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“Black Trans Bodies Are Under Attack”: Freed Activist CeCe McDonald, Actress Laverne Cox Speak Out

After serving 19 months in prison, the African-American transgender activist CeCe McDonald is free. She was arrested after using deadly force to protect herself from a group of people who attacked her on the streets of Minneapolis. Her case helped turn a national spotlight on the violence and discrimination faced by transgender women of color. In 2011, McDonald and two friends were walking past a Minneapolis bar when they were reportedly accosted with homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs. McDonald was hit with a bar glass that cut open her face, requiring 11 stitches. A brawl ensued, and one of the people who had confronted McDonald and her friends, 47-year-old Dean Schmitz, was killed. Facing up to 80 years in prison for his death, McDonald took a plea deal that sentenced her to 41 months. In the eyes of her supporters, CeCe McDonald was jailed for defending herself against the bigotry and violence that transgender people so often face and that is so rarely punished. At the time of the attack, the murder rate for gay and transgender people in this country was at an all-time high. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs documented 30 hate-related murders of LGBT people in 2011; 40 percent of the victims were transgender women of color. Transgender teens have higher rates of homelessness, and nearly half of all African-American transgender people — 47 percent — have been incarcerated at some point.

McDonald joins us on her first trip to New York City. We are also joined by one of her supporters, Laverne Cox, a transgender actress, producer and activist who stars in the popular Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black.” She plays Sophia Burset, a transgender woman in prison for using credit card fraud to finance her transition. She is producing a documentary about McDonald called “Free CeCe.” We also speak to Alisha Williams, staff attorney with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

“I very easily could have been CeCe,” Laverne Cox says. “Many times I’ve walked down the street of New York, and I’ve experienced harassment. I was kicked once on the street, and very easily that could have escalated into a situation that CeCe faced, and it’s a situation that too many transwomen of color face all over this country. The act of merely walking down the street is often a contested act, not only from the citizenry, but also from the police.”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/19/black_trans_bodies_are_under_attack

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India: 4 Sentenced to Death for Fatal Gang Rape That Ignited Protests

India: 4 Sentenced to Death for Fatal Gang Rape That Ignited Protests

The horrific gang rape that killed 23 year old Indian physical therapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey last December created an international uproar.

In the past, men treated women as open game, rapes were normal and the police and courts never did much to combat them. But after Jyoti’s death, tens of thousands took to the streets nationwide to demand the death penalty for the perpetrators.

On the evening of Dec. 16, Jyoti and her 28-year-old boyfriend had gone to a movie and then boarded a bus that was not part of a scheduled service. The driver and five men, who pretended to be passengers, beat the student’s boyfriend unconscious. Then they dragged the woman to the rear bench of the moving bus and attacked her, one after another. Later they threw the couple, naked and unconscious, onto the side of a highway, where 40 minutes passed before they were found by passerby.

A judge in India has sentenced four men to death by hanging for the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus that ignited mass anti-rape protests in December. The family of the victim, Jyoti Singh Pandey, was among those demanding the death penalty. The sentence must still be approved by India’s high court.

Not only in India, but across the world, men feel they have some sort of control over a woman. Whether it be her body and/or her mind. Human’s started off with the giving of a young woman to be a man’s vessel for child bearing, his sexual slave, his personal cook and cleaner, his property.

This has been the downfall of man in my opinion. This has been the root of man looking to our God(s) as Him/He, not She/Her. Woman gives life, she is GOD. When we understand the interlining links to this patriarchal system of dominancy, we will have richer societies.

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Teenage Graffiti Artist Dies After Being Tasered by Miami Police

Teenage Graffiti Artist Dies After Being Tasered by Miami Police

A Miami Beach police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he fatally shot an 18-year-old graffiti artist with a taser. The teenager, Israel Hernandez, was an award-winning artist whose work had been exhibited locally. The police officer, Jorge Mercado, began chasing Hernandez after he saw the artist spray-painting his tag on a boarded-up McDonald’s storefront. Hernandez, who was born in Colombia, was reportedly shot after a 10-minute chase. According to witnesses, the police officers involved in the chase celebrated after they trapped and tased Hernandez by slapping each other with high-fives as the teenager lay dying in the street. Hernandez’ high school art teacher Frank O’Hare said: “In my 20 years as an art teacher, Israel was one of the most unique and talented students I have ever encountered.” Hernandez’ parents are calling for an independent investigation into his death.

Cops, or what I like to call them, PIGS have found a new way to kill people. This was a young boy who weighed about 140lbs, he was no threat to any armed officer. This is a story that replays all over the country.

It is too easy to become a cop. You can be a D-grade student all your life and become a foot fighter for law by taking a test and passing a few physical tests.

This country, and countries beyond would produce better officers of the law if it made these people go through college courses for psychology, psychiatry and substance abuse and criminal law with at the least an Associates Degree.

The training for officers of the law is a joke and this is a major reason why police brutality, killings and abuse of authority plagues this field.