Alyssa Hogan Speaks of Domestic Violence, Murder, ​and Overcoming

Imagine your name in the news headlines “Prek Teacher Kills Husband”.
Yes, I, Alyssa Hogan was arrested for the ​2nd-degree​ murder of my husband and faced life in prison. At the time of my arrest, I had B.Sc., Criminal Justice major, and had worked several years in social services. I had four children, whose father was dead, and they were about to lose their mother. Jobless and homeless, I was lost and broken. I turned back to God, He had never failed me. I was a faithful servant, why had I gone through so much pain?

I was in a domestic violence relationship for 12 years, I loved him but lost me. I was obsessed with the idea of the perfect family. I reflected on my choices and decisions in life and discovered that I had repeated a pattern of my childhood experiences. I had devalued myself and sought men’s love. At age 17, I got my first child but I remained an honor roll student. Later I graduated from prestigious Florida State University.

While out on bail, women approached​ me, telling their story, and that they were praying for me. I researched cases of women in prison for the same charges, warning signs, statistics, and services in the community. I discovered the victims of domestic violence were re-victimized by their friends, family, society, and the criminal justice system. With my charges​ pending​, I could not obtain employment, housing, or life insurance.

Thanks to my faith in God, in 2016 I was acquitted of all charges based on Florida State’s “Stand Your Ground” law. People asked how I was doing so well and what was the secret to my happiness and success in my life? I began public speaking; my testimony experiential and philosophical. I found success in helping others to coach women toward clarity and focus, which brought them more energy, peace, and time for things that mattered in their lives.

Alyssa Hogan is an inspiring and transformative speaker. She specializes her advocacy in the following​ areas:

Keynote Speeches +Motivation + Domestic Violence + Rights Restoration + Business and Entrepreneurship + Leadership + Workshops+ Conferences
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America’s Most Dangerous Place For Black Women 

img_0108 Someone was sufficiently concerned to bring attention to this continuing tragedy: that is, deaths of African-American women who come in contact with the United States Criminal Justice System. The caption above says these five citizens died while in custody in the month of July 2015. In fact, referencing the dates of demise they occurred within just two weeks in July 2015.

I am speaking up for all citizens, even those who would never acknowledge the atrocity and feel that this is necessary for the protection of our morally unblemished population. What hurts and angers me, are two responses, each equally as repulsive. The first is that not one of the subjects had to be incarcerated. Not one! Let’s look closer. Two died as a result of the economic crime of shoplifting. One, Sandra Bland, died for no reason other than activating a traffic turn signal, which she was not even required to do. So it seems that only two of the women might have committed offenses where arrests were necessary. But even so, there is this thing called bond that never gets extended to African-Americans. Innocent until proven guilty never apply to us. The second is Americans refusal to see what the world, including the United Nations, see clearly.

On Native-American females dying in the American Criminal Justice system, it is reportedly worse. Their mistreatment and fatalities are just as unconscionable. The deaths in American institutions would be serial killers’ dreams. The horror is hardly given the media coverage deserved. But, more sickening is the justification offered every time the failure to protect those hauled into custody gets brought to public attention through social media, the American Citizens’ twisted logic centers on this: the person must have done something to deserve their death, for example stealing orange juice.

For African-American, male citizens, the most dangerous place to be in America is related to the street. Whether pedestrian or conveyed. Just breathing can get you arrested and if you protest the injustice, as one should, ten more of arms of justice arrive to ensure that citizen dies or have a near death experience. These are not mistakes. It is not the institution. People are doing this. Individuals with names, with or without badges, judges, state attorneys. All are complicit in this human debasement.

Sadly, this is what is. This is not what will be.

Don’t Let Trump Make You Tremble




Glad you posted this article. It is something to be understood and that is why I’m responding thus: Stop with the FFFFing snivelling, timidity!

Of all the African-Americans engaged in communications media, you presented about four professionals who are in fear of losing their jobs. So, they lose their jobs. Get another gig or adjust your own situation to outlast whatever storm you percieve imminent. You should have been saving your money anyway. Do as Andrew Sullivan, Amy Goodman, Malcolm Gladwell did when they discovered that the industry was beginning to crumble. They adapted.

Some of us want things as they are, that has a price. Some of us refuse to believe that the country they are protecting is not standing with them, well what exactly were your expectations? How many times does history have to ‘say again’?

That does not mean that we, like other vulnerable minorities, should not be concerned. That plays right into the hands of racists who despite history telling otherwise, believe that numerical superiority wins every battle. Do you think they’re out to kill you? Damn right, they are. The question now is, how do you respond? No! Learn the term pyrrhic victory. “A Pyrrhic victory is where the underdog knows he will be vanquished but inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way. However, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit”.

So you’re scared of White men entangled in white sheets? Okay, the sheets are easy to see at night and they are flamable.

Afraid of White men with guns menacing your work place as they did recently at the NAACP office and the police did squat? Well, if by now you don’t know where to get a gun and how to use it proficiently, then you are what Donald Trump spent years grabbing at.

Two things you need to get accustomed to:
(1) Identify the real threat. Nope, it is not 62% of the population. It is as multi-racial as we hoped our society to be. Dr Ben Carson, Sherrif Clarke, many of your pastors, and 4% of your own brothers and sisters are among those who want to be rid of you.

(2) Recognize that you are on your own! Very much so. Your history and current events informs such.
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Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law is Uncivilised

Florida’s expansion of the right to self-defence into the public domain is dangerous and uncivilised. The applicable law, within Fla Stat, Ch 776 is unnatural, immoral, unnecessary and injures social cohesion.

The legislation is basically an enlargement of the Castle Doctrine, rooted in seventeenth century English Jurisprudence. Simplified, it upholds the individual’s right to defend himself, his property and the well- being of another being assailed. It honours self-determination; human rights to live secure in her/his home and the protection of his/her body; the law affirmed the right of self- defence and to use whatever force is necessary,including deadly force, towards the cessation of the threat. This body of law in no way infringes the Second Amendment Right to keep and bear arms. Any reference to firearms would just be exemplar. It’s helpful to make the distinction since popular discourse tends to conflate the rights.
The expansion of the traditional protections into the public space and the individual’s need only to claim that he/she was in fear of their lives. Duty to retreat or avoidance have been stripped away. The person is protected from arrest, criminal and civil liability. Normal law enforcement investigative processes remain but a deep lack of trust by a large portion of the citizenry is pernicious.

There is no settled, convincing body of behaviorist’ literature on animals that supports fatal response to a perceived threat. Flight is the most common, followed by sufficient force towards cessation of the attack… (1) evasion (2) proportionality! If the interloper is armed with a knife and you with a Samurai sword, you don’t have the right to hack his body to pieces. Likewise, a party of a dozen police officers trying to apprehend a suspect for past burglaries has no right in any civilised country to fire 137 shots to kill the suspect…. or even 41 bullets to kill someone whose misdeed was smoking a cigarette at his front door. So much for the natural law nonsense.

Is the law moral? Here we look to religion AND secular scholarship. From the Decalogue, the Buddha’
s Way, Classic Philosophy all hold human life sacrosanct and we are all obliged to preserve it when we can. Life must always be held above property. We have gradually been whittling at that precept. Sooner or later we’ll pay by the diminished values.

Was the new legislation necessary? A deafening NO! It is in fact purely political and worse, partisan. We did not have a crime-demic before and none since. So why did our elected officials put this as a priority when there are far more pressing problems. I won’t offer an answer. If you can read this you already know.

Does it promote safety, tranquility and social cohesion? Absolutely NOT. In fact, take a look at the pictures of who is mourning, who is protesting and the seemingly expendable, worthless deceased. Equating death with punishment is moronic since we all die sooner or later.