Jena 6 - We won't sit down while injustice stands in our way
When candidates refuse to debate on Univision, it isn't just about Latinos. Because then they turn around and refuse to debate with PBS and Tavis Smiley at a predominantly black university. It's about systematic discrimination that hurts EVERYBODY.
When our court system, as a function of our broken immigration system, unjustly rips migrant families apart, it isn't just about immigrants. Because then our court system in Louisiana attempts to jail young men for a school yard brawl that should be nothing more than a misdemeanor, if that. It's about institutional discrimination that hurts EVERYBODY.
Today is the rally in the smalltown of Jena where local and national advocates are fighting to save the lives of 6 young men [action items below]. Immigrant advocates will be among those rallying in Jena, and wearing black in solidarity across the country. Because we know that your struggles are our struggles, as ours are yours.
Hate groups try to tell working class African Americans that immigrants are the cause of their economic and societal problems. Those groups are the same people that want to see the Jena 6 jailed and the key thrown away.
What you can do personally...
UPDATE: On Friday, Sept. 14 the Louisiana Third Court of Appeals reversed the aggravated battery conviction of Mychal Bell, ruling that the youth should not have been tried and convicted as an adult for his alleged role in last year’s fight with a white high school student in Jena, La. The NAACP believes this was appropriate and just.
On Sept. 17, NAACP officials presented a petition of more than 60,000 signatures to Louisiana Gov. Blanco at the State Capitol. The thousands of online signatures were gathered via the NAACP website. They are a symbol of those concerned with the unequal treatment of the defendants and the pubic acknowledgement that the hanging of the three nooses is a serious hate crime offense.
WHO: Thousands expected expected to participate in a rally for justice and equality in Jena, La.
WHY: In support of the six Louisiana teens facing overly aggressive prosecution and extended incarceration.
WHEN: September 20, 2007
- 7:00 a.m. Assemble at Ward 10 Recreation Park
- 8:00 a.m. Rally begins
- 12:00 p.m. Rally ends
- 4:00 p.m. Public Town Hall Meeting at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 701 Fourth Street, Alexandria, LA Focus: Restoring the Human Right to Education: Abolishing the School to Prison Pipeline
- 7:00 p.m. Adjournment
WHERE: March begins at: Ward 10 Recreation Park Jena, LA
Bus transportation: Bus arrangements have been made to transport individuals from the Alexandria Convention Center to Ward 10 Recreation Park. Parking is strongly discouraged in Jena due to limited space in this small town.
FOOD/ATTIRE: All participants should bring their own food, water, clothing and chairs. Please be prepared to encounter rural outdoor conditions, such as dirt paths, and walk considerable distances. It is strongly encouraged that individuals dress comfortably and wear appropriate walking shoes.
CONTACTS: NAACP Louisiana State Conference (225) 334-7490
NAACP National Headquarters (888) 362-8683
Media Contact – NAACP National Headquarters Richard J. McIntire (410) 580-5787