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Supporters ready for Marissa Alexander's release

Alexander expected to be released Tuesday at 4 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Marissa Alexander, a woman who brought mass attention to the stand your ground case, is expected to be released from the Duval County Jail Tuesday.

It is a day that Alexander and her supporters have waited for since November, when she was sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to three felony charges.

Several "Free Marissa Now" supporters showed up at the Duval County Courthouse early Tuesday morning to support Alexander's release.

Many groups for Alexander's freedom also gathered to show their support by quilting.

Since last year, people from all over the world have been sending in their domestic violence and spousal abuse stories one red quilt piece at a time. They will lay their quilt on the grounds of the Duval County Courthouse the day of her release to display their support.

"We should have the right to tell our stories, and (to) say, 'This is what happened,' and not be punished for it and persecuted for it," said Shameeka Dream, one of many who helped create the quilt.

Dream traveled all the way from Boston just to show her support for Marissa Alexander and tell her own story.

Elizabeth Nagle said once the group receives enough quilted pieces in support of Alexander and against domestic violence, they plan to take the mile-long quilt to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., so everyone can see the bigger picture.

"Survivors have been making quilt squares since October in support for Marissa. And so these are some of the quilts that people have mailed from across the country," Nagle said.

More than half a dozen different groups showed their support for Alexander in different ways. One group even traveled thousands of miles.

Elizabeth Stuart, with the group Black Women's Lives Matter, caravanned across the United States from California in a two-week journey. She said the biggest message the supporters want to get across is that you are not alone.

"We need to grow, we need to get stronger in voicing it, and being out of there actually doing something is going to make that happen," said Stuart.

The "Free Marissa Now" campaign raised nearly $60,000 to help fund her defense team and monitoring bracelet. Alexander will be on probation and house arrest for two years.

Marissa Alexander is expected to be released from the Duval County Jail Tuesday at 4 p.m.


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