Note from Minneapolis: Why I’ll Be @ The Hennepin County Jail Today

To my listeners, friends, & supporters -

Yesterday morning I touched down in Minneapolis, MN, where I’ll be spending the next 48 hours lending my support to protests on the ground in support of CECE MCDONALD, a Trans woman of color who is about to be transferred to prison for killing her attacker and surviving a hate crime.

I am asking anyone who possibly can to join me today, MONDAY JUNE 4TH for the following actions at the Hennepin County Jail.

1:30PM – PACK THE COURTHOUSE FOR THE SENTENCING

2PM – PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE COURTHOUSE STEPS

10PM – NOISE DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE JAIL, as CECE is transferred out of the facility.

I’ll be at all three actions, along with some friends and a film crew documenting the events for an upcoming video. Come say hello! I’ve got a bunch of House of Bees vol. 2 press advances with me, and anyone that comes up and asks for one can get a copy for free, as an added incentive to leave your house.

“The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has found that violence against LGBT people is up 23 percent, with people of color and transgender women as the most likely targets. Of the victims murdered in 2010, 70 percent were people of color while 44 percent were transgender women.” [1]

Myself and the other activists involved with this case believe that Cece, in this situation of attack, was facing disproportionately high odds of winding up dead. Not only is that something she knew, but it’s something that statistics can prove to be true. The law should recognize the unusual threat she faced due to the ‘hate crime’ nature of her attack, and that it superceded her ‘duty to flee’ and increased her need to defend herself.

Whether or not you agree with that, we can also talk about the fact that she was interrogated without a lawyer present, held in a men’s mental health facility in solitary confinement because she was Trans, and a slew of other facts surrounding the case.

The aim here is to raise awareness of what happened to Cece, boost her spirits and let her know people are thinking/talking about her, and most importantly to try & have an impact by supporting organizations like the Trans Youth Support Network so the LGBT community is less likely to find themselves in awful situations like this.

You can read more about the details of the case here, but suffice it to say it’s an incredible miscarriage of justice, and a heart-breaking example of the systemic discrimination facing people of color and LGBT folks on a daily basis.

It’s times like these when the political thought we all nod our heads to at rap shows needs to turn into organized action.

READ STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT FOR CECE MCDONALD FROM NUMEROUS NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND POLITICAL OFFICIALS: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/support-statements/

See you there!

B

 

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