Drop all the charges! Free the Jena 6!
Join the protest at the U.S. Justice Department
Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 pm
9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
On Tuesday, October 2, people from the Washington community and the northeastern region will demonstrate in front of the Justice Department to make the point that the civil rights of the Jena 6 have been grossly violated and to demand that all charges against them be dropped.
Background on the case of the Jena 6
The case of the Jena 6 has garnered international attention, and shone a spotlight on the racist nature of this country's criminal "injustice" system. On Sept. 20, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Jena, Louisiana and in other cities around the country.
The six young men that make up the "Jena 6" were charged with crimes ranging from assault to attempted murder. Mychal Bell, the first convicted, had his case overturned by a court ruling that he had been improperly tried as an adult. On Sept. 21, a judge denied him bail, but on Sept. 27 he was granted bail and released from prison. He will now be tried as a juvenile instead of as an adult, like the other five.
It is time to turn up the heat. The Sept. 20 protest in Jena has to be replicated over and over across the country until all charges against the Six have been dropped. The ANSWER Coalition is joining with the hundreds of other groups calling for the freedom of the Jena 6. We are demanding that all the charges be dropped!
"All those in the Washington DC area who believe in justice should be in front of the Justice Department on Oct. 2nd at 5pm. Injustice of this magnitude cannot be tolerated. Join with the ANSWER Coalition and other community organizations to Free the Jena 6."
-- Eugene Puryear, Howard University student and ANSWER organizer
Please help spread the word about the protest by forwarding this email widely and by clicking here to print out flyers.
For more information on the case of the Jena 6, and to make a contribution to their legal defense, go to http://www.freethejena6.org/.