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The Anti-Racism rally at London's Trafalgar Square on March 19th 2016 (Flickr.com)

Black Lives Matter is committed to increasing awareness of gender-based violence against black women and girls, transgendered people, and gender non-conforming individuals. Black Lives Matter-inspired campaigns, in conjunction with Black Lives Matter like #SayHerName, have mounted marches, educational initiatives, and convenings to discuss the intersection of gender and violence. Black Lives Matter organizing contributed to efforts on behalf of Marissa Alexander, a survivor of domestic violence who received a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for firing a warning shot from a gun after her husband attacked her in 2012. Activists also responded to the case of CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman from Minneapolis who was sentenced for 41 months in prison for defending herself and friends during an assault in 2012. In July 2015, the death of Sandra Bland while in a Waller County, Texas jail raised concerns of police brutality or misconduct, and the Say Her Name slogan was used to bring attention to her death and the questions surrounding it. In December 2015, some Black Lives Matter activists appeared in court to support the victims of Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, a police officer in Oklahoma City found guilty of sexually assaulting African American women during traffic stops.

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