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.

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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.

—Nikky Finney

Learn more here: freemarissanow.org
http://nikkyfinney.net/marissa.html

erinkwilson:

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

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Prison Culture » Beyond the Case & the Cause is A Person: #FreeMarissa

One of the important lessons that I’ve learned in my years of prisoner defense committee work is how isolating and lonely the criminal legal process is. This is particular true for detainees who find themselves jailed while awaiting trial or a plea deal. It is difficult to make peace with the loss of your freedom when you haven’t been convicted. Letters and other communications are lifelines for those who find themselves in such a predicament. The knowledge that people on the outside care about you, haven’t forgotten about you, and support you is encouraging. Often it makes the difference between giving up and staying hopeful. That line is an excruciatingly thin one.

- prisonculture

Please donate to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund or shop at the Free Marissa store, which sends all proceeds to her fund.

Write to Marissa letting her know how much you support her, here:
Marissa Alexander
P. O. Box 23872
Jacksonville, FL 32257

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Sunday's Letters: Marissa Alexander treated unfairly

Marissa Alexander is a survivor of domestic violence who is facing 60 years in prison for an act of self defense. It was encouraging this week in Jacksonville to see the daily actions of the Free Marissa Now Campaign for Justice.

The group includes leaders and activists from throughout the United States. One of their concerns is that Jacksonville’s state attorney is again treating people differently based on race.

We incarcerate too many of our citizens of color and those who have limited financial resources.

Additionally, as a woman, Alexander faces a double challenge since the system is hard on women who defend themselves against domestic violence.

It is frustrating that we have not come further in the fair treatment of all of our citizens. Much work remains to be done.

- Judy Sheklin, president, Jacksonville Area National Organization for Women

#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!

chicagoformarissa:

#selfiesforselfdefense taken at Community Gathering and Pre-Trial Rally for Marissa Alexander organized by CAFMA on 7/26/14 in Chicago (photo by Nicole Harrison)

Check out the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander tumblr for beautiful photos of supporters in Chi-town!

chicagoformarissa:

#selfiesforselfdefense taken at Community Gathering and Pre-Trial Rally for Marissa Alexander organized by CAFMA on 7/26/14 in Chicago (photo by Nicole Harrison)

Check out the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander tumblr for beautiful photos of supporters in Chi-town!

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!

sincecombahee:

"Death-defying poemsInjustice-decrying poemsPoems that speak truth to powerPoems that break chains in freedom’s namePoems that confront abuseand provide sanctuary for the bruisedPoems that escape from cellsPoems that provide a pathway back from hellPoems that refuse to be silentPoems more just than the judge’s gavelPoems that have tasted cop’s macestared down the barrel of a gun in defianceShackled poems trying to break freePoems picking the locks on our mindsPoems that transcend place and timethat tell the histories and herstoriesthat have been banned from the textbooksPoems that refuse to look the other wayPoems that say what needs to be saidPoems that resurrect the deadPoems that refuse to sell their soulsPoems that revolt and rebelthat holler, scream and yellPoems that leave us speechlessthat tell us truths we don’t want to hearPoems that leave the status quoquivering in fearPoems that know that justice is like rainto the seeds of peacePoems that move us to actlike you knowMarching poemsChanting poemsRanting poemsPoems sick and tired of being sick and tired poemsPoems that inoculate us against ignorancePoems that make us thinkPoems on the brinkPoems that challenge us to seethe world as it could beas it should bePoems in love with freedomPoems that resistthat resistthat resistthat resist racism and sexismthat refuse to be connedPoems for a mother named Marissaand a young brother named Trayvon.”
Source: http://standourgroundbook.com/

sincecombahee:

"Death-defying poems
Injustice-decrying poems
Poems that speak truth to power
Poems that break chains in freedom’s name
Poems that confront abuse
and provide sanctuary for the bruised
Poems that escape from cells
Poems that provide a pathway back from hell
Poems that refuse to be silent
Poems more just than the judge’s gavel
Poems that have tasted cop’s mace
stared down the barrel of a gun in defiance
Shackled poems trying to break free
Poems picking the locks on our minds
Poems that transcend place and time
that tell the histories and herstories
that have been banned from the textbooks
Poems that refuse to look the other way
Poems that say what needs to be said
Poems that resurrect the dead
Poems that refuse to sell their souls
Poems that revolt and rebel
that holler, scream and yell
Poems that leave us speechless
that tell us truths we don’t want to hear
Poems that leave the status quo
quivering in fear
Poems that know that justice is like rain
to the seeds of peace
Poems that move us to act
like you know
Marching poems
Chanting poems
Ranting poems
Poems sick and tired of being sick and tired poems
Poems that inoculate us against ignorance
Poems that make us think
Poems on the brink
Poems that challenge us to see
the world as it could be
as it should be
Poems in love with freedom
Poems that resist
that resist
that resist
that resist racism and sexism
that refuse to be conned
Poems for a mother named Marissa
and a young brother named Trayvon.”

Source: http://standourgroundbook.com/

(via angela-corey-out-now)

exsouthernbelle:

#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.👈👈

exsouthernbelle:

#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.👈👈

ohstella:

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)

ohstella:

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)

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Local group launches “Angela Corey Out Now” campaign

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 - 9pmBenefit 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

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