Letter Sent to DC Council on Anti-Trans Violence, Hearing Next Week

Next Wednesday, November 2, the DC Council’s Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on hate crimes, with an emphasis on looking at violence committed against trans folks this summer. In preparation for the hearing, yesterday we sent a letter to Councilmember Phil Mendelson, chair of the Judiciary committee, with questions we would like to see him ask Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. We’ve raised the issues in our letter with both MPD and U.S. Attorney representatives in meetings this summer (and for years, really), and have thus far gotten unsatisfactory answers. Our hope is that by raising our questions in advance, we might actually get something resembling real answers.

We’ll of course be testifying at the hearing next week. If you’ve been a victim of violent crime in DC and are willing to speak publicly about your experience, please feel free to get in touch with us over the weekend to learn how to participate. You can email us or call 202.681.3282. Check back here next Wednesday for a copy of our testimony.

Finally, be sure to save the date for the following super important events:

  • Thursday, November 17, 1pm: Transgender Day of Action — Rally Against Violence. Outside MPD Headquarters, 300 Indiana Avenue NW.
  • Sunday, November 20, 5pm: Transgender Day of Remembrance. Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW.
Stay tuned for many more details, and be sure to get involved!

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