Sentenced in 2010 to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to frighten her abusive ex-husband, Marissa Alexander is finally reunited with her family - for good!
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The panel discussed the power of protesting, legacies of famed non-violence actions, and racial debates. "Protest is a long game. You know, you think of the Montgomery bus boycotts -- it's not so far in the past for us, and that took a year and a half. And that was very strategic -- they chose Rosa Parks to be the person."
Kendrick Johnson's parents, who have been steadfast in their claim that their son's death was no accident, filed a wide-ranging $100 million lawsuit earlier this month, claiming several former classmates beat their son to death inside the high school gym. The family could face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both for protesting in honor of their son.
Organizer Jay-Marie Hill tells me that participants consider them more as examples of direct action than true “protests” per se. “We don’t really call it a protest,” she tells me, “because it’s not quite a protest. A direct action is an event that rallies energy around a certain topic to help people understand the deeper meaning underneath it or around some events that have taken place. The point of #BlackBrunch isn’t to annoy people. It’s because people are enraged, and have strong feelings, and they want people to know about that.”