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.
The Mother House is located in Atlanta, Georgia in the historic West End neighborhood. The Mother House has been a vital part of Atlanta’s African American community. The house is composed of two parts: Sister Song and Sister Love.
Sister Song has been established since 1997 and their main focus is supporting and empowering women of color and their communities. According to Sister Song, the mission of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.
Sister Love was founded in 1989 by Dázon Dixon Diallo. Sister Love focuses on educating women of color on topics such as AIDS prevention, self-help and safer sex techniques. According to Sister Love, their mission is to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.
The Executive Director of Sister Song, Monica Simpson, and the Prevention Specialist of Sister Love, Terry Barlow, discuss the organizations purpose and their duties at the Mother House.
Nia Mitchell organized the event, Black Women Rising: Celebrating Resiliency and Activism in the Face of Violence, that took place on Saturday March 15, at Sister Love and Sister Song Mother House in Atlanta. The event was in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The women celebrated the resiliency and activism of women of African descent.
Mitchell discussed the work that she does with the Atlanta Chapter of Friends of the Congo, and how they do a lot of work around the violence that is happening over on the continent and specifically rape being used as a weapon of war. “I wanted to connect those experiences with other women of African descent experiences with violence,” says Mitchell.
The event opened with a libation ceremony and a reading of the history of the Mother House. There was also a song performance by Monica Simpson, the Executive Director of Sister Love and Sister Song Mother House. Simpson performed the song Four Women by Nina Simone.
A woman from Sudan told her story, with the help of an Arabic translator, and expressed her gratitude to the United States for granting her asylum. There was also a panel that took place in which the women discussed issues that impact people of African descent and the ways that women are organizing to make their communities better.