Dear friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else who will listen:
Some of you may have already heard about the Jena 6 case currently going on Louisiana. Although it has not received any press coverage, some radio personalities have stepped up to make sure that it is being covered and are taking a stand for these 6 black high school boys in Louisiana. They have been charged with attempted murder by use of a tennis shoe against some white students who were not at all injured in this school yard fight. These young men are facing up to 100 years in prison. You can go online to get more detailed information about the
A petition is on the move to request an investigation into the discrimination of the trial as well as other incidents leading up to the trial. PLEASE will you take the time to circulate this email to everyone you know. If we can send jokes and youtube messages to our friends I’m sure we can take 2 minutes to sign the petition and forward it on to others. To anyone who is a member of a bikers club, Michael Baisden from 94.5 KSOL is organizing and petitioning all biker clubs to come together to ride out to the rally in Louisiana. If you’re interested, you can go to his website for more information. The Steve Harvey Morning Show is also petitioning entertainers and groups to also join in the support.
You may go to the website www.petitiononline.com and click on Jena 6 or just click on this link http://www.petitiononline.com/aZ51CqmR/petitionhtml which will take you dire! ctly to the page and sign your name. It’s as simple as that. It took me all of 30 seconds to do it.
These young men need our help. For those who are not able to attend the rally in Louisiana, this would be a good way to show your support. Also
forward to your children or teens and encourage them to forward to their friends. This is about them and they should be just
as involved as the adults are.
Thank You so Much
Link To A Related History Lesson:
The Jena 6, 40 Acres & a Mule and Reparations
Link back to blogspot for video or click on Pac for the larger player RBG template version Free The Jena 6 and Why We Want Our 40 Acres and a Mule 40 Acres and a Mule: 40 acres and a mule is a term for compensation that was to be awarded to freed African American slaves after the Civil War— 40 acres (16 ha) of land to farm, and a mule with which to drag a plow so the land could be cultivated. The award—a land grant of a quarter of a quarter section (a common homestead size of the… Read Full Story
Text extracts from The Indypedent:
…This is another disturbing story of the no so latent racism that continues to simmer, just under the surface, and then occasionally boil up down in these parts. Just to put things into geographic perspective consider that in June 1998 James Byrd was dragged to death by racist skinhead Neo-Nazi about 3 hrs southwest of Jena in Jasper, Tx (the three suspects were convicted and sentenced to life and/or long prison terms). In 2003 a group of white kids at a ‘pasture party’ beat Billy Ray Johnson senseless in Linden, TX (home of ragtime composer Scott Joplin, the Eagles’ Don Henley, and birthplace of blues legend T-Bone Walker [They Call It Stormy Monday’]) about 4 hrs drive northwest of Jena. The “kids” received minimal sentences from an all-white jury in their criminal trial – “Just boys being boys” – but the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Morris Dees recently won a $9 million settlement for Mr. Johnson in Jasper’s civil court . Mr. Johnson is confined to a care facility for the rest of his life as a result of his head injury. On December 30, 2006 newly elected black mayor Gerald Washington of Westlake, LA – 3 hrs southwest of Jena (right near Lake Charles) was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the chest in a parking lot. Although much controversy arose over this death and the evidently cavalier investigation by the local sheriff’s dept it now appears that his death was a bona fide suicide brought on by the recognition that his new found notoriety would also make public his massive gambling losses and serial marital infidelities and the case has been closed. The family, it must be said, continues to contest the findings of several supporting investigations and a 3rd autopsy by an independent pathologist hired by the family was inconclusive due to insufficient material evidence – a likely result of the poor crime-scene management. On the 1st Sunday of the New Year, parties still unknown fired two shotgun blasts through the front window of the newly elected black mayor of Greenwood, LA – about 3 hrs northwest of Jena, just west of Shreveport – without injury to anyone. Despite an investigation including the FBI no charges have been filed. Viewed in this perspective, it’s not at all surprising to see the kids in this story charged from the Jim Crow edition of the U.S. Penal Code….Read the article and discussion