In comic books, the story line is always the same… A group of humans is harmed, victimized, or oppressed by someone who believes themselves to be superior or powerful. A hero steps forward and stands up to defeat the oppressor. The people see the “Hero” standing-up and find their courage to fight back against the oppressor. While the hero may win the battle, it is the community and their support for the hero, which ultimately defeats the villainous oppressor and prevents him from returning. Ky is the “Hero” of a very real comic saga. He lives at the center of multiple oppressed communities, ( trans, POC, incarcerated, and survivors), and he needs the support of his communities to bring change.
What We’ve Done
Villains have always targeted the communities of our Heroes. If it’s just you alone, you aren’t as much of a threat and easier to beat down. The policies and procedures of the prison system are designed to cut inmates off from their loved ones and support.For the last several years, we have been supporting Ky in his fight for freedom, as well as his fight trans-related medical care and safe housing. When Ky first came out to the prison staff, he suffered some very serious backlash, but he refused to back down. While he had tons of support on the outside, he was just 1 man standing against the Prison Industrial Complex and demanding to treated as a human being. As word spread about his story, more inmates began standing up, and people in the “Free World” began sending support.
In just short time, we have;
- Exposed the Dr. who was responsible for the deaths of over 20 women.
- Forced the DOC to be accountable for their SOP in the care and treatment of transgender inmates.
- Gained access to chest binders & boxer shorts for trans men, and women’s undergarments for trans women.
- Instigated an investigation by the DOJ into the care and treatment of LGBT inmates.
- Encouraged more trans inmates to step forward and demand medical care.
What We Are Doing Now
We are officially forming Freedom Overground. This is a foundation which will continue to support Ky, as well as other trans survivors of assault and incarceration. There is an unusually high population of trans men and women being held within the U.S prison system. More than 80% of trans inmates are victims of assault, either prior to or after being incarcerated. Our purpose is to raise awareness of Ky’s tragic situation and the dehumanization that the transgender population suffers in state institutions.
All donations will be divided into 3 specific areas:
1) Cover living costs for Ky during his incarceration.
2) Pending Civil rights cases against the agencies responsible for his unlawful incarceration.
3) Ky’s foundation, Freedom Overground, who’s mission is to
- Promote the visibility of trans survivors of assault and incarceration.
- Provide resources for Post Incarceration Recovery services and PTSD therapy.
- Support legal services to ensure that institutions enforce the laws regarding the care and treatment of trans inmates.
Help Us Out
You can help support Freedom Overground by making a donation here:
We are now making the necklaces available to everyone with a donation of $15. or more. $5 will cover the cost of the materials and shipping. The remaining $10 will go directly to Ky Peterson and Freedom Overground.
Jewelry Art by Micah Bazant.