Posted by: communitycop | September 9, 2007

National Vigil for the Jena Six

National Vigil for the Jena Six
September 20th at 9 a.m. the Sentencing for Mychal Bell at The Jena Louisiana Court House

REV. AL SHARPTON, MARTIN LUTHER KING, III, MICHAEL BAISDEN AND OTHER NATIONAL LEADERS TO HOLD A NATIONAL MARCH FOR JUSTICE IN JENA , LOUISIANA , ON SEPTEMBER 20TH THE DAY OF MYCHAL BELL’S SENTENCING
 
9:00 a.m. September 20, 2007
Court House in Jena , Louisiana
BACKGROUND:
 
When Rev. Sharpton was called by the parents of Mychal Bell one of the students in the Jena, Louisiana case, he pledged that he would fight for justice on behalf of the black students that are being charged and their families that are suffering because of the injustice. Six black students are being charged with attempted murder and conspiracy and facing 22 years in one of the students charges have been reduced to assault but none of the white students involved in the case are charged with anything.

As summarized in the Philadelphia Daily News by writer Fatimah Ali, In short, a black student at Jena High School asked if it was all right to sit under a shade tree normally used by white students. Soon after, three nooses were found hanging from the tree branches. Fights and tensions between white and black students escalated over the next few weeks. One black student was beaten at a party by white students. Then, a white student was injured in a fight with black students. Following that fight, the student was treated at the hospital and released a few hours later, and six black teens were charged with attempted murder. In July, one of them, Mychal Bell, a star athlete, was convicted on reduced charges by an all-white jury and faces up to 22 years in prison. Most of the accused are in jail, unable to post bail, and Bell awaits sentencing after being swiftly convicted. The “weapon” in question that escalated a schoolyard brawl to attempted-murder charges ? A sneaker!
 
Rev. Sharpton has been to Jena twice and was the first national leader to visit with Mychal Bell. He and Martin Luther King, III went to Jena last month and met with local leaders and preachers as well as the families of the students. They visited with Mychal Bell in jail and vowed to continue to fight for him and the others.

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