Previous Events

2014

November 24, 6:30 pm — Chicago Free Marissa Alexander Solidarity Action — Join the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander and The Chicago Light Brigade for an action in solidarity with Marissa Alexander. This light action is taking place just a few days before jury selection begins (December 1) in Marissa’s retrial. RSVP on FACEBOOK.

Chicagoans have contributed funds, organized teach-ins and devoted countless volunteer hours to support Marissa and her legal defense. We invite you to join us in the final days before her retrial to show your support and to share community with others.

Bring a poem about domestic violence and/or incarceration to share and read.

When: November 24
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: CPD Headquarters, 35th and Michigan

November 16, 3 pm — Book Launch — Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar (CAFMA Member) – The Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. RSVP on Facebook

Join us for the launch of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better! Maya will read from her book and discuss the impacts of prison on families and communities–and how people around the country are taking action to create a world beyond prison.

Royalties from launch book sales will generously go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.

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November 15, 6 pmSet the Captives Free: A Fundraiser for Marissa Alexander — This is a night to financially and prayerfully advocate for Marissa Alexander and to advocate against the prison industrial complex. We hope you’ll join us as we raise funds for the Alexander family and hear speakers address the different dimensions of what it means to honor God’s call to set the captives free. Details including how to RSVP are on FACEBOOK. This event is NOT organized by CAFMA but by Mission Year.

November 7, 6 to 9 pm –Dandelions in the Concrete — Dandelions is an open event that welcomes students, faculty, community members, and their friends and families to create a space that cultivates a sense of transformation and healing for all bodies and people. There will be arts and crafts, food, storytelling, self care practices, and creative performances. Dandelions is also a night dedicated to relationship building and practices of transformative justice within communities at DePaul and Chicago. AND, it is the perfect opportunity to meet new people!

[this event is organized by Building Bridges Ending Violence and not CAFMA but we will have a table at the event and proceeds from a raffle will be donated to Marissa’s Legal Defense Fund.]

November 5, 6:30 p.m.Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.

Where: Conference Call Meeting
Time: Noon
Info: Email us if you want to be included on the call
FreeMarissaChicago @ gmail dot com

October 20, 12:30-2:30 pm, Marissa Teach-In — A teach-in examining the ways in which criminal legal systems have penalized battered women of color for trying to defend themselves. University of Illinois at Chicago — Rm 286 ROOSEVELT ROAD BUILDING / RSVP – can@uic.edu

October 18, 10- NoonA Long Walk Home (ALWH) 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Walk – ALWH is inviting you to be part of an action and march Saturday, as part of the National Domestic Violence Awarenes Month. This walk is led by the parents and teen girls from A Long Walk Home programs who live in the North Lawndale community. We will begin and end the walk at North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School, 1516 S Christiana Avenue. This year walk is dedicated to domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander. Bring your signs and join us.

Registration begins at 9:30am. RSVP on Facebook
CAFMA is a proud co-sponsor of this event

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Lessons in Self Defense Poster FINAL October 16, 6 to 8:30 pm at Depaul University — Schmitt Academic Center / Rm. 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue (corner of Kenmore and Belden) Lessons in Self-Defense: Women’s Prisons, Gendered Violence, and Antiracist Feminisms in the 1970s and ’80s. Join Historian Emily Thuma who will share her research followed by a conversation with Mariame Kaba. RSVP on Facebook.

Emily Thuma is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her teaching and research focus broadly on the cultural and political histories of gender, race, sexuality, and empire in the United States. She is currently completing a book about feminist activism against violence in the context of the politics of crime control, policing, and imprisonment in the U.S. in the 1970s and ’80s.She has also long been active in LGBTQ and feminist anti-violence and prison organizing efforts.

Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA (www.project-nia.org), a grassroots organization with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration. Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. Mariame has a long history of anti-violence organizing and education. She has co-founded several organizations including the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women (www.chitaskforce.org), the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (www.rogersparkywat.org). Her current project ‘No Selves to Defend’ examines the criminalization of women of color for invoking self-defense. Mariame runs the blog: Prison Culture where she writes about issues of juvenile justice, prisons, criminalization and transformative justice.

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Center at Depaul University and Project NIA

October 9, 12:30-1:30 pmNo Selves to Defend: Self-Defense and the Criminalization of Black Women — presentation by Ash Stephens, CAFMA member

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by Molly Crabapple

by Molly Crabapple

 

September 26, 6 to 8 pmClosing Reception for No Selves to Defend Exhibition

September 24, 6:30 p.m.Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.

September 14, 2 p.m.No Selves to Defend, No Rights to Respect: Blackness, Violence, and Self-Defense – Celebrating Marissa’s 34th birthday.

August 27, 6:30 p.m.Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.
Where: Conference Call Meeting
Time: 6:30 pm
Info: Email us if you want to be included on the call

July 26, 2 p.m. at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637, Theater East: A Community Gathering and Rally in Support of Marissa in solidarity with Stand Our Ground Week of Action. We invite all community members to join us in song, performance, poetry and more. This is a family-friendly event. Facebook event page Here.

July 25, 5:30 p.m.: Sticks and Stones and Stories – Storytelling for Self and Survival. Storytelling to fight back. Storytelling in Solidarity
The more we are injured by oppressive institutions and trauma in our lives, the more we are identified by the stories told about us, and not the stories we share about ourselves. This event is about sharing personal experiences of forcible displacement. That can happen through incarceration, deportation, detention, eviction, or other systems that exist to confine us to a single identity: criminal, unfit, illegal, homeless, invisible. We can fight that violence against us. We can share something about our lives and how we see ourselves, and find love and support in the process. That solidarity makes us infinitely more powerful, unstoppable, and ready to fight back! Join us.

What: Story Sharing Event plus Dinner
Where: 114 N Aberdeen, Chicago
When: Friday, July 25, 5:30 pm

This event is co-organized by Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander, Black on Both Sides, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration. Contact Holly for more info: 630-258-8552, holly.krig@gmail.com

July 19, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free Screening of Crime After Crime – Join us for a screening and discussion of the film Crime After Crime. Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave, Room 418. RSVP to freemarissachicago@gmail.com. Details are here.

July 18, 6 to 9 p.m. – Opening Reception for No Selves To Defend Exhibition at Art in These Times, 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 USA. Details are HERE.

July 11, 12:30 to 4 p.m.: No Selves to Defend: A Teach-In about Marissa Alexander, Women of Color, and Self-Defense: Join Mariame Kaba of Project NIA for a teach-in about the Marissa Alexander case and others focused on women of color who have made self-defense claims in response to violence directed at them. This teach-in is organized with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (CMBWN). Lunch will be provided. Details are HERE.

June 26, 5:30-7:30, U.E. Hall, 37 S AshlandBreastfeeding and Incarceration: Panel Discussion on Maternal Rights in Prison and Criminalization of Black Mothers – This event is designed to be a highly participatory panel discussion that brings together folks committed to breastfeeding advocacy, folks committed to the rights of incarcerated moms and their children, and folks committed to prison abolition.

June 24, 5:30 p.m.Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.
Where: Civic Lab, 114 N. Aberdeen
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Info: Please feel free to bring your dinner with you.

May 27, 5:30 p.m. — Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.
Where: Civic Lab, 114 N. Aberdeen
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Info: Please feel free to bring your dinner with you.

April 29, 5:30 p.m. Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.
Where: Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, #3N
Time: 5:30 to 7:30
Info: Please feel free to bring your dinner with you.

March 25, 5:30 p.m. Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.
Where: Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, #3N
Time: 5:30 to 7:30
Info: Please feel free to bring your dinner with you.

February 16, 12:00 p.m. Art Party
A gathering of Marissa Alexander supporters to create buttons, t-shirts and prints to be sold in the Free Marissa Store.  All proceeds from the Free Marissa Store benefit the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.


2013
December 14, 7:30 p.m.
How Much Longer? A Dance Fundraiser for Marissa Alexander
Where: MultiKulti,
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., 4th Floor
Time
7:30 to Midnight
Suggested Donation:
$10
Info

October 28, 6:00 Potluck & Candlelight Vigil for Marissa Alexander
Where: Jane Addams Hull House Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted Street
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Info: Bring food and a poem about domestic violence, resilience and/or hope to share.
A Project Nia event, CAFMA joins Project Nia and other Marissa supporters to gather before a pending hearing to determine if Florida will drop the charges against Marissa Alexander or set a new trial date.

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