***Free the Jena 6***
Black high school students in Louisiana victimized by the racist criminal injustice system
Six black high school students in Louisiana are facing decades of jail time each. Convicted by an all-white jury, 16-year-old Mychal Bell's promising football career has been cut short by Louisiana's racist criminal justice system. The Jena 6 are charged with attempted second degree murder for beating up a white kid, Justin Baker, who made racist remarks about the black students at the school. During the trial, discussion of the context of the beating was banned. Several weeks before, white students hung nooses under a "white tree" that black kids had sat under. To the black residents of Jena, "Those nooses meant the KKK, they meant 'Niggers, we're going to kill you, we're going to hang you till you die,'" Casteptla Bailey, the mother of Robert Bailey, one of the accused, said. The school board, with only one black member, differed. They gave the students responsible short, in-school suspensions. Shortly after, black students were beaten at a party. The assailants, all white, were charged with simple assault.
The racist attack on the Jena 6 proves that, 50 years after the civil rights movement, Jim Crow is alive and well. We need a new civil rights movement to crush racism, from the Jena 6 to the racist abuse that occurs on the streets of Boston every day. Only our protest can change a system dedicated to racism and injustice. Come to a meeting to discuss who benefits from racism, why Jim Crow still stalks the halls of our schools, and most of all WHAT WE CAN DO TO DEFEND THE JENA 6:
Thursday, August 9
42 Seaverns Avenue, Jamaica Plain
(Take the Orange Line to Green St., take a left out of the station, and walk up Green St.) Take a left onto Alfred St. (after passing Chestnut Ave. on your right). Go up one block and take a right on Seaverns. 42 is on your right.
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