CeCe McDonald was released from prison (should’ve never been there in the first place; see Support CeCe and Prison Culture for why). She’s hanging out with Laverne Cox! Listening to Beyoncé! They will be spending some time together since Laverne is creating a documentary on CeCe. (I may have bawled a bit.)
While the long awaited good news is here, I think of two important things that @PrisonCulture alluded to: One is that someone serving time for self-defense in a transmisogynistic, misogynoiristic and racist society and then being released is not “justice.” Justice would have occurred if she had a right to defend herself in the first place! Second thing is that the work is not done for trans people. She shared a link to the transformative justice project and other links were shared in the hashtag that I am about to mention.
A hashtag, #BecauseofCeCe was started by @JanetMock that included beautiful sentiments about CeCe and discussed the importance of justice for trans women. I saw cis and trans people alike in that tag with incredibly beautiful words. Janet also penned a letter to CeCe, part of which I could feel Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise in:
Activist and community members around the world have chanted, ‘FREE CECE.’ But I know you have been free this entire time. No one could take that from you. Your narrative alone, in your own words, with your own beauty and power and love and graciousness, showed me that I did not need to fight for your freedom. Your life was yours. Your body was held captive. But you were always free.
So, that’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. She goes on in the letter to discuss critical intersectional issues that speak to CeCe’s experience—ones often ignored even within LGBTQIA spaces, because of White supremacy and patriarchy, no less. Critical post.
Cheering for CeCe and wishing her the absolute best in life. ❤
I teared up. Our Cece is free!