On February 18, 1965, a young man named Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed by a member of the Alabama State Police during a non-violent civil rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama.
Seventeen days later, 525 civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in protest of that killing. They were attacked by state and local police armed with billy clubs, whips, and tear gas. (You can read the New York Times' entire horrifying accounthere.) That day—March 7, 1965—would come to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”
This campaign has a lot of awesome stuff going for it.
1) Transgender PoC make up about half the face of the campaign.
2) There is a genderqueer person (!!) and their caption respectfully uses “person” instead of man or woman.
3) Plus-sized trans* people for the win!
4) Finally a campaign explicitly for trans* people that emphasizes our deserving respect and courtesy.
5) The transgender women and men are included in “any woman/man” which is huge because it emphasizes that trans* women and men are women and men too; it leaves no room for argument and doesn’t turn it into a debate about genitals.
6) Emphasis on our being a part of the communities we live in. We aren’t any different than anyone else.
I really love the DC Transgender Respect campaign and I wish more states and cities would launch stuff like this!
This week we’re profiling women activists working with Greenpeace including Hettie Geenan, first mate on the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, Leila Deen, who leads the campaign against fracking and Laila Williams, who connects Greenpeace with indigenous communities, women’s groups and people of color.
The same prosecutor who failed to secure murder convictions for George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn now says she’ll seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison until she is 93 for firing a warning shot that hurt no one.
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