News CeCe McDonald, democracy now, trial begins

Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Wild Gender


CeCe McDonald’s Story Airs on “Democracy Now”

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. — Amy Goodman at Democracy Now, interviews Katie Burgess of the Trans Youth Support Network and Raven Cross, a friend of CeCe McDonald, in a segment on McDonald that airs today on Goodman’s nationally syndicated radio show.

McDonald is scheduled to go on trial Monday, April 30 at 9 a.m., on charges of second-degree murder after an altercation where she was physically attacked and called racist, homophobic, and transphobic slurs outside a Minneapolis bar last year.

McDonald received 11 stitches to her cheek, and was reportedly interrogated without counsel and placed in solitary confinement following her arrest. There were reports that the dead victim, Dean Schmitz, had a swastika tattooed on his chest. McDonald’s supporters say the case is symptomatic of the bias against transgender people and African Americans in the criminal justice system.

“People were very enraged about what happened to her, and refusal of Hennepin County to recognize her right to self-defense,” said Burgess on the show, noting that Transgender people of color are twice as likely to experience discrimination as their white peers.

Listen to the full show here.

And visit the site, “Support CeCe” to get involved, sign the petition, and write directly to CeCe in solidarity and with your support.

CeCe McDonald, Democracy Now, CeCe McDonald trial begins Monday

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