On September 16th, Freedomseed Press made a donation of $600 to the Trayvon Martin Foundation and another $600 to the Legal Defense Fund for Marissa Alexander for a total of $1200 based on the sales of Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander over the previous month. Since the book's publication in May, $5000 has been raised and donated.
Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander is a global anthology of social justice poetry featuring legendary poets Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, Askia Toure plus 61 poets from Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada and all across the United States. All of the proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Legal Defense Fund for Marissa Alexander.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, is scheduled to speak at a special Senate hearing on “Stand Your Ground” legislation. The funds raised from the sale of Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander help support the Martin family's ongoing activism toward reforming the “Stand Your Ground” laws in the state of Florida and all across the United States. The funds also help support the appeal process being initiated by Marissa Alexander's legal defense team.
Marissa Alexander is an African American mother currently serving a 20 year sentence in Florida for firing a warning shot from a gun she legally owned just a few minutes after being strangled by her then estranged husband. On Saturday, September 14th - her birthday - rallies were held in cities all across the country to bring national attention to her case.
The cases of Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander expose the duplicity of an American judicial system that remains entrenched in racism and sexism. Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander is the first and only book to address these two cases and raise funds for justice. It is a testament for these revolutionary times.Your purchase of the book helps to support the building of a movement for justice for all! The book is available online exclusively at StandOurGroundBook.com.
If you are interested in bringing a book reading and discussion to your community or campus, please contact the book's editor, Ewuare X. Osayande, at StandOurGroundBook@gmail.com.