Jena 6: National Solidarity with Families on July 31

The rally and march around the La Salle Parish Courthouse in Jena yesterday represented an historic moment for many present as national solidarity and support grows for the families of Mychal Bell, whose conviction will likely be appealed before his sentencing date of September 20, and the other five black teens awaiting trial.

My trip to Jena brought me a greater understanding and clarity of the facts of the case and, as with most knowledge, provided even more questions. I’ll be writing a very long article on the events of Tuesday, but also on the content and strategy of the solidarity organizing that is coming out of the trip by close to two hundred people from places as far away as San Francisco, Atlanta, D.C. and Houston.

Strong networks of groups closer to Jena are developing as well: supporters from Jackson and Natchez, MS; Lafayette, Shreveport, and at least 50 people living in the New Orleans area came to Jena on Tuesday partially to physically show the Jena community that this issue is important to many folks in the state and national community, and that the unjust parts of the cases will not be tolerated. The Alexandria Town Talk estimated the crowd at nearly 300, though my own estimate was slightly smaller at 200.

More will be coming by the end of the week.

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