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Free Marissa Alexander Part 2

Here is some more information about Marissa Alexander, the woman serving 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot as a way of defending herself from her abusive husband:

Anderson Cooper and some others offer coverage of her story.

Like the Free Marissa Now Facebook page.

Sign the petition to Florida Governor Rick Scott.

If you are being abused, or know someone in an abusive situation, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE.

Learn more about the work of Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence. There are lots of other good groups out there working to end domestic violence. Support their work.

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Free Marissa Alexander

I signed a petition asking Florida Governor Rick Scott to free Marissa Alexander. Marissa acted to defend herself from her abusive estranged husband … she fired a warning shot … she hurt no one … and now she is in prison. Here is how the organizers of the petition describe the situation:

In August 2010, Marissa Alexander defended herself from further violence by her abusive estranged husband in their home by firing a warning shot toward the ceiling. No one was injured by the shot fired to save her life. Without bond to care for her premature nursing daughter, in May 2012, Marissa was wrongly convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, Marissa was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. Marissa had a restraining order against the serial abuser, a legally licensed gun and permit, and no criminal history. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law did not work for her in the way it worked for Trayvon Martin’s killer which raises serious concerns of discrimination against Marissa. It appears that stereotypes about Black women project them as aggressors even when defending their lives upon deadly attack. Something has to be done regarding all women who defend themselves against their abusers. Too often they receive little understanding and sympathy from the systems charged with demonstrating justice.

I signed. Will you?

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What it is about

Anger fills me, sorrow overwhelms me as I think of the violation and murder of Christine McGowan. In 1990, at the age of ten, in Apopka, Florida, she was raped and strangled. My heart breaks for this precious child of God. I grieve for all who love her.

Elmer Carroll was convicted of the crime. The Orlando-Sentinel reports that “Carroll had two previous convictions for lewd and lascivious assault of a child – in 1980 and 1983.”

The crime is horrific. There is no question of Carroll’s guilt. His execution is scheduled for May 29

As horrifying as his crime is, I oppose the decision of the state of Florida to execute him.

My opposition is not based on what Elmer Carroll did. It is about who I am and who we are. It is about what I do and what we do.

And we can do better than to execute even in the situations that offend us most deeply.

I join Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty who suggest three actions in relation to this case:

  1. Write letters and call Governor Rick Scott. Ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency to commute the death sentence of Elmer Carroll to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole. Ask Gov. Scott to suspend ALL executions to conduct a thorough, balanced, and public investigation into Florida’s wasteful government program for the Death Penalty that has wrongfully convicted and sentenced more people to death than any other state.
  2. Sign up to receive future action alerts and news from Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) at www.fadp.org/esubscribe.html.
  3. Forward this action to a friend (or five!) and have them contact Governor Scott too!

Gov. Rick Scott
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: 850-488-7146
Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

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Execution set for September 28 in Florida

Barring a stay, the state of Florida will execute Manuel Valle tomorrow – September 28 – at 4:00 p.m. Valle, now 61, was convicted of killing Coral Gables police officer Louis Pena 33 years ago.

As officer Pena’s daughter noted, her father gave his life doing his job. I give thanks for his service and mourn his death. My prayers are with his family and friends.

But killing Manuel Valle will not bring officer Pena back. It will be an act of revenge. It will further tear and wound our society.

Opponents of the execution cite several reasons for Florida Governor Rick Scott to see that Mr. Valle receives clemency:

  • Mr. Valle is 61 years old; he has been on death row for 33 years – more than half his life – and has never been offered a meaningful clemency process.
  • His execution will use new lethal injection cocktail that has not been medically tested or approved, putting him at risk of grave pain and suffering.
  • The length of time spent on death row combined with the lack of clemency process and the experimental and potentially torturous execution procedure makes this a serious violation of Mr. Valle’s fundamental human rights.

The death of any person diminishes us all. Many deaths cannot be prevented. Deaths that result from state executions can.

For these reasons, I pray for Manuel Valle and all who mourn for him.

And I have contacted Governor Rick Scott. I invite you to do so as well:

Gov. Rick Scott
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399PHONE: 850-488-7146
FAX: 850-487-0801
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