From Minnie Bruce Pratt
Leslie Feinberg is being re-charged for her solidarity action to Free CeCe McDonald. Please join me by sending messages to Hennepin County chief prosecutor Michael Freeman (address below). This morning I sent this message to Freeman:
Stop the war against transwomen of color!
Stop racist, anti-trans state hate crimes!
FREE CECE MCDONALD NOW!
Hands off Leslie Feinberg!
Drop the charges!
An injury to one is an injury to all!
Please email/ fax/ call in your own message to:
Prosecutor Michael Freeman
And please help re-post this call far and wide!
I am outraged that Leslie has been ordered to an arraignment in Minneapolis for the fourth time, forcing a 2,000-mile round-trip.
The first three times, Leslie was ordered to arraignment hearings on a felony charge. Mass outcry forced the prosecutor to drop that charge.
Now, Leslie is being charged with a “gross misdemeanor,” which threatens up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
I will be joining Leslie in the courtroom in Minneapolis to demonstrate my solidarity in struggle. I’ll be wearing purple in solidarity with CeCe McDonald. I hope to see you there also!
Sept. 13 8:30 am
Hennepin County District Court
401 South Fourth Street
Leslie sends this message to activists:
“I travel to South Minneapolis gladly.
“I wrote the peoples’ verdict on the jail house wall–’FREE CECE NOW!’ on June 4—the day CeCe McDonald was sentenced to prison, and on the last night she would spend in that county jail
“My action in demonstration of solidarity–on the one-year anniversary of the attack on CeCe and her loved ones, and CeCe’s arrest, almost to the hour–was not furtive.
“The prosecution is aggressively defending the value, the ‘personhood’ of the jailhouse wall—property!
“My action demonstrates my solidarity with the lives of oppressed people struggling behind the walls of the jails, prisons and detention centers in mass, racist concentration camps known as the Prison-Industrial Complex.
“The charge of Gross Misdemeanor, like the felony charge, is meant to intimidate–to discourage actions of solidarity in struggle.
“I am not intimidated. As an anti-racist, I stand my ground–alongside warriors who are rolling forward towards liberation, and who are double-clicking forward to freedom while confined to bed.
“To those who ask how they can help me: Please help keep the focus of my court-ordered appearances on these struggles against oppressions and injustice!
“FREE CECE NOW!!”