Drop the Charges Against CeCe McDonald
  • Petitioned Michael Freeman

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Marlene Senechal
FREE CECE: We're Looking at You, Michael Freeman

Drop the Charges Against CeCe McDonald

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Last summer, CeCe McDonald, a young African American transgender woman, was violently attacked in the heart of South Minneapolis. As she and several friends, also African American and queer or allied, were walking to the grocery store, a group of white adults standing outside of a bar started shouting racist and transphobic insults at them, calling the youth "faggots," "niggers," and "chicks with dicks". Tragically, the violence did not stop there- one of the white adults slashed CeCe across the face with a broken bottle, cutting all the way through her cheek, and another of the attackers was fatally stabbed.  

Amazingly, in the aftermath of this racist and transphobic attack, the only person facing charges is CeCe McDonald- the victim. Michael Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, has charged CeCe with two counts of second degree murder. Because of these charges, she has been unable to recover from the attack and prevented from continuing her studies at the Minneapolis Community Technical College. Considering that County Attorney Michael Freeman has dropped charges in similar situations this year and that he has advocated strongly for programs to keep kids in school, arguing "We all know that when kids miss school they don't learn," why is Michael Freeman ruthlessly going after this young student?  

We refuse to allow racism and transphobia, on Minnapolis streets or in Minneapolis courts. We support CeCe. We are waiting for County Attorney Michael Freeman to honor his committment, in his words "to serve all of our citizens with understanding, dignity, and respect" by dropping the charges against CeCe McDonald.  

Michael Freeman: Minneapolis says, FREE CECE.

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    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a 25-year-old Trans woman from a mixed background and after going through a lot of identity issues, I've accepted the simple truth that whatever makes us outsiders, we've got to stick together through it. Solidarity for equality, justice for all, etc. I think it's wrong to hate people for just being who they are. Stay strong, sister.

    • Natasha Wheeler SALISBURY, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Because this whole trial is a load of transphobic bollocks

    • sophia meredith EVERMAN, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      this is a hate crime and the goverment needs to underline in detail the hat crime statue instead of using it when it fits for them and not for the victim cece had all rights to defend her self with any means necceary

    • Andrea Vogel EDMONTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is unacceptable treatment of transgender people.

    • Jessica Kelly SPARTA, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      All this woman did was fight back as she was getting pummeled. The man that dies had taken the risk that someone might fight back and he could get hurt. He of course thought that the men would win being 4 of them and all.

      She did what she did in self defense, the same as what anyone else would do in the same situation. Others that fight their attackers back are not in jail so why is Ce Ce? She needs to be set free and this injustice ended.


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