RELEASE US - a short film on police brutality
Published on Oct 28, 2013
500 innocent Americans are murdered by police every year (USDOJ). 5,000 since 9/11, equal to the number of US soldiers lost in Iraq.
In 1994 the US Government passed a law authorizing the Pentagon to donate surplus Cold War era military equipment to local police departments.
In the 20 years since, weaponry designed for use on a foreign battlefield, has been handed over for use on American streets…against American citizens.
The “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” replaced the Cold War with billions in funding and dozens of laws geared towards this new “war” against its own citizens.
This militarization of the police force has created what is being called an “epidemic of police brutality” sweeping the nation.
According to the video a black man is killed once every 28 hours by police.
So today, the homie Childish Gambino leaked his new single “Telegraph Ave” and my remix via twitter (https://twitter.com/DonaldGlover/status/405795698701901824)
You can DL the single and remix here : https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/1d903c5d068f777104cc258cc5419d0a20131124000738/4886e3
His new LP “Because the Internet” drops December 10. Pre-order here : https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/because-the-internet/id740373880
Much love to Childish for asking me to remix his new joint. It was an honor.
Yes … Please!
Stop using african suffering as a prop to declaim capitalism
Stop using africans as props
Africans are not fucking props
Stop using black bodies as a metaphor
Stop using the suffering or black children was a guilt token
GOOD NEWS! MARISSA ALEXANDER HAS BONDED OUT OF JAIL according to ActionNewsJax. She left about midnight on Wednesday (Nov. 27th). She is currently under house arrest awaiting a new trial. (Bond Order).
Through pain and tears I originally blogged this a few months ago. (Thanks for the address update!) I just learned today that she is getting a new trial! I am scared to get my hopes up. Disappointment is only one of the few painful emotions that I am used to because of racism, sexism and misogynoir. But I still have a bit of hope for her individually while knowing that the system itself needs revolution, not exceptionalist cases or even revision. Revolution.
I want her freed.
The appeals court judge ruled that the lower court judge improperly put a burden on Alexander to prove that the firing was in self-defense. ‘The defendant’s burden is only to raise a reasonable doubt concerning self-defense,’ Daniel wrote. ‘The defendant does not have the burden to prove the victim guilty of the aggression defended against beyond a reasonable doubt.’ He ordered a retrial. A separate proceeding would determine whether Alexander could be released on bail pending that trial.
Sending her, her family and her legal team good wishes. <3
Boom! One quick update - here’s Marissa’s most current address:
11120 NW Gainesville Rd
Ocala, FL 34482
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Marissa Alexander. Never forget that she was in a domestically violent relationship with a man that admitted (in an affidavit) to abusing all of his babies’ moms. Never forget that there was an existing restraining order against him. Never forget that he beat her while she was pregnant. Never forget that she had given birth only a few days before all of this. Never forget that she fired the warning shot into the ceiling, not injuring nor killing anyone. Never forget that the so-called “plea” offered to her included 3 years of jail and losing custody of her child. Never forget that despite having a concealed weapon’s license and knowing how to use the gun, following all laws, and trying to protect herself from a repeatedly abusive man, she still was sentenced to twenty years in prison.
Self-defense doesn’t apply to cis heterosexual Black women like Marissa Alexander fighting off domestically violent men. Self defense doesn’t apply to Black trans women like Cece McDonald when fighting off strangers. People we once loved or complete strangers have no obligation to consider our lives valuable and we have no legal claim to protect said life. This is the reality of White supremacist capitalist patriarchy and its outgrowth pustule that is the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. Black women are the fastest growing group of incarcerated people. Many of them are there for charges related to men and self-defense, related to poverty or to both. In Marissa’s case, she had a Master’s degree. Why does this matter? Because the myth that respectability politics/class/income can save or protect us is at hand, again. It cannot protect us.
To stay up to date on her case:
- Justice For Marissa blog
- Free Marissa Now Tumblr blog
- Justice For Marissa Alexander Facebook page
- 4 Lies, Distortions and Inaccuracies made in the Marissa Alexander case (good article)
Bruce A. Zimmet, Esq., One Financial Plaza, Suite 2612, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33394
To write her a letter of love and support:
Marissa Alexander #2012033887
500 East Adam St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Please visit this page for details/instructions on how to send her a letter or card, as with the punishment industry, there are restrictions and specifications.
Let’s continue to fight for her and support her and her children.