Pivot Legal Society - Equality Lifts Everyone


August 20, 2012 | By The Unpaid Intern

Detail from Insite Poster

By Fathima Cader.

In July, Katrina presented two posters from Pivot on the Insite and Sex Workers United Against Violence cases at the AIDS 2012 Conference in DC. The posters were a smash hit: incredible pairings of dense legal text with stunning imagery. For that, we owe thanks to artist Jordan Bent, who was able to turn conversations with Pivot folk into visuals that commanded both respect and attention. I had a chance to sit down with Jordan and ask about his experience designing the posters for us and his thoughts generally on how social justice organisations can use art to further their mandates. Here are some excerpts from our conversation.

August 1, 2012 | By The Unpaid Intern

By Kristie Starr

July 29, 2012 | By Katrina Pacey

I am on cloud nine after having just spent the past week in incredible conversations, meetings and lectures by human rights leaders from around the globe who are calling for full human rights for sex workers. I am also leaving the International AIDS Conference with a backpack full of invaluable resources that deepened my knowledge of these issues. So I thought I would offer you some recommended reading! These recently released reports will be useful to those of you interested in the human rights and evidence-based approach to sex work.

July 29, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein

LONDON - en route back to Vancouver from Budapest.

July 27, 2012 | By Peter Wrinch

I got off the plane in Washington two days ago and wow was it hot. I headed straight to the convention centre hosting AIDS 2012 and it was great to see some familiar faces - Katrina, Donald MacPherson from the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Clare and David from the Portland Hotel Society, Michaela Montaner from the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy – after the long journey from Vancouver.

July 25, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

I don’t leave the Downtown Eastside all that often, at least not for more than a few hours.  I really look forward to the couple of weeks each July when I get out of Vancouver with my family, but each year I realize that no matter how different the communities we visit seem from the Downtown Eastside, there is no getting away from the issues that drive our work here at Pivot.

July 24, 2012 | By Katrina Pacey

Attending the international AIDS conference in Washington DC has been an overwhelming and incredible experience so far (and to think that it is only Day 2!). In fact, it has been such a whirlwind that I am finding it difficult to know where to start. So I am going to break it down into three parts - 1. Solidarity 2. Exclusion 3. Action - in an attempt to capture some of my feelings, learnings and the momentum I hope to carry forward from here.  

July 20, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein

Cub reporter and Pivot lawyer Scott E. Bernstein, on location in BUDAPEST--

July 20, 2012 | By Katrina Pacey

As I write, I am waiting to board a plane to Washington DC, on my way to the International AIDS Conference. I am so excited that Peter will be joining me in a few days, but I wish he was getting ready to board the plane with me right now!

July 11, 2012 | By Katrina Pacey

Last April, I was honoured to have the chance to meet Stephen Lewis at an event on women, leadership and social change. During our short but memorable conversation, we discussed a number of issues that are very close to my heart – sex workers rights, drug policy reform and HIV and the law. At the end of our conversation, Stephen left me with some exciting parting words.