NAACP LEADS RALLY ON JENA – SEPTEMBER 20, 2007     Save the Date: Will you be there for justice?

“This is an American outrage that demonstrates the
continuing shame of racial division in our country.
Join us in making it one of the last.”
~ NAACP Chairman Julian Bond

 

CALL TO ACTION:

  • Support the Jena 6: Join the NAACP’s Rally on Jena on September 20. If you cannot attend the march, participate in the “Jena 6 National Week of Solidarity & Action” September 16-21.
  • Sign the "Justice for Jena" petition: Join over 175,000 other individuals who have expressed their concern. The petition will be presented to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen B. Blanco by the NAACP on September 19.
  • Donate to the NAACP: Make a donation to the NAACP for its Advocacy Activities for Equal Justice. Mail all checks to NAACP, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.
  • You may also donate to the families directly by contributing to the Jena 6 Defense Fund. Donate online or mail donations to: Jena 6 Defense Committee, P. O. Box 2798, Jena, LA 71342.
  • Join the NAACP: Become a member of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization and help make a difference.
  • Advocate in your community: Mobilize your community and local government to have a voice and unite on equality within the United States criminal justice system.
  • Send a letter to the Louisiana Governor and the Louisiana Attorney General: Urge your local officials to investigate this matter to ensure that these young men’s constitutional rights are safeguarded.
  • Register to vote: Make your vote count.
  • NAACP Press Release
  • NY NAACP Press Release

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

BACKGROUND:
The NAACP wants justice and equity for six Louisiana teens faced with overly aggressive prosecution and extended incarceration for fighting with whites in their community last December. The group has come to be known as the “Jena 6” in reference to the small town where a series of racial incidents escalated after three nooses were hung in a tree at a local high school. The events lead to the arrest of the young men—all being charged with serious criminal conduct offenses that could lead to many years of imprisonment.

The six charged are: Robert Bailey Jr., 17, whose bail was set at $138,000; Theo Shaw, 17, whose bail totaled $130,000; Carwin Jones, 18, whose bail was $100,000; Bryant Purvis, 17, whose bail was $70,000; Mychal Bell, a 16 year-old high school sophomore was charged as an adult whose bail was set at $90,000; and a still unidentified minor.

Learn more about “Justice for Jena,” read The Facts and NAACP Key Messages.

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