Hello supporters of Marissa Alexander!
We just wanted to do a quick update about the status of Marissa’s case b/c there seems to be some confusion. The articles floating around that say Marissa’s conviction was overturned is old news from Sept 2013. Good news, but old news. Some might…
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Marissa Alexander saved her own life four years ago. Now she needs our help in another fight for her life.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is also the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration & Police Violence. Marissa Alexander’s case shows us how these issues are connected for her and many others.
We call on anti-domestic violence activists and victim advocates, anti-prison/police violence activists, feminists, racial justice organizers, reproductive justice activists, survivors of prison and domestic violence, and all people who believe that #blacklifematters to join the movement to FREE Marissa Alexander!
DOWNLOAD this new brochure (pdf) about Marissa Alexander’s case and how it connects the dots between domestic violence and mass incarceration. Make copies and circulate at October events to build the movement for her freedom!
In solidarity with survivors of domestic violence who are shamed, ridiculed, intimidated, and condescended to by people in their families, communities, and the general public. In solidarity with Janay Rice who, on top of everything, has to now endure the world’s judgment of her and her choices. Ain’t Janay a subject? #BlackLivesMatter
This website documents the stories of people with disabilities who have suffered police brutality or who have been killed by the police. The majority of peoples who suffer police brutality have disabilities, yet organizations that monitor cases of police brutality do not track disability status. Thus the epidemic rates of police violence against peoples with disabilities remains largely invisible. These are a few of the stories of those who have been beaten, killed or abused by the police.
Angela Corey is seeking a 60 year sentence against Marissa Alexander in the upcoming July 28th trial.
We’ll post a statement soon, but let’s cut to the chase, here: There’s no way we’re letting this happen without a major fight. And it will take every single supporter of Marissa, every person who wants to end domestic violence, every person who wants to abolish mass incarceration and mandatory minimums, and every person who believes that black women and all women have the right to defend our lives. Marissa needs your help.
Marginalized people are in the dubious position of being both on the cutting edge of surveillance, and stuck in its backwaters. Some forms of surveillance, like filmed police interrogations, are undoubtedly positive for poor and working-class communities and racial minorities. But marginalized people are subject to some of the most technologically sophisticated and comprehensive forms of scrutiny and observation in law enforcement, the welfare system, and the low-wage workplace. They also endure higher levels of direct forms of surveillance, such as stop-and-frisk in New York City.
Members of Free Marissa Now and their families will gather at 3pm at the Christmas Tree at Jacksonville Landing for a Welcome Home Celebration for Marissa Alexander. Alexander was released on bond late Wednesday night and will be under home detention until her new trial, scheduled to begin on March 31. Jacksonville Landing is at 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville, FL.
Marissa is free (-ish, for now, pending re-trial, and it’s home arrest, isn’t that a kind of domestic violence?, but I really am deeply happy for her and her family, regardless of my bah humbug tendencies!).
Gathering around a Christmas Tree as a Welcome Home Celebration on Thanksgiving, though? I mean, isn’t that a scene from It’s A Wonderful Life when the friends bring him all the cash to deal with the crushing debt, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas when they sing around the tree after their presents got stolen, and The Color Purple when Sophia reunites with her family for five seconds before Miss Anne or whatever her name was insisted that she had to go, all wrapped up into one?
Can’t help it. My heart. It grows three sizes this day.
My family talks about food the way other people talk about the weather. Or art. Status updates, unsentimental critiques, lesson plans. A cornerstone of jokes about frustrated desire, lines drawn in the sand, and competitive one upsmanship. A living thread that adapts in a conversation both simple and complex. The truest answer to “how are you?”
Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist, the Russian-American angel of the color field: Sep. 25, 1903 - 1970…
Above: Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red, 1949
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By including the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt” when giving the instruction on the aggravated battery prong of the self-defense instruction, the trial court improperly transmuted the prosecution’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt into a burden on the appellant to prove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt, depriving her of a trial under the correct rule. The defendant’s burden is only to raise a reasonable doubt concerning self-defense. The defendant does not have the burden to prove the victim guilty of the aggression defended against beyond a reasonable doubt. “When a defendant claims self-defense, the State maintains the burden of proving the defendant committed the crime and did not act in self-defense.” Montijo v. State, 61 So. 3d 424, 427 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011). “The burden never shifts to the defendant to prove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, he must simply present enough evidence to support giving the instruction.”
My head is really fuzzy today, but I’ve read this about ten times and I’m pretty sure what’s being said here is that the jury that took “12 minutes” to convict Marissa Alexander was essentially instructed that she is guilty unless she had proven herself innocent. That she had to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she was defending herself from harm in order to be worthy of acquittal.
So, guilty until proven innocent. Just so we’re clear.
(I mean, yay and everything for the appeal, but what I’m saying is: those fuckers)
City public housing tenants should all be fingerprinted, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday, sparking an uproar from Democratic mayoral hopefuls. What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” Bloomberg said during his weekly appearance on The John Gambling Show on WOR-AM as he spoke about ways to improve safety in public housing.
Adolph Gottlieb, Blues, 1962
In the late 1950s, Adolph Gottlieb started his “burst” paintings, a series of works that showed smooth, round areas of color above vigorous brushstrokes and splatters. This method brought together the two main currents of abstract expressionism: the soft tones of color field painting and the dramatic gestures of action painting. The black shape at the bottom of this image reflects the artist’s movement as he applied paint in one wide, twisting brushstroke. In contrast, the shades of blue above blend softly from light to dark, as if he used slower, more careful brushstrokes. Gottlieb played with opposites, painting pairs of shapes that evoke dualities such as night and day, sun and earth, and male and female (Alloway and MacNaughton, Adolph Gottlieb: A Retrospective, 1981).