Meet CAFMA Member, Ash Stephens!

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

I am a Georgian born and raised, but have made a new home in Chicago. I enjoy sports, reading, comics, sneaker culture, and debates about hip hop. I am a doctoral student at UIC studying Criminology, Law and Justice. I learn from and am inspired by prison abolitionists, women of color feminists, and queer people of color scholars and activists.

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

I first learned about Marissa’s case through a few social media sites. I then attended the teach-in held by Project NIA at UIC. I was particularly looking to gain more knowledge about Marissa’s case and ways to participant in the support-building surrounding her harmful incarceration.

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

The system continues to want to mark you as a perpetrator of violence. The system is wrong. There are many of us who know and believe that your arrest and subsequent incarceration is unjust. We will continue to tell everyone we know about your case. We will continue to develop ways to support your legal defense fund and provide support for your release.

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