What about all those LGBTQ people who think immigration does not have anything to do with them? Here is why it does. The immigration debate gets to the heart of a conversation about who is a "real" citizen, who is part of our communities, and who can be allowed to stay and live here, and who has to do so through a shadow existence, with no basic rights. Sound familiar? It should. It is a historic dialogue that has talked around and through communities of LGBTQ people, people of color, poor people, people with disabilities, and many others.
SONG Co-Director Caitlin Breedlove  (via moyazb)

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freemarissanow:

Great news!  We have met and zoomed past the goal of $10,000 for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.  Together, we’ve reached $11,005 with 39 days still left to go! This is a powerful reflection of how passionately people feel about the need to stop punishing survivors of domestic violence for defending their lives. 
Your commitment has fired up the campaign and we are raising the freedom fundraiser goal to $20,000!  This fundraiser and movement are critical to supporting the full acquittal of Marissa Alexander in her upcoming re-trial beginning March 31, 2014. Let’s keep going!  George Zimmerman was able to raise over a million dollars in donations for his murder defense.  Can we work together to reach double the goal amount by the end of the year?  $20K by Dec 31st?  LET’S DO IT!  Please help bring in more donors and let’s bring Marissa home!
DONATE NOW: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/justice-for-marissa-a-fundraiser-for-freedom/x/4747459

freemarissanow:

Great news!  We have met and zoomed past the goal of $10,000 for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.  Together, we’ve reached $11,005 with 39 days still left to go! This is a powerful reflection of how passionately people feel about the need to stop punishing survivors of domestic violence for defending their lives. 

Your commitment has fired up the campaign and we are raising the freedom fundraiser goal to $20,000!  This fundraiser and movement are critical to supporting the full acquittal of Marissa Alexander in her upcoming re-trial beginning March 31, 2014. Let’s keep going!  George Zimmerman was able to raise over a million dollars in donations for his murder defense.  Can we work together to reach double the goal amount by the end of the year?  $20K by Dec 31st?  LET’S DO IT!  Please help bring in more donors and let’s bring Marissa home!

DONATE NOW: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/justice-for-marissa-a-fundraiser-for-freedom/x/4747459

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sancophaleague:

Renisha Mcbride was a 19 year old Black Girl from Michigan. On November 2nd, she was involved in a terrible car crash but survived. After the accident, she ran to the nearest house looking for help because her phone had died. She knocked on the front door and was shot in the face with a shotgun by the White Homeowner. After the murder, No Charges have been pressed against the White shooter and it is being called a justified Killing. Several Police officers and the Shooter’s lawyer have said that “He acted Properly” in shooting her. Don’t ever be fooled into believing that Racism is over.

If you’re a Fan of signing Petitions, you can sign one at http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Renisha/?akid=662.675511.T8Xw70&rd=1&t=4

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freemarissanow:

Canada is getting the word out!
Letters, e-mails, and phone calls from all over the world are welcome: http://freemarissanow.tumblr.com/dropthecase

freemarissanow:

Canada is getting the word out!

Letters, e-mails, and phone calls from all over the world are welcome: http://freemarissanow.tumblr.com/dropthecase

freemarissanow:

National Action: Urge the State to Drop the Case! 
Have you heard the good news out of Florida? The Appeals Court threw out the guilty verdict in the Marissa Alexander case, citing a “fundamental error” in the jury instructions which unjustly required Marissa to prove her innocence, depriving her of a fair trial.
In mid-October, State Prosecutor Angela Corey will decide whether to drop the case or set a new trial date. We say drop the case! 
October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a perfect time to draw attention to how Marissa’s experience of domestic violence and incarceration exemplifies the widespread racial and gender bias in our criminal justice system.
We are asking you to send letters and/or call Angela Corey and encourage her to seek Justice, not a Conviction! Please 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.
— Free Marissa NowFreeMarissaNow@gmail.com, facebook.com/FreeMarissaNow
***
SAMPLE LETTER (download as pdf!):
Name __________________________
Address_________________________
_______________________________
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!
______________________________
Signature
***
Send your letter to the following addresses:(Hard copies make more of an impact!)
Angela Corey, State AttorneyCourthouse Annex220 East Bay StreetJacksonville, FL 32202Phone: 904-630-2400Fax: 904-630-2938Email: sao4th@coj.net
Office of Attorney General Pam BondiState of FloridaThe Capitol PL-01Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050Phone: 850-414-3300 or 850-414-3990Fax: 850-410-1630Email: http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Citizen_Services
Office of Governor Rick ScottState of FloridaThe Capitol400 S. Monroe St.Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001Phone: 850-717-9337 or 850-488-7146Email: rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

freemarissanow:

National Action: Urge the State to Drop the Case! 

Have you heard the good news out of Florida? The Appeals Court threw out the guilty verdict in the Marissa Alexander case, citing a “fundamental error” in the jury instructions which unjustly required Marissa to prove her innocence, depriving her of a fair trial.

In mid-October, State Prosecutor Angela Corey will decide whether to drop the case or set a new trial date. We say drop the case! 

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a perfect time to draw attention to how Marissa’s experience of domestic violence and incarceration exemplifies the widespread racial and gender bias in our criminal justice system.

We are asking you to send letters and/or call Angela Corey and encourage her to seek Justice, not a Conviction! Please 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.

Free Marissa Now
FreeMarissaNow@gmail.com, facebook.com/FreeMarissaNow

***

SAMPLE LETTER (download as pdf!):

Name __________________________

Address_________________________

_______________________________

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!

______________________________

Signature

***

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
Email: sao4th@coj.net

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
Email: http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Citizen_Services

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
Email: rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

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Peoples Movement Assembly on Climate Justice in Mobile AL this Saturday!

Monique Harden speaks on Democracy Now!

Join farmworkers and allies for the culmination of our two-week Publix Truth Tour throughout the Southeast US. Add your voice to the growing chorus urging Publix to join the Fair Food Program and help ensure the dignity of farmworkers in their supply chain!
For more information, contact: joe@sfalliance.orgelena@interfaithact.org

or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/468269996613330/
BACKGROUND: After two decades of worker-led struggle through the Campaign for Fair Food, eleven major food retailers — including McDonalds, Burger King and Whole Foods — have joined the Fair Food Program (FFP), agreeing to purchase exclusively from tomato farms that comply with a stringent, worker-designed code of conduct. In addition, participating retailers have paid out over $10 million in penny-per-pound premiums, constituting the first wage increase for farmworkers in over 30 years. 
For four years, Publix has staunchly refused to join the FFP. Meanwhile, groundbreaking changes have begun to take root in the fields. For the first time ever, farmworkers on participating farms are guaranteed access to shade and water, women are fighting back against sexual harassment and abuse, and farmworkers and growers together are eliminating the scourge of forced labor. Rather than join this rising tide of justice, Publix continues to spread falsehoods about the Fair Food Program, providing an alternative market for abusive growers and anchoring the resistance of the national supermarket industry. 
As Publix expands throughout the Southeast, add your voice to the call for the supermarket giant to expand its commitment to human rights! 

 
To read more, visit CIW website: http://ciw-online.org/campaign-for-fair-food/
 
Join farmworkers and allies for the culmination of our two-week Publix Truth Tour throughout the Southeast US. Add your voice to the growing chorus urging Publix to join the Fair Food Program and help ensure the dignity of farmworkers in their supply chain!

For more information, contact: 
joe@sfalliance.org
elena@interfaithact.org

or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/468269996613330/

BACKGROUND: After two decades of worker-led struggle through the Campaign for Fair Food, eleven major food retailers — including McDonalds, Burger King and Whole Foods — have joined the Fair Food Program (FFP), agreeing to purchase exclusively from tomato farms that comply with a stringent, worker-designed code of conduct. In addition, participating retailers have paid out over $10 million in penny-per-pound premiums, constituting the first wage increase for farmworkers in over 30 years. 

For four years, Publix has staunchly refused to join the FFP. Meanwhile, groundbreaking changes have begun to take root in the fields. For the first time ever, farmworkers on participating farms are guaranteed access to shade and water, women are fighting back against sexual harassment and abuse, and farmworkers and growers together are eliminating the scourge of forced labor. Rather than join this rising tide of justice, Publix continues to spread falsehoods about the Fair Food Program, providing an alternative market for abusive growers and anchoring the resistance of the national supermarket industry. 

As Publix expands throughout the Southeast, add your voice to the call for the supermarket giant to expand its commitment to human rights! 

 
To read more, visit CIW website: http://ciw-online.org/campaign-for-fair-food/
 
MAJOR VICTORY: MARISSA ALEXANDER GETS A NEW TRIAL!
September 30, 2013 · by ayinde · in freemarissa, Uncategorized · Edit


You supported the Walk for Dignity from Jacksonville to Sanford when the world was reeling in outrage that a US court ruled Zimmerman innocent for the murder of an unarmed Black youth. We named two demands: that Marissa Alexander be set free and that Angela Corey be fired. These demands resonated with the people we engaged in the neighborhoods, churches, and community centers along that 122 mile journey. Today, we are excited to share the incredible news that Marissa Alexander has been granted a new trial. Marissa was prosecuted by Angela Corey in Jacksonville FL in 2012 and sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at the ceiling while being attacked by an abusive husband. These two cases exposed the systemic, institutional racism and deep injustices of the US criminal courts. And people across the country and in the South responded with action. 
 
“Everyone in the Southern Freedom Movement had a role in this victory,” says Aleta Alston-Toure of the New Jim Crow Movement in Jacksonville who has been fighting the conviction with Marissa’s family and the Free Marissa Now International Campaign. 
“People have come together at the Southern Movement Assemblies and during the Walk for Dignity to confront injustice, including the criminalization of Black women and domestic violence survivors. We took action, and we are going to get Marissa’s dignity back. And Angela Corey will get her due.” 

 
A trial date has not been set at this time. This day marks one step towards freedom. Your support helped make this happen. 
 

Check out the news reports below, and we will keep you posted through the free Marissa Now campaign about next steps and actions over the next few weeks. 
 


WATCH Channel JAX4 tonight to see Aleta’s interview.

Free Marissa Now International Campaign – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMarissaNow?hc_location=timeline 
From earlier today – JAX4: http://www.mytvjax.com/content/topstories/story/New-trial-for-Marissa-Alexander/ZygdGEgQt0iE98odshFdog.cspx
US NEWS & WORLD REPORT:  http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/09/26/marissa-alexander-granted-new-trial?page=2
MSNBC: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/09/26/marissa-alexander-will-get-a-new-trial
TV ONE: http://newsone.com/2727619/marissa-alexander-case/
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/26/marissa-alexander-new-trial_n_3995869.html
The Appeals Court decision can be obtained at http://opinions.1dca.org/written/opinions2013/09-26-2013/12-2469.pdf


 We are building long-term strategies with families on the frontlines of incarceration and violence – Thank you, again and again, for your contribution to this incredible expression of people power at a critical time in history.

MAJOR VICTORY: MARISSA ALEXANDER GETS A NEW TRIAL!

You supported the Walk for Dignity from Jacksonville to Sanford when the world was reeling in outrage that a US court ruled Zimmerman innocent for the murder of an unarmed Black youth. We named two demands: that Marissa Alexander be set free and that Angela Corey be fired. These demands resonated with the people we engaged in the neighborhoods, churches, and community centers along that 122 mile journey. Today, we are excited to share the incredible news that Marissa Alexander has been granted a new trial. Marissa was prosecuted by Angela Corey in Jacksonville FL in 2012 and sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at the ceiling while being attacked by an abusive husband. These two cases exposed the systemic, institutional racism and deep injustices of the US criminal courts. And people across the country and in the South responded with action. 
 
“Everyone in the Southern Freedom Movement had a role in this victory,” says Aleta Alston-Toure of the New Jim Crow Movement in Jacksonville who has been fighting the conviction with Marissa’s family and the Free Marissa Now International Campaign. 
“People have come together at the Southern Movement Assemblies and during the Walk for Dignity to confront injustice, including the criminalization of Black women and domestic violence survivors. We took action, and we are going to get Marissa’s dignity back. And Angela Corey will get her due.” 
 
A trial date has not been set at this time. This day marks one step towards freedom. Your support helped make this happen. 
 
Check out the news reports below, and we will keep you posted through the free Marissa Now campaign about next steps and actions over the next few weeks. 
 
 We are building long-term strategies with families on the frontlines of incarceration and violence – Thank you, again and again, for your contribution to this incredible expression of people power at a critical time in history.

freemarissanow:

This is Lowell Correctional Institution.  This is where Marissa Alexander and many others are being warehoused.  Of prisons under state & federal authority, Florida had the 7th highest incarceration rate in the US in 2008.  While black people represent 16.6% of Florida’s total population, they are 32.1% of Florida’s prisoners.

Free Marissa Alexander.  
End mass incarceration.  
End mandatory minimums.  
End the prison nation.

You cannot crowdsource a quality education for the students of Philadelphia. More importantly, you cannot crowdsource teachers and counselors. It is shameful to ask the parents, students, and teachers, who have already given up so much, to donate to the institution of public education. It is the job of the Mayor to get money from Governor Corbett who, by the way, is building 2 new prisons at the expense of $400 million. Additionally, Corbett is withholding the much needed $45 million in federal money owed to Philadelphia school system until more concessions can be won from the teacher’s union.
Philadelphia Student Union, commenting on the new crowdsourcing campaign that is forcing Philly schools to fundraise for textbooks & other supplies.  (via moyazb)

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