October 30th, 2013 –

Marissa Alexander, a Florida woman currently serving 20 years in prison for firing a shot at her estranged husband during a domestic dispute, was granted a new hearing after an appeals court ruled her claims of self-defense should be re-evaluated. Alexander was convicted in March 2012 on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon –Florida’s mandatory-minimum gun law dictated the 20-year sentence. The hearing will take place Thursday, October 31st at Jacksonville’s Duval County Courthouse.

Alexander’s case has gained national media attention as it has sparked controversy about mandatory minimum sentences and their often discriminatory application, and captivated the interest of groups seeking fair treatment for survivors of domestic and sexual assault. Sisterhood of Survivors, a local organization working to raise consciousness about violence against women, is among such groups. They will be joining forces with Florida New Majority, a FL-based civil rights organization, in hosting a press conference prior to Alexander’s hearing. The event will take place at the site of the hearing beginning at 8:00 A.M.

Florida New Majority would like to invite you to witness this important and potentially historical event. Duval County Courthouse is located at 501 W Adams St, Jacksonville, FL. For more information, please contact Angela Nixon, Florida New Majority Jacksonville Coordinator at 904.610.7103, or angie@newfloridamajority.org