Shortly after the acquittal of George Zimmerman I was acquainted with the story of Marissa Alexander. After writing my piece "Getting #JusticeForTrayvon" I looked into the case of Ms. Alexander. While some stories have gone out to paint her in a bad light she is the mother of three children and in jail to complete a 20 year sentence. In the official disposition of the hearing the estranged husband she defended herself from was quoted saying: "I probably would have put my hand on her. Probably hit her. I got five baby mommas and I put my hands on every last one of them, except for one. I physically abused them. Emotionally. You know.” The same prosecutor, Angela Corey, who sent her to jail for a minimum of 20 years (killing/injuring no one) was surprisingly unsuccessful in prosecuting Zimmerman. After hearing this sad story and inspired by a Daily Kos article I reached out to her in a letter and this is what she wrote back:
Hello Elijah!A petition for her release can be signed here and the address to reach her is below if you want to contact her send a stamped letter so that she won't have to pay to send one back.
Thank you for taking the time to write me and express your sympathy and your support. My weakness is made perfect in God strength! I love Him and I trust Him with my life. I truly believe that all things do work good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. This is my journey and I know that God is sovereign and in control, He has predestined me, for time & reason such as this! Elijah again that you very much for your kindness and prayers.
Marissa Alexander #J46944
11120 N.W. Gainesville Rd
Ocala, FL 34482
Posted by: E. Rey