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NYC – Tuesday, June 19th – Letter-writing for Marissa Alexander – NEW LOCATION

WHATPolitical Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
WHERECAGE – 83A Hester Street New York, New York 10002 (directions below)

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
Lowell Annex
11120 NW Gainesville Road
Ocala, Florida 34482-1479

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