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I guess I've been under a rock for the past year because I am now getting full wind of this incident at the high school and the aftermath.

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yea this is a COMPLETE act of RACIAL inequality.
I'm thinking about going down there and rallying...

scream on some people...NEW YORK STYLE.

I am sooo saddened by this!


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Yes, I read about this in I believe it was Jet magazine.
Terrible. And to think our ancestors went through all kinds of hell to put this racial inequality and prejudice to an end... maryluvs_smh.gif Such a shame...


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Posted Sept. 5, 2007 – Prosecutors in the tiny racially charged town of Jena, La., reduced charges against two more of the six Black teens who are being held after allegedly beating a White schoolmate last year.

The defendants, who are known as the “Jena Six,” originally were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder – which carried maximum sentences of up to 80 years in prison – after a fight with 18-year-old Justin Baker.

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On Tuesday, Carwin Jones and Theo Shaw’s charges were reduced to aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy.

Earlier, Mychal Bell’s charges were reduced similarly, and he was found guilty. He’s still looking at a possible 22-year term when he is sentenced on Sept. 20.

About a month before the fight with Baker last year, a Black student sat under a tree where White students usually gathered. The next day, three nooses were hanging from the tree. The administration suspended two Whites students responsible, but the school board overturned the suspensions.

Baker reportedly was friends with those responsible for the nooses.

Nationwide, students, ministers, community leaders and civil rights advocates have organized rallies and marches to persuade prosecutors to drop or reduce charges against the teens.

They point out that Baker suffered no life-threatening injuries; he was treated at a local emergency room and released three hours later – he even attended a school activity the same day.

Robert Bailey Jr. and Bryant Purvis still face attempted murder charges, and there are also undisclosed charges against an unidentified juvenile.

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Where is Jena?

These charges sound trumped up. And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce). And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board. And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.

Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.


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QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:09 PM)
Where is Jena?

These charges sound trumped up. And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce). And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board. And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.

Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.

only in ameriKKKa

the more information I obtained, it's just
a testament to the underlying hate in this country.

so much hate for such a small town.
and some people have the nerve to say,
they don't believe this has anything to do with race.

but I guess these are the same people who are school board members,
the people who sat on the jury panel and the parents of the students who
hung the nooses. oh NO! there can't be a problem.. dry.gif



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QUOTE (Pack'd My Bags @ Sep 6 2007, 04:30 AM)
QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:09 PM)
Where is Jena?

These charges sound trumped up.  And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce).  And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board.  And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.

Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.

only in ameriKKKa

the more information I obtained, it's just
a testament to the underlying hate in this country.

so much hate for such a small town.
and some people have the nerve to say,
they don't believe this has anything to do with race.

but I guess these are the same people who are school board members,
the people who sat on the jury panel and the parents of the students who
hung the nooses. oh NO! there can't be a problem.. dry.gif

I have to admit, I am shocked by some of the racist comments I read over in that page I linked to in the Sametta Heyward thread ('any1 hear???' thread).

The worst bit about it is, they don't even recognise it as racism. There was one guy complaining that you can slate white people, but not black people. Surely, the very act of grouping people according to race is in itself racist. Especially when no one mentioned race - it was about poor people. This guy immediately equated poor to black.
And he still doesn't recognise he is racist - he believes he is being unfairly persecuted.

I am dumbfounded that this attitude is so prevailant in America.


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QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:39 PM)
QUOTE (Pack'd My Bags @ Sep 6 2007, 04:30 AM)
QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:09 PM)
Where is Jena?

These charges sound trumped up.  And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce).  And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board.  And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.

Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.

only in ameriKKKa

the more information I obtained, it's just
a testament to the underlying hate in this country.

so much hate for such a small town.
and some people have the nerve to say,
they don't believe this has anything to do with race.

but I guess these are the same people who are school board members,
the people who sat on the jury panel and the parents of the students who
hung the nooses. oh NO! there can't be a problem.. dry.gif

I have to admit, I am shocked by some of the racist comments I read over in that page I linked to in the Sametta Heyward thread ('any1 hear???' thread).

The worst bit about it is, they don't even recognise it as racism. There was one guy complaining that you can slate white people, but not black people. Surely, the very act of grouping people according to race is in itself racist. Especially when no one mentioned race - it was about poor people. This guy immediately equated poor to black.
And he still doesn't recognise he is racist - he believes he is being unfairly persecuted.

I am dumbfounded that this attitude is so prevailant in America.

wow...I just read that. heartbreaking...
I didn't even read the comments on the link.
I was watching all of the news clips on youtube.com
for the Jena Six case and just the downright stupidity
is completely disturbing. When I found out about this story,
I wept to myself.

since when in the DEEP SOUTH of ameriKKKa
is hanging a noose from a tree considered a mere "Prank?"
and it was only 50 years ago that those streets and many streets
in the south were filled with civil rights' activists.

but you know what's more shocking than the comments,
the lack of national attention and support from not just the black
community but all communities..

SOOO many people, complain about all of this injustice
and how they no longer what to stand for it, but NEVER do a thing about it.

many people have this "me, me, me" ideology.
that if it doesn't directly affect them, it has no bearing at all.

it's a shit way to think, especially in this country. because it ALL affects us.


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QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 10:09 PM)
Where is Jena?

These charges sound trumped up. And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce). And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board. And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.

Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.

Jena is a small town located in Louisiana and yes these charges are trumped up.

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QUOTE (Pack'd My Bags @ Sep 5 2007, 11:07 PM)
QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:39 PM)
QUOTE (Pack'd My Bags @ Sep 6 2007, 04:30 AM)
QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:09 PM)
Where is Jena?

These charges sound trumped up.  And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce).  And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board.  And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.

Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.

only in ameriKKKa

the more information I obtained, it's just
a testament to the underlying hate in this country.

so much hate for such a small town.
and some people have the nerve to say,
they don't believe this has anything to do with race.

but I guess these are the same people who are school board members,
the people who sat on the jury panel and the parents of the students who
hung the nooses. oh NO! there can't be a problem.. dry.gif

I have to admit, I am shocked by some of the racist comments I read over in that page I linked to in the Sametta Heyward thread ('any1 hear???' thread).

The worst bit about it is, they don't even recognise it as racism. There was one guy complaining that you can slate white people, but not black people. Surely, the very act of grouping people according to race is in itself racist. Especially when no one mentioned race - it was about poor people. This guy immediately equated poor to black.
And he still doesn't recognise he is racist - he believes he is being unfairly persecuted.

I am dumbfounded that this attitude is so prevailant in America.

wow...I just read that. heartbreaking...
I didn't even read the comments on the link.
I was watching all of the news clips on youtube.com
for the Jena Six case and just the downright stupidity
is completely disturbing. When I found out about this story,
I wept to myself.

since when in the DEEP SOUTH of ameriKKKa
is hanging a noose from a tree considered a mere "Prank?"
and it was only 50 years ago that those streets and many streets
in the south were filled with civil rights' activists.

but you know what's more shocking than the comments,
the lack of national attention and support from not just the black
community but all communities..

SOOO many people, complain about all of this injustice
and how they no longer what to stand for it, but NEVER do a thing about it.

many people have this "me, me, me" ideology.
that if it doesn't directly affect them, it has no bearing at all.

it's a shit way to think, especially in this country. because it ALL affects us.

Also, you have so many people, especially the younger generation who have this "we are the world" mentality and don't believe things are racially motivated, especially when the evidence is right there in their face.

I was listening to Steve Harvey this morning and he was saying that there are BIG rallies in Jena planned for the 20th. It's about to be hotter than fishgrease down there.


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QUOTE (Princess Charming @ Sep 6 2007, 02:29 PM)
QUOTE (Pack'd My Bags @ Sep 5 2007, 11:07 PM)
QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:39 PM)
QUOTE (Pack'd My Bags @ Sep 6 2007, 04:30 AM)
QUOTE (TonusTheGreat @ Sep 5 2007, 11:09 PM)
Where is Jena?

These charges sound trumped up.  And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce).  And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board.  And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.

Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.

only in ameriKKKa

the more information I obtained, it's just
a testament to the underlying hate in this country.

so much hate for such a small town.
and some people have the nerve to say,
they don't believe this has anything to do with race.

but I guess these are the same people who are school board members,
the people who sat on the jury panel and the parents of the students who
hung the nooses. oh NO! there can't be a problem.. dry.gif

I have to admit, I am shocked by some of the racist comments I read over in that page I linked to in the Sametta Heyward thread ('any1 hear???' thread).

The worst bit about it is, they don't even recognise it as racism. There was one guy complaining that you can slate white people, but not black people. Surely, the very act of grouping people according to race is in itself racist. Especially when no one mentioned race - it was about poor people. This guy immediately equated poor to black.
And he still doesn't recognise he is racist - he believes he is being unfairly persecuted.

I am dumbfounded that this attitude is so prevailant in America.

wow...I just read that. heartbreaking...
I didn't even read the comments on the link.
I was watching all of the news clips on youtube.com
for the Jena Six case and just the downright stupidity
is completely disturbing. When I found out about this story,
I wept to myself.

since when in the DEEP SOUTH of ameriKKKa
is hanging a noose from a tree considered a mere "Prank?"
and it was only 50 years ago that those streets and many streets
in the south were filled with civil rights' activists.

but you know what's more shocking than the comments,
the lack of national attention and support from not just the black
community but all communities..

SOOO many people, complain about all of this injustice
and how they no longer what to stand for it, but NEVER do a thing about it.

many people have this "me, me, me" ideology.
that if it doesn't directly affect them, it has no bearing at all.

it's a shit way to think, especially in this country. because it ALL affects us.

Also, you have so many people, especially the younger generation who have this "we are the world" mentality and don't believe things are racially motivated, especially when the evidence is right there in their face.

I was listening to Steve Harvey this morning and he was saying that there are BIG rallies in Jena planned for the 20th. It's about to be hotter than fishgrease down there.

I def. hear ya, juicy.

I guess since racial integration has swept
over larger cities and towns in the US
people were thought to be "accepting"

I was watching the video of the people
in the town and one woman was like
"I don't think this town has a race problem @ all.
I don't see it."

yea. it's gonna be hotter than the devil's lair
down there come the 20th.

I just hope they don't stop afterwards.
this shit is ALWAYS doing to be a problem.

I'd say do it every month.
or every damn day.


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I kinda see where the younger generation you are talking about get their opinion though. Among each other, there is probably very little overt racism - from their experience (pop culture etc) there is lot of 'we are the world'.

However, I think America is institutionally racist. But not for the same reasons you'd probably think...

In Europe, as America, the rich do everything they can to keep and enhance their bank balance. As we all know, money buys influence, and they use that influence to persuade governments to implement systems that enables them to keep and enhance their bank balance. The side-effect of this is the poor get shit on. The rich require the poor to stay poor. They achieve this by persuading govt that things that used to enable social mobility (like the welfare state and good education) are bad.
Broadly speaking, the poor of Europe are not notably defined in any kind of racial way.
However, in America, the vast majority of the impoverished are of a non-white ethnicity. This leads to people equating 'black' and 'poor'. What in Europe would be referred to as 'poor', is all too easily miscalled 'black' in America. This leads to an entangling and interchanging of the terms as if they are the same thing. There hasn't been great enough efforts to disentangle the terms. You hear it on American news - the terms are interchangable. This is institutional racism. Unfortunately, that breeds overt racism.

In Europe, institutions are designed to keep the poor in their place - this gives us the poverty trap.
This is exactly the same as what America has - the rich dominate the poor. Except in America, due to historical forces, the lines of poverty closely resemble the lines of race.
To be honest, I doubt the rich white man who is designing the trap cares what race the poor is as long as someone will fall into their trap, work for minimum wage, and fuel their wealth. Unfortunately, he doesn't care that a side-effect of this is that it breeds racism in the idiots.

If the system remains the same, the younger generation will come to experience and realise the institutional racism, and see your point of view. I think anyway. maryluvs_whistling.gif


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Mychal Bell was 16 at the time of a fight that left another teen hospitalized

District attorney must decide whether to refile the charges in juvenile court

Attack, other violence came after white students hung nooses from campus tree

(CNN) -- A Louisiana appeals court Friday vacated the remaining conviction of a teenager accused in a violent, racially charged incident in Jena, Louisiana, his attorney said.


Justin Barker was knocked unconscious and kicked in a December 4 attack at Jena High School.
3 of 3 Bob Noel said the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lake Charles threw out the conviction for second degree battery against Mychal Bell, saying the charges should have been brought in juvenile court.

"We're happy now, but tomorrow is another day," Noel told reporters.

The future of the case against Bell is up to the district attorney, who must decide whether to refile the charges in juvenile court, Noel said.

"We have to wait and see what the other side's going to do, how they're going to react," he said. Watch CNN's Susan Roesgen explain the case »

Bell's defense team would be filing a motion to get him out of prison, where he has been since his arrest in December, Noel said.

"The primary concern is to get Mychal Bell out of jail and into school where he needs to be," he said.

Bell, who is now 17, was 16 at the time of the fight in December 2006.

Earlier this month, a district court judge vacated a conviction for conspiracy to commit second degree battery, saying that charge should have been brought in juvenile court.

He left standing the second degree battery conviction, however.

A sentencing hearing that had been scheduled for September 20 is now off, he said.

The Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton had been planning to join a rally in support of Bell on that date, The Associated Press reported. Listen to Jackson and Sharpton react to the thrown-out conviction »

Bell and five other members of what has become known as the "Jena 6" were initially charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder in connection with the December 4 beating of a white student.

Robert Bailey, Bryant Purvis and an unidentified juvenile remain charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Racial tensions had simmered at Jena High School and in the small town for the first three months of the 2006 school year after a black student asked the vice principal if he and some friends could sit under an oak tree where white students typically congregated.

Told by the vice principal they could sit wherever they pleased, the student and his pals plopped down under the sprawling branches of the shade tree in the campus courtyard.

The next day, students arrived at school to find three nooses hanging from those branches.

"I seen them hanging. I'm thinking the KKK, you know, were hanging nooses. They want to hang somebody. Real nooses, the ones you see on TV, are the kind of nooses they were," Bailey, 17, one of the Jena 6, told the syndicated radio show "Democracy Now!" in July.

The school's principal recommended expulsion for those behind the nooses, according to The Town Talk newspaper in nearby Alexandria. Instead, a school district committee suspended three white students for three days for hanging the nooses, the newspaper reported, a gesture written off as a "prank."

"Toilet paper, that's a prank, you know what I'm saying?" Bailey told the radio show. "Nooses hanging there -- nooses ain't no prank."

The district attorney was summoned to address the student body. Off-campus fights were reported. On November 30, someone torched the school's main academic building. The arson remains unsolved, but many suspect it was linked to the discord.

Four days after the arson, several students jumped a white classmate, Justin Barker, knocking him unconscious while stomping and kicking him. The charges against the Jena 6 resulted from that incident.

Parents of the Jena 6 said they heard Barker was hurling racial epithets. Barker's parents said he did nothing to provoke the beating.


Barker was taken to a hospital with injuries to both eyes and ears, as well as cuts. His right eye had blood clots, said his mother, Kelli Barker. He was treated and released that day.

Bail for the Jena 6 was set at between $70,000 and $138,000. All but Bell posted bond. The judge had refused to lower his $90,000 bail, citing Bell's criminal record, which includes four juvenile offenses -- two simple battery charges among them.


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this is a bunch of racial bs. the media is good for nothing because as you can see this story isn't getting any media coverage. they show what they want people see.
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QUOTE (Gutanig1 @ Sep 15 2007, 06:35 PM)
this is a bunch of racial bs. the media is good for nothing because as you can see this story isn't getting any media coverage. they show what they want people see.

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agree with both of yall but the media is what it is...celebrity, sensationilzed, seekin, whores....when you don't expect much outta them it's a lil easier to stomach..posting below letter from color of change website. If you haven't already check'm out... maryluvs_sad.gif maryluvs_bye1.gif

Justice for the Jena 6
Here's the message we sent to our members, encouraging them to call on Louisiana's Governor to intervene in the situation in Jena, LA.

After you've read it, please add your voice.

» Add your voice, now!

Six young black men are headed for 20+ year prison sentences in a clear case of Jim Crow "justice."

Their families are fighting but need our support. Will you stand with them?


Dear ColorOfChange.org member,
Last fall in Jena, Louisiana, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."1

A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place"--but it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the odds are stacked against them. Together, we can make sure their story is told, that this becomes an issue for the Governor of Louisiana, and that justice is provided for the Jena 6. It starts now. Please add your voice:

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/

The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were arrested for the theft of the gun.2

That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "nigger." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.3

Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. Bail was set so high -- between $70,000 and $138,000 -- that the boys were left in prison for months as families went deep into debt to release them.4

The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.

Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years.5 Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.

The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. They will lose precious years to Jena's outrageous attempt to maintain a racist status quo. But if we act now, we can make a difference.

Please add your voice to the voices of these families in Jena, and help bring Mychal, Theo, Robert, Carwin, and Bryant home. By clicking below, you can demand that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/

Thank You and Peace,

-- James, Van, Gabriel, Clarissa, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
July 17th, 2007


References:

1. "Injustice in Jena as Nooses Hang From the ‘White Tree,'" truthout, July 3, 2007
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/070307B.shtml

2. "Racial demons rear heads," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/yvh7t5

3. See reference #1.

4. See reference #1.

5. "'Jena Six' defendant convicted," Town Talk, June 29, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/ysxtgg

Other resources:

NPR: Searching for Justice in Jena 6 Case (streaming audio)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.p...toryId=11756302

Democracy Now! - The case of the Jena Six ...
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/10/1413220

Too Sense: Free The Jena Six Now
http://halfricanrevolution.blogspot.com/20...na-six-now.html

While Seated: Jena Six
http://www.whileseated.org/photo/003244.shtml

Nooses, attacks and jail for black students in Jena Louisiana
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/6/28/144445/384

Justice In Jena, by Jordan Flaherty
http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article....=12783§ionID=30

The Perpetrator becomes the Prosecutor (and other related entries)
http://friendsofjustice.wordpress.com/blog/

'Stealth racism' stalks deep South
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/this_world/6685441.stm








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BELL CONVICTION IS LIFTED - SO WHAT NOW? The NAACP Remains 'Committed to Justice' in Jenna 6 Case.

(September 14, 2007)*NAACP leaders say today's decision by Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles is a good start toward correcting the excessive prosecution of six African American students who were originally charged with an array of offenses including second degree murder.

The state appeals court tossed out the aggravated battery conviction of Mychal Bell, stating that he should not have been tried and convicted as an adult for his alleged role in last year's fight with a white high school classmate in Jena, La.

"The earnest work and passionate pleas of Bells' lawyers and many individuals across the nation were fortunately heard by the court and helped them come to a proper decision," said NAACP Interim President Dennis Courtland Hayes. "The Bell family can now feel temporary relief from the immediate pressures of this on-going process. But the struggle is not over. The NAACP remains committed to the defense of the young men to ensure proper treatment by the court system and protection of their rights under law."

The NAACP gathered a team of pro bono attorneys to assist in Bell's appeal.

To address the broader issues of eradicating racial disparities in the American criminal justice system and public schools, the NAACP will host a town hall meeting titled "Restoring the Human Right to Education: Abolishing the School to Prison Pipeline" at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Alexandria, La. at 7 p.m. Sept. 20, as part of the Louisiana State Conference of NAACP Branches' 65th annual convention.

"I want to thank NAACP units and others from across the country that are assisting in the effort to extract justice from the injustice in Jena," said Louisiana NAACP State Conference President Dr. Ernest Johnson.

NAACP officials will still present petitions to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen B. Blanco at Noon on Sept. 19 at the State Capitol. The more than 60,000 signatures are a symbol of those concerned with the unequal treatment of the defendants and the disturbing climate that led to an escalation of racial tensions in the southern town.

Demonstration activity updates and information on contributing to the Jena 6 Legal Defense Fund can be found online at www.naacp.org or by calling toll free (888) 362-8683.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.





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