At a retreat in the beginning of 2015, Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA) members decided that we wanted to continue the work of supporting cisgender and transgender women, transgender men, and gender expansive folks of color who are incarcerated for defending themselves against violence by abusive partners. Under our new name, Love & Protect, we continue to provide support to criminalized survivors of color, particularly in the Midwest, who are incarcerated or in other ways criminalized for defending themselves against domestic violence.
The name Love & Protect comes from a quote by freedom fighter Assata Shakur, “It is our duty to fight, it is our duty to win, we must love each other and protect each other, we have nothing to lose but our chains.”
Our work includes providing material and emotional support for criminalized survivors of color including commissary support, teach-ins, letter writing, court support, clemency support, Twitter town halls, and general awareness-raising.
We also work to support other criminalized survivors’ defense campaigns across the United States.