October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and a group of organizers are pushing a campaign to highlight the importance of ending the violence.

For the entire month, Emotional Justice Unplugged, Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Women, and Free Marissa Now will host a multi-media letter writing campaign called #31forMarissa.

The campaign is centered around Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband in 2010. 

From Ebony:

We are urging men to write letters of support to Marissa Alexander, share stories of violence experienced by women in their own circles, donate funds for her trial fees and become engaged as active allies in the domestic violence movement. Participants are also encouraged to invite, inspire, challenge and engage 5 other men to join the campaign. We are asking a nation of men—of all creeds and colors—to stand up and engage in the pursuit of freedom of a Black woman.

Read more at Ebony

The campaign calls for men & women from all walks of life to participate and share their support. Brothers Writing to Live and A Call to Men have also joined to campaign.

Last week, a judge granted Alexander a new trial after determining that the original judge in the case did not properly instruct the jury.

A date has not been determined for the new trial. Marissa Alexander remains behind bars, pending a separate hearing on whether she is eligible for bail.

Read letters written so far here.

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