Marissa Alexander out on $200,000 bond; the struggle continues to free her

JACKSONVILLE, Florida– According to literature sent out by the Free Marissa Now! Com­mittee leader, Aleta Alston-Toure, “The fight to free Marissa Alexan­der continues.”
Marissa Alexander is a 31-year-old African woman who Florida pigs sent to prison for no reason other than she is a colonial sub­ject who was put on trial, convict­ed and sentenced in an American white power courtroom.
The case of Marissa Alexan­der vs. the state of Florida began with a confrontation with her es­tranged husband, Rico Gray, in August 2010 at her home in Jack­sonville, Florida.
Rico, who was already under a restraining order because of previous violent abuses against Marissa, confronted her with threats on that August day where she armed herself and shot one warning shot into the ceiling.
The police and district attorney de­cided to file assault with a deadly weapon against her, despite Rico’s restrain­ing order and Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law.
In May 2012, Marissa was convicted and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
In September 2013 her con­viction was overturned by an ap­pellate court and a new trial was ordered for March 2014.
On November 28, 2013 Marissa’s fight to post bail was gained, where she is now under house arrest.
The Free Marissa Now website states that she is finally home, but there is much work to do to make sure she stays home.
Marissa’s harsh treatment and sentencing by the criminal justice system has all the trappings of the historical colonialist relationship African people have to the U.S. government and white settler co­lonial population.
Florida state attorney Angela Corey—who reluctantly prosecut­ed Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman—zealously went for­ward with the prosecution of Ma­rissa, despite nothing pointing to her having committed a criminal offense.
The problem with Marissa is not that she was a criminal, but rather she was an African with a gun—a legal registered gun at that. This is because it is the common law of not only Florida, but the en­tire U.S. that Africans should not bear arms.
Thus far, the Free Marissa Now campaign has brought this case before thousands of people in a quest for this African mother of three—11-year-old twins and a three-year-old infant who was nine days old when his mom was arrested—to get justice.
At present, the campaign is raising much needed funds for the legal defense of the upcoming March trial and the organizational work it will take to free this sister. All proceeds go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund, which is administered by her fam­ily on her behalf.
Free Marissa Now!
Smash Colonial Violence!


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