Please take time to view the awesome resources Color of Change has put together regarding the Jena Six.
Two commenters have left reporting updates:
George L. Cook III of Let’s Talk Honestly interviewed Alan Bean at Friends of Justice about the case here. The interview and media notes also have important e-mail addresses to the Jena Six Defense Fund, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, and the National Action Network:
Jena 6 Defense Fund
National Action Network ( Al Sharpton )
Ana alerted me that Le Monde in Paris covered the Jena Six today as a feature story; check out this story: “L’arbre de la colere (The Tree of Wrath).”
Thin Black Duke of Slant Truth has created a Facebook group and cause for the Jena Six. Much obliged, man; much obliged. There are a couple of other groups dedicated to the Jena Six too, if you’re interested in joining them. The most important thing is to spread the word.
And I just spotted this on his site and it’s awesome (yes, I’m still wowed by the interwebs):
THE PETITION IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SIGNING HERE.
- Dr. Elle has more information about the Jena Six, including a Microsoft Word document (7 pages) from the Friends of Justice detailing and analyzing the events surrounding the trial and the charging of the six young men involved.
- Tom has prepared version 5 of the Jena Six petition to the United States Department of Justice; the petition is demanding a review of the charges leveled against the Jena Six for misconduct and bias:
Petition to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice
This is a petition to request that the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice review events surrounding the prosecution of six Black students in Jena, Louisiana, for evidence of racial discrimination. The six students are reportedly facing prosecution for second degree attempted murder — and possible prison sentences of up to 100 years — for allegedly participating in an unarmed school brawl that resulted in no serious injuries.The brawl followed months of racial tension after hangman’s nooses were reportedly hung from a tree at the students’ school. Please see these articles for the situation in Jena:
Chicago Tribune article
The prosecution of these young men represents a gross miscarriage of justice, punishing Black students for opposing segregation of their schools while ignoring the threatening and provocative acts of those engaging in segregation.From a Chicago Tribune article on the cases:
“There’s been obvious racial discrimination in this case,” said Joe Cook, executive director of the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, who described Jena as a “racial powder keg” primed to ignite. “It appears the black students were singled out and targeted in this case for some unusually harsh treatment.”
In view of these facts, we the undersigned respectfully request that the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice launch a full investigation into events in Jena, Louisiana, beginning with the noose incident of August 31, 2006, and culminating in the alleged fight of December 4, 2006 to determine whether the civil rights of Jena residents have been violated.
You can suggest any changes or recommendations for the petition at Tom’s blog, at my blog, at the AfroSpear Think Tank, or on the AfroSpear Forum (requires AfroSpear membership). We hope to begin circulating the petition by the middle of next week.
- According to Brother J. Vallot of the National Action Network, you can watch a streaming version of the entire “Free the Jena Six” Rally on the Black Action Network website. He recommends watching it using RealPlayer through its stream rather than doing the download.
- Calling the artistically inclined: Aulelia originally suggested that a banner be created for the Jena Six so people can post the image to their websites. If anyone is interested in designing something, please post a comment. Best case scenario is to create an image to couple with the petition so we can generate as many signatures as possible.
- Carmen D. has shared previous coverage she did about the Jena Six on All About Race and an update with additional resources. Go take a look.
For previous information and updates, see Jena, Louisiana: Meet the Grassroots and Jena, Louisiana and the United States. If you have posted any commentary or information surrounding the Jena Six, please include a link to your work in the comments.