Today is day 26 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 Women , 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: Tune into CNN on Sunday October 7th for Newsroom with Don Lemon at 5.15pm EST, where campaign organizer Esther Armah and letter writer David Leonard will be talking about #31forMARISSA.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.
This campaign has become multi-generational and multi-racial. It invites a nation of men of all creeds and colors to stand in solidarity with Marissa. Today's letter is from White man who outraged at the hypocrisy of the criminal justice system and who acknowledges his own privilege when it comes to navigating that system.
"Dear Marissa" by David, an American
"I'm White, male, and haven't suffered or witnessed domestic violence...But as an American -- and a human -- I want you to have the same rights as me, and I'm appalled by the hypocrisy of our criminal-justice system."
Read the complete letter here.
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