Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Rally For Peace and Justice (Jena 6)

Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Michael Baisden lead a rally for justice for the Jena Six. There is unequal justice in the small Louisiana town where six young black students are charged 20 years in prison for a high school fight. Keep in mind that when one of Mychal Bell's friends (one of the Jena Six still facing trial) had his head cracked open with a beer bottle at an all-white party a few nights before the school fight on Dec. 4th, his assailant received a "simple battery" charge. In Louisiana, simple battery is a misdemeanor. Bell, who was convicted by an all-white jury, faces 20+ years in prison.Theodore Shaw's son has been in prison for the last six months awaiting trial because the District Attorney charged him with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight, and set bail so high that his father can't get him out. Theodore's son (Theo) will probably be the second member of the Jena Six to go on trial later this summer, unless some kind of deal is reached. It's unclear whether or not the DA will lessen Theo's charges, as he did with Mychal Bell who was found guilty last week of 2nd degree aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit same. All told, Theo will most likely be facing 20-80 years in prison. The world is now watching to see what fate befalls these young African Americans.

1 comment:

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