After 13 years incarcerated on a 40 year sentence for defending her life, Paris Knox is coming home!!! Please donate what you can to support her return!
In 2005, Paris Knox defended her life from an abuser, resulting in his death. She was 25, starting a new career, and the mother of an infant son. All she wanted from her ex was that he stay away from her. Paris Knox defended her life, and when the state chose to pursue first degree murder charges, they were telling her, and anyone else trying to leave an abuser, that her legal option was to die. That can't be right.
In early 2017, Paris won her appeal, but the state decided once again to pursue 1st degree murder charges, which threatened Paris with the completion of her sentence. Thanks to a number of organizations who supported Paris Knox's freedom, including Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, Love & Protect, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network, Chicago Community Bond Fund, Lifted Voices, Barnard Center for Research on Women, Survived and Punished, and more, a group of organizers and advocates met with the Cook County State's Attorney's office, and now Paris will be free by the end of January.
Many thanks are due to those who supported Paris Knox's freedom, and who are fighting for the freedom of the many others, overwhelmingly Black women, who are criminalized for acts of self-defense, or directly related to domestic violence, and all those advocating for affordable housing, community-based resources, and all those things that safety and security demand. Right now, each of us can do one concrete thing to support a survivor--of both the abuser and the incarceration--and donate to Paris Knox's return. Please also share the fundraiser with your networks with the message that you support survivors. Thank you!!
If you would like to learn more about criminalized survivors of gender-based violence, check out: http://www.survivedandpunished.org/