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Color of Violence 4 Conference Welcomes Marissa Alexander, Cece McDonald, Renata Hill, and Yvonne Swan for Historic Discussion

CHICAGO, IL – INCITE! a national organization of radical women of color and trans people of color, will host a major conference entitled, Color of Violence 4 (COV4)–Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities.  The event will be held at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on March 26-29, 2015.

On the opening day of the conference, March 26th, there will be an historic convergence among women of color who have been prosecuted and incarcerated for defending their lives or the lives of their friends and families. Speakers include Marissa Alexander, CeCe McDonald, Renata Hill and Yvonne Swan.

Marissa Alexander is a black mother from Jacksonville, FL, who defended her life from an attack by her abusive husband.  Alexander was denied a Stand Your Ground defense, and was prosecuted and sentenced to 20 years before she appealed the verdict and recently agreed to a plea deal.  Cece McDonald, a black trans woman from Minneapolis, fought back against a violent, racist and transphobic attack.  McDonald was forced to serve time in a men’s prison, but was recently released.

Renata Hill was with her friends, when they were threatened with sexual assault by a man while in the West Village in New York City.  They were arrested, called a “Gang of Killer Lesbians” by the media, and sentenced to years in prison.  Yvonne Swan, member of the Colville Tribe, was known as Yvonne Wanrow when she was prosecuted for killing a man who attempted to sexually assault her son in 1976.  The discussion will be facilitated by national activist, Mariame Kaba.

COV4 will draw 1500 women of color and trans and queer people of color from across North America and beyond to generate discussions and action planning Internationally renowned scholar, prison abolitionist, and former political prisoner, Angela Davis, will be the conference’s opening keynote.

This gathering will mark INCITE!’s fifteen years of engaging in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns, and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, and trans & queer people of color.

COV4 registration is open with rates ranging from $25 to $200. To register or learn more about INCITE! and COV4, explore our website, colorofviolence.org.

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