Jena 6

28 Aug

jena-6-small.jpgHey everyone, here is an update on the Jena 6.

They are a group of 6 Black high school students facing life in prison for a school yard fight. This case is getting national attention and is the home page for the NAACP.
I realized that I only posted the first video on my facebook page, so I will got that video and post it here as well (see below)…

Spread the word and sign the petitions.

http://www.petitiononline.com/aZ51CqmR/petition.html It makes a difference!!

Sign Teh NAACp petition as well. http://www.naacp.org/get-involved/activism/alerts/110aa-2007-7-20/index.htm  and click on sign the petition.

Ciao Ricardo

P.S I am still sitting here wondering why we have massive coverage about Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie going to jail on news channels like CNN and CBC and nothing about the Jena 6? Leave a comment below and lets discuss it.

The update on the Jena 6

Some background info about the Jena 6.

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7 Responses to “Jena 6”

  1. Ricardo August 28, 2007 at 1:48 PM #

    Here is another org that is covering the Jena 6
    http://leftturn.org/

  2. Jules August 28, 2007 at 2:49 PM #

    On September 20th, Mychal Bell–the first of the Jena 6 to be convicted–is scheduled for sentencing. If the District Attorney has his way, Mychal will face 22 years in prison. It’s a horrifying moment for Mychal, his parents, and the rest of the Jena 6 families. It’s also a perfect time for those who can to come to Jena, in person, and stand with them. We know it’s a serious time and financial commitment, but we wanted to give you the opportunity to join the hundreds of people who have already emailed us to say that they will come. If you can join us, please click on the link below to RSVP:

    http://colorofchange.org/jena/rsvp.html

    Our presence in Jena–in large numbers–will help focus media attention on the situation in Jena, escalate pressure on Louisiana public officials, and most importantly, show the families of the Jena 6, especially Mychal Bell and his parents, that we will stand with them in the face of this injustice.

    On July 31st, with only a few days to prepare, 300 people from across the country rallied at the Jena Courthouse. We delivered a petition signed by 43,000 ColorOfChange.org members to the District Attorney demanding that he drop the charges against the Jena 6. It was a powerful day that made it clear that the Jena 6 and their families won’t have to fight on their own. Since then, more than 100,000 people have taken action and contacted the Governor, media attention to the case has grown, and we have an even bigger opportunity to make a profound impact.

    As we plan for this event, we want to get a sense of how many people can commit to coming to Jena. Below are some details about getting there, so you can figure out if you’ll be able to join us.

    Details

    If you’re flying to Louisiana, the closest airports to Jena are Alexandria (45 minute drive) and Monroe (1.5 hour drive). You can also fly to Lafayette (2.25 hour drive), Shreveport (2.75 hour drive), Baton Rouge (3 hour drive), New Orleans (4.25 hour drive), or Houston (about a 5 hour drive). The closest hotels are in Pineville and Alexandria. As they fill up, we’d recommend staying at hotels near the airports above.

    If travelling from out of town, you’ll want to get to Louisiana the night before, as things will start early in the morning, probably by 8am or 9am. Organizers will meet you when you arrive at a central location in Jena and get you situated for the day. We will be providing maps, organizers’ cell phone numbers, and other information closer to the day-of; you will be able to reach someone in case you have any problems, need directions, or have questions along the way.

    RSVP

    Once you’re confident you can come, please rsvp at the following:

    http://colorofchange.org/jena/rsvp.html

    If you have questions, you can send them to jena@colorofchange.org.

    If you can’t come, don’t worry. We’ll be sending emails soon with more ways to take action between now and the 20th. Whatever your participation, we thank you for your ongoing commitment to justice for the Jena 6. It continues to be our privilege to be part of such a powerful community of support for these young men.

    Thanks and Peace,

    — James Rucker
    Executive Director, ColorOfChange.org
    August 28th, 2007

  3. Tesha August 29, 2007 at 3:36 PM #

    I think that the Jena six case is being brutally mistreated.these people are only teenagers,for God’s sake!It was only a school fight…in fact,there was a fight between 2 girls @ school 2day…will THEY get charged to?!?!?!?!?

  4. Ricardo August 29, 2007 at 6:49 PM #

    were they white or Black??? Tesha I think that makes a difference 😉

  5. Karta Laksana August 30, 2007 at 10:07 PM #

    Hi Jena what’s your case ? You fought with your friend ?
    You are a brave boy.Don’t be worried you will be comforted by Michael Jackson.

  6. Kay September 3, 2007 at 10:06 PM #

    Will be interesting to see who picks up the story as the others go to trial this week.

    One of the mainstream news organizations to cover this has been the Chicago Sun Times.

    Here is an article they wrote..

    http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/534782,CST-NWS-mitch30.article

    Did Civil Rights movement pass Louisiana by?
    Racist incident leads to harsh justice for black students

    August 30, 2007
    BY MARY MITCHELL Sun-Times Columnist
    When I ran across a tale on the Internet about six African-American teens from Jena, La., who are facing decades of prison time for allegedly beating up a white classmate, I couldn’t believe their ordeal started with a tree.

    A tree holds powerful symbolism for black people. While traveling in the South, legendary singer Billie Holiday saw a tree that inspired her to write “Strange Fruit,” a song which contains references to lynching.

    Still, it is difficult to comprehend that in 2007, black students at any high school in America felt compelled to go to a school official and ask if it would be OK to sit in the shade of a tree usually enjoyed by white students.

    There’s no dispute that is what happened on Aug. 31, 2006 in Jena, a town with a population that is about 85 percent white and 12 percent black.

    A vice principal apparently told the students they could sit “wherever they pleased.” And the next day, Sept. 1, 2006, three nooses were found hanging from said tree.

    Just three years ago the nation celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruling that declared racial separation was inherently unequal. Yet, Jena High School seems stuck in the pre-civil rights era.

    After black students protested the nooses under the tree a couple of days later, the LaSalle Parish District Attorney, Reed Walters, issued a warning during an assembly that additional “unrest’ would be treated as a “criminal matter,” and allegedly threatened black students by telling them he “can end their lives with a pen.” Only one school administrator, Scott Windham, the high school principal, seemed to understand the symbolism of the Southern tree. Windham recommended that the three white teens responsible for hanging the nooses in the tree be expelled from Jena High School.

    Shotgun pulled on blacks
    That recommendation was ignored by the school superintendent and board members. Instead, these school officials portrayed the “noose” as a “silly prank” inspired by a hanging scene in the television mini-series “Lonesome Dove.”

    As preposterous as that explanation sounds, it was enough to get the white teens off with an in-school suspension.

    Meanwhile, racial tensions flared throughout September last year, and on Nov. 30, a wing of the high school was destroyed by a fire that officials suspected was arson.

    Racial fights also spilled over into surrounding neighborhoods.

    In one incident, a young black student was assaulted by a group wielding beer bottles at a predominantly white party. But only one person was charged — with a misdemeanor — in the attack. In another incident, a white Jena graduate allegedly pulled a pump-action shotgun on three black high school students when they left a local convenience store. The teens managed to wrestle the gun away from the man.

    The final incident involved the young black men now known as the “Jena 6.”

    On Dec. 4, more than a month after the black students sat under the “white” tree, a fight broke out in the lunchroom between a white student and a black student. The white student was knocked to the floor and was allegedly attacked by other black students.

    Charged as adults
    One of the black students said to be involved in the incident was the one assaulted earlier by the bottle-wielding white students. The white victim sustained bruises and a black eye. He was treated at a hospital and released. According to court testimony, the beating victim attended a social event later that same evening.

    Five of the black teens were charged, as adults, with attempted second-degree murder and were given bonds ranging from $70,000 to $138,000. A sixth teen was charged as a juvenile.

    Apparently under pressure by watchdog groups, the district attorney abruptly reduced the charges against 16-year-old Mychal Bell — the first youth to go to trial — from second-degree murder to second-degree aggravated battery and conspiracy. The aggravated battery stems from the prosecutor’s contention that the teens’ gym shoes were used as weapons.

    I asked the Rev. Jesse Jackson why he thinks the “Jena 6” case had not received a drum-beat of exposure from national media.

    “We’ve adjusted to this kind of tyranny,” Jackson said. “This is small-town tyranny.”

  7. Daniel November 1, 2008 at 1:22 AM #

    It really is amazing how so many people talk about things they know nothing about. I’m a white male student at Jena High School, and member of many sports. I knew the 6 boys and Barker personally. You people have no idea what you are talking about.

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