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freececemcdonald:

Hello CeCe Supporters!

The Call-In campaign for CeCe to get her correct dosage of hormones was an incredible success!  The prison’s health administration were so “inconvenienced”, they were compelled to clear the issue immediately.

CeCe is doing fine and looking fabulous.  She is steadily devouring the books that everyone is sending - currently she is reading Angela Davis and is totally inspired.

She spoke a bit about the push from some supporters to launch large-scale campaigns to get Gov. Mark Dayton to pardon her, and/or to have her moved to a women’s facility.  She talked about how these campaigns would not only not benefit her, but how they exceptionalize her in a way that she doesn’t want.  

The pardoning process would not only be painful for her, but were she even to get considered, it wouldn’t be until after she served her sentence.  She thinks about people incarcerated for much longer terms than she, and for incredibly minor offenses (mostly drug related). Even if the emotional hardship of the process was something she felt up for, and even if the slim chance of it working actually succeeded, the outcome of her getting a pardon while others sat in prison is antithetical to her values and the whole reason she is struggling against this racist system in the first place. 

As for being transfered to a women’s facility, her thoughts are:  Prison sucks.  Period.  CeCe is not safe in any prison, women’s or men’s.  Prisons are not safe for anyone.  Period.  CeCe asserts (as do we) that incarcerated individuals should be able to decide for themselves where they would be safest within the system.  For now, CeCe is fine being in a men’s facility.  For supporters to push for her to be transferred from one hell to another only serves the purpose of misdirecting energy away from the real problems of incarceration in america, and the problem of the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole.  

To sum it up:  CeCe does not want supporters to launch long-term campaigns on her behalf that exceptionalize her situation. Also importantly, these specific campaigns: a pardon from Gov. Dayton and getting transferred to a women’s facility, wouldn’t actually be beneficial to her at all.  Short term campaigns such as call-ins to administration, and media blasts, are targeted efforts that let the DOC know that CeCe has widespread support, and it sends a message that we are watching them and will respond to prisoner’s needs - CeCe’s today, and other incarcerated transpeople tomorrow.

CeCe sends her love and gratitude to everyone who called-in on her behalf.  She wishes that every wrongly incarcerated person had the same incredible support that she has, and prays for a world without bars, a world without cells.

Towards Justice,
CeCe Support Committee

freececemcdonald:

Hello CeCe Supporters!

The Call-In campaign for CeCe to get her correct dosage of hormones was an incredible success!  The prison’s health administration were so “inconvenienced”, they were compelled to clear the issue immediately.

CeCe is doing fine and looking fabulous.  She is steadily devouring the books that everyone is sending - currently she is reading Angela Davis and is totally inspired.

She spoke a bit about the push from some supporters to launch large-scale campaigns to get Gov. Mark Dayton to pardon her, and/or to have her moved to a women’s facility.  She talked about how these campaigns would not only not benefit her, but how they exceptionalize her in a way that she doesn’t want.  

The pardoning process would not only be painful for her, but were she even to get considered, it wouldn’t be until after she served her sentence.  She thinks about people incarcerated for much longer terms than she, and for incredibly minor offenses (mostly drug related). Even if the emotional hardship of the process was something she felt up for, and even if the slim chance of it working actually succeeded, the outcome of her getting a pardon while others sat in prison is antithetical to her values and the whole reason she is struggling against this racist system in the first place. 

As for being transfered to a women’s facility, her thoughts are:  Prison sucks.  Period.  CeCe is not safe in any prison, women’s or men’s.  Prisons are not safe for anyone.  Period.  CeCe asserts (as do we) that incarcerated individuals should be able to decide for themselves where they would be safest within the system.  For now, CeCe is fine being in a men’s facility.  For supporters to push for her to be transferred from one hell to another only serves the purpose of misdirecting energy away from the real problems of incarceration in america, and the problem of the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole.  

To sum it up:  CeCe does not want supporters to launch long-term campaigns on her behalf that exceptionalize her situation. Also importantly, these specific campaigns: a pardon from Gov. Dayton and getting transferred to a women’s facility, wouldn’t actually be beneficial to her at all.  Short term campaigns such as call-ins to administration, and media blasts, are targeted efforts that let the DOC know that CeCe has widespread support, and it sends a message that we are watching them and will respond to prisoner’s needs - CeCe’s today, and other incarcerated transpeople tomorrow.

CeCe sends her love and gratitude to everyone who called-in on her behalf.  She wishes that every wrongly incarcerated person had the same incredible support that she has, and prays for a world without bars, a world without cells.

Towards Justice,
CeCe Support Committee
freececemcdonald:

Demand that Chrishaun CeCe McDonald be administered the 20 milligrams of hormones that she is prescribed and allowed by court order!
CeCe is doing well in St. Cloud, even though she is putting up with a lot of harassment from guards and administration. 
It took three weeks for her to begin receiving her hormones, and we learned yesterday that they are only giving her 6 milligrams instead of the 20 milligrams she is prescribed.  This is egregious and insulting.
CeCe is asking her supporters to call-in to St. Cloud Health Services Director Cheri Meyer, MN DOC Health Director Nanette Larson and St. Cloud Psychological Services Director Bruce Hedge. Please CALL ALL THREE!
Demand that Chrishaun CeCe McDonald be administered the 20 milligrams of hormones that she is prescribed and allowed by court order!
Cheri Meyer (St. Cloud Health Services Director): (320)240-3077
Nanette Larson (MN DOC Health Services Director): (651)361-7280 
Bruce Hedge (St. Cloud Psychological Services Director): (320)240-3030
Call today, call tomorrow, and leave messages.  Fill their voicemail boxes and let them know that we are watching and that CeCe is not alone!
Please be firm but courteous when you call. Remember that prison administrators have enormous control over CeCe’s treatment, and antagonizing them could be harmful to CeCe.
Thank you for yr support of CeCe.
FREE CECE

freececemcdonald:

Demand that Chrishaun CeCe McDonald be administered the 20 milligrams of hormones that she is prescribed and allowed by court order!

CeCe is doing well in St. Cloud, even though she is putting up with a lot of harassment from guards and administration. 

It took three weeks for her to begin receiving her hormones, and we learned yesterday that they are only giving her 6 milligrams instead of the 20 milligrams she is prescribed.  This is egregious and insulting.

CeCe is asking her supporters to call-in to St. Cloud Health Services Director Cheri Meyer, MN DOC Health Director Nanette Larson and St. Cloud Psychological Services Director Bruce Hedge. Please CALL ALL THREE!

Demand that Chrishaun CeCe McDonald be administered the 20 milligrams of hormones that she is prescribed and allowed by court order!

Cheri Meyer (St. Cloud Health Services Director): (320)240-3077

Nanette Larson (MN DOC Health Services Director): (651)361-7280 

Bruce Hedge (St. Cloud Psychological Services Director): (320)240-3030

Call today, call tomorrow, and leave messages.  Fill their voicemail boxes and let them know that we are watching and that CeCe is not alone!

Please be firm but courteous when you call. Remember that prison administrators have enormous control over CeCe’s treatment, and antagonizing them could be harmful to CeCe.

Thank you for yr support of CeCe.

FREE CECE

freececemcdonald:

CeCe got her first visitor today! Katie, who’s part of her support committee, went to St. Cloud to visit CeCe at the men’s prison she is being held in. She has been transferred to general population while the administration decides where to place her for the long term. CeCe was in high spirits, joking and hugging in her joyful way. That’s one good thing about prison, WE GET TO HUG HER AGAIN! A new list of things the community can send her will be posted on her website within the next day. Thanks so much for supporting CeCe everyone! www.supportcece.wordpress.com

freececemcdonald:

CeCe got her first visitor today! Katie, who’s part of her support committee, went to St. Cloud to visit CeCe at the men’s prison she is being held in. She has been transferred to general population while the administration decides where to place her for the long term. CeCe was in high spirits, joking and hugging in her joyful way. That’s one good thing about prison, WE GET TO HUG HER AGAIN! A new list of things the community can send her will be posted on her website within the next day. Thanks so much for supporting CeCe everyone!
www.supportcece.wordpress.com

Please stop forwarding around petitions w/o consulting CeCe or her support committee!

kiriamaya:

queasyfemmeproblems:

mattachinereview:

doctorqueer:

please take a moment to sign this petition and to pass it on.


It asks that CeCe serve her time in a women’s prison rather than a men’s facility, where she is currently set to serve her time.

Hey everyone, I know that you all have nothing but the best of intentions, but recently on Twitter members of CeCe’s support committee have been talking about this.  Here:

The only petition made with CeCe’s consultation was the “Michael Freeman - Drop the Charges”. Nothing else is planned.

And here:

Dear everyone: stop starting petitions for CeCe without consulting with her or her support committee. It’s not about you.

Let’s please respect CeCe’s wishes and the work of those on the ground trying to help her.

Oh shit, kicking myself for not following the source on this one. Cece should absolutely have as much control as possible over her PR strategy and none of us(!!!! D:) should be taking that away from her.

Eeep, yeah, good point. Thanks, and I apologize.

1 year ago 3,990 notes via thecurvature © doctorqueer

State to initially house new inmate 'CeCe' McDonald as a male

nonstopultimate:

Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald, who has been transitioning from a man to a woman, will be formally sentenced Monday afternoon for fatally stabbing a Richfield man outside a Minneapolis bar nearly one year ago and then will be incarcerated by the state as a male until a more detailed determination by corrections officials can be made.

On June 5, 2011, McDonald stabbed Dean Schmitz, 47, in the chest with a pair of scissors during a melee outside the Schooner Tavern.

McDonald’s plea last month to second-degree manslaughter came as 100 or so of the defendant’s supporters gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center, still demanding the case be dropped. The supporters said the confrontation outside the bar included transgender and racial slurs directed at McDonald, who is black.

The plea agreement calls for a sentence of three years and five months in prison, with time for credit served.

Upon sentencing before District Judge Daniel Moreno, McDonald, 24, of Minneapolis, will be taken into custody by the state Department of Corrections and housed as a male “because he is being housed as a male with Hennepin County,” corrections spokeswoman Sarah Russell said Monday. “We will intake him as a male at St. Cloud prison.”

Then, Russell added, the state will initiate an effort to make its own determination of McDonald’s gender.

In the meantime, the state will house McDonald based on the inmate’s safety and the well-being of others, the spokeswoman said, adding that dealing with gender uncertainty among inmates “is not a unique situation” for the department.

“We will assess him as any other offender would be assessed,” she added. “The assessments include, but are not limited to, screening for potential vulnerability to sexual assaults, tendencies to act out with sexually aggressive behavior and any disabilities” as defined by federal law.

Russell also pointed out that department policy dictates that inmates are not provided “surgical services for the advancement of sexual reassignment therapy.”

However, the policy continues, the department will provide “gender-related mental health services and other medical or mental health therapy as necessary throughout the offender’s incarceration.”

Star Tribune staff writer Abby Simons contributed to this report.

TransGriot: CeCe Being Sentenced Today

1 year ago 43 notes via © tal9000
And sadly, the reality is is that a black trans woman is not society’s ideal subject. Our stories are not told, we are not invited to contribute to the national conversation, we are told to stay in the dark, live our lives at night, never to be heard from unless we’re found lyng dead on a street corner. And even then justice, like in Paige’s case, isn’t often served.

I’ve come to realize that a black trans woman, even with CeCe’s exuberant essence and compelling story, will never be perceieved as worthy enough for society to truly rally behind. But despite this injustice, I will never depart from my core belief that CeCe and Paige and thousands of other girls like us matter.

We are not disposable. No human life is. And until we all come around to this belief we’ll never achieve equality. When I say equality, it’s not only a phrase we attach to the right to get married, I attach it to the the fabric of our lives: the right to work, the right to have a home, the right to use the restroom without second guessing, the right to walk in your neighborhood and feel safe.

transfeminism:

Take a break from the Internet to send some letters of love and support to some of the trans women held captive in men’s prisons—mostly for just trying to survive.
prettyqueer:

How to Write Your First Letter to Someone in Prison

“When someone hears their name called by a prison guard during mail call it can be a powerful reminder that people on the outside care about them, and it sends a message to guards and other inmates that this person has support and isn’t forgotten.”

Info and resources to help you take action and write to CeCe McDonald. Also an important reminder that CeCe is not alone, this article includes links to programs for writing other LGBT people that have been incarcerated.
Read the full article on PrettyQueer »

transfeminism:

Take a break from the Internet to send some letters of love and support to some of the trans women held captive in men’s prisons—mostly for just trying to survive.

prettyqueer:

How to Write Your First Letter to Someone in Prison

When someone hears their name called by a prison guard during mail call it can be a powerful reminder that people on the outside care about them, and it sends a message to guards and other inmates that this person has support and isn’t forgotten.”

Info and resources to help you take action and write to CeCe McDonald. Also an important reminder that CeCe is not alone, this article includes links to programs for writing other LGBT people that have been incarcerated.

Read the full article on PrettyQueer »

GOV. MARK DAYTON: Pardon CeCe McDonald [petition]

numol:

please sign and pass this around as much as possible:

Self-defense is not a crime.

Surviving is not a crime.

And yet, in the city of Minneapolis, a woman has been convicted of exactly that. CeCe McDonald, a young trans woman, was convicted of manslaughter. Manslaughter, in this case, meaning the act of defending herself from her attackers. Several men attacked her, with the obvious intent to kill, on the basis of her race and gender identity. In the act of protecting her own life, she killed one; and was charged with murder.

As if this was not enough, the judge in her case was quite obviously biased against her from the start. He selectively excluded evidence that could cast her attacker in a negative light, while permitting evidence that cast her in a negative light. As such, she accepted a plea bargain, down from forty years. And she was sentenced to over three years in a men’s prison.

A woman was sentenced to a men’s prison, for the crime of defending herself from someone who intended to kill her. In such a place, she will almost certainly face more of the same, and worse.

Please, reverse this decision. Pardon her. Let justice prevail.

[ via @Free_CeCe’s retweet of https://twitter.com/#!/ihatehackney/status/198405894793478146 ]

contact info for Gov. Dayton (link):

Mailing Address:

Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Other ways to reach our office:

Telephone: 651-201-3400 
Toll Free: 800-657-3717 
Minnesota Relay 800-627-3529 
Fax: 651-797-1850 
Contact the Governor’s Office

some online free faxing places:

1 year ago 386 notes via © numol