Upcoming Events

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.

As organizations that provide services to some of the most marginalized and oppressed communities, we are in solidarity with Marissa Alexander and call on our communities and allies to support the campaign to free Marissa and drop all charges against her.

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/

More info:

Want to Help Out? – Contribute to Marissa’s Legal Defense Fund:


2100 Building
Community Room B
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

Thursday, Jan 16
6:00 – 9:00 PM

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.

For more information, or to request an interpreter, please email priya@apichaya.org. (For interpreter requests, please ask by 01/06/13).

Second, join WISH for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA) on Monday, January 20th.
– All are welcome to attend a School to Prison Pipeline Workshop from 9:30 – 11:00 AM (room 203). The workshop will feature discussion form teachers, students, organizers, and others. Read more about it here.
– Get your hot-off-the-press WISH buttons at the 32nd Annual rally and march! Want to march with a group? Meet us by the big stairs of the high school at 12:00 noon!

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