Support for Ralayzia Sayuri Taylor

For: Ralayzia Sayuri
Charlotte, NC
Organizer: Myka Johnson
Support for Ralayzia Sayuri Taylor (Ralayzia Sayuri)
$11,279
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 356 donors
56% Complete

The Story

Help Ralayzia with funding to pay for medical expenses, food, secure housing, and clothing. We must show up for her and all trans kindred that are brutalized and blamed for violence inflicted on them. Justice for Ralayzia!

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  • On Nov. 7th, Ralayzia Sayuri Taylor, a Black Trans Women, was stabbed in the back 3 times and beaten with a hatchet at 10:30am in Arbor Glen Park in Charlotte. Though she was severely injured, Ralayzia survived and was able to stay with family in Ohio during the first few days of her recovery.
  • On Nov. 17th, 10 days after surviving physical assault and battery, the CMPD issues warrants for Ralayzia's arrest. She was arrested on charges of statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor based on accusations about the events leading up to her assault. CMPD then labeled her as a fugitive for leaving the state when in reality Ralayzia just needed a safe place away from Charlotte to heal physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Ralayzia was in jail in Cincinnati, Ohio with an extradition charge to Charlotte, meaning the Hamilton County Sherriff's office will not release her until she is transported back to Charlotte, NC and into CMPD Custody. Ralayzia was locked in a cage in Ohio for daring to survive a hate crime.
  • Let us Remember
  1. Trans Women of Color who have been locked up after surviving hate crimes, such as CeCe Mcdonald and Ashley Diamond.
  2. Before Ralayzia's arrest, HB2 was passed in North Carolina to target and marginalize the trans and gender non-conforming community
  3. Two months ago, CMPD murdered Keith Lamont Scott, murdered Justin Carr, framed Rayquan Borum for the murder of Justin Carr, and now has imprisoned Ralayzia
.      #MySisRalayzia
#ProtectBlackTransWomen

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 15, 2017

Posted on August 15, 2017

Once again we want to thank those who are supporting Rah throughout her court dates. After her attack, trust doesn't come easy to her, so our sustained support is important. Rah decided that taking a plea was the best chance at living. Trial had a death sentence of 25yrs in prison if she lost and unfortunately many folks in Charlotte reinforced HB2 rhetoric to villanize Rah. Understanding that any jury would be transphobic/anti black and fucked up she chose a plea deal that includes: supervised probation for 3yrs, no registration, and one felony charge of crimes against nature. THIS ISN'T JUSTICE. THIS ISN'T OVER. While she doesn't have to go to court any more, she still must intimately interact with police for the next 3yrs. She is required to check in with her Parole Officer Once a month, She must pay 70$ a month to perform community service, and She has to pay court cost of 792$. Then she also must sustain herself as well. We ask for the continued support and donations.

Posted on July 27, 2017

Posted on July 27, 2017

Rah's Arraigment Date has been continued many times, either by the DA or by Rah's Lawyer. Currently her arraignment date is set for Monday, July 31st at 9am. We have folks showing up to support her, and we thank everyone who has donated, shown up, and sent her gifts over the past few months! 

Posted on April 28, 2017

Posted on April 28, 2017

Thanks to months of organizing, Ralayzia was able to retain suitable legal representation. We are still raising money with a priority on housing and also living expenses/ medical needs/ additional legal expenses not covered by the legal team.

Currently Ralayzia is facing either 25 yrs of prison or a plea deal that will make Ralayzia's access to housing/employment/education go from scarce to impossible. Ralalyzia next court date will be her arraignment date where the judge will ask her to plea guilty or not guilty. Due to strategies employed by the DA and the defense, we know that the date could change. We will update everyone on any changes.

Regardless on the any changes, Plz Donate and Share 

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