Jena 6

What It’s About:

(from the website): The Case of the Jena 6

Last fall, when two Black high school students sat under the “white” tree on their campus, white students responded by hanging nooses from the tree. When Black students protested the light punishment for the students who hung the nooses, District Attorney Reed Walters came to the school and told the students he could “take [their] lives away with a stroke of [his] pen.” Racial tension continued to mount in Jena, and the District Attorney did nothing in response to several egregious cases of violence and threats against black students. But when a white student–who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses–taunted a black student, allegedly called several black students “nigger”, and was beaten up by black students, six black students were charged with second-degree attempted murder. Last month, the first young man to be tried, Mychal Bell, was convicted. He faces up to 22 years in prison for a school fight.

How Henry Helps:

Frequently mentions the Jena 6 in interviews and talking shows.

Current Status:

Part of the original conviction was dropped in September, 2007, but legal action is ongoing.  The defendants continue to need financial and political support.  Visit to donate and sign their petition.

 UPDATE (Dec. 3, 2007):

A plea deal for Mychal Bell is currently being considered.   Read the general AP report.

 To Find Out More:

Visit the Free the Jena 6 website
Check out the Friends of Justice Jena 6 website

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