Free Marissa Alexander Now
  • Petitioned Rick Scott

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Governor of Florida
Rick Scott

Free Marissa Alexander Now

    1. Sumayya Coleman
    2. Petition by

      Sumayya Coleman

      Laurel, MD

In August 2010, Marissa Alexander defended herself from further violence by her abusive estranged husband in their home by firing a warning shot toward the ceiling. No one was injured by the shot fired to save her life. Without bond to care for her premature nursing daughter, in May 2012, Marissa was wrongly convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, Marissa was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. Marissa had a restraining order against the serial abuser, a legally licensed gun and permit, and no criminal history. Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law did not work for her in the way it worked for Trayvon Martin’s and Jordan Davis' killer which raises serious concerns of discrimination against Marissa. It appears that stereotypes about Black women project them as aggressors even when defending their lives upon deadly attack. Something has to be done regarding all women who defend themselves against their abusers. Too often they receive little understanding and sympathy from the systems charged with demonstrating justice.

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    1. Marissa Free On Bond: Family Time and Prepare for March Trial

      Sumayya Coleman
      Petition Organizer

      GIVING MANY THANKS TODAY! Words cannot express the relief and joy from everyone working for the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign. Marissa Alexander is free today on a $200,000 bond with conditions until a verdict is reached in her new trial beginning March 31, 2014.

      Ms. Alexander will prepare for the new trial amid the support and love of her children and family. Campaign members are even more determined to help win complete exoneration for Marissa. In November, the Marissa Alexander Freedom Fund campaign launched to raise $10,000 has exceeded its goal. We intend to raise as much as possible toward the $250,000 trial costs with all supporters help. Petition signers can lead by sending a minimum of $5-$10 at tiny.cc/freedomfundraiser to help us reach this goal by April 1. Your small donation means so much.

      As always, thanks for your support in every way. Pass the word.
      Signed,
      African-American/Black Women's Cultural Alliance & FMN

    2. Marissa Alexader Granted New Trial But Still Incarcerated

      Sumayya Coleman
      Petition Organizer

      Free Marissa Now, an alliance of lead organizers and thousands globally have been organizing for Marissa's freedom from prison. While Marissa's new trial is scheduled to begin March 31, 2014, State Attorney Angela Corey refuses to drop the case against Marissa Alexander, continuing a pattern of unjust targeting and prosecution.

      Meanwhile, the mobilization campaign and movement maintains attention on supporting Marissa, her family, the legal team in winning her freedom, and the Marissa Freedom Fundraiser for legal fees not covered by pro bono legal services. All proceeds go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund which is administered by Marissa's family on her behalf. See more information at this link: www.freemarissanow.tumblr.com

      Marissa's supporters are the greatest, showing up every step of the way, to give deep support and love. Thanks in advance for your donation and other actions to help free Marissa.

      Signed,
      African-American/Black Women's Cultural Alliance & FMN

    3. Reached 40,000 signatures

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    • Kateisha Powell HIGHLAND PARK, MI
      • 2 months ago

      Justice4marissa

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    • Brittania Simmons OAK PARK, MI
      • 2 months ago

      I believe in this cause

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    • dan conallen PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 2 months ago

      This is just disturbing ... The law has become perverted and warped. Justice only works if it's blind. It's had one eye open and judging for too long ...

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    • Marie Nater CORNING, CA
      • 2 months ago

      There's a real lack of Justice in Florida. People there need to know we're aware -- and watching.

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    • linda harkat LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      because this is wrong.!

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