The Black Women's Defense League will host several on line forums, community rallies and "Teach In's", nationwide, during the week of July 28, 2014 that will focus on the case of Marissa Alexander, better understanding your rights and power, and the proposed actions in preparing to address the "New Jamika Crow" (Mass Incarceration , the increase of violence and abuse of females of African descent in the US, media/systematic exploitation, female/sex/human trafficking, etc.
For more information or to assist in the coordination of a "FREE MARISSA NOW" or other BWDL activity contact the National Million Woman Movements at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 267-636-3802
"Marissa Alexander" TRIAL UPDATE: Marissa’s trial has been postponed to begin on Dec 8, 2014 She also has a hearing on Aug 1, 2014 when a judge is expected to rule if she will get a new Stand Your Ground hearing. It has been reported that the judge postponed the decision to give time to the recent changes in Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to come into effect before he ruled.
Florida Extends 'Stand Your Ground' To Cover Warning Shots
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law Friday an extension of the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which would cover warning shots.
According to Newsy, the bill was written with the case of Marissa Alexander in mind. Alexander, 33, was found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing what her defense claimed was a warning shot at the husband during a domestic dispute. An appellate court later overturned her conviction and ordered a retrial.
In a statement, Alexander's lawyers said they "are grateful for the governor's actions," according to ABC News. Prosecutors say the law won't help Alexander because it won't be applied retroactively, and there's evidence that suggests the shot she fired was not a warning.
"The new law, as it stands now, allows you to claim immunity from prosecution if you used or threatened deadly force," Attorney Anthony Rickman told WTVT. "The problem was that under Florida's Stand Your Ground laws, as it was originally, it only allowed you to use that defense if you used actual deadly force."
But gun owners interviewed by the station expressed concern that the law willallow people to pull out their guns and start shooting whenever they feel threatened.
"Bullets have to go somewhere," Jason Collazo told WTVT. "It's going to endanger people whether they're firing into the air, into the ground, at a tree, they don't know if that surface is going to ricochet, so it's just not well thought out."
Alexander is awaiting a retrial.
The "Maatic Epoch" Is Here
The Black Women's Defense League is one of the official "action" entities of the orignal and historic Million Woman March and its now Universal Movements. BWDL is the only
national Black/Africana women's independent, self-determination, research and pro-active African centered/perspective organization that is fully committed to the protection, defense, support, holistic servicing, the well being and related work for the obtainment and securing of not only civil rights but "human/natural rights" and in that Justice for females of African descent, particularly in North America, and throughout the Diaspora.
BWDL does not seek corporate sponsorship or government funds or grants from non-African/Black sources.
BWDL strives, as women, to be more responsible, better prepared, and less reactionary.
As a part of the "MWM BLACK PRINT 2020 Plan" it is the intent of the BWDL to development units throughout the US that can provide ongoing, day to day, services for females of African descent regardless of age, nationality, political affiliation, economic, educational, or social status that includes (but not limited to: safe spaces, legal assistance, counseling/therapy, nutritious/healthy meals,
advocacy and activism training, skills development, Africana Womanhood Development, and more.
BWDL is not a "feminist" group and is not raised up from (or on) Eurocentric ideology, views, concepts, or personalities. BWDL's work and methodologies stem from the traditions and legacies of African/Black women such as Harriet Tubman, Yaa Asantewaa, Ida B. Wells, Amy Jacques Garvey, Fannie Lou Hamer, Assata Shakur, Winnie Mandela, Queen Mother Moore: to name a few.
Generally speaking, BWDL does not combine operations with what some may call "gender or equality" struggles, nor use issues or concerns that tend to be highlighted or pushed by other groups under banner of so called "women's rights" projects or agendas as a part of BWDL's major mission, goals, or objectives.
BWDL has specific and exclusive operations, as mandated from its Executive Body and members, that are uniquely designed for maximized upliftment and empowerment of African descendant women and girls, it is always made clear that the group is directly linked to the ideals, aspirations, and work to assure a better quality of life and real emancipation for our families and communities as well as being actively involved and connected to (and for) the true Liberation of African People worldwide.
While the BWDL Sistahood may decide to take actual part in or support in some way a specified program or campaign introduced by allies, etc., at no time will such an involvement be clouded whereas to pose a problem to our identity or purpose nor shall our work be cooped, made confused or compromised. Thus, BWDL's primary purpose, mission, and modes of operations are specifically of and for females of African descent; to help/assist, strengthen, and heal.
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