Cherelle Baldwin is free! And, she still needs our support. We ask for your solidarity in supporting Cherelle, a 24 year-old Black mother and survivor of domestic violence who faced decades in prison because she defended her life. In 2013, Cherelle had separated from an abusive ex-boyfriend that she had an order of protection against. However, neither breaking up nor the order protected her from his continued violence. In May 2013, he broke into her home and attempted to murder her. In trying to flee, she accidentally killed him. Despite the fact that Cherelle would likely be dead had she not taken this action, she was charged with 1st degree murder. Finally, after three years of languishing in prison, a jury found Cherelle not guilty on all charges on March 31, 2016.
While Cherelle was spared the 60 years in prison she was facing, 3 years inside cost her nearly everything, including her job and her home. Cherelle has a very supportive family, but they have also been overwhelmed by legal fees as well as the trauma of violence and criminalization. Support Cherelle and her family in rebuilding their lives. As we have already witnessed, our solidarity matters, it's powerful.
Make a strong statement by donating what you can to #WelcomeHomeCherelle. Say loudly and clearly that we value Cherelle's life and her survival. Right now our support can ensure that the world to which Cherelle returns is more livable and that she can focus on the job of healing and reuniting with her child—and one day, maybe even grow into the advocate for other women that her own mother believes she will be.
Read more about Cherelle’s case here: https://freecherellebaldwin.wordpress.com/about/
Cherelle's story is not unique. Black women are routinely prosecuted for actions taken in defense of themselves and their kids, sending the message that when faced with lethal violence, Black women do not have the legal option of surviving. We cannot allow this. We must celebrate survival, including Cherelle's. To learn more, visit: