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CeCe McDonald at UNC: Race, Gender and Prison Abolition
April 13, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
CeCe McDonald, an aspiring fashion student living in Minneapolis, was attacked by a racist, transphobic mob while walking to a grocery store in June 2011. She fought back and one of her attackers, who was intoxicated and had a swastika tattoo, died a few days following the incident. CeCe was charged with murder and faced up to 80 years in prison simply for defending herself. While in prison she discovered that her story was far from unique and that she was among many Black people, especially Black trans womyn, who had been railroaded into the prison system.
The stories of other freedom fighters including Assata Shakur, Angela Davis and Mumia Abu-Jamal inspired her to fight not only for her own freedom, but for all trans womyn who have been killed or made victims of the criminal justice system.
Since her release in 2014, CeCe has become a prominent outspoken activist, inspiring many to take action against mass incarceration and to stand up for racial justice and trans liberation. CeCe has worked closely with Laverne Cox and Leslie Feinberg to raise awareness about trans issues.
CeCe will speak on the intersections of race, gender and the urgency of prison abolition at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30PM in Chapman Hall room 201. This event is FREE and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the UNControllables, a radical political student group at Chapel Hill. The UNControllables have hosted a variety of speakers and workshops related to liberationist and abolitionist politics, including former Black Panther Ashanti Alston, artist Kai Barrow, and Afro-Pessimist scholar Dr. Frank Wilderson, III.
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