Join Us for a July 20th Vigil for Marissa Alexander!

**This will be a safe space for women of color; we ask that you please respect that.**

Women of color in New Orleans are a gathering for a vigil, prayer circle, and community speak-out to raise our voices against reproductive oppression, gender violence, and mass Incarceration.

Hosted by the Women’s Health & Justice Initiative along with Women with a Vision and WildSeeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective, women of color will come together to share their own experiences and stories surrounding reproductive violence in their lives.

When: Sunday, July 20th at 6pm!!!!

Why: In support of Marissa Alexander (a Florida black mother and survivor of domestic violence on trial for defending her and her children’s life from her abusive ex-husband) and the countless other Marissas in our community, we are hosting a prayer circle as a means of Standing Our Ground!!!!

Where: The vigil will take place at Bayou St. John, under the big tree right next to the Cabrini bridge.

**Feel free to bring water, prayers, stories, healing wishes, poems, song, offerings for an alter, candles, citronella candles, and something to sit on (blankets, chairs, etc). As always, children are welcome and light refreshments will be served!!!!**

**This event is a women-of-color space.**

What is this all about?

We are hosting this vigil and prayer circle in solidarity with Standing Our Ground Week of Action: Raising Our Voices Against Reproductive Oppression, Gender Violence and Mass Incarceration.

This week of activities in Ms. Alexander’s hometown of Jacksonville, Florida takes place July 25-August 1, culminating with her court hearing. It is most important that we highlight the stories of local women of color oppressed by the same racist, sexist system incarcerated for trying to survive and protecting themselves and their loved ones from interpersonal and state violence. This prayer circle is a chance to bring visibility to our local stories and to uplift and heal from one another.