Our politics initially sprang from the shared belief that Black women are inherently valuable, that our liberation is a necessity not as an adjunct to somebody else’s but because of our need as human persons for autonomy.

Combahee River Collective, 1974

Black women’s lives matter. Free Marissa Alexander!

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Marissa Alexander denied 'stand your ground' hearing

Marissa Alexander has been denied a new Stand Your Ground hearing. Yet again, Florida refuses to free this survivor of domestic violence, fails to support women’s right to self defense, and continues to support anti-black racism in the judicial system. Her new trial is still scheduled to begin Dec 8th.

Marissa needs your voices and support more than ever!
Standing Our Ground Week of Action is still on!
July 25-Aug 1: LET’S TAKE ACTION!

http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html

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Standing Our Ground for Marissa Means Standing Our Ground For Us All | Alternate ROOTS

It has been fifty years since the March on Washington, Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act. These movements depended on Black women’s leadership and fought for the liberation of our communities. Fifty years later, Black communities are still under attack.

This week, District Attorney Angela Corey — who botched the prosecution of the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis cases and is now prosecuting Marissa Alexander’s case — had the nerve to speak at area Black churches denouncing the legacy of protest and movement building in the Black community.

As movement builders, we have a choice: let Angela Corey get away with denouncing the legacy of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement or mobilize for the freedom of Marissa and all survivors of domestic violence who are wrongfully incarcerated.

We call on every singer, poet, dancer, every artist and activist, and every person who works for justice to converge onto Jacksonville, FL for Standing Our Ground for Marissa Week from July 25 — August 1, 2014. Send a message that we will not stand for this mockery of justice. Standing Our Ground for Marissa brings us back to the call, “it takes a village.” We ask you to be one in the number!

More information on Standing Our Ground Week be found at http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html.

Standing Our Ground Week of Action!
July 25 - August 1, 2014
Join us in Jacksonville (in person or livestream)
Organize in your community!
Post #SelfiesForSelfDefense online all week!

See the graphics above for exciting upcoming events in Chicago to free Marissa Alexander!  More info here.

If you are organizing an event during Standing Our Ground Week of Action (July 25-Aug 1), let us know so we can help spread the word! Organize a vigil, a letter writing party, a rally, a community discussion or workshop, etc.

Let’s keep the movement going to free Marissa! http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-everywhere.html

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Supporters of Marissa Alexander Organize 'Standing Our Ground' Week

Standing Our Ground Week of Action: July 25 - August 1, 2014
Join us in Jacksonville (in person or livestream)
Organize in your community!
Post #SelfiesForSelfDefense online all week!

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Marissa Alexander supporters organizing Standing Our Ground Week in Florida

Standing Our Ground Week of Action!July 25 - August 1, 2014
Join us in Jacksonville (in person or livestream)
Organize in your community!
Post #SelfiesForSelfDefense online all week!

Get ready for a big push this month! Free Marissa Alexander! Standing Our Ground Week of Action: July 25-Aug 1http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html
Thanks to Monica Trinidad for the graphic!

Get ready for a big push this month! Free Marissa Alexander!
Standing Our Ground Week of Action: July 25-Aug 1
http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html

Thanks to Monica Trinidad for the graphic!

Be strong, you’re a good mother and a strong woman.  You and your family are in our prayers! - Natasha from Queens, NY
(Photo from WORD NYC)

Be strong, you’re a good mother and a strong woman.  You and your family are in our prayers! - Natasha from Queens, NY

(Photo from WORD NYC)

¡Stay strong, hermana! Estamos contigo luchando en contra de este sistema injusto. ~Pa’lante desde NYC~
Stay strong, sister! We are with you fighting against this unjust system.
(Photo from WORD NYC)

¡Stay strong, hermana! Estamos contigo luchando en contra de este sistema injusto. ~Pa’lante desde NYC~

Stay strong, sister! We are with you fighting against this unjust system.

(Photo from WORD NYC)

"We support you all the way and if I were you I would have done the same thing. Don’t give up and we stand by you all the way. From your sisters, Andrea and Latrica"
(Photo from WORD NYC)

"We support you all the way and if I were you I would have done the same thing. Don’t give up and we stand by you all the way. From your sisters, Andrea and Latrica"

(Photo from WORD NYC)

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What Does A Prisoner Defense Committee Do?

When people hear that the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA) is a prisoner defense committee, they often wonder what that means. It’s actually simple. We raise awareness of Marissa’s case and most importantly we raise funds for her legal defense. We do this in many different ways.

If you’re interested in starting up a local committee to free Marissa Alexander, check out this article and e-mail us for more info at freemarissanow@gmail.com.  The more support, the better!

Making buttons at the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander; Photo by Chez Rumpf (6/27/14)

From the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA): “CAFMA was in full effect at today’s great Dyke March! Thanks to everyone who stopped by for information and to support Marissa!”

From the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA): “CAFMA was in full effect at today’s great Dyke March! Thanks to everyone who stopped by for information and to support Marissa!”

A CALL FOR MOBILIZATION!Standing Our Ground Week of Action: July 25-Aug 1
A major convergence is happening in Jacksonville, FL on July 25th-August 1st to demand Marissa Alexander’s freedom, re-define “Standing Our Ground” on our own terms, and push for reproductive justice, the end of gender violence and racist violence, and the dismantling of mass incarceration.  
We call all supporters everywhere to TAKE ACTION that week in your community! Organize rallies & marches, table in your community to educate more people about the case, organize letter-writing events, facilitate discussions or workshops, or spread the word via social media!  Resources here: http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html
You are welcome to join the convergence in Jacksonville!  SisterSong is planning a Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Institute as well as a benefit concert for Marissa! Beth E. Richie, author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation, will lead a discussion on the connections between domestic violence and the criminalization of black women.  We’ll also engage in various actions and discussions throughout the week leading up to Marissa’s hearing on August 1st when she will learn if she will get another Stand Your Ground hearing.  For more details, visit: http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html
This is a major push to make sure what’s happening to Marissa Alexander and thousands of other criminalized survivors of violence is not just business as usual and not hidden away behind closed doors.  Now is the time!

A CALL FOR MOBILIZATION!
Standing Our Ground Week of Action: July 25-Aug 1

A major convergence is happening in Jacksonville, FL on July 25th-August 1st to demand Marissa Alexander’s freedom, re-define “Standing Our Ground” on our own terms, and push for reproductive justice, the end of gender violence and racist violence, and the dismantling of mass incarceration.  

We call all supporters everywhere to TAKE ACTION that week in your community! Organize rallies & marches, table in your community to educate more people about the case, organize letter-writing events, facilitate discussions or workshops, or spread the word via social media!  Resources here: http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html

You are welcome to join the convergence in Jacksonville!  SisterSong is planning a Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Institute as well as a benefit concert for Marissa! Beth E. Richie, author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation, will lead a discussion on the connections between domestic violence and the criminalization of black women.  We’ll also engage in various actions and discussions throughout the week leading up to Marissa’s hearing on August 1st when she will learn if she will get another Stand Your Ground hearing.  For more details, visit: 
http://www.freemarissanow.org/standing-our-ground-week.html

This is a major push to make sure what’s happening to Marissa Alexander and thousands of other criminalized survivors of violence is not just business as usual and not hidden away behind closed doors.  Now is the time!

freemarissanow:

Save the dates for upcoming Free Marissa events!

Spread the word to Marissa Alexander supporters in St. Louis & Chicago!  

Not out of the clear! Updates about Marissa Alexander’s case…

The legal issues in Marissa Alexander’s case are sometimes complicated and it has been challenging to keep track with all of the possible scenarios for her case, especially with the passage of new legislation.  So, we wanted to quickly go over them in case there was any confusion.

Currently, Marissa is still under home detention, awaiting two dates: August 1st, when Judge James Daniel is expected to rule if she gets another Stand Your Ground (SYG) hearing, and December 8th, when the trial is scheduled to begin if there is still a need for a trial.  (Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Dec 1st.) Here are some possible ways this could go down:

SCENARIO 1 - Stand Your Ground hearing approved:
On August 1st, Marissa learns that she will get another Stand Your Ground immunity hearing.  That hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

1A - Stand Your Ground immunity won:
Marissa successfullywins immunity from prosecution in the new Stand Your Ground hearing.  Marissa is FREE!

1B - Stand Your Ground immunity denied:
Marissa does not win immunity from prosecution in the new Stand Your Ground hearing.  Her legal team may appeal this decision, otherwise the case continues to trial, currently scheduled to begin on December 8th.

SCENARIO 2 - Stand Your Ground hearing denied, onward to trial:

On August 1st, Marissa learns that she will not get another Stand Your Ground hearing.  The case continues to trial, currently scheduled to begin on December 8th.

2A - Trial Result - Not Guilty Verdict:
At the trial, Marissa is acquitted of all charges and is FREE!

2B - Trial Result - Guilty Verdict:
At the trial, Marissa is found guilty, and faces the very real possibility of a 60 year sentence because, unlike during her first trial when she was sentenced to 20 years, the State argues that multiple mandatory minimum sentences must now be served consecutively instead of concurrently.  (This issue is currently under review by the Florida Supreme Court.)

As you can see, Marissa still urgently needs your political and financial support!  The legal bills are mounting and every week she is forced to pay for the ankle monitor the state makes her wear.  Please DONATE HERE or shop at the Free Marissa Store to send much-needed contributions to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.

Please let us know if you have any questions or clarifications at the Ask page or via e-mail at freemarissanow@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support, keep pushing for freedom!

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(Photo from WORD NYC)