In a hand-written letter dated June 21, 2012, Marissa Alexander, African American mother unjustly serving a 20 year sentence for defending herself in Florida, extends her support and appreciation to Ewuare X. Osayande, creator and editor of Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, a project that seeks to raise $50,000 to be donated evenly between both cases.
“I am so blessed to have your support. I think that what you are doing for Trayvon and I is absolutely phenomenal! Thank you so very much for your support. These words will never be able to explain how appreciative I am. I think about my history and ancestors, if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. I cannot stop believing in my cause, my rights that many have died for. Please continue the awesome work that you do. I support your efforts. … It will be successful!”
Marissa Alexander is a mother and abuse survivor currently serving a 20 year sentence in Florida for defending herself against her then husband (a self-acknowledged abuser) although she did not kill or harm anyone. This is the same state that let George Zimmerman walk after he confessed to killing Trayvon Martin earlier this year. It would take a national outcry before Zimmerman was arrested an entire month later.
Stand Our Ground will be a collection of poems and will feature a national reference of social justice organizations. The call for poems and organizations is open until the end of July. Donations are needed to fund the book’s publication.
For more information about the book, click here.
For more information about Marissa Alexander’s case and campaign, click here.
For more information about Trayvon Martin’s campaign, click here.