Free Marissa Now TV Show

$1,530 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 27 months
Denyce Gartrell RelationshipStrategist  JACKSONVILLE, FL

On January 27, 2015, crowds are expected to gather at the Duval County courthouse to support Marissa Alexander-- the mother of three children who once faced a 60-year prison term for shooting into a wall to ward off more abuse from her husband. 


Marissa recently accepted a plea bargain, and is currently being held in the Duval County Jail. However, according to sources from FMN Mobilization Campaign, and the UltraViolet organization, on the date posted above, she may still face EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON when she returns before the judge.

The FREE MARISSA NOW ORGANIZATION and Media Journalist, Denyce Gartrell , have collaborated to host a "People's Movement Assembly" (PMA) to shed more light not only to Marissa's case, but to the injustice shown to black women, in general, in the criminal justice system.

Recently, the country has witnessed thousands protesting the racial violence and murders of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Jordan Davis, among others. But, the racial injustice against BLACK WOMEN has been lost in the background.

On January 28th, we will gather in this PMA to discuss ideas, to collaborate strategies, to achieve a collective consciousness, and to commit to taking action on bringing black women to the forefront of the discussion.

Our Theme: "Women & The State Violence Epidemic" #BlackWomenLivesMatter.

ALL DONATIONS RAISED FROM THIS FUNDRAISER IS TO SECURE THE TV STUDIO FOR THIS PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY.

JOINING US WILL BE:

1. Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. - President/CEO of the National Congress of Black Women and former Counsel to the U.S. Congress’ District of Columbia Sub-Committee on the Judiciary and Education.

 (Standing here with Vice President, Joe Biden)  

Dr. Williams previously served as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff for a District of Columbia Councilmember.  She is a Commissioner appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Scholars Commission.  She’s also a “Presidential Partner” and a founder of “Black Women for Obama for Change”.

2Kerry McLean, National Lawyers Guild--


Kerry McLean is a human rights lawyer and activist. She has worked with organizations around the world including NGOs in Cambodia, Hungary, Liberia, Kenya and South Africa. Ms. McLean has various areas of expertise, notably women's rights, racial discrimination, elections, United Nations advocacy, capacity building and human rights training. Ms. McLean has served as an election observer in different regions of the world.

3. Rose M. Brewer, Ph.D., Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Brewer has extensive scholar and activist experience with United for a Fair Economy, Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, AfroEco, and Black Radical Congress. Her research is in gender, race, class, black feminism, and social justice 

4. 
Kimberle' Crenshaw, Columbia Law Professor, African American Policy Institute-

           (Seating here with Larry King and others)

Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, Professor Crenshaw is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law.  Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured widely on race matters, addressing audiences across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa and South America.

 
A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for constitutional court judges in South Africa.

5. Beth Richie--Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at The University of Illinois at Chicago.


The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. 
 


This broadcast will be held at WJCT television studios in Jacksonville, FL.

BUT, AGAIN WE NEED YOUR HELP IN SECURING FUNDS FOR THIS WORTHY CAUSE & SECURING THE WJCT STUDIO.

Show to air on January 28, 2015 from 1pm-7pm EST.


For more info about Marissa visit: www.freemarissanow.org

To watch the video with FMN, co-leader, Aleta Alston-Toure' & Media Journalist, Denyce Gartrell, click here: 
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ThcxHJpNl6w

Thank you for helping us reach our goal!!!

#FreeMarissaNow #BlackWOMENSLivesMatter

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Update 8
Posted by Denyce Gartrell RelationshipStrategist
25 months ago
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Local Media Journalist, Denyce Gartrell & Free Marissa Now, Co-leader, Aleta Alston-Toure' discuss their collaborative mission to join forces for the People's Movement Assembly in Jacksonville, FL on January 28th.
#BlackWomensLivesMatter: Aleta & Denyce
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Update 7
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Here, you'll find me standing with Marissa's mother and sister. They share how difficult Marissa's incarceration has been on their family.

This photo was taken year before last, and their struggle still isn't over. Marissa sits in DUVAL COUNTY JAIL even as I write.

As she returns to court on January 27th, she faces the possibility of spending 8 more years of her life in prison because she protected her life from an abusive husband who has admitted to abusing Marissa & a string of women in his past.

We are HER voices! We must support this family & the countless number of VICTIMS who are serving time.

I NEED YOUR HELP!

Would YOU please find it in your heart to donate today? Would you support this NATIONAL broadcast & help us spread the word that, #BlackWomensLivesMatter?

In advance, I thank you.

Supporting Marissa's Family
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Update 6
Posted by Denyce Gartrell RelationshipStrategist
25 months ago
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We have ONLY 19 days before Marissa returns to court and faces the judge to face the possibility of 8 years in prison. ONLY 19 DAYS!!!

We have not raised a third of what we need to make this People's Movement Assembly happen in Jacksonville, FL on January 28th.

I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

PRAYER IS GOOD, BUT WE CANNOT OFFER PRAYER TO WJCT AS COLLATERAL TO LEASE THEIR STUDIO. THEY WANT MONEY!

Will YOU help us & make a donation today? #BlackWomensLivesMatter

CLICK THE LINK TO DONATE & LET'S CHANGE LIVES TOGETHER.
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Please watch this video & RT! Thx! #BlackLivesMatter
Aleta Alston-Toure' & Denyce Gartrell
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David Robinson
25 months ago

You Ladies are doing GREAT THINGS. #salutes

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Aleta Alston-Toure
25 months ago

With this New Year being no business as usual, we plead with you to take a stand against this epidemic we view as most newsworthy black women underprotected but yet overpoliced. #blackwomenslivesmatter

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$1,530 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 27 months
Created November 24, 2014
Denyce Gartrell RelationshipStrategist  
BN
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Bruce Neuburger
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GV
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Gerard Vaughan
24 months ago

Militarized police must be Mr. Bush's way of "Protecting thmercan people from the terrerists". Thanks, but we will take our chances - were there a choice !!

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Tiffany Wright
25 months ago

God is watching all of this and vengance is his. Just keep trusting him.

TM
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Tarra McVay
25 months ago
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Deborah Tong
25 months ago

Leslie Hassberg introduced me to Marisa Williams' case.

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25 months ago
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Dr E Faye Williams
25 months ago

Truly wanted to be with you . I pray that all goes well.

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25 months ago
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Anonymous
25 months ago
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Anonymous
25 months ago
David Robinson
25 months ago

You Ladies are doing GREAT THINGS. #salutes

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Aleta Alston-Toure
25 months ago

With this New Year being no business as usual, we plead with you to take a stand against this epidemic we view as most newsworthy black women underprotected but yet overpoliced. #blackwomenslivesmatter

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