Marissa is home for now! We’re so excited! Thank you so much, amazing supporters! Your help has been crucial, brilliant, rageful, and clear! You helped bring her home.
The work is NOT OVER! We have a trial to help win. Marissa’s re-trial is set to begin 3/31/14 and will cost over $250,000. PLEASE DONATE! We want to raise $20K by Dec 31st. We can do it!
GOOD NEWS! MARISSA ALEXANDER HAS BONDED OUT OF JAIL according to ActionNewsJax. She left about midnight on Wednesday (nov. 27th). She is currently under house arrest awaiting a new trial. (Bond Order).
Through pain and tears I originally blogged this a few months ago. (Thanks for the address update!) I just learned today that she is getting a new trial! I am scared to get my hopes up. Disappointment is only one of the few painful emotions that I am used to because of racism, sexism and misogynoir. But I still have a bit of hope for her individually while knowing that the system itself needs revolution, not exceptionalist cases or even revision. Revolution.
I want her freed.
The appeals court judge ruled that the lower court judge improperly put a burden on Alexander to prove that the firing was in self-defense. ‘The defendant’s burden is only to raise a reasonable doubt concerning self-defense,’ Daniel wrote. ‘The defendant does not have the burden to prove the victim guilty of the aggression defended against beyond a reasonable doubt.’ He ordered a retrial. A separate proceeding would determine whether Alexander could be released on bail pending that trial.
Sending her, her family and her legal team good wishes. <3
Boom! One quick update - here’s Marissa’s most current address:
11120 NW Gainesville Rd
Ocala, FL 34482
We <3 tumblr support!
Marissa Alexander. Never forget that she was in a domestically violent relationship with a man that admitted (in an affidavit) to abusing all of his babies’ moms. Never forget that there was an existing restraining order against him. Never forget that he beat her while she was pregnant. Never forget that she had given birth only a few days before all of this. Never forget that she fired the warning shot into the ceiling, not injuring nor killing anyone. Never forget that the so-called “plea” offered to her included 3 years of jail and losing custody of her child. Never forget that despite having a concealed weapon’s license and knowing how to use the gun, following all laws, and trying to protect herself from a repeatedly abusive man, she still was sentenced to twenty years in prison.
Self-defense doesn’t apply to cis heterosexual Black women like Marissa Alexander fighting off domestically violent men. Self defense doesn’t apply to Black trans women like Cece McDonald when fighting off strangers. People we once loved or complete strangers have no obligation to consider our lives valuable and we have no legal claim to protect said life. This is the reality of White supremacist capitalist patriarchy and its outgrowth pustule that is the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. Black women are the fastest growing group of incarcerated people. Many of them are there for charges related to men and self-defense, related to poverty or to both. In Marissa’s case, she had a Master’s degree. Why does this matter? Because the myth that respectability politics/class/income can save or protect us is at hand, again. It cannot protect us.
To stay up to date on her case:
- Justice For Marissa blog
- Free Marissa Now Tumblr blog
- Justice For Marissa Alexander Facebook page
- 4 Lies, Distortions and Inaccuracies made in the Marissa Alexander case (good article)
Bruce A. Zimmet, Esq., One Financial Plaza, Suite 2612, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33394
To write her a letter of love and support:
Marissa Alexander #2012033887
500 East Adam St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Please visit this page for details/instructions on how to send her a letter or card, as with the punishment industry, there are restrictions and specifications.
Let’s continue to fight for her and support her and her children.
The popular phrase ‘overcoming a disability’ is used most often to describe someone with a disability who seems competent and successful in some way, in a sentence something like “She has overcome her disability and is a great success.” (…) The ideas embedded in the ‘overcoming’ rhetoric are of personal triumph over a personal condition. The idea that someone can overcome a disability has not been generated within the community; it is a wish fulfillment generated from the outside. It is a demand that you be plucky and resolute, and not let the obstacles get in your way. If there are no curb cuts at the corner of the street so that people who use wheelchairs can get across, then you should learn to do wheelies and jump the curbs. If there are no sign language interpreters for deaf students at the high school, then you should study harder, read lips, and stay up late copying notes from a classmate. When disabled people internalize the demand to “overcome” rather than demand social change, they shoulder same kind of exhausting and selfdefeating “Super Mom” burden that feminists have analyzed.
Edit 5/22/12 - added many links upon request
Please let me know if any of the links go down. I have most if not all of them saved. Also if you have any articles, books, or fact sheets you recommend, add them or message me. Also message me if there is something specific or a specific group you’d like information about. I have a large list (and I have no problem searching a little if it’s something I don’t have).
Also let me know if I should divide them into sections by ethnic background.
I got a message from the anon from an ask on ladyatheist’s tumblr about mental ilness and PoC, and I got an anon asking for this information and I feel it is a good reference/starting point so I am making it into a post.
A lot of literature regarding people of color and mental illness is about the stigma within the Black community or Latin@ community, rather than the struggles faced from within mental health institutions, so I am mostly posting other kinds of links.
History of black people and mental institutions (link)
In Our Own Voice: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival, and Recovery in Mental Health Systems (link) (pdf)
Racism and Mental Illness (link) (pdf)
African American Community Mental Health Fact Sheet (link) (pdf)
Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health: A Guide on How to Get Support for Your Loved One (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
Bipolar Disorder and African-Americans (link)
Chinese American Mental Health Facts (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
Korean American Community Mental Health Fact Sheet (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
Latino Community Mental Health Fact Sheet (link) (pdf)
Mental Health and African Americans (link)
Mental Health and American Indians/Alaska Natives (link)
Mental Health and Asian Americans (link)
Mental Health and Hispanics (link)
Mental Health Issues among Asian American and Pacific Islander Children and Youth (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
Mental Health Issues among Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
Recovery for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Living with Mental Illness (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
“African Americans Have Limited Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care” (link)
Journal Articles and Reports
“Barriers to Providing Effective Mental Health Services to American Indians” (link)
“Bias in Mental Health Assessment and Intervention: Theory and Evidence” (link)
"Broken Promises: Evaluating the Native American Health Care System" (link) (added 5/22)
"Building Partnerships: Conversations with Native Americans About Mental Health Needs and Community Strengths" (link) (added 5/22)
“Disparities in Mental Health Treatment in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Implications for Psychiatrists” (link)
“Effective Coping Strategies of African Americans” (link)
“Ethnic Disparities in Unmet Need for Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Care” (link)
"Exploring Stress and Coping Among Urban African American Adolescents: The Shifting the Lens Study" (link) (added 5/22)
"Healthcare and Behavioral Health Disparities In Quality Care for Communities of Color: A Set of Priorities" (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
“Help Seeking for Mental Health Care among Poor Puerto Ricans: Problem Recognition, Service Use, and Type of Provider” (link)
"Inequalities in Use of Specialty Mental Health Services Among Latinos, African Americans, and Non-Latino Whites" (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
"An Overview of Multicultural Issues in Children’s Mental Health" (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
"Mental Health Services for Native Americans in the 21st Century United States" (link) (added 5/22)
“Racial Microaggressions Against African American Clients in Cross-Racial Counseling Relationships” (link)
“Racism and Mental Health: the African American experience” (link)
“Racism and Mental Health Into the 21st Century: Perspectives and Parameters” (link) (pdf)
"Spirituality and Mental Health: A Native American Perspective" (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
"Statistics show mental health services still needed for native populations" (link) (added 5/22)
"Suicide Among American Indians/Alaska Natives" (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
"Transforming Your Practice: What Matters Most" (link) (pdf) (added 5/22)
"What is the Relationship of Suicide, Alcohol Abuse, and Spirituality among the Inupiat?" (link) (added 5/22)
Organizations and Agencies (added 5/22)
Association of American Indian Physicians (link)
Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation (link)
Family Wellness Warriors Initiative (link)
First Nations Behavioral Health Association (link)
Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health (link)
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (link)
National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (link)
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (link)
National Latino Behavioral Health Association (link)
National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide (link)
Native Wellness Institute (link)
South Asian Mental Health Resources (link)
Thanks wocrecovery for giving me this link!!