Saturday, September 8, 2007

Jena 6 National Week of Solidarity and Action

In a show of support and unity, many people and organizations from around the country are planning to mobilize in Jena on September 20th – the day of Mychal Bell’s sentencing. On September 16 – 21, the NAACP Youth & College Division is requesting NAACP units and community supporters to participate in the “Jena 6 National Week of Solidarity & Action”. Click here for a plan of action to assist you in implementing activities during this week.

Remember that the Jena 6 cases are not just isolated incidents that occurred in one small, Southern town in America. In fact, many injustices disproportionately impacting Black youth are occurring in big cities, small towns and rural areas everyday. The Jena 6 cases show us how criminal/juvenile justice, education and voter empowerment can all intercede to impact the lives of young people for better or for worse.

It is imperative that your education and activism continue well past when the final decisions in the Jena 6 cases are rendered. Additional information regarding logistics for September 20th is forthcoming. Please review the actions attached to see how you can continue the fight for justice and equality in your local community.

If we don’t stand up for the Jena 6 and fight to end racism in America who will?

Stefanie L. Brown,
National Director
NAACP Youth & College Division
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

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