- July 11 - Marissa Alexander Teach In (curriculum here)
- July 18th - No Selves to Defend Exhibit Opening Reception:
- photo set by Sarah Jane Rhee:
- A recap of reception and July 19 film screening of Crime after Crime:
- Prison is Not Feminist: http://prisonisnotfeminist.tumblr.com/
- July 26 Community Gathering and Pre-Trial Rally: #ChicagoForMarissa #SelfiesForSelfDefense: http://chicagoformarissa.tumblr.com/
#FreeMarissa love from the Save Wiyabi Project, teaching us how to decolonize the anti-violence movement!
The Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander also had an incredible week of action in July! They organized a teach-in on Marissa Alexander, women of color, & self-defense; a stunning art exhibit entitled No Selves to Defend that visually engaged these issues; a screening of Crime after Crime; and a community gathering and rally to support Marissa’s freedom. Order a copy of the zine pictured above at the Free Marissa store, organized by the Chicago Alliance!
Standing Our Ground Week also featured beautiful rallies, fundraisers, & vigils organized in Phoenix, New Orleans, Trenton, Oakland, Philadelphia, & Brooklyn. The movement for Marissa’s freedom runs deep and wide, y’all! Let’s keep going — we won’t stop until she’s free!
From July 29-31, we engaged in political education about feminist movement building, the prison nation, the criminalization of our communities, and legal rights.
Then on August 1st, the final day of Standing Our Ground Week, we honored the four year anniversary of Marissa Alexander’s warning shot that saved her life with a press conference on the Duval County Courthouse steps. Afterwards, we went inside the courthouse to go to the law library to read and discuss the Stand Your Ground statute. The law library staff were not happy with our presence in a public building, so they stalked and harassed us. Erin Wilson drew a hilarious cartoon that pretty much summed up that experience.
Then we went to the Jacksonville Public Library to ask them to carry books that are relevant to Marissa’s case and display them in October, which is domestic violence awareness month AND a month of action to end prison/police violence. This is an action that can be replicated everywhere!
And that was a wrap for the week in Jax! Thank you to everyone who donated to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund in solidarity, who took #SelfiesforSelfDefense, which Marissa and her family loved, and who sent their love for the week, we definitely felt it!
More photos from the July 28th rally at the Duval County Courthouse.
Hello, supporters of Marissa Alexander! We’ve been behind on our tumblr duties, but we wanted to do a visual report back about Standing Our Ground Week, July 25 - August 1, 2014. It was an incredible week of direct action, political education, and strategic planning. We worked hard to build a movement to free Marissa Alexander and we want to take it to the next level from now until the trial! More on that soon…
Meanwhile, the photos above are from the July 28th march to the Duval County Courthouse! (Check out our facebook page for a more complete photo archive.) More photos from our times in Jacksonville and actions in Chicago to follow…
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!