Black Trans Lives Matter: CeCe McDonald on Racism, Mass Incarceration, and Trans Liberation


Black Trans Lives Matter: CeCe McDonald on Racism, Mass Incarceration, and Trans Liberation

Ceee McDonald. an aspiring fashion student Uving in Minneapolis. was attacked by a racist, transphobic mob while walking to the grocery store in July of 2010. One of her attackers. intoxi-cated and adorned with a swastika tattoo. died days following the incident CeCe was charged with two murders and was threatened with up to 80 years in prison for daring to defend herself. While imprisoned. she discovered that her story was not unique, but that she was among many Black people-particularly Black. trans wom-en-railroaded to prison. The stories of Assata Shakur. Angela Davis. and Mumia Abu-Jamal inspired her to fight not only for her own freedom but for all the trans women who have been slain or made victims of the criminal injustice system. Since her release in January of 2014. CeCe has become a leading and outspoken activist. inspir-ing many to take action against mass incarcera-tion and for racial justice and trans Uberation.

Organized by: The International Socialist Organization (ISO} Co-sponsored by: Graduate Employee Orpnlzatlon (GEO), Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), Stonewall Center, 'Amherst Colleae Queer Resource Center, ~I ThoUJht & Political Economy (STPEC), Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Dept, SodoloiY Dept, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, Students for Transpnder RJahts, Grad Q & A. Student Bridles, and the Sexual Minorities Archives

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held on March 10  7:30-10:00 in CHC Events Hall