Portland bank targeted over transgender case

Portland bank targeted over transgender case

Credit: KGW/Collette Wieland

Portland bank targeted over transgender case

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by Michael Rollins

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Posted on June 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 11:14 AM

PORTLAND -- A manager of the Wells Fargo bank at 5730 NE M.L. King Blvd., discovered a broken window and an unlit Molotov cocktail inside the building Wednesday morning.

An email sent to KGW took credit for the bomb. It read in part:

"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."

McDonald was sentenced to prison this week in Minnesota for a bar killing. She was found guilty of killing a man in a bar in Minneapolis.

Before being sent to prison, McDonald, who is making a male to female transition, said the incident was fueled in part by the fears generated by going through the transgender experience.

More: Minneapolis Star-Tribune report on the McDonald case

The email to KGW also said "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."

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