Today is day 19 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 a Google Chat led by Jeff Johnson with Darnell Moore and Kai M Green, who have both written letters for the campaign, took place. Did you miss it? Watch it here:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BpeGVgkGI4 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 a brother, a poet, a critically acclaimed creator and performer of the one man show 'Lyrics from Lockdown,' a lecturer, writer who taught at Rikers Island, and a man racially profiled and wrongly incarcerated. His letter reminds Marissa that he stands in support and also prompts self-reflection on silence and inaction around injustice.
"Dear Marissa" from Bryonn Bain,
"I want you to know I stand in support of YOU and in opposition to your unjust sentence — which appears to be so clearly motivated by age-old discriminatory practices we must stand against together."
"Your story has forced me in a very personal way to evaluate my own behavior as well, and to examine more closely the ways that my own actions — and failure to act — also help to perpetuate this kind of injustice."
Read this brother's complete letter here.
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