New Coverage of Athena's Strike:
SF Examiner: Transgender County Jail inmate on hunger strike protesting housing rules
SF Weekly: Trans Woman in S.F. Jail On Hunger Strike To Change Housing Policy
SF Weekly: S.F. Jail's Trans Inmate Problem
(Wednesday, Jun 22 2016)
KPFA Radio: Day 16 of Transgender Woman's Hunger Strike for Inmate Housing Reform
NO LGBTQI PRIDE in Prisons, No Gender Justice in SF Jails
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bay Area TGI and LGB communities are reeling in grief after the violent shooting in Orlando, in addition to the violence targeting our communities every day via police brutality, economic injustice, and displacement from the Bay Area.
As SF PRIDE approaches, we uplift the national call by transgender, gender variant and intersex people for #NoPrideInPrisons. Around the country, the queer prisoner support group Black & Pink is calling for an end to solitary confinement; in DC, organizers are calling for DC PRIDE to divest from the prison industrial complex (in particular, cutting ties with Wells Fargo, a major stockholder in private companies that profit from prisons). Now the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) has invited those celebrating PRIDE in San Francisco to join us in divesting from prisons and policing.
On Thursday, June 16, at 10 AM, members of the local TGI and LGB community will be confronting the budget hearing meeting in San Francisco to assert that money in our names must go to care for TGI people, and to keeping people in the community rather than disappearing and mistreating our folks inside SF jails. On Monday, June 20th at 9:30 AM, there will be a larger community rally and continued participation in the budget hearings. Finally, on Friday June 24th, the community will celebrate together in the official Trans March after party, benefiting TGI self-defense and the fight against the prison industrial complex, at TGIJP’s annual Bustin Out: Party Against the Prison Industrial Complex.
This series of events seeks to continue the momentum and traction created by the #Frisco5 and the #Frisco500 through their hunger strike and guiding principles that ousted SF police chief Greg Suhr, as well as the success of the anti-jail campaign that resulted in #NoNewSFJail in December 2015.
Centering the leadership of currently incarcerated trans women, TGIJP seeks to amplify the demands for gender self-determination based housing and search policy for the SF Sheriff’s department and jail system. Athena Cadence, transgender woman of color currently held at SF county jail is on day 15 of a hunger strike demanding a new gender housing policy. Six months into her time in office, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy has repeatedly missed deadlines set by the city and community leaders to implement a policy that respects the safety and gender self-determination of TGI folks held behind bars.
Given SFSD’s repeated failures to provide safety for imprisoned TGI people and our desire to amplify Athena’s actions, TGIJP demands that: 1) Athena, the woman on a hunger strike be moved into women’s housing and be searched by female officers so that her hunger strike can end; 2) a draft gender housing policy be produced and shared with city officials and community leaders immediately, and 3) in the interim, as the policy is created instead of our people continuing to be kept in dangerous conditions, we insist that TGI people be released on own recognizance to HealthRight360/Walden House or a similar program.
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Bustin' Out: From Solitary to ReEntry
Watch TGIJP's Program Director Janetta Johnson’s video
for Black Girl Dangerous’ MagniFLY! Video Visibility Project for Trans Women of Color.
Her video is called~ "Bustin' Out: From Solitary to ReEntry"
TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender people—inside and outside of prison—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.
We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.
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