Today in awesome, Orange is the New Black trans actress Laverne Cox is producing a documentary about embattled trans woman CeCe McDonald â who may be getting out of prison soon.
Like the page Free Cece Documentary on Facebook to follow the progress of the film being made about CeCe McDonald and her story.
FREE CECE, the new documentary with Laverne Cox, explores the roles race, class and gender played in CeCe McDonald’s case. McDonald’s claim of self defense was rejected by Hennepin County prosecutors. The documentary explores the implications of CeCe’s story as a survivor, housing trans women in male prisons, and the practice of keeping trans women in solitary confinement.
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Our sweet CeCe got transferred to Stillwater and back again. Please send her much love by sending her a letter, book or the good vibes!
Dear CeCe Supporter,
As was previously announced, CeCe was transferred to MCF-Stillwater, at her own request, at the beginning of March. She was enrolled in the Atlantis treatment program there, which operates in a separate unit from the general population. She was glad to be at Stillwater for a number of reasons, but was quickly frustrated with the program because of issues ranging from blatant transphobia in the program to the snitching culture that is fostered within it. We are unclear on the specifics, but she was kicked out and placed in segregation within a few weeks of being there, and received an additional 30 days onto her sentence as a disciplinary measure. After repeated pleas from her and her advocates to remain at Stillwater and be placed in the general population there, she was instead transferred back to St. Cloud recently. She remains in segregation.
We are still unsure where she will be placed for the remainder of her sentence, but in the meantime we are calling on folks far and wide to write to her immediately! Send her your love and let her know she is not alone, that we are all watching out for her, and that we got her back!
Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud
2305 Minnesota Boulevard S.E.
St. Cloud, MN 56304
Keep an eye on this website, or sign up for our mailing list, for the latest information.
With many thanks and lots of love,
CeCe McDonald Support Committee
Roxanne is amazing and does amazing work for everyone in the community, work that is mostly unpaid. Please support them so that they can continue to do this work so not only the programs they work with can stay alive but also so that they can stay healthy. Love us some Roxanne!!!!
Roxanne has been a big supporter of CeCe’s from the start. They actually own a small community Cafe where CeCe worked when she was on house arrest. AND Roxanne is holding CeCe’s job for her so it will be ready and waiting for her when she get’s out of prison. Roxanne is a community asset that we NEED to help out!
CECE’S BEEN TRANSFERRED from St Cloud to Stillwater! If you’ve been writing to her, sending her books, or visiting, make sure to check the Support CeCe website for the most up-to-date info, including her address and new visiting info.
Chrishaun McDonald OID #238072 Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater
970 Pickett Street
Bayport, Minnesota 55003-1490
For more detailed info on exactly how letters must be to get to her please check her website: https://supportcece.wordpress.com/
LESLIE STATES “NOT GUILTY”—
JUDGE CONVICTS BUT STAYS SENTENCE
Leslie Feinberg declared she/ze was “not guilty” today (2/4/13) on a charge of 3rd degree gross misdemeanor (property damage) for spray painting “Free CeCe Now” on the walls and pillars of the courthouse/jail in Minneapolis.
Based on police reports of Leslie’s actions, which were not in dispute, the judge found Leslie “guilty,” and asked if she/ze had anything to say before sentencing.
Leslie said: “I am a revolutionary journalist and member of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. I am not guilty of any wrongdoing. I delivered the people’s verdict on the jailhouse walls. The real crimes are going on behind the walls where CeCe McDonald is imprisoned.”
“By sentencing CeCe McDonald to prison, Minneapolis sent a green light to neo-fascists at a time of growing racist lynching and massacres in the U.S. CeCe was attacked and survived at a time when an increasing number of transwomen of color are being assaulted and murdered.
“Racist mass incarceration is the crime, as even a former Hennepin County prosecutor admitted in an article—that Minnesota has the greatest racist disparity in sentencing of any state in the U.S.
“The world is watching CeCe McDonald’s struggle. I’m proud to add my voice to the tens of thousands of people who demand: Free CeCe!”
The judge admitted that Leslie’s action was an act of “civil disobedience.”
Then the judge stayed the imposition of sentence for 2 years. During that time, Leslie is on informal probation. This means if Leslie is not convicted of any additional “property damage” for 24 months, the 3rd degree gross misdemeanor charge will be dismissed.
The prosecutor did not pursue court expenses or a fine. Leslie walked out of the courtroom without having to perform community service or report to a probation officer.
Leslie was ordered to pay more than $1300 for the erasure of the political demand she/ze wrote on the wall. Leslie stated after court, “I refuse to pay for the censorship of the political demand Free CeCe Now!
Local Free CeCe organizers were present in the courtroom. Many CeCe supporters in the U.S. and around the world sent tweets, e-mails, faxes, and made phone calls to help deliver the people’s verdict—Free CeCe!—to the Minneapolis mayor and prosecutor.
“Leslie Feinberg trial information
Leslie is ordered to appear in court
Feb. 4 at 9 am
Hennepin County “Public Safety” Facility
401 Fourth Ave. South Minneapolis, MN
Look on the blue monitors for assigned courtroom.
Bruce Nestor & the National Lawyers Guild
are defending Leslie in the court of the 1%.
Please bring “Free CeCe” signs
for a big group solidarity photo
in support of CeCe McDonald on Feb. 4
Please wear buttons/t-shirts,
& purple in solidarity with CeCe.
[for more information about
CeCe McDonald’s struggle:
Children of all ages welcome,
including infants and toddlers.
Leslie will bring crayons & paper!
Help signal boost the peoples’ verdict — “Free CeCe!”
Deliver that message to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the city prosecutor — a mayoral political appointee:
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak — twitter: @MayorRTRybak; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: (612) 673-2305; phone: (612) 673-2100.
Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal — email: Minneapolis311@ci.minneapolis.mn.us; fax: (612) 673-2189; phone: (612) 673-2010.”
CeCe’s latest blog entry to her community of supporters! Please share far and wide!
“Learn to be accepting and learn to love, not just others but YOURSELF! And if you think there is not one person who loves you, know that I do…”