Archive for October, 2007
Not my originally planned first post, but this is important.
The amazing women of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence have created a powerful brochure about how to end police violence against women and trans people of color. My recommendation? PRINT IT OUT AND DISTRIBUTE!!!!! Also, if you would like copies of the brochure, you can also e-mail email@example.com, with the number of copies you’d like and an address to send it to!
Look at Remembering Our Dead and see just how many of those dead are trans people of color. How many of those men and women died because the police did not take their claims seriously or worse? How many trans people of color suffer police violence and abuse? Too many. As a white trans woman, I’ve been fortunate enough to have two near-misses when it comes to police abuse - and in both cases, I had been on hormones for slightly over a year, and looked ambiguously gendered – but I’ve been in many situations where I could have been subjected to it. I know how many times I’ve had to call the police for assistance, and I know how quickly they could decide I was the problem. Fortunately for me, this isn’t a routine danger. As long as I don’t do anything to attract the wrong kind of police attention, I’m relatively safe.
Women and trans people of color are not.