It was fitting that dozens of supporters gathered on Sunday September 14th to celebrate Marissa’s 34th birthday in Chicago.
It was almost one year to the day that the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander was born out of a teach-in organized by Mariame Kaba of Project NIA.
On Sunday, supporters of Marissa gathered to discuss blackness, violence and self-defense. The event titled “No Selves to Defend, No Rights to Respect: Blackness, Violence, and Self-Defense” included a panel comprised of CAFMA members Ayanna Banks Harris, Mariame Kaba, & Ash Stephens. They were joined by Marissa supporter Toussaint Losier who discussed the history of self-defense in the black community.
The assembled group had several cakes and sang Happy Birthday to Marissa.
Cadence blew out the candles on behalf of Marissa.
We brought the Free Marissa online store to the event and supporters purchased over $260 worth of items.
Marissa supporter Kelly Hayes organized a wonderful silent auction to raise money. Attendees bid on several items including watercolor paintings and a wonderful scarf.
Marissa supporter Page was the lucky winner of the silent auction for Gretchen Hasse’s donated art
Supporters of Marissa also sent various messages of love and support.
You can see more messages of solidarity and support here.
CAFMA is grateful to the co-sponsors of this event Project NIA, the Porch Project at the Hull House Museum, We Charge Genocide, and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women. We thank all of the people who came out on Sunday to celebrate Marissa’s birthday and to raise more funds for her legal defense. Let’s keep up the fight until Marissa is free!