International Trans* Prisoners Day

On January 22, 2016 will be the first annual Trans* Prisoner Day of Action: an international day of action in solidarity with trans* prisoners.

We would like to join this day of action together with the Anarchist Black Cross Dresden.

Especially in Germany there is almost nothing known about trans* people in prisons and what they have to face there.

That´s why we would like to invite you to meet us together at the January 22.

We will watch a movie and discuss, exchange the knowledge we have to know hopefully more at the end, we wanna write letters to the prisoners and eat cake.

This grassroots project was initiated by Marius Mason, a trans* prisoner in Texas, US. This annual event is being lead by trans prisoners and their supporters from around the world. It is a chance for those on the outside to remember those behind bars, give real solidarity and support and raise awareness about issues facing trans* prisoners. It is a chance for those on the inside to have a voice and organize together.

For trans* people in prison, those problems, like the terror of scrutiny, disgust, isolation, harassment and sexualised violence are doubled by the physical and emotional restraints of a literal cage, which you can’t leave. For decades, early queer activists showed active solidarity and support for the ones imprisoned – they wrote letters, had marches, and demanded not just that they be treated with respect and dignity, but their total and unconditional release. Queer and trans* prisoners organized with each other and the outside world. Join us in reviving that tradition.