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We are all Jena-National Walk Out
by list
Thursday Sep 27th, 2007 1:24 PM
We All Live in Jena
National Call to Action
Monday, October 1st, 2007 at Noon, Central Time.
Artist/ Activist Mos Def along with M1, Talib Kweli, the Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement, Sankofa Community Empowerment, Change the Game, the
National Hip Hop Political Convention, and student leaders from 50 campuses
call for a National Student Walk-Out to rally and show support for the Jena
6, who are being denied their human rights by the Louisiana criminal justice
system.

The Case of the Jena 6
Last fall, when two Black high school students sat under the "white" tree on
their campus, white students responded by hanging nooses from the tree. When
Black students protested the light punishment for the students who hung the
nooses, District Attorney Reed Walters came to the school and told the
students he could "take [their] lives away with a stroke of [his] pen."
Racial tension continued to mount in Jena , and the District Attorney did
nothing in response to several egregious cases of violence and threats
against black students. But when a white student--who had been a vocal
supporter of the student’s who hung the nooses, taunted a black student,
called several black students "nigger"--sustained minor injuries from a
school fight, six black students were charged with second-degree attempted
murder. Last month, the first young man to be tried, Mychal Bell, was
convicted. He faced up to 22 years in prison for a school fight until the
Black people began to organize and his conviction was thrown out because he
was tried as an adult. However the DA and the Judge still refuse to set a
reasonable bail or to drop the charges in this case and Mychal is still in
jail!!

Mos Def is asking students worldwide to assist in the fight against racial
injustice and show solidarity for these young people, who have been treated
unequally by the law. The prosecution of these young men symbolizes a
terrible miscarriage of justice, by punishing students who opposed
segregation in their schools and disregarding the threatening acts of others
who advocate it.

As students and activists we say enough is enough! What is happening in Jena
is happening all over this country. From Sean Bell to Mychal Bell, the
criminal justice system is killing and incarcerating us. We will not be
silent!

Demands
Judge J.P. Mauffray and District Attorney Reed Walters have engaged in a
string of egregious actions, the most recent of which was the denial of bail
for Bell on Friday. We call for:

1. All charges against the Jena 6 be dropped
2. The immediate release of Mychal Bell
3. The United States Department of Justice to convene an immediate inquiry
into the circumstances surrounding the arrests and prosecutions of the Jena
6;
4. Judge Mauffray to be recused from presiding over Bell 's juvenile court
hearings or other proceedings;
5. The Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel to investigate Reed Walters
for unethical and possibly illegal conduct;
6. The Louisiana Judiciary Commission investigate Judge Mauffray for
unethical conduct; and

1. The Jena School District superintendent to be removed from office



"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so
sick at heart, that you can't take part; and you've got to put your bodies upon the
gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to
make it stop." - Mario Savio

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