This past week I spoke with Chris Lee, a journalist writing for The Media about tonight’s discussion at the New School with CeCe McDonald and Dean Spade on prison abolition, trans activism and love. You can read the interview here. There’s also still time to RSVP for our talk and send in questions for CeCe, Dean and me.
The talk is part of No One Is Disposable, a series of discussion I’ve been hosting as an activist-in residence at Barnard’s Center for Research on Women. Through these conversations I’ve been speaking with activists to discuss the issues most pressing in our lives.
I started these conversations as a small intervention in a political climate imprisonment of poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, who are immigrants is happening faster than ever before. And as trans women of color and low income trans people our very survival is criminalized, whether that’s fighting back against an attacker such as in CeCe McDonald’s case or meeting your basic needs through sex work, as Monica Jone’s activism has reminded us.
Through this series, which will continue to happen both online and in person, I’ll be working to put the spotlight on the incredibly brilliant ways we as oppressed people are fighting back, surviving and building strong communities in the face of enormous violence. By doing that I hope the flip the script and highlight the power and agency of marginalized people, particularly trans and gender non conforming people who are low income or people of color.
So I hope to see you tonight and at future installments of No One Is Disposable!