THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE: Bank pulls out of Pride parade. See below.] An unlit molotov cocktail and a broken window was found in a Wells Fargo bank Wednesday and an email sent to a Portland television station indicated that the people claiming responsibility for the bomb attempt took this action out of ‘solidarity’ for trans woman CeCe McDonald.
There are no other details or other news sources reporting on this crime. CeCe McDonald was sentenced to 3.5 years a few days ago for her part in a confrontation that left one man dead.
Here are some excerpts from the email:
“This action has been committed in solidarity with CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color who rightfully defended herself from assault and has been sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison, despite her gender and valid safety concerns, as transgendered women face high instances of physical and sexual assault in men’s prisons.”
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“Wells Fargo stands as an easy target, funding the prison industrial complex along with the policing and judicial system which uphold the banking system and its profits… With such institutionalized corruption forcing beautiful queers like CeCe through such immense hardship, attacking these institutions directly is a small but necessary gesture. Just as the police attack our comrades to reify (sic) their position of power, we queers and dissenters attack back to assert just the opposite — that police and state control is illusionary.”
UPDATE: Wells Fargo pulls out of Portland Pride parade over safety concerns:
Wells Fargo Bank won’t be participating in this year’s Portland Pride Parade because of safety concerns, a company spokesman confirmed Friday.
The decision comes just two days after vandalism at a Wells Fargo Bank branch on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where it appears there was an attempt to throw a molotov cocktail through a window. Arson investigators and police responded, but it turned out there was no fire.
A gay rights activist group claimed responsibility for the vandalism in an email to FOX 12. The reason for the vandalism, the email said, was that Wells Fargo funds a prison industrial complex where a transgendered woman is serving a sentence in a men’s prison. The group said this puts the woman at a higher risk of sexual assault.
A Wells Fargo spokesman said the company doesn’t want to put employees at risk of assault or the company’s replica stagecoach at risk of vandalism during the parade.
Wells Fargo workers will still have a booth at the Portland Pride Parade and Festival, and a spokesman said the company hopes to return next year.
Anyone with information about this vandalism, which happened overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, is asked to contact Arson Investigator Rick McGraw at (503) 823-3797.
My most recent posts on the CeCe McDonald matter: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/prominent-trans-advocate-arrested-for-graffiti-following-cece-mcdonald-sentencing/
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