|Marissa Alexander (above)|
Recently, on September 25th, a judge ordered a new trial for Marissa. The state of Florida has until October 16 to refile charges against her. However, prosecutor Angela Corey has already suggested that she plans to do so. Word of a retrial has incited a campaign called #31forMarissa for justice, and an attempt to further conversation on domestic violence.
The #31forMarissa Campaign seeks to do something that has never been done before. Instead of asking for letters of support from other survivors, they want to engage males of all ages and races in a serious discussion about domestic violence and allow them to share their stories. On each day of October, a different man will write Alexander a supportive letter and upload it to a Tumblr called theSWAGspot. At the end of each week, organizers will mail the letters to Alexander.
The campaign kicked off the same in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is sponsored by Emotional Justice Unplugged, Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Women, Free Marissa Now and with press media handled by Ebony Magazine, and asks that men of all races engage in conversations and speak out against domestic violence. It is the sponsor's hope that justice will prevail for Marissa and that this campaign will spark a national dialogue against domestic violence.
It's only day two, and already, activists, scholars, bishops, and writers have teamed up with the campaign. Meanwhile organizations like Brothers Writing to Live and A Call to Men have joined in as well. Letters, checks and other forms of support have come flooding in from all over the country.
Campaigns like this are very important in efforts to end domestic violence and promote awareness of this global problem.
Yours in Advocacy,