To this contingent:
I’m with you in struggle!
Free Palestine!/Free CeCe!
Toronto Trans March
Justice & Solidarity contingent
Friday, June 29
Norman Jewlson Park (see link/map)
“We aim to bring a message of solidarity to the 2012 Toronto Trans March not only in the struggle against transphobia, cissexism and trans-misogyny but also in the wider struggle against patriarchy and imperialism.
“As many of us aware, last June CeCe McDonald and several of her trans friends were walking in Minneapolis when confronted by a group of angry white supremacists, who proceeded to verbally assault CeCe and her friends with racism and transphobia. When CeCe stood her ground against this verbal tirade, they proceeded to physically assault her and her friends. In the aftermath of the resulting melee, Dean Schmitz (who was later discovered to have a swastika tattoo on his chest) wound up dead.
“CeCe survived, and the system punished her for that by throwing her in prison, and further, forcing her into solitary confinement, an exceptionally cruel punishment for an exceptionally vulnerable member of society.
“Meanwhile in Palestine, hunger strikes have broken out amongst Palestinian political detainees who are held in cruel conditions in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, often for entirely arbitrary reasons. This includes Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, who Israel recently promised to free after his epic three month fast.
“Just as the media remains largely silent about CeCe McDonald and other trans people (particularly trans women of color, sex workers and those living in poverty) who are unjustly forced into abusive conditions in prisons here in North America, the media also remains silent about Palestine’s hunger strike heroes like Mahmoud Sarsak who are standing against arbitrary arrest and torture at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.
“We march to remind the world of their voices and their stories.
As feminists and trans-feminists we stand opposed to all forms of gender violence. As feminists and trans-feminists we stand opposed to all forms of racism and colonialism, and all other oppressions and social injustices.
“Organized by Dykes and Trans People for Palestine.”” —https://www.facebook.com/events/435059169862085/ (via leslie-feinberg)
Laura Anne Stuart, in the Hump Day Hero from the Center on Sexuality, Pleasure and Health.
Laura was my peer health educator advisor while I was in college, and she is one bad-ass mentor, role model, and sex positive person. I admire all her work, and I am so happy she was featured in the CSPH Hump Day Hero series!