Friday, October 11, 2013

Drop the case against Marissa Alexander!

National Action: Send letters now!
Drop the case against Marissa Alexander!

Radical Women urges you to take part in the national Free Marissa Now letter-writing campaign that is swinging into action today. Please take a moment to send a note calling on Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey to drop the case against Marissa Alexander, an African American mother who is serving a 20-year sentence for self-defense.
In late September, the Florida Appeals Court threw out the guilty verdict against Marissa Alexander case because of serious errors in jury instructions that deprived her of a fair trial.
Now it's up to State Prosecutor Angela Corey to drop the case or set a new trial date. We say drop the case now!
Please write or call Angela Corey today or as soon as you can. Send copies of your message to Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott so that they know the strength of public opinion on this issue.
The sample letter below may help you get started. Addresses for where to send your letter are at the bottom of this message.
Name __________________________
Email __________________________
Dear Ms. Corey:
You have an opportunity to allow an innocent person to go free without further cost to the state of Florida and without further trauma to this woman and her family. I encourage you to drop the charges against Marissa Alexander, rather than pursuing a new trial which, if justice is served, will result in a not-guilty verdict.
Marissa Alexander was a victim of domestic violence who acted in self-defense by taking the only action she saw possible at that moment - an action that injured no one. Her case shines a light on how black women in domestic violence situations are often doubly victimized when they seek justice. Ms. Alexander has experienced at least two traumatic events: the first is being repeatedly abused by her husband, the second is being prosecuted and sentenced to prison for defending herself from that abuse. 
Ms. Alexander's experience bears out the fact that women of color are arrested more often than white women when police arrive on the scene of a domestic violence incident. For this reason, fewer than 17% of black women call the police for fear they will be further victimized by the police or the courts. By allowing Marissa Alexander to be sentenced to 20 years for self-defense, you have given the message to women everywhere that if they defend their lives, they will be also targeted by police and prosecutors.
There is a widespread stereotype that survivors who fight for their lives, particularly if they are black women, are "too aggressive" and not genuine victims. This stereotype was carried out to such an extent in Marissa Alexander's case that the whole premise of innocent until proven guilty was reversed, as the Appeals Court found.
Please do the right thing by stopping any further prosecution of this innocent mother and daughter.  Drop the case, dismiss all charges, and free Marissa Alexander!

Send your letter to the following addresses
(Hard copies make more of an impact!)
Angela Corey, State Attorney
Courthouse Annex
220 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: 904-630-2400
Fax: 904-630-2938
Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Phone: 850-414-3300 or 850-414-3990
Fax: 850-410-1630
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Phone: 850-717-9337 or 850-488-7146

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