Bresha Meadows of Ohio was just 14 years old when she was incarcerated and faced a charge of aggravated murder for defending herself and family against the unrelenting terror and abuse of her father.
Free Marissa Now acts in solidarity with Bresha Meadows and we demand that she is returned home to her family and that all charges against her are dropped. October 5 & 6 are Days of Action to Free Bresha, please get involved! Follow the #FreeBresha website, facebook, and twitter to stay updated.
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.
CAMPAIGN UPDATE (4/12/16):
Florida legislative update:
We review some recent important reforms to Florida's 10-20-Life mandatory minimum sentencing law, the same law that required a 20 year sentence against Marissa Alexander when she was convicted in 2012.
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!
CASE UPDATE (1/25/16):
Marissa Alexander was RELEASED from prison on January 27, 2015. This marks one year of completion of her two year sentence of house detention, while wearing a surveillance monitor. Free Marissa Now press release on the date of her prison release HERE.
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.