The numerous protests outside your Duval County Courthouse office — the Tipton family, Marissa Alexander’s supporters, groups protesting your tough-as-nails approach to juvenile justice, etc. — show a growing loss of public confidence in our legal system. …
All these protesters have different issues they’re concerned about, but the common denominator, Angela [Corey], is you, and how your office interacts with the public.
64,000 Black women are currently missing in America
Marissa Alexander fired her gun as warning.
There is a tradition of Black women gone missing.
Black women disappeared. Poof. Sky clouds of Black women
obliterated, erased, whole geographies of Black women
floated off cliffs, mountains of daughters marched off
into somewhere other, into the pink flamingo ether of night.
Engine still running in the car. Back door flung open. Purse
jacked and peppermints strewn on the kitchen floor, in the
stairwell. A co-ed screams into flax and rope. Black women
snatched, disappeared, and no alarms set off, no search
teams in tow, no news conference at 11 or 6 or ever.
There is another tradition of Black women
fighting for their lives.
Marissa Alexander, Black woman, mother of 3,
with an MBA, with a PhD in surviving domestic violence,
a woman of faith, who had already been in the hospital,
for other beatings her husband had given her,
who decided to take her gun and do the most non-violent thing,
9 days after delivering her premature child,
as her husband went into one of his usual rages,
while fleeing for her life, she fired once into the
garage wall, a warning, a No!
a single shot,
a ruby red flare sent up into the night sky,
a signal she would not go quietly into that growing number,
I have children to raise
a life to not be missing from.
She was arrested.
Black women are not allowed to protect their children.
Black women are never allowed to protect themselves.
Black women are not allowed to say No.
If a Black woman is fired upon it is target practice.
If a Black woman fires a gun it is judicial helter skelter.
After 12 minutes of deliberation she is given 20 years,
by a peerless jury, in great civic rush to put away a Black woman
refusing to disappear into the lie of a plea.
The husband admitted
he was the aggressor, admitted
he threatened her life.
The weather in Florida is funny.
So much heat, so much sea change, so much retirement,
urchin, starfish, anemone, jellyfish laws duck & float.
Marissa Alexander has been granted a new trial.
She waits for her new day in court under house arrest.
This time she could go free.
This time she could get 60 years instead of 20.
For defending her life, her life that no one else historically has ever
stepped up to protect, for sending her ruby red flaming pink flamingo flare
into the salty air, her Black woman mama bear warning, that she was alive,
that she would not go missing, her human refusal, to not be
another Black woman legally & immorally abducted from her life.
Learn more here: freemarissanow.org
This is two of the 12 page comic I’m making for/about Marissa Alexander as we build up to her court date regarding the Stand Your Ground law (the one that allowed Travon’s murderer to walk free but was denied of Marissa) on August 1st. I’m going to Jacksonville to support her- there has been a week of action organized for it. Are you in Florida? Want to meet me in Jacksonville on August 1st?
more details FREEMARISSANOW.ORG
#SelfiesForSelfDefense: Adorbs Edition!
The movement to free Marissa Alexander is all ages!
Photos from the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander.
Seattle & Dallas want Marissa Alexander to be free!
Photos from Tuesday night strategy session, during Standing Our Ground Week in Jacksonville, FL. Let us know if you’re ready to hear the mobilization plan leading up to Marissa Alexander’s trial in December!
#freemarissa #chicagoformarissa #noselvestodefend #cafma #projectnia 👉👉FRIENDS- check out the ongoing exhibition “no selves to defend” at In These Times on Milwaukee Ave & Western. donate to the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. 100% of your donation goes to her legal defense fund.👈👈
At the opening reception of “No Selves to Defend,” art exhibit & fundraiser for the #Chicago Alliance to Free #MarissaAlexander hosted by @InTheseTimes. 7/18/14
Photo by the wonderful @sarahdashji (at In These Times)
Gorgeous photos from the Free Marissa Alexander Benefit Concert in Jacksonville, FL, July 27, 2014. All proceeds go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund. DONATE HERE!
Upcoming Phoenix fundraiser for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund! (All proceeds always go to the legal defense fund.)
Friday, August 1, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
Benefit Concert for Marissa Alexander!
Jam Rock Cafe & Grill, 1714 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ
Featuring local artists:
Simply Susie G, Vaughn “SWIF” Willis, DJ Al Page