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“Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all.”

Minnesota Republicans say: Poor people with money should be outlaws (via ryking)

Nope. No class war here, just move along. (and empty out your pockets poor-guy, cause I hear a lot of jingling in your pants)

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What the fuck -Q

(via quixotess)

THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE, WORLD!!!!!  I can’t even IMAGINE more ridiculous bullshit other than them going straight J.Swift and legislating people literally EAT their babies before they’re allowed assistance. Like, how do you even THINK of this?????

(via liquornspice)

holy shit.

[as an aside though i thought i heard something about ryking being an asshole]

EDIT: thought i remembered something like this: an anonymous source has told me that ryking thinks all privilege is a myth, and is one of those “you are hurting our cause by being so divisive!” assholes.

(Source: diadoumenos, via blackraincloud)

{ LINK: More teen lives lost due to bullying... }

*WARNING* for link — suicide, fat-hate

sweetcalamity:

This is so awful.. 

yeah.

NOTE: prepare for bullshit if you read the comments. the top-most comment right now (from “stllovingmom”) is a load of victim-blaming abusive apologist garbage and it seems like they’d posted similar shit earlier in the thread, and there are probably other assholes clogging up the tubes there also.  fucking bully apologist creeps always show up for news like this.  thinking they’re so above it all with that “you just need to be tougher, you just need to ADAPT” meme they love so much.  i bet they love the smell of their own farts also.

(Source: inkt, via theoceanandthesky1)

{ CONvergence room needed! }

ohhhvienna:

Pretty please can someone boost this?

Three of us are trying to make it to CONvergence, in Bloomington, MN. We just need a room Saturday and are perfectly willing to sleep on floors!

(via mugglibus)

searchingforknowledge:

freececemcdonald:

CeCe McDonald Supporters Meet with Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman;
Freeman says “The criminal justice system is not built for, nor is it good at, solving a lot of society’s problems.”
Contact: Katie Burgess, Executive Director, Trans Youth Support Network, transyouthsupportnetwork@gmail.com, (612) 363-757 and Billy Navarro Jr, MN Transgender Health Coalition, mntranspr@gmail.com, (612) 823-1152
 
Minneapolis, MN - After initially refusing a meeting, Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman and members of his staff agreed to meet with McDonald’s family and supporters on Tuesday afternoon. Hours before Tuesday’s meeting, Freeman’s office issued a letter to McDonald’s supporters defending his decision to charge her with two counts of second degree murder. During the meeting, Freeman cited his office’s 3-hour staff training in 2010 and a lesbian employee to demonstrate his awareness of the issues facing LGBTQ people. Supporters cited a petition with over 14,500 signatures and letters from over 35 local and national organizations, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Coalition of Anti-violence Programs, and Outfront Minnesota, to demonstrate the international concern over his ongoing prosecution of McDonald. 
Freeman’s letter made special note of his office’s longstanding relationship with LGBT organization Outfront Minnesota. Cheré Suzette Bergeron, who attended today’s meeting as Outfront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program Coordinator, told Freeman, “It is deeply troubling that you have not responded to our letter asking why charges are being pressed in this case when they have been dropped in similar cases,” and reiterated Outfront Minnesota’s concern over Freeman’s treatment of McDonald.
Freeman was adamant that gender, race, sexual orientation, and class do not play into his prosecution decisions.  Supporters repeatedly stated that these factors have been at play in every moment of CeCe’s case, from the initial attack she experienced through her arrest and current incarceration. Lex Horan, a Support Committee member stated, “Freeman described the incident as a neutral conflict between two groups of people in the street.  He refuses to acknowledge that CeCe was attacked because of her race and gender. Claiming colorblindness in this case doesn’t make Freeman objective; it makes him ignorant of the reality facing transgender women of color.”  
In a letter to Freeman, the National Coalition of Anti-violence Programs noted that they have responded to three murders of transgender women in April alone. McDonald supporter Billy Navarro Jr made note of this statistic and said, “So many transgender women of color are attacked and violently killed.  In this case, CeCe is basically being prosecuted for surviving.”
Rai’vyn Cross, McDonald’s sister, closed the 30-minute meeting by saying, “We’re not going to get justice.” Indeed, Freeman himself had acknowledged earlier in the meeting, “The criminal justice system is not built for, nor is it good at, solving a lot of society’s problems.” Support Committee members agreed with this assessment of the criminal legal system, but contended that prosecuting McDonald condones violence against transgender women of color and makes problems plaguing society, including racism, sexism, and transphboia, worse.
McDonald was scheduled to have a pretrial evidenciary hearing Tuesday morning at 9 am. About forty of McDonald’s supporters arrived to demonstrate their support in the courtroom. However, the hearing was continued to Friday, April at 9 am.  McDonald’s trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 30th.
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this mofo pretending like he can’t do shit RIGHT THE FUCK NOW to fix the injustice. Motherfukcer aint ignorant. He is KNOWINGLY UPHOLDING CIS AND WHITE SUPREMACY. 

searchingforknowledge:

freececemcdonald:

CeCe McDonald Supporters Meet with Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman;

Freeman says “The criminal justice system is not built for, nor is it good at, solving a lot of society’s problems.”

Contact: Katie Burgess, Executive Director, Trans Youth Support Network, transyouthsupportnetwork@gmail.com, (612) 363-757 and Billy Navarro Jr, MN Transgender Health Coalition, mntranspr@gmail.com, (612) 823-1152

 

Minneapolis, MN - After initially refusing a meeting, Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman and members of his staff agreed to meet with McDonald’s family and supporters on Tuesday afternoon. Hours before Tuesday’s meeting, Freeman’s office issued a letter to McDonald’s supporters defending his decision to charge her with two counts of second degree murder. During the meeting, Freeman cited his office’s 3-hour staff training in 2010 and a lesbian employee to demonstrate his awareness of the issues facing LGBTQ people. Supporters cited a petition with over 14,500 signatures and letters from over 35 local and national organizations, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Coalition of Anti-violence Programs, and Outfront Minnesota, to demonstrate the international concern over his ongoing prosecution of McDonald.

Freeman’s letter made special note of his office’s longstanding relationship with LGBT organization Outfront Minnesota. Cheré Suzette Bergeron, who attended today’s meeting as Outfront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program Coordinator, told Freeman, “It is deeply troubling that you have not responded to our letter asking why charges are being pressed in this case when they have been dropped in similar cases,” and reiterated Outfront Minnesota’s concern over Freeman’s treatment of McDonald.

Freeman was adamant that gender, race, sexual orientation, and class do not play into his prosecution decisions.  Supporters repeatedly stated that these factors have been at play in every moment of CeCe’s case, from the initial attack she experienced through her arrest and current incarceration. Lex Horan, a Support Committee member stated, “Freeman described the incident as a neutral conflict between two groups of people in the street.  He refuses to acknowledge that CeCe was attacked because of her race and gender. Claiming colorblindness in this case doesn’t make Freeman objective; it makes him ignorant of the reality facing transgender women of color.” 

In a letter to Freeman, the National Coalition of Anti-violence Programs noted that they have responded to three murders of transgender women in April alone. McDonald supporter Billy Navarro Jr made note of this statistic and said, “So many transgender women of color are attacked and violently killed.  In this case, CeCe is basically being prosecuted for surviving.”

Rai’vyn Cross, McDonald’s sister, closed the 30-minute meeting by saying, “We’re not going to get justice.” Indeed, Freeman himself had acknowledged earlier in the meeting, “The criminal justice system is not built for, nor is it good at, solving a lot of society’s problems.” Support Committee members agreed with this assessment of the criminal legal system, but contended that prosecuting McDonald condones violence against transgender women of color and makes problems plaguing society, including racism, sexism, and transphboia, worse.

McDonald was scheduled to have a pretrial evidenciary hearing Tuesday morning at 9 am. About forty of McDonald’s supporters arrived to demonstrate their support in the courtroom. However, the hearing was continued to Friday, April at 9 am.  McDonald’s trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 30th.

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this mofo pretending like he can’t do shit RIGHT THE FUCK NOW to fix the injustice. Motherfukcer aint ignorant. He is KNOWINGLY UPHOLDING CIS AND WHITE SUPREMACY. 

(via talesofthestarshipregeneration)

“Amazingly, in the aftermath of this racist and transphobic attack, the only person facing charges is CeCe McDonald- the victim. Michael Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, has charged CeCe with two counts of second degree murder. Because of these charges, she has been unable to recover from the attack and prevented from continuing her studies at the Minneapolis Community Technical College. Considering that County Attorney Michael Freeman has dropped charges in similar situations this year and that he has advocated strongly for programs to keep kids in school, arguing “We all know that when kids miss school they don’t learn,” why is Michael Freeman ruthlessly going after this young student?

We refuse to allow racism and transphobia, on Minnapolis streets or in Minneapolis courts. We support CeCe. We are waiting for County Attorney Michael Freeman to honor his committment, in his words “to serve all of our citizens with understanding, dignity, and respect” by dropping the charges against CeCe McDonald.

Michael Freeman: Minneapolis says, FREE CECE.

[petition link] FREE CECE: We’re Looking at You, Michael Freeman: Drop the Charges Against CeCe McDonald [WARNING: talk of anti-trans/racist violence — assault & anti-trans, racist & gay-bashing slurs]

ALSO:

here’s where to donate to CeCe’s support fund (link);

here’s info about calling/faxing/emailing County Attorney Freeman’s office about this (link),

and here are some online free faxing places:

and here’s the “Get Involved” page for the blog (link), which has more:

There are many ways you can support CeCe! Check out the links below for information on various ways to get involved. Email us at mpls4cece(A)gmail.com if you wanna come to a support committee meeting or have questions about ways to help.

(via numol)

ALSO: here’s the “Court Dates and Rallies” page (link) — right now it includes: Motion hearing scheduled for April 24; the CeCe Solidarity Dance Party on April 26; and CeCe’s Trial on April 30.

(via numol)

ALERT: there is a tumblr now: http://freececemcdonald.tumblr.com/

and here’s their post that has a list of all the events leading up to her trial on April 30th (link)

[above stuff copy/pasted from earlier — tumblr won’t let me reblog myself for some reason]

(via numol)

EDIT: from the updated “Court Dates and Rallies” page (link):

CeCe’s trial is set for 9:00 am on April 30, 2012, in rm 1359 of Hennepin County Government Center, 300 6th St S, Mpls. Her trial may last up to two weeks,  so please come out whenever you can, and watch the site for updates as the trial progresses.

Supporters are encouraged to wear purple to show solidarity with CeCe.

We’re hoping to have lunch for supporters every day, and plan to gather on the south side (7th St) of the courthouse everyday during lunch break (anytime between 11am and 1:30pm), and after trial recesses in the late afternoon (sometime around 4-5pm). If you’d like to help prepare food or get involved in court support some other way, come to one of the upcoming community meetings or email mpls4cece(a)gmail.com.

See our “Trial Support” page for more info on how to help out.

(via theirriandjhiquishow-deactivate)

freececemcdonald:

Just a portion of the folks that came to pack the courtroom today for the first day of CeCe’s trial. We not only packed the courtroom but also lined both sides of the hallways. The Queer & Trans community is powerful when united!
CeCe McDonald Trial Preview of Day 1
http://www.prettyqueer.com/2012/04/30/cece-mcdonald-trial-preview-of-day-1/

freececemcdonald:

Just a portion of the folks that came to pack the courtroom today for the first day of CeCe’s trial. We not only packed the courtroom but also lined both sides of the hallways. The Queer & Trans community is powerful when united!

CeCe McDonald Trial Preview of Day 1

http://www.prettyqueer.com/2012/04/30/cece-mcdonald-trial-preview-of-day-1/

freececemcdonald:

Today, Monday, April 30, 2012
at the CeCe McDonald Trial…
-The first day of CeCe McDonald’s trial had national support from Mara Keisling, founding executive director of the National Center of Transgender Equality, and Leslie Feinberg, renowned author of Stone Butch Blues, both of whom flew out to Minneapolis to attend today’s proceedings.
-In court, the judge ruled on several remaining motions. The defense moved to exclude a photo of the t-shirt Dean Schmitz, the deceased, was wearing June 5th on the grounds that it could unfairly prejudice the jury. This motion was denied.
- In the discussion of this motion, the prosecution stated no weapon had been recovered from the scene. They also acknowledged it remains unclear what the weapon which caused Schmitz’s wound was.
-The defense continued with a motion to sequester, or isolate from the proceedings, three Hennepin County Witness Coordinators during the examination of the witnesses they had interviewed because they were also potential witnesses. This motion was granted.
-The defense moved to allow other expert witness testimony on transgender issues. The judge will make a final decision about allowing expert witness testimony after further deliberation.
-The defense moved to allow CeCe more than the one change of clothes generally permitted. This motion was granted. (Today she wore black skinny slacks with a magenta button-down, black and grey paisley sweater and absolutely superb grey pumps.)
-We are not aware of a decision that has been made regarding whether Dean Schmitz’s swastika tattoo will be admitted as evidence during the trial.
-Jury selection will begin Tuesday, May 1st.
(Picture is of Rai’vyn Cross, CeCe’s sister & Leslie Feinberg, some random activist that showed up the first day of court. ;P Thanks Leslie!)

freececemcdonald:

Today, Monday, April 30, 2012

at the CeCe McDonald Trial…

  • -The first day of CeCe McDonald’s trial had national support from Mara Keisling, founding executive director of the National Center of Transgender Equality, and Leslie Feinberg, renowned author of Stone Butch Blues, both of whom flew out to Minneapolis to attend today’s proceedings.
  • -In court, the judge ruled on several remaining motions. The defense moved to exclude a photo of the t-shirt Dean Schmitz, the deceased, was wearing June 5th on the grounds that it could unfairly prejudice the jury. This motion was denied.
  • - In the discussion of this motion, the prosecution stated no weapon had been recovered from the scene. They also acknowledged it remains unclear what the weapon which caused Schmitz’s wound was.
  • -The defense continued with a motion to sequester, or isolate from the proceedings, three Hennepin County Witness Coordinators during the examination of the witnesses they had interviewed because they were also potential witnesses. This motion was granted.
  • -The defense moved to allow other expert witness testimony on transgender issues. The judge will make a final decision about allowing expert witness testimony after further deliberation.
  • -The defense moved to allow CeCe more than the one change of clothes generally permitted. This motion was granted. (Today she wore black skinny slacks with a magenta button-down, black and grey paisley sweater and absolutely superb grey pumps.)
  • -We are not aware of a decision that has been made regarding whether Dean Schmitz’s swastika tattoo will be admitted as evidence during the trial.
  • -Jury selection will begin Tuesday, May 1st.

(Picture is of Rai’vyn Cross, CeCe’s sister & Leslie Feinberg, some random activist that showed up the first day of court. ;P Thanks Leslie!)

freececemcdonald:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the CeCe McDonald Trial…..
The whole day in court was spent on the jury selection process. Literally the WHOLE DAY, the only other thing that is new is we confirmed this morning that JUDGE MORENA HAS OFFICIALLY DENIED ADMISSION OF THE SWASTIKA TATTOO INTO EVIDENCE. Court will resume at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, and jury selection is expected to conclude in the morning. Opening arguments will likely occur in the afternoon.
While that lacks excitement look at this picture that was just posted out of Manhattan. Thanks supporters, FREE CECE!

freececemcdonald:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the CeCe McDonald Trial…..

The whole day in court was spent on the jury selection process. Literally the WHOLE DAY, the only other thing that is new is we confirmed this morning that JUDGE MORENA HAS OFFICIALLY DENIED ADMISSION OF THE SWASTIKA TATTOO INTO EVIDENCE. Court will resume at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, and jury selection is expected to conclude in the morning. Opening arguments will likely occur in the afternoon.

While that lacks excitement look at this picture that was just posted out of Manhattan. Thanks supporters, FREE CECE!

freececemcdonald:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA ADVISORY
May 2, 2012
Contact: Katie Burgess, Executive Director, Trans Youth Support Network, transyouthsupportnetwork@gmail.com, (612) 363-7574; and Billy Navarro, Jr., MN Transgender Health Coalition, mntranspr@gmail.com, (612)823-1152
Supporters of Chrishaun McDonald Hold Press Conference After Opening Statements
Local and National Transgender Leaders Update Public on McDonald’s Case
Supporters of Chrishuan “CeCe” McDonald will hold a press conference Wednesday, May 02 at noon on the North Steps of the Hennepin County Government Building,  The press conference will precede opening statements from attorneys for the defense and prosecution in McDonald’s case.
What: Press Conference
When: Wednesday, May 2, 12pm
Where: Hennepin County Government Center, North Steps
The press conference will include brief remarks from:
·         Rai’vyn Cross, McDonald’s sister
·         Dean Spade, Professor at Seattle University School of Law and founder of the New York-based Sylvia Rivera Law Project
·         Katie Burgess, Director of Minneapolis’s Trans Youth Support Network.
Speakers will provide the latest updates on McDonald’s case and discuss the broader issues facing transgender women of color as they relate to McDonald’s case.
McDonald’s trial began Monday, April 30. Members of the CeCe McDonald Support Committee will be available for interviews following the press conference.
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freececemcdonald:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

May 2, 2012

Contact: Katie Burgess, Executive Director, Trans Youth Support Network, transyouthsupportnetwork@gmail.com, (612) 363-7574; and Billy Navarro, Jr., MN Transgender Health Coalition, mntranspr@gmail.com, (612)823-1152

Supporters of Chrishaun McDonald Hold Press Conference After Opening Statements

Local and National Transgender Leaders Update Public on McDonald’s Case

Supporters of Chrishuan “CeCe” McDonald will hold a press conference Wednesday, May 02 at noon on the North Steps of the Hennepin County Government Building,  The press conference will precede opening statements from attorneys for the defense and prosecution in McDonald’s case.

What: Press Conference

When: Wednesday, May 2, 12pm

Where: Hennepin County Government Center, North Steps

The press conference will include brief remarks from:

·         Rai’vyn Cross, McDonald’s sister

·         Dean Spade, Professor at Seattle University School of Law and founder of the New York-based Sylvia Rivera Law Project

·         Katie Burgess, Director of Minneapolis’s Trans Youth Support Network.

Speakers will provide the latest updates on McDonald’s case and discuss the broader issues facing transgender women of color as they relate to McDonald’s case.

McDonald’s trial began Monday, April 30. Members of the CeCe McDonald Support Committee will be available for interviews following the press conference.

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freececemcdonald:

WE NEED FOLKS TO COME OUT FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 AT NOON ON THE NORTH STEPS OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUILDING.
Come help us show the reporters that she has a huge community behind her!

freececemcdonald:

WE NEED FOLKS TO COME OUT FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 AT NOON ON THE NORTH STEPS OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUILDING.

Come help us show the reporters that she has a huge community behind her!