Cambridge, MA passes resolution for Jena 6

Cambridge, MA just passed this resolution in support of the Jena 6:

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CAMBRIDGE MA
POLICY ORDER RESOLUTION

O-35
IN CITY COUNCIL
July 30, 2007
COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR GALLUCCIO
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MURPHY
MAYOR REEVES
COUNCILLOR SULLIVAN
VICE MAYOR TOOMEY

WHEREAS: In September of 2006, in Jena, Louisiana, a group of African-American students sat under “the white tree” in the Jena High School yard and the following day three nooses were hung from the tree; and

WHEREAS: Throughout the fall, incidents occurred including an arson attack which damaged a school building and several assaults on African-American students in which the white offenders were not charged; and

WHEREAS: In December, white students taunted an African-American student who had been assaulted over the weekend and a fight broke out in the school during which one of the white students was assaulted and treated in the hospital but able to appear at a social function that night; and

WHEREAS: Six African-American students were immediately arrested, charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, expelled from school with charges which could bring them 20-100 years in prison; and

WHEREAS: In June an all-white jury convicted the first defendant Mychal Bell of “lesser” charges of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery in a trial where the prosecutor called only white witnesses, some of whom said they did not see anything and Bell’s public defender called no witnesses and offered no evidence; and

WHEREAS: This frightening example of racism calls to mind an earlier time in the United States in which segregation and the “lynching” of African-Americans was common practice; and

WHEREAS: Part of the reason these practices were brought to an end was the courage demonstrated by those who stood up in their own defense and the attention from others around the country; and

WHEREAS: The young men charged with these crimes and their families have been eloquent in their own defense and calling for justice; and

WHEREAS: Cambridge has a history of standing with communities around the globe and within the United States who are facing threats with the awareness that prejudice and oppression can happen anywhere there is not vigilance; now therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Cambridge City Council expresses its dismay at the practices of the legal system in Jena if all-white juries and an unbalanced judicial process unfairly serve the African-American community and fail to hold accountable those in the white community who are responsible for behaviors of verbal intimidation and physical assaults; and be it further

RESOLVED:
That the Cambridge City Council goes on record in support of the young men and their families in Jena in their pursuit of justice; and be it further

RESOLVED:
That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the families of the “Jena Six” young men, J. Reed Walters, District Attorney of LaSalle Parish and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco on behalf of the entire City Council.

7 thoughts on “Cambridge, MA passes resolution for Jena 6

  1. I second Gretchen’s comment… Yay!
    It may sound like expressing “dismay” is not much, but taking a stand in a public way, especially by a city council of a major city, will have an effect on public response.
    I hope that Cambridge’s example will be followed by other city and town councils.
    Imagine if there were lots?

    Thanks to all those in Cambridge MA who worked to make this happen.

    Another easy action would be to forward the story of the Jena 6 to groups that we know, along with the address of the defense fund for people to send donations to, or offer support .

    Best write up I have seen summarizing the Jena 6 story is at:
    http://leftturn.mayfirst.org/?q=node/715

    By Bill Quigley, Attorney and Law Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.

    People interested in supporting can contact:
    Jena 6 Defense Committee
    PO Box 2798
    Jena, LA 71342
    jena6defense(at)gmail.com

  2. Hi all,
    Yesterday in Cambridge we had another successful informational rally in Harvard square. We spoke with more than 250 people and passed out copies of the Cambridge City Council’s resolution 35. We in the process of organizing a larger demonstration for September. Please contact me, Gretchen, at keurdiarra@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the Boston actions.

    We are hoping to collaborate with local churches and the local NAACP to bring awareness to local cases as well as the Jena Six case.

    There is also a meeting:
    Thursday, August 9
    7:00 PM
    42 Seaverns Avenue, Jamaica Plain
    (Take the Orange Line to Green St., take a left out of the station, and walk up
    Sponsored by: International Socialist Organization
    http://www.internationalsocialist.org
    For more information call 617-648-0561
    or e-mail isoboston@yahoo.com

    Please attend to discuss this case!

  3. I live in Cambridge, MA, and I am so glad that my local government passed this resolution. I, too, am opposed to the blatant denial of truth and justice inherent in this situation and I hope that the white establishment in Jena will realize that the world is watching and supporting the six defendants who deserve justice.

  4. This is very big, and much appreciated.
    We are too far into the 21st century to tolerate the type of primitive, and ignorant racist behavior in any state in the United States of America. These issues were already addressed in the 1960’s. Did Jena not get the memo?

    COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
    COUNCILLOR DAVIS
    COUNCILLOR DECKER
    COUNCILLOR GALLUCCIO
    COUNCILLOR KELLEY
    COUNCILLOR MURPHY
    MAYOR REEVES
    COUNCILLOR SULLIVAN
    VICE MAYOR TOOMEY

    Thanks again!!!

  5. ITS TIME FOR BLACKS AND WHITES TO STOP SACRIFICING OUR CHRISTIAN CHILDREN TO THE GODS OF WHITE SUPREMACY AND RACISM OF ALL TYPES

    IT IS TIME TO STOP SACRIFICING OUR CHRISTIAN CHILDREN TO THE GODS OF WHITE SUPREMACY AND RACISM – WHETHER YOU ARE BLACK OR WHITE – IT IS TIME TO STOP THE ABUSE: READ THE TWO (2) CASES BELOW – ONE IN LOUISIANA AND ONE IN MISSISSIPPI (CASE 3:03CV1206WSU, AND USCOA CASE 06-60458)BY A BLACK FEDERAL JUDGE WHO PRACTICED THE SAME TYPE OF INJUSTICE AT JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY AS WAS PRACTICED IN JENA

    THE JENA 6

    Free the Jena 6 because such racial injustice should be historical in America This is racial injustice and GOD IS NOT A RACIST – AND WE DON’T WANT GOD TO PUNISH THIS NATION BECAUSE WE WILL NOT REPENT OR RACISM – WHICH IS HUMAN WORSHIP AND IDOLATRY TO CHRISTIANS. these are young people under the power of white Supremacist in government, in politics, denying our children justice, peace, education, civil rights, and the like.

    KLANLIKE JUSTICE (WITNESS TAMPERING, HIDING FACTS, MANIPULATING CASES, COURTS, THREATENING WITNESSES, IGNORING ADMITTED, TAAPED, AND WRITTEN PROOF, COHERCING JUDGES, LAWYERS, AND THE COURT, AND THEREATENING PEOPLE ) BY A BLACK FEDERAL JUDGE

    JUST AS HENRY T. WINGATE HIS KLANLIKE JUSTICE: HE DENIED FACTS AGAINST PROFESSORS WHO ADMITTED THAT THEY ABUSED BLACK STUDENTS FOR 9-10 YEARS AND WOULDNOT LALLOW ANY OF THEM BECOME DOCTORS AT JACKSON STATE. THEY ADMITTED THAT THEY WERE DENIED HEARINGS, FACTS WERE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG, CONDONED, AND NO WITNESSES WERE ALLOWED IN COURT AND NO TRANSCRIPTS ALLOWED OUT OF COURT TO DENY THE ABUSE OF MORE THAN 60 AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT – AND HE IS BLACK

    Examine the case of Jackson State University, MS (3:03CV1206WSU AND USCOA CASE 06-60458) where more than 80 acts of violence were committed against black studentd, 30 federal violations were condoned and overlooked because they were black, and 10 professors and administrartors admitted that they violated the civil rights and abused more than 60 African American college students in 10 years and let none of them graduate. They were not allowing African Americans to graduate from Clinical Psychology for 9-10 years in Case 3:03CV1206WSU, and USCOA Case 06-60458 where Henry T. Winhggate (Republican) erased admitted violations against more than 40 black students, heard not testimony, investigated no threats, and denied them due process and doctorate degrees like Klansmen of the 1950-60’s.

    Free the Jena 6 and review case 3:03CV1206 – where Black on Black crime prevailed too like the Klansmen of the 1960’s. Black people are also doing this to our kids in federal Mississippi courts and covering it up.

    Free them and lets have JUSTICE FOR ALL.

    LESTER L. WASHINGTON MA, M.ED., ABD
    CRISES COUNSELOR AT JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
    WHEN STUDENTS WERE ABUSED AND THREATENED (1994-2003)

  6. Greetings from Louisiana!

    I currently forced to live back in Louisiana, and am a life long resident of Louisiana and I am happy to see the coverage of the Jena 6! However, there is another “Jena 6” type case, that of Gary Tyler, which even the New York Times acknowledged is a travesty of Justice!

    Most importanly, I am coming to Boston soon for a case I am involved with about low income housing and am against a powerful, well-financed organization and law firm…
    Like the Jena 6, also from here in Louisiana…I need support. Please call me: 504 208-2333, Extension 247. Thanking you in Advance.

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