Social Justice and Art – #FreeMarissaAlexander

JRowArtist Free Marissa

“In 2010, Alexander fired a single warning shot that caused no injuries while defending herself from an attack by her abusive husband who strangled her and threatened to kill her.” (freemarissanow.org)

She has faced up to 20-60 years in prison. The same lawyer who unsuccessfully prosecuted George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin has been making life hell for Marissa Alexander. Her imprisonment is incredibly unjust.

A group of friends and I got together last week and compiled our letters, art, poetry, and music to send to Marissa to show her support. Above is a photo of a little watercolor I did for Marissa.

This is an example of how people can use their art practice to raise awareness about social justice issues like racism and sexism in our social justice system. Dr. Amie Breeze Harper has posted a lot of videos explaining what this case means in terms of race and class. You can watch her videos here to learn more about Marissa Alexander, her case, and the ways racism and sexism have led to her imprisonment: http://sistahvegan.com/2014/12/30/what-is-your-vegan-praxis-of-black-lives-matter-fighting-domestic-violence-and-dismantling-the-racist-misogynistic-legal-system/

There are many ways that you can help Marissa, from taking selfies, to mailing her letters, to donating and more. Dr. Harper and many others are also accepting donations to fund their 10 day caravan across the country to hold teach-ins and then end up in Florida on the day of Marissa’s hearing later this month.

Here is our events page which has more information on how  you can help: https://www.facebook.com/events/709621995820178/

Here is another group of artists that are making art for Marissa: https://www.facebook.com/events/855875097777459/

And here is the main Marissa Alexander advocacy page: http://www.freemarissanow.org/

#FreeMarissa

#FreeMarissaAlexander

#FreeMarissaNow

#BlackWomensLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter

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About JRow

JRow is an L.A.-based artist who also creates and leads online community-based art projects. Websites: http://artiststories.wordpress.com/ https://jrowart.com/

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