On February 10, 2015, TAJA's Coalition (Trans* Activists for Justice and Accountability Coalition) gathered in front of City Hall in SF to raise awareness of and protest the ongoing genocide of trans women of color. We called this action Trans Liberation Tuesday.
In the first two months of 2015, a trans woman of color was murdered at the rate of almost 1 a week. One of those women was Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, who was brutally killed in the Bayview district of San Francisco on February 1. This Coalition and this action were done in her name.
TAJA's Coalition demands the following:
1) Cisgendered people work to stop anti-trans violence. Violence against trans people was not created or initiated by the trans community: fix it.
2) No New Jail In SF! Increase diversion programs and push for bail reform. Separately, but connected to ending the violence of the local jails, detention centers and prisons, move trans women into women’s housing immediately.
3) Trans Economic Justice: Radical shifts that end the transphobia of the SF Shelter system. Safe, accessible, affordable housing and meaningful, skill-expansive work.
4) The City of SF form a Transgender Rights Commission in order to support and expand the community-based violence prevention work being led by organizations like TGI Justice Project, El/La Para TransLatinas, St. James Infirmary and Community United Against Violence.
The average lifespan of a trans woman of color is 35. As a symbolic representation, both the die in at the action and this video are 3:50.
For more info: tajascoalition.org
Shot by: Jeff Diehl (jeffdiehlvideo.com) and Michelle Prevost (nofreetime.org/)
Produced and Edited by: Gwen Park (gwenpark.com)
Music: Healing Waters by Olive Musique via premiumbeat.com