Jena 6: Get Involved Page

Greetings!

I’ve created a new page just about the Jena 6 on our webpage, with ideas to take action. I invite you to forward this page to friends who don’t yet know about the Jena case or want to get involved. If you want to brainstorm with other activists about organizing local protests in your city in support of the Jena 6, the comment section on this page might be a good place to put out your ideas for events and locate other activists.

grace and peace,

Lydia Bean

https://friendsofjustice.wordpress.com/jena-6/

Jena 6

Free the Jena 6

Have you heard about the Jena 6 and looking to take action? Here’s a quick overview on how to get involved with the Jena 6 cause, and with Friends of Justice, the grassroots organization that brought this case into the international spotlight.

Friends of Justice organizes in poor communities across Texas and Louisiana to hold our criminal justice system accountable to our nation’s highest values. This month, we brought international media attention to a dramatic trial in Jena, Louisiana, where a young black teenager was convicted of aggravated assault for a schoolyard fight. The fight was initiated by white students, who hung three nooses in a tree at the high school courtyard, to warn black students not to sit there. After this hate crime was dismissed as a harmless prank by the school administration, black students protested under the tree. The local District Attorney was called in to warn the black students that he could take their life away with the stroke of a pen. After authority figures refused to take a stand against racism, the noose incident led to a series of fights between white and black students. After these fights, only the black students were charged–with attempted murder. The prosecutor and the town have refused to back down in prosecuting these young men, or to admit that hanging nooses is a hate crime. You can read the full report of Friends of Justice here: Jena 6 summary

Are you scandalized that such a thing can happen in this day and age? Here are three ways to show your support for the Jena 6, the young men who sat under that “white only” shade tree, protested the nooses, and are now facing over twenty years in prison.

1. Support Friends of Justice as we continue our organizing for the Jena 6!

Friends of Justice organizes across Texas and Louisiana to generate media scandals around cases of abusive prosecution and civil rights violations in the criminal justice system. We were called by the families of the Jena 6 because we have a reputation for getting justice for cases like theirs.

You can designate your donation for the “Jena 6 Initiative”. Your money will go to our organizing in Jena, where our two big tasks right now are: 1. recruiting pro bono legal assistance, and 2. working nonstop with reporters and editors to get more news outlets to cover the Jena story.

You can donate securely on Paypal by following this link. Alternately, you can send a check to the following address:

Friends of Justice
3415 Ainsworth Court
Arlington, TX 76016
806-729-7889 or 817-457-0025

2. Sign up for Action Updates on the Friends of Justice blog

We post regular updates on Jena on our blog: https://friendsofjustice.wordpress.com/blog/

To sign up for Action Updates, click the link on the right margin of our website, and entering your email. You’ll get an email when we post to the blog and when we have opportunities to take action.

3. Organize a Protest in your City, and invite the media!

If you’re planning a Jena 6 protest in your city, post a comment on our website and we’ll publicize it on the blog. We recommend collaborating with an organization that can send a press release to your regional media outlets and contact reporters–this way, your protest will stoke them to cover the Jena 6 story if they haven’t already.

If you’d like to get diverse faith communities involved in the protest, you might try consulting various online directories and meetup sites for social justice religious groups. We recommend the Sojourners Faith & Justice directory, which gives contact information for congregations and individuals who care about justice: http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=get_connected.directory

4. Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper

Editors really sit up and take notice when people write in about a particular event! Writing a Letter to the Editor gets more people to read about the Jena 6, and it also lets the media know that this is something their readers really care about!

Thanks to everyone who has already taken action for the Jena 6 and donated to the work of Friends of Justice in Jena! And if you want to publicize an upcoming action on the behalf of the Jena 6, please post a comment to our blog and we’ll publicize it.

Do justice, walk humbly, love mercy.

Friends of Justice

12 thoughts on “Jena 6: Get Involved Page

  1. Hi,

    I just found out about this today, and feel compelled to take some action. I’m in Brooklyn, NY and would love to connect with anybody in the area that’s interested in organizing some action here in NYC.

    Please e-mail me at sreid03@gmail.com if this applies to you.

    Thanks, and to everybody – keep fighting the good fight!

    Shannon Reid
    sreid03@gmail.com

  2. SUPPORT THE JENA 6 DEFENSE CAMPAIGN

    “This is a modern day lynching”–Marcus Jones, father of Mychal Bell

    WRITE LETTERS TO:
    JUDGE J.P. MAUFFRAY
    P.O. BOX 1890
    JENA, LOUISIANA 71342

    FAX: (318) 992-8701

    WE NEED 400 LETTERS SENT BEFORE MYCHAL BELL’S SENTENCING DATE ON JULY 31ST. THEY ARE ALL INNOCENT!

    JOIN THE MASS PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF
    MYCHAL BELL & THE JENA 6
    WHERE: JENA COURTHOUSE in Louisiana
    WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 31ST
    TIME: 9:00AM

    THE HOUSTON MMM MINISTRY OF JUSTICE IS ORGANIZING A CARAVAN FROM HOUSTON TO JOIN FORCES WITH THE JENA 6 FAMILIES, THE COLOR OF CHANGE GROUP, LOCs, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS ON THE STEPS OF THE COURTHOUSE THAT DAY TO DEMAND JUSTICE!

    ALL INTERESTED IN GOING CALL BRO. GARNET AT: 832.258.2480
    ministryofjustice@mmmhouston.net
    http://www.mmmhouston.net

  3. I’m really hoping to get something organized in the Oklahoma City area. Is there anyone who would be interested in co-organizing or at least in attending?
    Also, who would be the best date? Maybe Mychal Bell’s new trial date? I just feel like the date should have some meaning.
    One more thing… Does anyone know of anything going on in Texas/Kansas area that my roommate and I could attend? I would like to see how it’s done. Is there anything being planned in Jena coming up?

  4. I’m applaud that such a story still exist in 2007! I think every major black chruch in America should know about this case. Every political or financial black person should be aware of this case. It’s about who you know the white folks follow the money. Money is power and they would sell their own child to keep money and power! Just talking is not going to make a change. Also get international poblicity and embarss them!

  5. Now is the time for Black Americans to take a stand! Enough complaining……it’s time for some real action! Not violent, not militant, nor unorganized action but planned effective action. ! Every black attorney in the US needs to make his or her services available free of charge to the families of these youngsters. Every black mega church minister needs to put their conferences/services on hold and make themselves available. Every working black american with vacation time needs to cash in and take Sept 20th off work to fly to Louisiana. It is time to get busy! There should be no question about our support to these young men and ther families at this time. We have got to come together in order to get the past due respect that we deserve and that so many others have died for. This may be the only time we can keep someof our young men out of prison!!! I’ll be there! Please, please….won’t you join me?

  6. I am appauled that in today’s socirty we stiil cannot get away from a racists society that never left . It is a shame that you try to raise young black men to be respectable men and at the drop of a dime, because of being at the wrong place at the wrong time around ignorant people your freedom can be stripped.

    I pray that we will support our babies in this case. They are still through all of this dismay, GOD will prevail and they will win and prevail in this case.

    Thanks,

    Sherri

  7. They say that we have come a long way, but when I hear of things like this, it makes me sick to see and hear that this stuff is still going on like it was in the 50s.

    Our black youg men are still suffering from racism at the hands of some whites who are still living with 50s out look on life. How can a judge sit on our courts system and rule a shoe as a deadly weapon opposed to a shot gun? Someone need to examine the judge. This judge should not be apart of our court system.

    But you know, I am so thankful to God that one day these same people are going to have to stand before a just judge where the books are going to be opened and the color of your skin or the amount of money you have will not matter. They’ll be judged according to the deeds done in this life. They are going to have to face God the righteous judge.

  8. I have to say as a white mother of mixed( black and white ) teenagers myself, I am ashamed of “my kind”. These our the people who hurt my babies and call them the “n” word , it makes me sick. My children even got chased with a baseball bat and sword. What is going on in Jena City is crazy. These young men dont deserve this at all. If it was the “white” kids it would be accepted. Are we really in 2007??????? I heard about this story on the 105.3 radio. Why is this not all over the news????? I have told everyone that i know to make them aware of what is going on. Word of mouth is a powerful thing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involed in this terrible case. I live close to philly so if there is anything going on please let me know my children and I will be there to support the cause.

    God Bless,
    Sherri w.

  9. When I heard about the Jena 6 on the Michael Basdien Show, which I listen to everyday, it touched me tremendously because I am a product of the racial strife from the fifties and I really don’t see where we have progressed, infact WE as a people have regressed. As a young girl I saw and experienced racial justice towards my sisters and brothers. I am now in the process of going to Jena to help support this effort. As I do not have a computer at home, I need to know the actual date of the court hearing on Sept. 20th. “LET’S ALL GO TO JENA AND SUPPORT THESE YOUNG COLORED, NEGRO, BLACK and AFRICAN AMERICAN INDIVIDUALS. I KNOW PREFER TO BE CALLED COLORED”.

  10. Uh..hello?Those damn apes nearly beat a white kid to death for no god damn reason!What the hell is the matter with you “people”?The Jenna six ought to be whipped to within an inch of their worthless lives.

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