Meet CAFMA Member, Maya!

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring members of the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander on the blog. Today, we feature Maya Schenwar.

me 1. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?

I’m a writer, editor of the news website Truthout, activist, insomniac, and collector of socks and stuffed monsters. Depending on the stranger, I might also tell them that although I spend a lot of time thinking about what’s wrong with the systems humans have created, I have enormous faith in the capacity of humans to change and to make the world more just.

2. How did you become interested in Marissa’s case?

Some folks started writing about Marissa for Truthout right after she was sentenced, focusing on how black women are criminalized and punished for acts of self-defense. Marissa’s case caught my attention not only because of the outrageous injustice done to her, but also because it shows just how much distance there is between “enforcing law” and actually protecting people from harm.

3. If you could share a message with Marissa, what would you say?

You have a lot of people here who care about you, and who are inspired by your fight for freedom and justice! You are leading the way for women and survivors of violence everywhere who have been incarcerated for the act of self-defense.