Streamed live on Mar 30, 2015

Transmisogyny and racism are stealing the lives of trans women of color. News media erase their murders, and police abuse and unjustly arrest the living. CeCe McDonald and Monica James stand for solidarity and struggle to defend Black trans lives.

CeCe McDonald was charged in 2012 with murder after she fought for her life against an attacker with a swastika tattoo. She endured 19 months in a men’s prison where activist support helped her win access to health care. Now she is free and on a nationwide tour speaking out against mass incarceration.

Monica James has survived years of police targeting including being confined in the maximum security section of Cook County Jail more than 100 times. In 2007, with legal and community support, she fought trumped up charges following a brutal assault by police. In 2014 she traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to testify before the UN to the severe abuses inflicted by cops and courts on trans women of color.

As Samantha Allen wrote on Transgender Day of Rememberance last year,

“Practicing radical politics requires us to work from the bottom up, to start from the intersection of multiple oppressions. In 1977, a group of black lesbian socialist feminists known as the Combahee River Collective wrote: ‘If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.’ According to this same principle, transgender women of color need to be at the center of our politics.”

This panel discussion will face the realities of a racist injustice system, hate violence, and gender normativity but also envision the multiracial, multi gender movement we need for everyone to be free.

Sponsored by: Access Living, Black and Pink: Chicago, The Black Youth Project, Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander, Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women, The Chicago Torture – Justice Memorials, Chicago Women’s Health Center, DePaul Feminist Front, FURIE – Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation, Project NIA, QUILT-Magazine, Students for Justice in Palestine at DePaul University, SWOP-Chicago, The Trans 100, Trans*(formation) DePaul, Transformative Justice Law Project, Gay Liberation Network and Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP)