Justice for the Jena 6

Jul 17 2007

The lives of six young black men are being ruined by Jim Crow justice in Jena, Louisiana. The District Attorney has refused to protect the rights of Jena's Black population and has turned the police and courts into instruments of intimidation and oppression. We can help turn things around by making it a political liability for the authorities of Jena to continue the racist status quo, and by forcing the Governor of Louisiana to intervene.

UPDATE: In June 2009, five of the young men known as the Jena Six plead “no contest” to misdemeanor battery charges. They spend no time in jail, and agree to serve seven days of probation and pay minor fines and court fees. This just resolution to a 3-year ordeal comes after more than 320,000 ColorOfChange members spoke out against Jim Crow justice. Members also contributed more than $250,000 toward the young men's legal team.

This campaign has concluded.

Areas: Criminal Justice

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