Mother's Day Week of Action: May 9-18! Support Mothers in Prison & Mothers Everywhere!
May 11th is Mother's Day! Marissa Alexander is a mother of three beautiful children. Like many women, Marissa has been forced to mother her children while incarcerated and under house arrest. A staggering 70% of people in women's prisons are mothers.
Join us for a week of action to 1) build the movement to support Marissa Alexander's freedom and 2) highlight how domestic violence and incarceration are critical mothering and reproductive justice issues.
SHOW YOUR LOVE! Take this opportunity to send a card to Marissa to let her know she's got your support! DONATE much-needed and appreciated funds to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund. MAIL this pre-made Mother's Day card or send your own to Marissa Alexander at this address: Marissa Alexander P. O. Box 23872 Jacksonville, FL 32257
SPREAD THE WORD! On May 9th at 3pm, Free Marissa Now members in Jacksonville, FL will kick off the week of action by tabling in front of Angela Corey's office to demand Marissa's freedom! Tabling is a great way to connect with community members and spread the word about Marissa's case, and the ongoing movement to end domestic violence, mass incarceration, and support black mothers and ALL mothers!
If you want to do a community event during the week of action, here are some helpful resources: * Download Fact Sheet: Freeing Marissa Alexander is a Reproductive Justice Issue! (pdf; Also find online here.) * Mother's Day card to mail to Marissa (pdf) * Flyer with the Mother's Day image on the left of this webpage (pdf) * More resources HERE * A great analysis about Marissa Alexander and reproductive justice by Monica Simpson from Sistersong (link) * A press release about the week of action from Free Marissa Now
If you're collecting donations for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so we can support you to get the funds to the right place!
CONNECT WITH FAITH COMMUNITIES! Ask your pastors, congregations, and other faith community members to send cards and donations on Mother's Day and the Week of Action! As a resource, you can download this letter inviting local places of worship to support Marissa, written by the Pacific Northwest Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. Connect with us if you'd like support at email@example.com.