Hello CeCe Supporters!The Call-In campaign for CeCe to get her correct dosage of hormones was an incredible success! The prison’s health administration were so “inconvenienced”, they were compelled to clear the issue immediately.CeCe is doing fine and looking fabulous. She is steadily devouring the books that everyone is sending - currently she is reading Angela Davis and is totally inspired.She spoke a bit about the push from some supporters to launch large-scale campaigns to get Gov. Mark Dayton to pardon her, and/or to have her moved to a women’s facility. She talked about how these campaigns would not only not benefit her, but how they exceptionalize her in a way that she doesn’t want.The pardoning process would not only be painful for her, but were she even to get considered, it wouldn’t be until after she served her sentence. She thinks about people incarcerated for much longer terms than she, and for incredibly minor offenses (mostly drug related). Even if the emotional hardship of the process was something she felt up for, and even if the slim chance of it working actually succeeded, the outcome of her getting a pardon while others sat in prison is antithetical to her values and the whole reason she is struggling against this racist system in the first place.As for being transfered to a women’s facility, her thoughts are: Prison sucks. Period. CeCe is not safe in any prison, women’s or men’s. Prisons are not safe for anyone. Period. CeCe asserts (as do we) that incarcerated individuals should be able to decide for themselves where they would be safest within the system. For now, CeCe is fine being in a men’s facility. For supporters to push for her to be transferred from one hell to another only serves the purpose of misdirecting energy away from the real problems of incarceration in america, and the problem of the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole.To sum it up: CeCe does not want supporters to launch long-term campaigns on her behalf that exceptionalize her situation.. Also importantly, these specific campaigns: a pardon from Gov. Dayton and getting transferred to a women’s facility, wouldn’t actually be beneficial to her at all. Short term campaigns such as call-ins to administration, and media blasts, are targeted efforts that let the DOC know that CeCe has widespread support, and it sends a message that we are watching them and will respond to prisoner’s needs - CeCe’s today, and other incarcerated transpeople tomorrow.CeCe sends her love and gratitude to everyone who called-in on her behalf. She wishes that every wrongly incarcerated person had the same incredible support that she has, and prays for a world without bars, a world without cells.Towards Justice,CeCe McDonald Support Committee
Thanks to KC Newnam for creating such beautiful art work to spread the word about CeCe!
Free Cece! We can not live without our lives!
Graffiti in Oakland.
also, i just bought one of these beautiful Support CeCe posters and you should too! they were letterpressed by beck & diana and it’s a fundraiser for CeCe McDonald, who you should look up if you haven’t been following her case.
I bought one as well!
Racism Transphobia in Legal System, Continued Assault, McDonald Survived, Supporters Charge
Contact: Katie Burgess, Executive Director, Trans Youth Support Network,email@example.com, (612) 363-757 and Billy Navarro Jr, MN TransgenderHealth Coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org, (612) 823-1152
Minneapolis, MN — Earlier today, Ms. Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald accepted a plea agreement to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the second degree in the criminal case resulting from the racist, transphobic assault she survived last June that left one of her attackers dead. The prosecution had originally charged her with felony murder in the second degree. However, after entering into plea negotiations this morning, the defense and the prosecution settled on the reduced charge. McDonald will be sentenced on June 4th at 1:30pm under Hennepin County Judge Daniel Moreno to 41 months in prison. The executed sentence will be reduced by one third, for “good time” and credit for the time McDonald has served pending this resolution.
The plea agreement comes nearly a year after McDonald was arrested, interrogated, denied adequate medical care for a laceration she suffered during the attack and held in solitary confinement for a month for being a transgender person. During the pre-trial proceedings, supporters raised world-wide support for the charges against McDonald to be dropped. Last month, supporters delivered to Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman a petition for dropping the charges with over 15,000 signatures and dozens of letters of support for McDonald from organizations and prominent individuals from around the globe. Freeman consistently failed to exercise his professional discretion and take a stand against racism and transphobia by dropping the charges.
“Freeman’s aggressive prosecution of CeCe was a continuation of the racist, transphobic assault that led to her being charged and resulted in the tragic death of one of the assailants,” said Kris Gebhard of the CeCe McDonald Support Committee. “We’ve been proud to stand with CeCe as she fought this unjust prosecution and will continue to stand with her as she fights for justice as a trans woman of color within the prison system.”
In a press conference after the plea agreement was accepted in court, Katie Burgess of the Trans Youth Support Network addressed the crowd of supporters filling the steps outside the HennepinCounty Courthouse. Burgess said:
“Over the past 10 months I have witnessed the legal system isolating and attacking another young trans woman of color in our community, CeCe McDonald. And over the past 10 months, I have also witnessed our community say very clearly, ‘You are not alone, CeCe! And we have had enough!’
“With the whole world watching, Freeman’s office consistently chose not to take the opportunity to stand up against racism and transphobia. Freeman himself said, and I quote, ‘The criminal justice system is not built for, nor is it necessarily good at, solving a lot of society’s problems.’
“We know that this system is not designed to deliver justice to young trans women of color. We are going to continue to support CeCe as she goes through this process and continue to stand for justice for all trans people and people of color so that this is the last time a young trans woman ofcolor has to go through this.”
Supporters will pack the courtroom for the sentencing on June 4th and continue to rally support for McDonald and to demand justice for all trans people and people of color.
For further updates, visit http://supportcece.wordpress.com and follow @Free_CeCe.
These photos are from Leslie Feinberg’s visit with CeCe last night.
Oh CeCe, you are such a beautiful person.
I see these photos on my dash a lot and they always get me, because even in her prison uniform, even behind that thick pane of bulletproof glass, her spirit just blasts through like a floodlight.
This is a woman who was forced to take a plea deal for defending herself in a life-or-death situation - and I mean there’s so much I could say about that, and how so many people would prefer that she had not survived so they could victim-blame about “well why didn’t she defend herself” because that’s what happens when a woman is attacked and/or killed but the instant a woman (especially a woman of colour, and especially a trans woman) stands up for herself and saves her own life she MUST be a psycho bitch - but in surviving she’s been locked up, vilified, isolated, etc, and she still looks like a fucking rock star.
What an amazing human being, for real.
Democracy Now Interview With : Katie Burgess (Executive Director of Trans Youth Support Network) & Raven Cross (One of Cece’s Best Friends)
tw: trans* hate crime, violent assault, racial slurs/racially motivated crimeAn important video that goes over what occurred the night that Cece and her friends were assaulted. The video gives several details that are important in proving in trial that assault was of racist and transphobic nature. Please watch and share but most importantly, give your support to Cece McDonald & do what you can through the following:
ALL of these FREE CECE tags went up last night all over South Minneapolis.
Third day of trial starts tomorrow, hopefully opening statements will begin too now that jury selection is almost over.
For more info on her case go to CeCe McDonald’s website: www.supportcece.wordpress.com