MOS DEF Calls to Show Support for the "Jena 6" on Sept. 20

September 11, 2007

OPEN LETTER FROM MOS DEF

Artist / Activist Mos Def is calling upon African Americans of influence and all concerned parties to join him in Jena, LA on Sept. 20th to rally and show support for the Jena 6, who are being treated very harshly by law enforcement in the State.

The Jena Six are a group of black students who are being charged with attempted murder for beating up a white student that was taunting them with racial slurs. This student also supported other white students that hung three nooses from the high schools "white tree," which sits in the front yard at their school. The charges could lead to sentences of 20 to 100 years in prison, of which civil rights advocates have decried as unfairly harsh.

Mos Def is asking African Americans of influence and concerned parties to join him in the fight against racial inequality and show solidarity for these young people, who are being treated very harshly 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.

For a full story, read "Nooses Under the White Tree."

To contribute to the Defense Fund, go here: http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/main.html

For more info on the rally, visit: http://www.naacp.org/news/press/2007-07-20/index.htm

If you can't make it to LA, to sign the petition please go to http://www.petitiononline.com/aZ51CqmR/petition.html.



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