Sunday, June 29, 2014

Trans and Queer Activists Beaten and Arrested During SF Pride

From http://gayshamesf.org

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2014
Contact: gayshamesf@yahoo.com

Trans and Queer Activists Beaten and Arrested During SF Pride

San Francisco's Mission District – At least six people were arrested on Saturday night after a protest against a prison-themed Kink.com party.

The six included a National Lawyers' Guild Legal Observer; several protesters were clubbed and beaten to the ground after a protest numbering several hundred marched to the Armory at 14th and Mission Streets in the Mission District, from a 10 p.m. gathering at the 16th Street BART Station. Two of the arrestees have been released; four are still in custody as of 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

The promoters of the Kink.com party mockingly invited people to "get arrested" and enjoy "solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and confinement." The protesters argued that the party was a crude event that profited off of the brutality suffered by trans women and gender nonconforming people of color, who are so often funneled into the prison industrial complex.

"This is a travesty--on the anniversary of the famed Stonewall Rebellion, where trans and queer people rose up against police brutality, that six people would be arrested for protesting an SF Pride-sanctioned party that celebrated state violence and prison rape," said Mary Lou Ratchet, a Gay Shame (gayshamesf.org) representative. The march was organized by Gay Shame and LAGAI (www.lagai.org).

A coalition of community groups and members of the gay community, including Pride Grand Marshals, had already signed on to a petition condemning the event:http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/ 51040/p/dia/action3/common/ public/?action_KEY=14295

take action:

Please join us in continuing and advancing the struggle for liberation from the prision industrial complex by calling in to the SF DA's office to demand that the charges against Rebecca, Prisca, and Sarai are dropped.

Please call in to either
(415) 553-1751
(415) 553-1754

basic ask:

"We demand that the DA's office Drop the Charges against Rebecca Luisa Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, Sarai Robles-Mendez."

Please feel free to add any additional comments and spread the word.

Petitioning Office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón Drop the Charges against Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, Sarai Robles-Mendez

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