Today is day 14 of the national month-long writing campaign for men on the issue of domestic violence and in support of Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. Launched by the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against , Emotional Justice Unplugged, and the Free Marisa Now Mobilization Campaign, EBONY.com is the official media partner of this critical act of 'emotional justice' in action.
*NOTE: On Thursday October 10th, Jeff Johnson led an amazing Google chat with Darnell Moore and Kai M Green, who have both written letters for the campaign. The conversation was put together by campaign organizer Esther Armah as part of the Emotional Justice Intimate Public Conversation model. Did you miss the conversation? Watch it here. Check out our mission statement here and visit EBONY.com daily through the month of October to read powerful words from men who are committed to seeing justice for Marissa Alexander.
Today's letter is from someone who identifies himself as "A Starving Artist," a brother who shows compassion for Marissa's pain, and understanding for her frustration at her inability to protect her own life and that of her children. This brother shares a memory of helplessness in the face of domestic violence and wants her to know he is in her corner.
"Dear Marissa" by A Starving Artist
"I can only imagine the pain you are going through. I can only imagine the frustration from being in this situation after you were only trying to protect yourself and your children...I know what it feels like to feel helpless. I remember being no more than 11 years old, 100lbs (soaking wet, with two brick in my pockets), and trying to defend my aunt from her abusive husband. I got tossed aside like a rag doll and watched the brutality unfold..."
Read this brother's complete letter here.
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