NYC – Tuesday, June 19th – Letter-writing for Marissa Alexander – NEW LOCATION
Never let it be said that the folks in NYC Anarchist Black Cross are lazy. Since our last letter-writing night, we’ve co-organized a benefit for two long-term earth and animal liberation prisoners as well as a Father’s Day Eve noise demonstration outside of the Metropolitan Correction Center in downtown Manhattan. Now, one day before the summer solstice, we’re hosting another of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners. This week we are writing to self-defense prisoner Marissa Alexander.
Marissa Alexander was repeatedly abused and assaulted by her husband, Edward Rico Gray, including while she was pregnant. On August 1, 2010, Marissa’s premature newborn daughter was in the Baptist South N.I.C.U. fighting for her life. At that exact moment, Marissa, too, fought for life in her own home against her husband. Marissa tried to escape her husband, only to find herself trapped in their garage. Unable to open the garage door, she took action and likely saved her own life. Marissa legally owned a licensed handgun. In fact, she was also licensed to carry a concealed weapon. When her husband entered the garage, Marissa fired a single warning shot into the ceiling.
Florida, under its controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, allows that a person may use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. Such has been the defense of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin killing. And yet Marissa Alexander, who did first retreat and had no previous criminal history, was denied a “stand your ground” defense and convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm. She has since been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
If you are unable to make it to dinner, please take the time to write a letter to Marissa at:
Marissa Alexander DC# J46944
11120 NW Gainesville Road
Ocala, Florida 34482-1479
For more information, visit justice4marissa.com
The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the PP/POW Birthday Calendar.
Getting to CAGE is simple:
From the J/M/Z:
Essex Street Stop: Walk west on Delancey Street (toward Essex Street, away from Norfolk Street) and make a left on Essex Street. Walk three blocks and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
From the F:
East Broadway Stop: Walk north on Rutgers Street (toward East Broadway, away from Henry Street), that becomes Essex Street, and turn left on Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
From the B/D:
Grand Street Stop: Walk east on Grand Street (Toward Forsyth Street, away from Chrystie Street) and turn right on Orchard Street. Walk one block and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re a few storefronts down on the right.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll see you at supper.
This event is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Anarchist Black Cross.
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Free all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!
For the Abolition of State Repression and Domination!