Toshio Meronek

Trans Activist Leslie Feinberg Re-Charged for Cece McDonald Protest

Filed By Toshio Meronek | September 10, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: CeCe McDonald, Leslie Feinberg, Minneapolis

A Minnesota prosecutor has charged trans author and activist Leslie Feinberg with a "gross misdemeanor" for a solidarity action outside the court where Cece McDonald was being sentenced on June 4.

For those out of the loop, Cece McDonald is the black, trans woman who is in prison in that state for acting in self-defense against a white, straight, male attacker. Thumbnail image for Free Cece billboardFor more, see Jillian Weiss's May post "Death & the Maiden", written at the time McDonald took a plea deal.

According to Workers World (where Feinberg's a managing editor):

Despite being in poor health, Feinberg traveled to Minnesota to visit McDonald in jail prior to her sentencing, and again for McDonald's June 4 sentencing. A large "noise" protest took place outside the county jail that night to let McDonald - and her state captors - know she was not alone.

Feinberg was arrested and jailed for three nights without bond for hir participation in the actions outside the jail. Mass pressure on the county attorney resulted in Feinberg's release and the dropping of felony charges.

In Minnesota, a gross misdemeanor can get you up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine. You can read Leslie's statement about the charges here, and find contact information for the Minneapolis City Attorney's office here.

Whatever the official reason for re-charging Feinberg, you have to assume that the fact that ze wouldn't keep quiet about Cece McDonald's case has something to do with it. Ze'll be in court on September 13, and asks that people who show up wear purple to show their solidarity with McDonald.

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