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transfeminism:

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) and allied lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations stand in solidarity with Cece McDonald, a young African American transgender woman violently attacked by a group of people in a racist and transphobic hate violence incident in June 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Despite being the survivor of this incident of violence, CeCe McDonald was the only person arrested.  Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman has charged McDonald with two counts of second-degree murder for acting in self-defense and allegedly fatally stabbing one of her attackers.  Hennepin County has dropped murder charges in three similar cases where people have acted in self-defense.  NCAVP and our allies add our support to the public outcry to drop the charges against CeCe McDonald.

Transgender women of color face severe and deadly hate violence in the United States.  NCAVP has responded to three murders of transgender women in the month of April alone.  NCAVP’s most recent report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010, documented 27 anti-LGBTQH murders, the second highest yearly total ever recorded by the coalition.  Transgender women made up 44% of the 27 reported hate murders in 2010, while representing only 11% of total survivors and victims. Transgender people represented a higher proportion of hate violence survivors with serious injuries (11.8%) as compared to non-transgender men (6.2%) or non-transgender women (1.3%). 

The report also showed that transgender people and people of color were the least likely to receive medical attention, and that transgender people of color reported higher rates of negative law enforcement experiences.  NCAVP members know that transgender survivors of violence often face biased and discriminatory treatment from law enforcement, courts, and other first responders.  We are concerned that Mcdonald could be facing discriminatory charges based on her transgender identity.  While we do not have all the details about this incident, our experience tells us to strongly advocate that Hennepin County consider CeCe McDonald as acting in self-defense.

NCAVP does not condone violence and expresses our condolences that a life has been lost in this incident.  However, self-defense is not murder, and McDonald should not face murder charges for acting to defend her own life in a racist, transphobic assault.  Charging McDonald with murder while other non-transgender people have not been charged by Hennepin County in similar cases where defendants were acting in self-defense highlights the potential differential treatment placed on McDonald because she is transgender.  Furthermore, in a society where violence against transgender people is all too often condoned, ignored, and unsolved, charging McDonald with murder minimizes transphobic violence and reinforces a transphobic culture.

NCAVP and our allies call for Hennepin County to drop the charges against CeCe McDonald and for community members, anti-violence organizations, and public officials to take immediate action to support survivors of transphobic violence. 

ACTION STEPS

Sign the Petition: Join Change.org in calling on County Attorney Michael Freeman to honor his committment, in his words “to serve all of our citizens with understanding, dignity, and respect” by dropping the charges against CeCe McDonald.

Report Violence: NCAVP encourages anyone who has experienced violence to contact a local anti-violence program. For help locating an anti-violence program in your area, please contact us.

Get involved: Join NCAVP in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQH violence. Contact us to learn more.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs, affiliate organizations and individuals who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

Signatories:

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

FIERCE

HIV Prevention Justice Alliance

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Coalition for LGBT Health

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Queers for Economic Justice

Red Umbrella Project

Sex Workers Outreach Project of New York City

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Transgender Law Center

Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project

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thinkmexican:

Trans Activist Agnes Torres Murdered In Puebla

Trans activist and respected counselor Agnes Torres Hernández was found dead this past Saturday near the town of Atlixco, Puebla. Reports indicate she was tortured before being killed.

Friends and supporters gathered to mourn and pay tribute to Agnes this evening in Puebla, the state’s capital city. Earlier today, the hashtag #AgnesTorres was a trending topic on Twitter, with thousands posting messages of support for Agnes, her family, and the LGBT community.

Former colleagues of Agnes Torres are demanding a thorough investigation and calling for a special department within Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission dedicated to cases of hate crimes against lesbians, gays, and transsexuals.

¡Justicia Para Agnes Torres!

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clockworkesper:

Kuwaiti police have tortured and sexually abused transgender women using a discriminatory law, passed in 2007, which arbitrarily criminalizes “imitating the opposite sex,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government of Kuwait should repeal the law, article 198 as amended in 2007, and hold police officers accountable for misconduct.

The 63-page report, “‘They Hunt us Down for Fun’: Discrimination and Police Violence Against Transgender Women in Kuwait,” documents the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and persecution that transgender women – individuals who are born male, but identify as female – have faced at the hands of police. The report also documents the discrimination that transgender women have faced on a daily basis – including by members of the public – as a result of the law, an amendment to penal code article 198. Based on interviews with 40 transgender women, as well as with ministry of interior officials, lawyers, doctors, and members of Kuwaiti civil society, the report found that the arbitrary, ill-defined provisions of the law has allowed for numerous abuses to take place.

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curiouslycool:

jhameia:

Other ways to show support for CeCe MacDonald: 

- Write her a letter in jail

- Donate to her support fund

- Contact the Hennpin County Attorney’s office

I’m going to sit down right now and write this woman a letter and I’m reblogging this because I’m hoping you guys will do.

And if you’re unable to,

Please sign the petition for her release.

Literally every signature counts.

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