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BOOK SEEKS TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR TRAYVON MARTIN AND MARISSA ALEXANDER CASES

STAND OUR GROUND: POEMS FOR TRAYVON MARTIN & MARISSA ALEXANDER

The Mission:

1. Raise Funds

  • Raise $10,000 to publish the book. This will enable us to print 3,000 copies of the book.
  • Raise $50,000 from sale of the book. All the proceeds will go to both families to aid in their pursuit for justice.

Your donations will make this possible! Join us! Donate today!

2. Raise Awareness

Trayvon Martin is the unarmed 17 year-old African American young man who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February this year while walking home from a neighborhood convenient store. It took a national outcry before Zimmerman was arrested a month later. He is currently awaiting trial. For more information on the case,click here.

Marissa Alexander is an African American mother currently serving a 20 year sentence for defending herself against her then husband Rico Gray in 2010. She was denied the controversial “Stand Your Ground” defense although she didn’t kill anyone and had a license to carry the gun she used to fire a warning shot against Gray who had earlier attempted to strangle her. For more information on the case, click here.

Both of these Florida cases expose the duplicity and ingrained racial/gender bias of a criminal justice system that continues to deny African Americans equal justice before the law.

With the publication of this book, we seek to rouse the conscience of this nation and rally consistent attention on these cases and cases like them across the country. We believe as the great activist Ella Baker once said, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”

OPEN CALL FOR POEMS, ORGANIZATIONS & DONATIONS!

We hope you will join us. Currently, we have initiated an international call for poems,organizations and donations. Check out the book’s website and donation page and learn how you can show your support. Thank you! Please share far and wide!

“I started this campaign because I believe that an injustice to one is an injustice to all. This campaign is an act of love. A love for my people. A love for humanity. A love for freedom and a love for justice. I believe in the power of art to provoke consciousness and promote change. I place my faith in the people. Each one of us has the power to make our world better. This is just one act. I hope you will join with me.”
~Ewuare X. Osayande, Editor

Permanent link to this article: http://osayande.org/2012/06/book-seeks-to-raise-funds-and-awareness-for-trayvon-martin-and-marissa-alexander-cases/

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