Marissa Alexander is a mother of three who is being prosecuted by Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey, for firing a warning shot at her husband. According to CBSNews, Alexander said she fired the warning shot a few days after giving birth. Her estranged husband, Rico Gray, accused her of having an affair and questioned whether the baby was his. She says she locked herself in the bathroom until he broke through the door and shoved her to the floor. She ran into the garage, found a gun in a car and fired a “warning shot” after he said he would kill her. Alexander refused the three-year plea deal that Attorney Angela Corey offered in her first trial; instead, Alexander has chosen to go to trial regarding this matter.
Monica Simpson with the SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective has partnered with the Free Marissa Now Campaign, in an effort to bring awareness to reproductive oppression and violence against women. Simpson discusses the Marissa Alexander case and SisterSong’s involvement with the Free Marissa Now Campaign.