WISH is excited to announce that we have two upcoming events!
First, on Thursday, January 16, please join API Chaya, Washington Incarceration Stops Here, and Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project UW for a free workshop about the Marissa Alexander case and others focused on women of color who have defended themselves in response to personal violence. This workshop is organized in solidarity with the nationwide movement to free Marissa today.
Marissa Alexander is a black mother of three and survivor of domestic violence from Jacksonville, FL. In August 2010, nine days after she had given birth, she fired a warning shot at the wall to defend herself from her estranged husband, who was threatening her life. Despite the fact that Marissa Alexander caused no injuries and has no previous criminal record, despite the fact that there is a documented history of domestic violence, and despite the fact that Florida’s self-defense law includes the right to “Stand Your Ground,” she was subsequently arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison. Her conviction was overturned on a legal technicality, and Florida has decided to retry Marissa on the same charges. Come discuss how women of color and other marginalized people are especially likely to be blamed and criminalized while trying to navigate and survive the conditions of violence in their lives.
Act with us, as now is the time for us to stand up, to collectively raise our voice against the criminalization of survivors of domestic violence.
Read API Chaya’s full statement of support here: https://sites.google.com/site/apichayamarissaalexander/
Want to Help Out? – Contribute to Marissa’s Legal Defense Fund:
Community Room B
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
The 2100 Building is located on 24th Avenue South between South Hill and South Walker Streets. It is one block east of Rainier Avenue South. On-street parking is available in the surrounding area, and in a street-level garage accessed through the alley. Please do not park in the fenced in area across the street! That is private parking, and your vehicle will be towed!
The space is wheelchair accessible, but NOT scent free! I apologize for any inconvenience.
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