Toshio Meronek

May Day Activists Spotlight the Cece McDonald Case

Filed By Toshio Meronek | May 02, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: CeCe McDonald, May Day, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, transphobia

Free Cece billboardCeCe McDonald's trial started April 30, but her supporters have been working for months to get the Minnesota judge overseeing her case to drop it. From Support Cece:

Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald is a young African American transgender woman who is charged with two counts of "second degree murder" after an incident that began when she was violently assaulted because of her gender and race. We say NO to racism and transphobia, and call on HennCo Attorney Mike Freeman to DROP THE CHARGES!

Mainstream attention to the case has been next to non-existent, although recent Cece supporters include the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Stone Butch Blues author Leslie Feinberg, and Democracy Now! ran a Cece segment last week.

398281_10100338025116752_100305_44953971_199511936_n.jpgYesterday, activists brought Ms. McDonald's fight to the May Day protests. In Oakland, people with absolutely no fear of heights restyled a Geico billboard with a pink "Free Cece" triangle; the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) rallied against transphobia in New York City; Seattle's queer Pink Bloc carried signs; and tags went up in Minneapolis, where a purple-clad pro-Cece contingent showed up to court. Jury selection made for a slow day there, but that's scheduled to end this morning. The purple crew (they chose the color after Judge Daniel Moreno outlawed "Free Cece" shirts in the courtroom) will likely grow today, with SRLP founder Dean Spade scheduled to stop by.

Both Support Cece and Pretty Queer have daily updates from the trial.

Update 11:43 a.m. PST: Cece took a plea deal this morning.

(Top photo via Facebook: FreeCece McDonald; lower photo by Gabriel Foster.)


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