WE DID IT! Happy Birthday Marsha!

Happy Birthday, Marsha!

Happy Birthday, Marsha!

WE DID IT! Together, we have raised over $25,500 to lift up the rich legacies of Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera!  Over 400 people have donated and countless others helped us spread the word by sending out emails, posting on Facebook, and tweeting calls for support, we couldn’t have done this without you! THANK YOU!

In a moment when violence against trans women of color continues to take more and more lives the collective lifting up Sylvia and Marsha’s legacies not only resists the exclusion of trans women of color from the very movements we helped create, but is a powerful assertion that our lives are valuable beyond measure! This film, written, co-produced and co-directed by a trans woman of color, will be the first of its kind to reach a wide audience and could not have happened without all of you who understand the importance of story and representation in claiming a lineage and practicing self-determination.

On a celebratory note today Happy Birthday, Marsha! is featured on Indiewire’s Bent Blog, you can check out the great interview done by Rodrigo Brandão here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/bent/crowdfunders-forum-a-new-film-celebrates-and-honors-the-legacy-of-marsha-p-johnson-and-sylvia-rivera-20140814

LETS CELEBRATE! There are still 21 hours to donate and any additional funds will go towards our total budget (which is on our Kickstarter page) so would definitely benefit from your continued support. Please keep sharing this major victory!

We couldn’t have done this without you and we can’t thank you enough!

Reina & Sasha

Support Marsha P Johnson & Sylvia Rivera film on Kickstarter!

Happy Birthday, Marsha!

Happy Birthday, Marsha!

This morning my collaborator Sasha Wortzel and I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Happy Birthday, Marsha!  a short film about legendary best friends and trans activists, Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson & Sylvia Rivera, in the hours before the Stonewall riots.
How we tell the stories of our heroes matters, so we are drawing upon our community to make this film written, directed and produced by people living Sylvia & Marsha’s legacy. It’s been 45 years since the Stonewall rebellion yet the leading role that street queens, trans women of color and gender non-conforming people had during the riots hasn’t received the recognition it deserves. By making Happy Birthday, Marsha! we are seeking to change that, but we need your help to make it happen.

We have two asks for you:

1) Will you support on a level that’s good for you?

2) Will you publicize our fundraiser through social media with your networks?

You can learn more about Happy Birthday, Marsha! and become a backer here 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/405694149/happy-birthday-marsha
 
Please remember that every little bit counts, and that we must reach our goal of $25,000 in order to receive the funds. Finally, please forward this on and introduce us to anyone you believe would support this project.
Thank you so much!

 

Justice for Jane Doe and the urgency of survival by Chase Strangio and Reina Gossett

Jane Doe representation by Molly Crabapple http://mollycrabapple.com/

Jane Doe representation by Molly Crabapple http://mollycrabapple.com/

This is Jane.

Jane asked her supporters to share this representation of her so you can see her as the person that those of us who know her best do: a teenager who wants to smile with friends, shop for prom dresses with Janet Mock, and have a family to love her.

She wants you to see her this way because today is the 65th day that she has been in prison at an adult facility despite never having been charged with a crime or convicted of one.

Since being incarcerated Jane has spent most of her time in solitary confinement. She has not interacted with a peer since January. She cannot shower without two guards watching her. She has asked for help and those with legal custody over her have locked her away in the hopes that she will be forgotten.We have also read Jane Doe’s own words about her situation, which is incredibly dire. On May 8, after spending a month in prison with no charges, Jane asked Connecticut Governor Dannel O’Malloy for help:

“I have been sitting in this prison for a month now and there is no plan to get me out. I am suffering in here. I’m having trouble sleeping and I’m not eating much. I cry in bed every night. I can’t be myself in this place. I feel forgotten and thrown away…DCF is supposed to be helping me, right? If this is helping me then I’m all set with being helped.  I would be a lot better off being on my own. It seems like you’re my last chance to get out of here. Don’t forget about me. I can’t take another month of this.

Over 18,681 people have now petitioned the Connecticut Department of Children and Families to demand Jane Doe be released, and this week Katie Couric had Laverne Cox, Tiq Milan and Chase Strangio on to discuss Jane’s case.

Yet she still remains in prison. Jane needs to be released from prison so that she can heal and experience the love and support that she deserves. Jane is a teenager with dreams whose humanity we cannot forget and she needs our help to make that happen.

Join us demand her immediate release!

Take Action!

Join Jane and her legal team on June 16

Demand justice for the Department of Children and Families’ actions. https://www.facebook.com/events/1499816573567240/

Write Jane a letter.
Jane needs letters of love and support for her struggle. Email justice4janect@gmail.com with the subject “Letter for Jane Doe” and the #JusticeForJane organizers will get your letter to her attorney, who can get it to her.

Print & fill in this sign (or write your own!), take a picture & upload it to Twitter, Tumblr & other social media with the #JusticeForJane hashtag.
Some ideas: I demand #JusticeForJane because 65 days in prison without charges is too much!
I demand #JusticeForJane because mass incarceration destroys lives & families.
I demand #JusticeForJane because no one should be punished for defending themselves.
I demand #JusticeForJane because DCF has a responsibility to care for children, not abuse and lock them up!
Call & Tweet DCF Commissioner Joette Katz and CT Governor Dannel Malloy
Call DCF at 860-550-6300.
Call Governor Malloy at 860-566-4840.

Sample message: I’m calling to demand that Joette Katz and Governor Malloy take action to immediately release Jane Doe, the 16-year-old trans girl who’s been kept at York Correctional for 65 days now without charges. It’s an outrage that DCF and the State of Connecticut are responding to abuse by torturing the victim instead of giving Jane a safe environment.

How did your calls go? Reply to this post, tweet with #JusticeForJane or @Justice4JaneCT on Twitter and let us know.

Then, click this link to send a tweet to DCF and Governor Malloy:

.@CTDCF, @GovMalloyOffice: 65 days in prison is 65 days too many! #JusticeForJane means releasing her to a safe & caring environment now!

(You can edit the tweet before you send it. Make sure to use the #JusticeForJane hashtag!)

Sign & Share the Petition
Join over 18,681others that have signed a petition demanding #JusticeForJane on change.org

 

Read More:

Janet Mock’s Open Letter to Jane

Reina on #JusticeforJane

Chase on Remembering Jane’s Humanity

Justice for Jane Tumblr

We Demand #JusticeForJane Because No One Is Disposable!

Today marks the 50th day that Jane Doe, a 16 year old trans girl of color has been incarcerated in an adult prison in Connecticut even though she has not been convicted of any crime and has no criminal charges against her.  She has spent most of that time in solitary confinement. She has not interacted with a peer since January. She cannot shower without two guards watching her. She has asked for help and those with legal custody over her have locked her away in the hopes that she will be forgotten.

Thankfully, since her incarceration Jane’s story has been covered by the New York Times, CNN, Salon, ELIXHIR and more. We have also read Jane Doe’s own words about her situation, which is incredibly dire. She says:

I have been sitting in this prison for a month now and there is no plan to get me out. I am suffering in here. I’m having trouble sleeping and I’m not eating much. I cry in bed every night. I can’t be myself in this place. I feel forgotten and thrown away…If you’re the Governor then you are in charge of everyone who works for the state. DCF is supposed to be helping me, right? If this is helping me then I’m all set with being helped.  I would be a lot better off being on my own. It seems like you’re my last chance to get out of here. Don’t forget about me. I can’t take another month of this.

But she is still incarcerated along with so many other people whose names we will never learn.

A lot has been done in the past decade to bring to light the disproportionate rates of incarceration for trans people, in particular trans women of color as well as to highlight the realities of life for trans people who are incarcerated, check out Its War In Here.

More recently people have been pushing social movements, including feminist and abolitionist movements to center gender self determination & trans liberation as a lens thru which we do our work (check out CAPTIVE GENDERS y’all).

Some of us have written and created materials to break down what abolitioning the carceral state means (Barnard Center for Research On Women has a great primer here) how it centers on the fact that no one is disposable and that this movement needs all of us, I’m thinking particularly of the series of videos CeCe McDonald, Dean Spade and I created.

So today I’m witnessing the movement to free Jane Doe through a lens that no one should be incarcerated, that the call for Justice for Jane is a call to abolish the whole system and continue to grow alternatives.  A system that incarcerates a 16 year-old trans girl of color is not broke, it’s actually working exactly how it was designed.A system that punishes the resilience that it takes to survive a lifetime of trauma is precisely this system that descends from chattel slavery, convict leasing, and Jim Crow with the goal of maintaining the mechanisms of white supremacy that have built this criminal injustice system.

That’s why we are asking you to join us in demanding Justice for JaneThe Justice For Jane support team has outlined 5 ways to get involved today in order to put pressure on Connecticut and support Jane to get free.

They are:

1. Print & fill in this sign (or write your own!), take a picture & upload it to Twitter, Tumblr & other social media with the #JusticeForJane hashtag.
Some ideas: I demand #JusticeForJane because 50 days in prison without charges is too much!
I demand #JusticeForJane because mass incarceration destroys lives & families.
I demand #JusticeForJane because no one should be punished for defending themselves.
I demand #JusticeForJane because DCF has a responsibility to care for children, not abuse and lock them up!
2. Call & Tweet DCF Commissioner Joette Katz and CT Governor Dannel Malloy
Call DCF at 860-550-6300.
Call Governor Malloy at 860-566-4840.
Sample message: I’m calling to demand that Joette Katz and Governor Malloy take action to immediately release Jane Doe, the 16-year-old trans girl who’s been kept at York Correctional for 50 days now without charges. It’s an outrage that DCF and the State of Connecticut are responding to abuse by torturing the victim instead of giving Jane a safe environment.

How did your calls go? Reply to this post, tweet with #JusticeForJane or @Justice4JaneCT on Twitter and let us know.

hen, Click this link to send a tweet to DCF and Governor Malloy:

.@CTDCF, @GovMalloyOffice: 50 days in prison is 50 days too many! #JusticeForJane means releasing her to a safe & caring environment now!

(You can edit the tweet before you send it. Make sure to use the #JusticeForJane hashtag!)

3. Write Jane a letter.
Jane needs letters of love and support for her struggle. Email justice4janect@gmail.com with the subject “Letter for Jane Doe” and the #JusticeForJane organizers will get your letter to her attorney, who can get it to her.

4. Sign & Share the Petition
Join over 4,000 others that have signed a petition demanding #JusticeForJane on change.org