Independent Coverage of the Marissa Alexander Trial

Update posted by Thandisizwe Chimurenga On Dec 10, 2014

Dear Project Supporters:

  I had hoped to raise enough funds to be able to travel to Florida and cover Marissa's trial, including having a place to stay and meals.  The fundraising work never really kicked in the way it should have, and so with about a week or so left until jury selection was scheduled to begin, I decided that it was unrealistic of me to expect to go and cancelled this fundraiser.

  I found out later, like all of you, that Marissa had accepted a plea deal: the original sentence offered to her of 3 years, before her first trial.  Marissa was granted time served and the remaining time on the 3 year sentence has her being released sometime in January 2015.  

 Again, I did not know this at the time that I had cancelled the fundraiser.  Marissa may still face some sort of penalties in January when she completes this sentence, so please continue to follow the case and support her in any way that you can.

  Meanwhile, here in L.A., the trial of LAPD Officer Margaret O'Callaghan should be starting soon next year.  O'Callaghan is the 18-year LAPD veteran who has been charged in the death of Aleasia Thomas.  O'Callaghan repeatedly kicked Thomas in her vagina - 7 times according to reports - in an attempt to "shove" Thomas into the back of a police car.  This was the case I had been hoping to cover when I was to come to Florida for Marissa's trial.

  I know that you donated to me on the premise of traveling to Florida.  Now that Marissa's case has taken this turn, I humbly request that you allow me to keep your donation and put it towards the coverage of the trial of Margaret O'Callaghan in the death of Aleasia Thomas.

Thank you.

 

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

 

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Update posted by Thandisizwe Chimurenga On Dec 10, 2014

Dear Project Supporters:

  I had hoped to raise enough funds to be able to travel to Florida and cover Marissa's trial, including having a place to stay and meals.  The fundraising work never really kicked in the way it should have, and so with about a week or so left until jury selection was scheduled to begin, I decided that it was unrealistic of me to expect to go and cancelled this fundraiser.

  I found out later, like all of you, that Marissa had accepted a plea deal: the original sentence offered to her of 3 years, before her first trial.  Marissa was granted time served and the remaining time on the 3 year sentence has her being released sometime in January 2015.  

 Again, I did not know this at the time that I had cancelled the fundraiser.  Marissa may still face some sort of penalties in January when she completes this sentence, so please continue to follow the case and support her in any way that you can.

  Meanwhile, here in L.A., the trial of LAPD Officer Margaret O'Callaghan should be starting soon next year.  O'Callaghan is the 18-year LAPD veteran who has been charged in the death of Aleasia Thomas.  O'Callaghan repeatedly kicked Thomas in her vagina - 7 times according to reports - in an attempt to "shove" Thomas into the back of a police car.  This was the case I had been hoping to cover when I was to come to Florida for Marissa's trial.

 

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Update posted by Thandisizwe Chimurenga On Oct 17, 2014

Why I'm Fundraising

 

 

As a freelance journalist – I am not a full-time employee of a newspaper web-based publication radio or tv station –  there is no one entity that will pay my salary AND for my expenses to get to Florida, sleep in Florida, eat in Florida, get to and fro in Florida. Therefore, I must appeal directly to you, The People.

 

 

Why I'm Using GoGetFunding

 

 

You, The People,  made it possible for me go to Detroit to cover the trial of Renisha McBride’s murderer, for which I will be eternally grateful.  For this fundraiser, I have decided NOT to use GoFundMe due to 1) their support for the murderer of Mike Brown in Ferguson AND their harassment of Color of Change; as well as their support for a rapist/terrorizer of Black women in Oklahoma.  This is why I'm utilizing GoGetFunding to help me get to Florida. 

 

 

Thank You to all those who have donated thus far.

 

 

And for those of you who have yet to donate ... Thank You in advance!

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Sending love, positivity and strength.

Guest

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Rothman Gene

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Frances Miller

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This is not justice, it is persecution. I hope others will join me in standing up to defend Marissa and make sure everyone knows about the injustice of this prosecution. Marissa deserves exoneration and a finding of factual innocence - removing this arrest from her record.

Christine Thomas

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Keep doing big thangs, Sis.

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