On December 6th, 1989, shortly before five ‘o’ clock and the end of classes before Christmas break, fourteen female engineering students were shot and killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec by a gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism”.
The massacre stands as one of the most tragic hate crimes in Canadian history.
Today we remember:Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28; and
Annie Turcotte, aged 21.(image credit: Sandy Kowalik)
This is especially terrifying because my mother was an engineering student in 1989. And she tells me these horrific tales of the racism/sexism she faced then, being one of the very few WOC (one of like, 12 women in her program to begin with).
[STRONG TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE: includes assassination, gun violence, and gang violence; first link has photos of Gorrostieta’s gunshot wounds]
- Maria Santos Gorrostieta had been stabbed, beaten and burned
- She defied Mexico’s powerful drug gangs, who twice tried to gun her down previously
- She was kidnapped in broad daylight in front of her terrified daughter
- The former mayor leaves behind three children
This is an absolutely heart-wrenching and tragic story. If anybody ever dismisses wanting to end the nonsensical US drug war and the cause of drug legalization as something frivolous and self-serving to potheads, make sure you link them this article. 50000 Mexican people have died in cartel violence since 2006.
How in the world do people anywhere in the world find this acceptable?
The violence of the drug war is an everyday reality for Mexico. Yet, these stories are rarely found in American media.
Just this weekend, 20 bodies were found in a mass grave, asphyxiated, beaten or shot in southeast Juarez, which borders El Paso, Texas.
Drug war violence has claimed more than 50,000 lives in Mexico since 2006.
T/W violence, rape, murder
There is now, an alarming trend of violence against lesbians in Kenya, following a string of assault cases during the last couple of months. In South Africa, the LGB community is increasingly becoming vigilant after rising murders of lesbians and gay men over the…
A New Jersey man was acquitted Friday of the 2010 murder of transgender lingerie model Victoria Carmen White.
A jury in Essex County, N.J., found Alrashim Chambers, 25, of Newark, not guilty of murder, bias intimidation, and two weapons charges, New Jersey’s Star-Ledger newspaper reports. Chambers, who took the stand in his own defense, denied having anything to do with the killing and painted another man, Marquise Foster, who took a plea deal in exchange for testimony against Chambers, as the perpetrator.
White, 28, was shot to death September 12, 2010, in her cousin’s apartment in Maplewood, N.J. She had met Chambers at a bar earlier that evening, and he had gone to the apartment with her. Also present were Foster and two women, including the cousin. But the women were in another room at the time of the shooting and did not directly witness it. The women said they heard someone yell “You a dude?” and heard gunshots, but they could not identify the speaker or the shooter.
Foster had testified that Chambers had been hugging and kissing White and became enraged when he suspected she was transgender, then shot her. But Chambers said he was not in the apartment when White was shot, having stepped out and been unable to return because a door in the vestibule was locked. He said he saw Foster come running out, but Foster didn’t tell him what had happened. Chambers also said he didn’t know White had been killed until he saw news reports two months later that described him and Foster as suspects. Both men turned themselves in to authorities shortly thereafter. The gun used in the killing was never found.
Prosecutor Eileen O’Connor said White’s gender identity provided the only motive for her killing, yet the bias intimidation charge did not figure significantly in the trial, the Star-Ledger reports. White had undergone gender-reassignment surgery 10 years earlier.
O’Connor told the paper that she and White’s family were disappointed in the verdict, “but we put forth all the evidence in the case and did the best we could under the circumstances.”
(By Trudy Ring, The Advocate)
Image shows illustrated portraits of twenty trans women who were killed by hate crimes.