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Alisha Walker Survived and Punished

Organized by: Sherri Chatman

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THE STORY:

On Feb 11th, 2016, Alisha Walker was sentenced to 15 years in an Illinois state prison for refusing to be killed or to allow her friend to be killed by a man who held a knife against them, threatening to kill them, and refusing to allow them to leave. On Jan 18th of 2014, Alisha defended herself and her friend, stabbing this man, which resulted in his death. Alisha survived and her friend survived, but Alisha was punished for that self-defense and survival. The right to self-defense in the legal system (and the media), is determined less by the violence of the circumstances, or the likelihood that the survivor will die or be gravely injured, and more to do with the identity of the survivor. Alisha is a biracial young woman, and it is disproportionately Black women, and women of color who are criminalized for acts of self-defense. The more well known examples include Marissa Alexander, Naomi Freeman, Cherelle Baldwin, Eisha Love, Cierra Finkley. And, Alisha’s identity was more specifically criminalized before she even entered the courtroom. Prior to the trial, and within the proceedings, prosecutors and reporters made repeated reference to Alisha doing sex work at the time she was attacked. Because Alisha was involved in work that the state criminalized, the state effectively determined that she did not have a lawful right to survive, that she did not deserve to survive, that some people are disposable--just as the many men who kill, rape and abuse women believe. Thankfully, for Alisha, a groundswell of support is forming, made up of family, friends, and advocacy groups who believe very strongly that no one is disposable, and that no one should be denied the right to self-defense based on their identity or work. They are organizing actions and teach-ins about sex work and criminalization, sending letters. They are raising money for Alisha’s appeal, which will take thousands of dollars that family and friends cannot afford on their own. Please donate what you can. Every bit shows Alisha and her family that we do care, and gets her closer to a chance at freedom, healing and a future. #StandWithAlisha

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