This week kicked off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and CAFMA members made sure to keep Marissa in mind by attending a couple of events, creating a new video and launching ‘Flare: Poems for Marissa’ on social media.
First, we kicked off DV awareness month by sharing a video submission by Feminista Jones. We also shared submissions by Mychal Denzel Smith and Daniel Jose Older in subsequent days. We invite everyone to submit video of yourself reading Nikky Finney’s poem ‘Flare’ or another poem of your choice throughout this month. Send your uploaded videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAFMA co-organizer, Ayanna Banks Harris, created a wonderful short video linking domestic violence and mass incarceration to highlight Marissa’s case. It’s on CAFMA’s new Free Marissa youtube channel. Stay tuned for more videos throughout the month!
On October 1st, CAFMA members attended a rally by the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network at the Thompson Center where they handed out a brochure about Marissa’s case. This was followed in the evening by attending “Light Up the Lakefront, an event organized by Between Friends (a local DV organization). Between Friends begins DV awareness month by lighting 2,340 luminaries to honor the women, men, GNC, trans* adults and children who die each year as a result of domestic violence. This was the 19th year of this event.
Altogether we reached out to well over 250 people and handed out brochures about Marissa’s case. There are some photos below.