Activists call for Mother’s Day Week of Action in support of Marissa Alexander
The Free Marissa Mobilization Campaign is calling for a Mother’s Day Week of Action on May 9-18. The campaign is an effort to build support for Marissa Alexander’s freedom, an African American mother and survivor of domestic violence from Jacksonville, Fla.
According to the campaign’s press release, the group will kick off the Mother’s Day Week of Action “by tabling in front of State Attorney Angela Corey’s office at 220 East Bay St. They will share Mother’s Day cards for others to mail to Alexander, opportunities to donate to her legal defense fund, and information about reproductive justice and the movement to end domestic violence and mass incarceration.”
Alexander, a mother of three, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 after firing a warning shot over the head of her estranged abusive husband. State Attorney Angela Corey has vowed to prosecute Alexander, who faces the possibility of spending 60 years in prison after being granted a new trial in September.
Her trial is scheduled for July 28.
People all over the world are invited to take action on May 9-18 to support Marissa, mothers who are in prison, and all mothers. Supporters who wish to send cards to Alexander can do so by sending them to (P.O. Box 23872, Jacksonville,FL 32257). Donations to her legal defense fund can be made by clicking here.
The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is an international grassroots campaign led by a core of organizers representing the African American/Black Women’s Cultural Alliance, New Jim Crow Movement – Jacksonville, Radical Women, INCITE!, and the Pacific Northwest Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. For more information, see www.FreeMarissaNow.org.
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