Woman organizes a sex strike to help stop violence in Chicago

April Lawson is calling on women throughout Chicago, both married and single, to go on a sex strike until the violence in their city comes to an end.

April Lawson is calling on women throughout Chicago, both married and single, to go on a sex strike until the violence in their city comes to an end.

“In a patriarchal society, a problem will not be addressed until it directly affects men,” Lawson wrote in Change.org petition.

She also created a celibacy pledge “for peace in the streets,” which reads:

“Until an official treaty is signed and an actionable plan is in place by all black men who live in this city, I take a vow of celibacy. I vow to refuse sex to any man I’m dating, engaged to or married to until the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are brought to justice. I vow to keep my affections for men vocal, spirit filled and non-sexual until all children on the south side are safe to play outside their doors. I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhoods. All men must take responsibility to take back their communities and behave as global citizens who patrol their own streets until every block in every neighborhood can all breathe again in ease.

Until ALL men in every neighborhood take a solemn oath that they will stay proactive instead of passive I will remain vigilant to the cause.”

Lawson’s approach is not unique, with similar strikes being used in places like Liberia, Kenya and the Philippines. Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq film even featured a sex strike in Chicago itself.

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