This is a guest post by my friend Sophie Hirschfeld, who asked me to post it here to spread the word as far as possible and encourage people to help avoid another racially biased tragedy in Florida. Everything below the fold is her words.
By Sophie Hirschfeld:
During the peak of discussion surrounding the Zimmerman case, the man who killed Trayvon Martin, a poster was circulating around Facebook and Twitter, highlighting the injustice in Florida’s legal system, where Zimmerman could go free, but a woman named Marissa Alexander faces 20 years in prison for discharging a firearm in order to scare off her abuser. I won’t go into details about the discussion that poster often caused, but something that I mentioned to someone was that if this were a huge concern, why is it that nobody posting that have shared anything else in relation to Marissa’s case? I saw nobody linking to fundraisers so she could appeal her case, again. I saw no petitions to change the laws that forced her into an unreasonable mandatory sentence and I was seeing nobody advocating any support groups towards helping her with her cause. Fortunately, one of my good friends was paying attention and did the foot work to find some resources. And, now, I will share them with you. Please help make all of these things go viral, as well.
The FB page for her case is https://www.facebook.com/FreeMarissaNow?fref=ts, the petition to Governor Scott for her freedom is at http://www.change.org/petitions/florida-governor-rick-scott-free-marissa-alexander, Governor Scott can be emailed directly at http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/, and the Paypal for her legal defense fund is at http://www.justice4marissa.com/.