by Charles Mombo
About two years ago, I received a phone call from Timothy Williams of the New York Times requesting an interview regarding Jamie Scott and Gladys Scott. The two Mississippi sisters were serving double life sentences for their roles in an $11 armed robbery. They served 16-years in prison prior to former Mississippi's Governor Haley Barbour signing orders to suspend their prison terms on the condition that the younger sibling donate her kidney to her sister, whose organs were failing.
In his New York Times article, entitled “Sisters’ Prison Release Is Tied to Donation of Kidney,” Williams writes:
But Charles Mombo, editor of the Chocolate City blog, said Mississippi would probably not have agreed to release the women if not for Internet activism. Once something hits the social networks, it’s out there instantly, ”Mr. Mombo said. “It’s much faster than going to church and hearing the pastor talk about it once a week.
Today, I still stand by the belief that people power, Internet activism – campaign of online petitions, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, social media and Internet radio programs are still very effective means of getting anything accomplish. Once again, I have taken to social media to ask for your help as I shine the floodlight on a gross abuse of Florida's justice system in the trial of Marissa Alexander.
Without prior criminal record, Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old, Black American mother of three children was handed an unfair 20-years mandatory prison sentence. Her crime was protecting herself from an abusive husband by firing a warning shot into the air. The shot traveled through a wall and into her house ceiling. Alexander's husband reportedly beat her while she was pregnant and after that last beating, she did what she though was necessary to prevent another beating. Prosecutor Angela Corey did not take into account that Alexander had a court injunction against her abusive husband. Beside, Alexander had given birth just 9-days earlier and was trained and license to use a concealed weapon.
What Can You Do To Help?
Write Marissa Alexander and Give Her Some Words of Encouragement:
Marissa Alexander DC# J46944
11120 NW Gainesville Rd
Ocala, Fl 34482-1479
Write Florida's Governor Rick Scott:
Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott
400 S Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Tweet Florida's Governor Rick Scott:
Email Florida's Governor Rick Scott: