocacy & Policy Associate
Trans Women of Color Organizers Are Building a Movement to Decriminalize Sex Work in D.C. (Autostraddle)
FULL DECRIMINALIZATION IS FULL FREEDOM: TAMIKA SPELLMAN ON BELONGING AND TOWARDS BLACK SEX WORKER LIBERATION By Jamiee A. Swift
A pioneering activist and advocate, Tamika Spellman (she/her/hers) is leading a movement so that present and future Black and Brown sex workers in Washington, D.C., can truly know what full freedom and Belonging is and means in a world that tries to criminalize and control their bodily and political autonomy and agency. [Read Article]
Police Reports Raise Questions about MPD’s Tactics During Undercover Prostitution Stings (Washington City Paper)
“Nefarious people look for the weakest link,” says Tamika Spellman, who is a policy and advocacy associate at the harm-reduction nonprofit HIPS and has been a sex worker by choice for more than 35 years. “And they know there’s a lack of concern for sex workers.” She analogizes the situation to mobsters killing people during Prohibition, or gun crime associated with marijuana—two industries that were very violent so long as they were illegal. “The root cause [of violence] is not the sex worker. It’s the crime that surrounds the sex worker. I’m not a violent person, but I’ve had a lot of violence happen to me,” Spellman says. “People are going to do what they’re going to do. So we can try to at least make them safe when they’re doing it.” [Read Article]