On May 6, 2012, the Oakland Police Department added to the list of black people that have been killed by police so far this year by taking high school senior Alan Blueford’s life.
Alan was standing outside with some friends (around 90th & Birch in Oakland) when some members of the Oakland Police Department pulled up and racially profiled him. Alan ran, and was SHOT IN THE BACK three times while fleeing. Even if you think he deserved to be punished for running away from a police officer (which, really? Who can blame people of color for being fearful of police?), the punishment, even within our broken “justice” system, is supposed to be arrest. As Hammer, formerly known as MC Hammer, said at the vigil last night, “How can the penalty for fleeing be death?”
The same officer who killed Alan Blueford also shot himself in the foot – suspicious much? OPD tried to lie about this too, but later admitted it. “Uhoh, better make it look like I got shot, too!” certainly wouldn’t be surprising behavior from an OPD member, and if it was an accident, we need to have police officers who don’t lose control of their weapons!
There will be a march for justice for Alan in Oakland today, beginning at 9200 Birth Street and ending at Eastmont Mall Police Sub-Station (at 2652 73rd Ave.).
To stay up-to-date on activities, check out Justice 4 Alan Blueford.
RIP ALAN BLUEFORD! STOP RACIST POLICE KILLINGS!
This Sunday, May 13th, there will be a rally for justice for Brandy Martell, a transgender woman of color who was killed in a hate crime murder in downtown Oakland on April 29, 2012.
The rally will begin at 2pm at Oscar Grant Plaza (formerly known as Frank Ogawa Plaza) at 14th & Broadway in downtown Oakland.
If you can, please show up and help call attention to the brutal injustice of trans-misogyny!
CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color, is facing years in jail for self-defense from a trans-misogynistic, racist attack. Because of the bigoted criminal justice system, she was forced to plead guilty to second degree manslaughter to avoid facing an even longer sentence. Sign the petition and tell Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to pardon her now!
[Trigger Warning for Trans-misogyny, transphobia]
As if the trans-misogynistic hate crime murder of Brandy Martell wasn’t enough, the Oakland Tribune saw fit to kill her yet again by mis-gendering her in their article about her death. I am not going to link to the article and give them more traffic — you can find it easily enough if you must — but here’s a breakdown. Be warned that the quotes below contain seriously potentially-triggering trans-misogyny/transphobia.
Direct quote from the Oakland Tribune #1:
“Authorities confirmed that [birth name redacted by Inoculated City], of Hayward, a biological man, was shot and killed…”
Really, Oakland Tribune, printing information about the genitals of a murder victim? Horrifically unacceptable. Imagine an article about a cis woman saying, “Authorities confirmed that Sarah Smith, a biological woman, was shot and killed.” That would never happen. So why the fuck are irrelevant details about this murder victim’s body being printed in the story? Trans-misogynistic, transphobic sensationalism.
Direct quote from the Oakland Tribune #2:
“the victim, who identifies as Brandy Martell and had long been living as a woman.…”
Excuse me? Identifies as? Would you say that about a cis woman, Oakland Tribune? She didn’t “identify as Brandy Martell,” she WAS Brandy Martell. She wasn’t “living as a woman,” she WAS a woman.
Not only is this extremely disrespectful and bigoted, Oakland Tribune, but it actively goes against the AP Stylebook and GLAAD Media Guide.
Fix this prejudiced garbage, Oakland Tribune, and treat murder victims and all trans women with the basic respect and decency they deserve!
P.S. why do you care more about sending hundreds of cops out to prevent windows from being damaged (which the vast majority of protestors don’t remotely take part in) than devoting more resources to solving the hate crime murder that happened over the weekend? Just a question.
Last night, a trans woman named Brandy (spelled incorrectly by initial reports as Brandi) was murdered in downtown Oakland (at 13th & Franklin). Not because of some “Oakland is dangerous!” shit, but because of violent trans-misogyny. According to witnesses, a man was harassing her and shot her when he found out she was trans.
Occupy Oakland held a vigil tonight, and there will be a public funeral and homecoming service for Brandy Martell Wednesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at C.P. Bannon Mortuary, 6800 International Boulevard in Oakland.
Brandy Martell (Photo © Tiffany Woods)
RIP BRANDY, you will not be forgotten.
A few days ago, yet another trans woman was killed in Washington D.C. Even just counting documented reports that made it into the media (albeit, naturally, with overall piss-poor coverage), this is the third murder attempt (two of which — including this one — have been fatal) on trans women in Washington D.C. in the last six months alone. Stop the trans-misogyny! Stop the violence! Or, you know just keep focusing on gay marriage as the all-important “LGBT” issue. It’s not like people are dying as a result.
And yes, the ignorance that results in this kind of violence is directly related to the fact that organizations and activists that claim to work for “LGBT rights” focus on the most privileged of the group’s marriage rights, rather than the right to live of the most vulnerable in the group.