Film showing followed by discussionon Saturday Feb 22nd 7pm at the The Joyce Beers Center (3900 Vermont St between Panera and Aladdin restaurants, Uptown District Mall, Hillcrest, San Diego)
Join SAME, Black and Pink San Diego, Canvass for a Cause, and Activist San Diego for this special film showing.
Evidence suggests that thirty percent of all transgender people have been imprisoned —three times the national average.
Imagine being a woman in a men's prison. For many individuals, this is a grim reality because the U.S. prison system decides where to place inmates based on their genitalia, not their gender identity. This award-winning documentary makes an unflinching examination of transgender women in men's prisons. Ashley, Linda, Anna, Yolanda and Ophelia describe their experiences undergoing inhumane and humiliating treatment including rape, violence, solitary confinement and denial of medial care. One interviewee explains. "A lot of times I wake up, and I look around at my surroundings, and I see all these men. I think, 'What am I doing here?'" The women in Cruel and Unusual don't deny that they must serve their sentences, but their stories raise very important questions about their treatment. Are the human rights of these women and many others across the United States violated?
Speaker Program 7pm Monday Feb 17th at The Joyce Beers Center (3900 Vermont St in San Diego.)
Why is the U.S. prison system called the "New Jim Crow"?
Why are private companies getting into the prison business, and how do they think it's going to benefit their bottom lines?
Why is there a higher incarceration rate in the U.S. than any country in the world?
What is the connection between the expanding U.S. prison population and the "War on Drugs?"
How do gender-variant people fare in U.S. prisons?
is abolishing the prison system a real possiblity?
Join SAME, CFAC, and Activist San Diego, as we host James Messer and Cathy Mendonca of Black and Pink San Diego, and Leo Lawrence of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to find out the answers. See you there! (Image via Black and Pink San Diego)
Canvass for a Cause is now new neighbors with The 1st Avenue Family Planning Michelle Wagoner Center! Anti-choice demonstrators voice their opposition to reproductive freedom with misogynistic rhetoric and triggering images to intimidate patients on a regular basis. This action will be at 1st Avenue & Grape Street in San Diego
This Valentine's, join SAME and CFAC in showing Planned Parenthood love and appreciation for all of the great services that they provide to our community! ♥
(image via Canvass for a Cause)
Join SAME, Canvass for a Cause, and other allies at the corner of University Ave & 6Th Ave in the Hillcrest area of San Diego on Jan 11th, 2014 at 4pm!
WHY WE RALLY
Transgender students moved one step closer to justice with the passing of the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) this year. This brand new California bill guarantees transgender students safe access to necessary school facilities & activities in public schools. As you may know, this bill and these students are under attack by national transphobic organizations. Since the fall of 2013, they have been running a media smear campaign against trans* youth and lying to the public to get this issue on the ballot.
California officials have until Jan. 8th to complete a random verification sample of the signatures. Depending on the validity rate, they may either a) qualify the referendum b) fail to qualify the referendum or c) trigger a complete verification process which would take until March to complete. WHETHER THEY QUALIFY THE REFERENDUM OR NOT, WE WILL RALLY IN HILLCREST TO SUPPORT OUR YOUTH!
WHY WE RALLY
Transgender students moved one step closer to justice with the passing of the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) this year. This brand new California bill guarantees transgender students safe access to necessary school facilities & activities in public schools. As you may know, this bill and these students are under attack by national transphobic organizations. Over the past 90 days, they have been running a media smear campaign against trans* youth and lying to the public to get this issue on the ballot. We Meet AT 6:30pm under the Hillcrest Pride Flag! ( University Ave and Normal St, San Diego, CA )
California officials have until Nov. 20th to count & validate signatures. WHETHER THEY QUALIFY THE REFERENDUM OR NOT, WE WILL RALLY IN HILLCREST TO SUPPORT OUR YOUTH!