It is political prisoner Friday at Scission and I know I am going to get the same criticism from some I got last week. They will say that CeCe McDonald is not really a poltical prisoner, no matter how unfair her case may be. They will argue she was not a political activist at the time of her arrest. They are probably right about that last one. They will say the act that precipited her arrest was not a poltical one. I will contest that fact. They will say she is not locked up as a poltical prisoner. I say she is locked up for obvious political reasons and to ignore that she was fighting back against a hate crime is depoliticize something that is surely political. Furthermore, to overlook the fact that she is black and transgender is to stick your head in the sand. Finally, to ignore both is to pretend the cops and the criminal justice system are not instruments of the State
It's my blog and I say that CeCe McDonald is a political prisoner and she should be freed.
Last February CeCe wrote the following:
Just like the triumph of a warrior’s journey
Just like the love and strength that I have given
Just like the rewards of a bee’s honey
I now have victory, because I have risen”
Sometimes I feel blank, like a canvas. Waiting for its oils and pastels and watercolors to help bring out its true colors. To become the Monet or Mona Lisa of this reality. I dream for the paints of life to create my beautiful existence. Where vibrant colors aren’t just seen, misunderstood. But taken for all their glories. Bright and Beautiful like you and I… we are the colors. And without the colors our lives will be blank. Like the untouched canvas, mundane and lacking.
Our canvases are created to be filled, which is condign. And the colors of our lives are to consume the canvas to express love, joy, individuality, growth and all the pictures that express our lives. And as we are the canvas, we are also the illustrator. And with every stroke of the brush, we decide how our art of life will be. Pictures full of lifes achievements and the possibilities. Creators of our own masterpieces, how will you depict your picture? Will you leave your canvas blank and unfulfilled, or will your tableaux show all that life as to offer?
And so, I ask that you all will not leave your canvases undone. Use every color imaginable to show who you are inside and out, for every tint and every hue counts. And as you create your picture remember you are the illustrator, so no one can create your picture but you. So make it the most precious and most beautiful picture that you can, with love, truth, and joy in every color.
The article below is from Ebony.
Why Aren't We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?
CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AFTER DEFENDING HERSELF FROM AN ATTACK, MCDONALD IS HEADING TO PRISON. MARC LAMONT HILL SAYS HER STORY IS BUT ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES OF HOW THE JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILS OUR TRANSGENDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS