Beautiful photos of birthday wishes and support for Marissa Alexander!

First photo from the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander
Second photo from the Pacific Northwest Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander

Let us know if you’d like to organize a committee to support Marissa in your town!  freemarissanow@gmail.com

Today is Marissa Alexander’s birthday! Please send cards to Marissa this September to wish her a happy birthday and let her know how much we are pulling for her: 
Marissa AlexanderPO Box 23872Jacksonville, FL 32257. 
As a much needed and appreciated gift, please donate to her legal defense fund: http://gogetfunding.com/project/marissa-alexander-freedom-fundraiser

Today is Marissa Alexander’s birthday! Please send cards to Marissa this September to wish her a happy birthday and let her know how much we are pulling for her:

Marissa Alexander
PO Box 23872
Jacksonville, FL 32257.

As a much needed and appreciated gift, please donate to her legal defense fund: http://gogetfunding.com/project/marissa-alexander-freedom-fundraiser

8. Black women have the right to experience joy, community, erotic autonomy, wellness and peace without judgment or the need for justification.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Sep 14th! 
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

7. Black women have the right to mother their children in peace. We must examine the profoundly violent impact of prisons and domestic & sexual violence on the experience of mothering, giving birth, and reproductive health in general. Black women have the right to mother their children without fear of being denied resources, of being attacked, or that their children will be murdered by racist vigilantes, police officers, or anyone else. Black women also have the right to mother their children without the intrusion and invasive surveillance of the punishing child welfare system which consistently targets black families. Feminist and health advocates must incorporate the political context of black mothering into a vision for reproductive health and justice.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Sep 14th! 
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

6. Economic justice is a necessity to support black women’s lives. Survival includes the right to housing, food, healthcare, education, and other resources without being forced to submit to state and corporate surveillance, humiliation, and punishment. We call for an interrogation of how capitalism has kept black women at the bottom of the economy and helps fuel the prison crisis. Black women have the right to be safe in their workplaces, to fair labor standards, and to an economic system that is just and values their well-being.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Sep 14th! 
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

ST. LOUIS!  Don’t miss this beats & rhymes & jams fundraiser for Marissa Alexander on Sep 26th! Hosted by Sistahs Talkin’ Back & Organization for Black Struggle

ST. LOUIS!  Don’t miss this beats & rhymes & jams fundraiser for Marissa Alexander on Sep 26th! Hosted by Sistahs Talkin’ Back & Organization for Black Struggle

5. Mandatory minimums must be repealed immediately and mass incarceration must be dismantled. These systems were not created to increase safety for black women, but they have been profoundly damaging for thousands of black women and many others. Feminist anti-violence organizations must do more to support criminalized survivors of violence, who are disproportionately black women. We call on anti-domestic violence and anti-rape groups to join the movement to end mass incarceration and criminalization on behalf of survivors who are trapped in the prison crisis.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Sep 14th! 
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

4. Communities must take serious, urgent, and transformative action to end domestic violence and other forms of violence in our communities and families. People who are targeted must have other options for safety, accountability, and justice so they do not feel forced to rely on a violent criminal punishment system. Ending domestic & sexual violence, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, and reproductive oppression must be a priority for everyone, including movements that challenge prisons, policing, and anti-black racial violence.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Sep 14th! 
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

Event from the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander:

No Selves to Defend, No Rights to Respect:
Blackness, Violence and Self-Defense

Sunday, September 14th
2pm - 4pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S Halsted St, Chicago
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/521537831323417/

This summer has placed a brighter spotlight on police violence with the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford and more. In addition, Marlene Pinnock was brutalized on the side of an LA Freeway while Denise Stewart was violently dragged out of her apartment naked by a dozen cops. There are renewed efforts to make clear that #BlackLivesMatter.

These instances of state violence are mirrored in the unjust prosecution of Marissa Alexander, a Florida mother of three, who fired a warning shot to save her life and is facing 60 years in prison if convicted.

All of these incidents raise questions about the value of black life in the U.S., self-defense, state violence, the gendered & classed nature of our response, and more.

On the occasion of Marissa Alexander’s birthday, join the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA), the Porch Project at the Hull House Museum, Project NIA, We Charge Genocide and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women for a conversation about these issues.

Refreshments and cake will be provided
FREE to all participants

There’s a particular emphasis on the CAKE CAKE CAKE that will be present at the event, just so you know.

3. Survivors of gender violence who exercise self-defense should never be criminalized for defending their lives. Self-defense includes actions that are criminalized such as using force, taking items they need to survive because they can’t afford to pay for them, engaging in street economies, manipulating institutional paperwork to access services, etc. Criminalizing black women and others for surviving is an institutional rejection of their right to exist. The criminal punishment system must stop institutionalizing hatred against black women, and all black, brown, and Native people. Survivors of violence should be supported and believed by their communities, the conditions of the violence they experience should be transformed, and the person or system that did harm to them must account for that harm and meaningfully transform.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Sep 14th! 
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

2. Black women have the right to self-defense without apology. They have the right to defend their lives without being forced or pressured to perform preconceived notions of genuine “victimhood,” “fear,” or “gratitude,” or coerced into accepting plea deals or other forms of control and punishment that are violent and unjust. Black women should be supported to defend themselves from domestic and sexual violence, prison violence, and anything else that threatens their lives.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Sep 14th!
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

1. Black women’s lives matter. Black women have the right to stand their ground, to take up space in their homes, workplaces, and in public spaces without fear. They have the right to value their own lives and fight for their freedom. They have the right to be. Their multifaceted lives and experiences should be prioritized — rather than sidelined, rendered invisible, or shamed — in movements for racial and gender justice.

Black Women’s Lives Matter, Free Marissa Now principles

Marissa Alexander’s birthday is Saturday, September 14th!
Learn more and support the fight for her life:
http://www.freemarissanow.org/black-womens-lives-matter.html

Black Women’s Lives Matter: Happy Birthday, Marissa!
September 14, 2014 is Marissa Alexander’s 34th birthday!  We are so glad that Marissa defended her life four years ago so we can celebrate her life this year. Celebrate her life with the following actions throughout the month of September:Mail Marissa a birthday card to send her your support:Marissa AlexanderP. O. Box 23872Jacksonville, FL 32257
Contribute to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund by donating or shopping at the Free Marissa store!  (You can purchase a sticker that is similar to the image above at the Free Marissa store!)
Organize a fundraiser to pool your funds!  A fundraiser can be a house party, a potluck, a book club, a workshop, or a sporting event! Anything can be turned into an opportunity to raise awareness about Marissa’s trial, and the urgent need for everyone’s support.
Share with us on facebook or twitter about what the phrase “Black Women’s Lives Matter” means to you.  What comes up for you when you affirm this phrase?
This month, the Free Marissa Now team will be posting principles we developed for Standing Our Ground Week of Action this past July that affirm a politics that Black Women’s Lives Matter.  An excerpt of the statement is on the website and the full statement can be downloaded as a PDF.  

Black Women’s Lives Matter:
Happy Birthday, Marissa!

September 14, 2014 is Marissa Alexander’s 34th birthday!  We are so glad that Marissa defended her life four years ago so we can celebrate her life this year. Celebrate her life with the following actions throughout the month of September:

  • Mail Marissa a birthday card to send her your support:
    Marissa Alexander
    P. O. Box 23872
    Jacksonville, FL 32257

  • Contribute to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund by donating or shopping at the Free Marissa store!  (You can purchase a sticker that is similar to the image above at the Free Marissa store!)

  • Organize a fundraiser to pool your funds!  A fundraiser can be a house party, a potluck, a book club, a workshop, or a sporting event! Anything can be turned into an opportunity to raise awareness about Marissa’s trial, and the urgent need for everyone’s support.

  • Share with us on facebook or twitter about what the phrase “Black Women’s Lives Matter” means to you.  What comes up for you when you affirm this phrase?

This month, the Free Marissa Now team will be posting principles we developed for Standing Our Ground Week of Action this past July that affirm a politics that Black Women’s Lives Matter.  An excerpt of the statement is on the website and the full statement can be downloaded as a PDF.  

Thanks to you, Marissa Alexander’s bond has been PAID IN FULL! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! 
Stay tuned for fundraising goals from now until December.  Marissa Alexander is facing over $250,000 in legal fees and she still needs your help!
DONATE to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund or SHOP at the Free Marissa Alexander Store (all proceeds go to her legal defense fund):
THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

Thanks to you, Marissa Alexander’s bond has been PAID IN FULL!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Stay tuned for fundraising goals from now until December.  Marissa Alexander is facing over $250,000 in legal fees and she still needs your help!

DONATE to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund or SHOP at the Free Marissa Alexander Store (all proceeds go to her legal defense fund):

THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

Free Marissa Now stands with the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)’s assessment of the US government’s persistent pattern of racial violence and discrimination, including in the area of policing, prisons, and prosecution. We also add that racial violence in the US intersects with patterns of gender violence as well. Marissa Alexander, a black mother of three from Florida who was attacked, strangled, and threatened with murder by her abusive husband, and who fired a warning shot that saved her own life without injuring anyone else, was not allowed to use the Stand Your Ground law to affirm her right to self-defense. Ms. Alexander now faces the chilling possibility of a mandatory 60 years in prison if she is found guilty in her upcoming December trial. She has asked “If you do everything to get on the right side of the law, and it’s a law that does not apply to you, where do you go from there?” One place to start is a major overhaul of the racist US criminal justice system and a plan to repair the communities that it has devastated. CERD’s condemnation of the racism embedded within US policies and institutions is an important step, and we urge the US government to take serious measures to address their findings.

Free Marissa Now’s response to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)’s assessment of the pervasive racism embedded within US policies, including Stand Your Ground.  More here:

U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting