"CeCe Is A
Hero," edition of 175. Printed on a Vandercook Universal One Letterpress
with using a rainbow (5 color) split fountain. 12.5x12.5" on French Paper Brite White
100lb. Due to the nature of letterpress printing, no two prints are
the same. Some display brighter colors than other, some may appear to
contain more colors than others.
Check out this video documenting the printing process. I hope that
the video will both demystify letterpress a little and help people
understand the laborious nature of creating these prints--you are
getting something that is handmade with lots of love.
and I are not affiliated with any group or organization, we are
just two friends working together on this benefit. All money from this
benefit will be given to CeCe--when we have sold out of posters we will
check with folks working more closely to support CeCe and find out
where the money is most needed.
To buy a print, visit the donation and ordering page: http://www.indiegogo.com/supportcece.
Feel free to contact us with any questions: astropressdc at gmail dot com.
No posters will ship until at least
and I first met up to discuss collaborating on a benefit for Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald,
were filled with bitterness and rage. Diana had already
started to campaign to raise money for CeCe, specifically
wanting to get a chunk of money for her living expenses upon release. I
loved a lot about that idea, particularly Diana's life-affirming,
positive remarks that she hoped there would be enough money raised that
CeCe could just throw herself a big party when she got out, and
not have to work for a while, and get massages every day. The list grew
longer and we smiled as we thought of all the care and joy CeCe
deserves. As nice as it felt to imagine that, the reality is that CeCe
But when we
started talking about the text of the poster, our anger resurfaced. We so
wanted to curse all of the oppression that is responsible for
CeCe's situation--from individuals working within the racist,
cis-sexist criminal justice system to the combination of administrative,
legislative, and cultural forces that restrict the life chances of
transpeople, particularly people of color, and punish or criminalize
their survival. Yet we could not articulate that rage into a
poster-sized message. Nor did we like the idea of that poster hanging on the
walls of folks who probably don't need more anger and vitriol in their
Similarly, Diana wrote an amazing song for her band about the Trans Day
of Remembrance, voicing her disillusionment and frustration at the
despairing tone of the day, as well as at the futility of prayer. She
not the only person I have heard express their desire for a trans
holiday that is more like a celebration.
So, we flipped our approach in
the crafting of the poster message to one of positivity and
rejoicing, in the same spirit of that party for CeCe that Diana had
imagined as well.
And so we
came up with: "CECE IS A HERO. We celebrate your survival. We praise your
strength. We struggle with you." Additionally, the bottom border of
the poster contains three symbols: a crossed-out swastika
asserting our resistance to fascism (both in the particularities
of CeCe's case and at large), the symbol for trans liberation,
and a heart.
-Beck Levy, astropressdc.com.
The CeCe McDonald Photo Project:
consider taking a picture with the poster and sending it to us. The picture
doesn't have to be of you or just you--it can be with your friends, or of
just your friends, or your pet, or yourself with your face covered,
whatever you like. E-mail it to us at
astropressdc at gmail dot com with "CeCe" in the subject
line. We are planning to compile all of the photos into a
physical form that we will send to CeCe herself!
With love and
Beck & Diana