Following the Field of Dreamers’ annual Pride night, the Coordinating Committee agreed to commit $100 of league funds as a donation to Cedar Hopperton’s legal defense.
For those who haven’t heard of Cedar, they’re a trans anarchist activist in Hamilton who’s been in jail since June 22. They were arrested for allegedly violating their parole conditions by taking part in defending LGBTQ2S folks from far-right agitators, who imposed themselves and their violent messages upon a Hamilton Pride event, and for criticizing police at a town hall following the event.
Other queers have been arrested as well. We encourage you to read more about the ongoing events in Cedar’s case – including their recent parole denial – here.
As a league made up of many people living on the margins, Cedar’s struggle against the cops and the impunity of violent bigots resonates. Their situation reveals much about the rise of the right and the continued mistreatment of queer, trans and 2-Spirit people at the hands of police. We think it’s important to express our solidarity with them in a concrete way.
If you would like to support the legal fund you can also transfer funds via e-transfer to Leah Henderson at: firstname.lastname@example.org question: what is this for? password: queerresistance
There is also a benefit concert happening on July 25th in Hamilton: http://www.thisainthollywood.ca/cms/index.php?option=com_ohanah&format=html&view=event&id=3247&Itemid=