January 27, 2017
After 3 years behind bars and 2 years of house detention, Marissa Alexander was finally released from state confinement. Marissa Alexander has been punished for over 5 years for defending her life from a domestic violence attack threatening her life nine days after she gave birth. The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is thrilled that we have finally made it to the day that we can say Marissa Alexander has her freedom. We are honored to share this statement from Marissa and her family: "We are grateful to God that this chapter of Marissa's life will come to a close on January 27, 2017. We are sincerely thankful and appreciative to all who rallied, supported and prayed for Marissa's release. As she enters a new chapter, with endless possibilities, we ask that you will continue to support Marissa through her non-profit organization that was established to end domestic violence and injustice in the criminal justice system, The Marissa Alexander Justice Project. Without you, today would not be possible. Thank you again and again."
FULL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT.
To honor & archive this important activism, we ask all people who did an action to help free Marissa Alexander to PLEASE FILL OUT THIS SURVEY so that organizers and survivors can learn and build from it in future movement building.
The grassroots insurgency that freed Marissa Alexander was historic. Marissa Alexander was freed by your efforts of love and resistance that continue to make a difference. We at Free Marissa Now are overcome with gratitude. This website will continue to live as an organizing archive. Thank you very, very much for your heartfelt solidarity. There are so many more survivors to free and so much more work to do. Let’s keep going!
In 2015, Free Marissa Now joined with members of Stand With Nan-Hui, Love & Protect, and California Coalition of Women Prisoners to launch the #SurvivedAndPunished initiative. The initiative challenges us to understand and unravel the embedded connections between gender violence and systems of prosecution, incarceration, and policing. The website includes a collection of resources to learn more about the criminalization of survivors of gender violence and activist strategies to free them.
CASE/CAMPAIGN UPDATE (1/27/17):
Marissa Alexander Free Now:
After 3 years behind bars and 2 years of house detention, Marissa Alexander was finally released from state confinement!!! Read Free Marissa Now statement.
Free Marissa Now announces new initiative: SurvivedAndPunished.org
This project is organized in coalition with the following freedom campaigns and organizations: Stand With Nan Hui, Love & Protect (formerly Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander), and California Coalition for Women Prisoners. We demand the immediate freedom of those who are punished for surviving domestic violence and other forms of gender violence, including Marissa Alexander!
THANK YOU for raising the funds needed to cover Marissa Alexander's surveillance monitor for her two years of home detention! Towards true freedom...
"I wrote this poem because of my support of Marissa Alexander. I wrote this poem one morning because of my outrage that I still live in a country where it seems as though black women are still having to defend themselves about defending themselves."
A Poem Dedicated to Marissa Alexander
by Nikky Finney
Organizers from #BlackLivesMatter and Free Marissa Now discuss how black women are targeted by state violence.