Notes on Jena Six Conference Call
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Monday evening, I participated in a conference call the purpose of
which was planning for the September 20 Free the Jena Six
demonstrations. The call focused on logistics, and my notes follow.
Direct any questions about the rally to the email below. For
information on the local New Orleans group, join
The call primarily served as a briefing conducted by Brother Derrick
Muhammad of Millions More Movement, Houston. Melissa Bell (Mychal's
mother) spoke briefly to bring us up-to-date on the legal case;
primarily the reductions of charges, the juvenile conspiracy charge,
and an October 11 court date. She expressed her love and gratitude to
Next, Brother Derrick took over the call. Questions were generally
referred to ministryofjustice@... and the website
September 20 is the date for the demonstration, also the sentencing
date for Mychal Bell, who is facing 22 years under current charges.
Some adult charges have been dropped and some have been reduced. The
demonstration will take place at the Jena Courthouse (1050 Courthouse
Road, Jena). The program begins at 9 AM, but demonstrators should
arrive no later than 7:30 AM for the march to the courthouse.
The program has not been set, but will be emailed. There are no
activities planned after the march, because Jena is not really the
kind of place you'd want to hang out. MMM Houston is calling their
bus "Ride Against Jenacide", and Derrick suggested a spirited and
educational ride featuring DVD's or sharing stories from any elders
present. Generally, make it exciting.
Demonstrators should bring signs, which should include your locale
and your affiliation, e.g. "New Orleans Supports the Jena 6"
or "Green Party of Louisiana Supports the Jena 6".
DO NOT SPEND A DIME IN JENA. Buy gas, food, or anything else
elsewhere. Don't let the racists profit. If 10,000 people spend $30
apiece, Jena gets $500,000. Water will be provided, but bring your
own food and extra water because it may be hot.
Rumors that permits are required to go to Jena are false, as are
those saying that you cannot drive your own private vehicle to Jena.
Email the address above if you'd like to receive a copy of the email
sent by the State Police to organizers to print out and carry with
you. There will be Port-a-Potties provided by State Police and
organizers to make this action as comfortable as possible.
If you have available seats in your bus or private vehicle, contact
organizers immediately to organize rideshares and caravans. Include
your name, contact info, organization, city, how many seats you have,
etc. If you need a ride, likewise email the address above.
In addition to demonstrations, you can write letters to the judge in
this case and letters of support to the Jena 6. Likewise, you can
organize letter writing campaigns on campuses or in cities to do the
same. Mychal Bell gets through the day with his head up only because
he receives so many letters of support, but it's getting more
difficult to get by. Let him and others know that you are there and
you support them. Addresses can be found on the website above.
There is a corrupt state to tip over and a city to shut down. If any
outcome short of total exoneration comes, we will follow up soon,
possibly with little notice. There may be similar actions in Baton
Rouge, if a date is set for hearings to remove or censure Jena's