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12/12/14 UPDATE: MARISSA ALEXANDER ACCEPTS A PLEA DEAL

On November 24, 2014, Marissa Alexander accepted a plea deal with the State of Florida.  The plea deal includes time served (1,030 days), an additional 65 days in Duval County Jail, and two years of probation while wearing a surveillance monitor. She is expected to be released on January 27, 2015.  Alexander, her legal team, and thousands of supporters were preparing for a likely difficult trial to begin this December.  If found guilty, she would have faced a mandatory 60 year sentence.

The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign supports Marissa Alexander’s self-determination to make the best choices she can while navigating the violent and impossible circumstances created by her abusive husband, Angela Corey, and Florida’s judicial system.  The plea deal is a relief in some ways, but this is far from a victory. The deal will help Marissa and her family avoid yet another very expensive and emotionally exhausting trial that could have led to the devastating ruling of spending the rest of her life in prison.  Marissa’s children, family, and community need her to be free as soon as possible.  However, the absurdity in Marissa’s case was always the fact that the courts punished and criminalized her for surviving domestic violence, for saving her own life.  The mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years, and then 60 years, just made the state’s prosecution increasingly shocking.  But we have always believed that forcing Marissa to serve even one day in prison represents a profound and systemic attack on black women’s right to exist and all women’s right to self-defense.

In 2010, Alexander fired a single warning shot that caused no injuries while defending herself from an attack by her abusive husband who strangled her and threatened to kill her.  In 2012, she attempted to invoke Florida’s Stand Your Ground immunity, but was denied and sent to trial where she was found guilty and sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.  Supported by an international grassroots movement, Alexander successfully appealed the verdict in September 2013, but Corey filed charges again, this time announcing that she would pursue a mandatory 60 year sentence for Alexander.  On November 27, 2013, almost exactly a year ago and after serving nearly three years in prison, Alexander was released and put under very strict house detention while she prepared for her retrial.  

The campaign vows to keep organizing for Marissa's freedom and raising awareness about the issues surrounding her case.  It is critical that we keep the momentum of our support and love going until Marissa is restored to her family and community.  In light of Marissa’s decision to not go to trial, we continue to stand in solidarity with her and her family.  Marissa has been consistent in her self-advocacy, including defending her life when attacked by her husband, rejecting a punishing three year plea deal offered to her in 2012, and taking the plea offered to her today.  As difficult as it is to see Marissa unjustly sent back to prison, her supporters around the world stand by her.  We are standing our ground that women have the right to defend themselves from violence, and that black women’s lives matter.

The campaign will update Marissa Alexander's supporters about more details about the status of her case as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we are continuing to fundraise for her because she will continue to face legal expenses.  For example, she will be forced to pay for the ankle monitor the state will force her to wear during her probation.  That will cost $26,000 alone.  We will have a report about the enormous costs she's sustained soon.  But in the meantime, we are raising the goal of this fundraiser to $50,000.  

Thank you for your ongoing support of Marissa Alexander, movements to end mass incarceration and domestic violence, women's right to self-defense, and black women's right to a safe and joyful existence!

Towards freedom,
Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign

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Marissa Alexander is a black mother of three from Jacksonville, FL and survivor of domestic violence.  She fired a single warning shot that caused no injuries while defending herself from an attack by her abusive husband who strangled her and threatened to kill her.  In 2012, she attempted to invoke Florida’s Stand Your Ground immunity, but was denied and sent to trial where she was found guilty and sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.  Supported by an international grassroots movement, Alexander successfully appealed the verdict in September 2013, but Corey filed charges again, this time announcing that she would pursue a mandatory 60 year sentence for Alexander.  On November 27, 2013, almost exactly a year ago and after serving nearly three years in prison, Alexander was released and put under very strict house detention while she prepared for her retrial.  Alexander, her legal team, and thousands of supporters were preparing for a likely difficult trial to begin this December.  If found guilty, she would have faced a mandatory 60 year sentence.  On 11/24/14, Marissa accepted a plea deal with an expected release on January 27, 2015.

 

This fundraiser is CRITICAL because:

1. Marissa's excellent legal team is working pro bono, which is wonderful.  However, Marissa still faces enormous legal expenses, such as court fees, depositions, processing evidence, etc.  During her upcoming 2 years probation, she will be forced to pay for the ankle monitor the state will force her to wear during her probation.  That alone will cost $26,000.  Marissa's supporters can mobilize to raise funds that will ensure that she has the resources she needs to secure her freedom.

2. Our continued organizing will make sure that Marissa's name is not forgotten and that our commitment to her freedom remains active.  It also creates opportunities for us to continue to raise awareness about domestic violence and mass incarceration.  

ORGANIZE FUNDRAISERS!

We appreciate all individual donations!  We also encourage people to organize community fundraisers to connect with each other and bring more people into the movement.  We have seen beautiful fundraisers launched in communities all around the country, including in Jacksonville, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.  Let's keep going!  Organize community potlucks, local concerts, raffles, talent shows, and holiday events.  Fundraising is a huge part of movement building!

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

This fundraiser is directly accountable to Marissa Alexander and her family.  All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund which is administered by Marissa's family on her behalf. You can find the link to this fundraiser on the family's website:http://justiceformarissa.blogspot.com/.

Contact us at freemarissanow@gmail.com if you have questions.

THANK YOU!

Marissa's supporters are the greatest!  Every step of the way, you have shown up and given deep support and love.  Your donation is just one more way that you give life to the movement to free Marissa and highlight the need to support all survivors who have been criminalized while trying to navigate the conditions of violence.  Thank you so much for your donation!

PS:

If you want to send a donation via check, please make the check out to:

Global Alliance, Inc.
For: The Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund

Mail to:

Global Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 290956
Columbia, SC 29229

But please e-mail a note to us at freemarissanow@gmail.com so we can include your donation in our fundraising total!

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  1. Dear Marissa Alexander supporters,

     

    You may have heard that, on November 24, 2014, Marissa Alexander accepted a plea deal with the State of Florida.  The plea deal includes time served (1,030 days), an additional 65 days in Duval County Jail, and two years of probation while wearing a surveillance monitor. She is expected to be released after a hearing on January 27, 2015 although, because the deal includes an open plea, there's a possibility

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  2. Dear Marissa Alexander supporters,

    CONGRATULATIONS! Yet again, Marissa Alexander's supporters have reached a crucial fundraising goal!  You have raised another $40,000 for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund. Words can not describe how much gratitude Marissa and her family and friends have for the outpouring of support. Your donations, letters, and actions have been truly incredible. THANK YOU SO MUCH! A report on all that the Freedom Fundraiser has accomplished will be coming this week.

    A special shout out goes to the fantastic Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander who, through the #FreeMarissa store and other fundraisers, have ra...

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  3. Dear Supporters of Marissa Alexander,

    Thank you for your ongoing, crucial support of Marissa Alexander’s freedom!  We have a few BIG updates:

    1. TRIAL UPDATE: Marissa’s trial has been postponed to begin on Dec 8th.  She also has a hearing on Aug 1st when a judge is expected to rule if she will get a new Stand Your Ground hearing.  The judge postponed the decision to give time to the recent changes

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