The 2015 edition of Creating Change is rapidly approaching, and one of the things the Task Force does during this event is present awards to honor the people involved in our human rights movement.
So happy to discover that the person who will receive the Paul A Anderson Youth Award is none other than CeCe McDonald.
Since being released last January after 17 months of unjust incarceration for defending herself against a July 2010 racist and tranphobic assault aimed at her and some friends in Minneapolis, CeCe quickly became a
leading and outspoken fighter in the movements for LGBTQ liberation,
prison abolition, and racial justice.
She is currently working on a
forthcoming documentary with actress Laverne Cox on her case entitled
Free CeCe. Since being released, CeCe has spoken across the nation: she
served as the Grand Marshall of Seattle Pride, received the
Bayard Rustin Civil Rights award, was featured in an article
published by Rolling Stone Magazine, and has appeared on Democracy Now!,
MSNBC, and in various other media outlets.
And I'll finally get the chance to meet her! Looking forward to giving her a big hug when that happens and hearing her acceptance speech.