aerdran: (Dante's Hell)

Put up the banner on your LJ and/or profile and maybe I'll stop bugging you!


Nah. Probably not. But do it anyway!

aerdran: (Against the world)
"We just learned that the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a writ filed by Mychel Bell’s legal team which vacates his conviction. The details are still sketchy, but it seems likely that Mychal will be able to bond out and return to the free world. I assure you that events like this only happen when the court of public opinion trumps the court of law. Friends of Justice is overjoyed for Mychal, his family, the other Jena 6 defendants and all the people who have worked so hard over the past nine months. We will have updates on this story as they become available."

Big step for justice! Woo!
aerdran: (Dante's Hell)
I'm a couple or so days behind on this news, due to nursing a cold and sore throat, but I have to put it up for those of you who are wanting news on the Jena 6.

Mychal Bell went before a judge recently, who agreed that the entire case was mishandled. He stated that Mychal never should've been tried in adult court, and he took off the conspiracy conviction. This takes the possible sentence to 15 years instead of 22 (still not acceptable, but a start). It's one step toward getting Mychal real justice, so let's hope there are further ones. His sentencing hearing is still September 20 so far as I see, and I soooooooooooooo wish I could be there for the protest. Ah well.

Oh, and two of the others had their charges reduced from attempted murder to aggravated assault as well, just like Mychal, so there's a step for them. But they all have competent legal council now, so hopes are rising for justice to be done. The more word gets out, and several college/university campuses have held protests and demonstrations, the better, so keep passing it on if you can. Tis of great importance, after all.

::hugs to all!::
aerdran: (Dante's Hell)
Okay. This is an important entry, and I hope you all read it and consider the favour I'm going to ask.

Most of you know that my newest cause has to do with the Jena 6 in Louisiana. Those of you newest to my friends list might be a little lost, but if you want to know more, please ask. Suffice it to say that there is a travesty of justice taking place in Louisiana, based deeply in racism against six young men whose freedom hangs in the balance, all because of the colour of their skin.

One of these, Mychal Bell, has been convicted of aggravated assault for a schoolyard fight, and faces many years in prison, His sentencing is September 20 (my birthday, ironically enough). Well, this young man, who is 18 now, I believe, needs to feel support from people.

I received an address at which to write him as he waits in jail for the time to come when he'll find out what his future holds. I got this from, who asks that people send letters of support to him. He needs to feel this, and I think it will help him to know that so many people stand behind him and really care about what's happening to him. I just wrote a letter to him, and I'm asking that as many of you who can do the same. My heart goes out to him, and I would like to see him get as many letters/postcards/cards with words of support on them as possible. Even if it's only a short note that says something like "I'm behind you all the way," it will help. Maybe it'll bring a smile to his face. I'm sure smiles are few and far between with him these days.

So write to him if you can. Tell him that you care. Let's show him that we can all stand together against injustice and are there for him, if only in spirit.

Write to him here:

Mychal Bell
Inmate, A-Dorm
LaSalle Correctional Center
15976 Highway 165
Olla, LA 71465-4801

If you can do this, great, and thank you very much. It's important to me that I can do even a little part to help.

Cross-posted to [ profile] betherevolution
aerdran: (Justice)
Latest update I got from Friends for Justice on the Jena 6.

Need a little faith restored in your fellow man? Follow me )
aerdran: (Dante's Hell)
I thought that you might all like an update on the Jena 6 trials in Louisiana. I joined a website for Friends of Justice and get updates on this all, and I'm going to share my recent e-mail. It definitely gives me hope! The more voices that are heard, the better the chances for these kids, so don't be silent! Please, pass it on and continue to pass it on.

A step that gives some encouragement and hope is that the "White Tree" at the school has been cut down and chopped into firewood, as you'll see in the e-mail.

I'm seriously wanting to go to another one of the protests in Jena. I really would love to do that.

You'll note farther down the e-mail that people have e-mailed the governor only to have a staffer reply that the governor can't do anything to help, what with the three branches of government being separate and all. I was one of those who wrote and got that reply, and frankly, it pisses me off. She could, at the very damn least, speak up and say something about the injustice, but she doesn't even seem to be able to do that. It's very disheartening, really.

A step towards justice )

So please please please people, speak out! Pass this story on through your LJs, by word of mouth, e-mail, or however you can. Let's see if we can't force a little justice past the racism and get these kids a fair deal. It means a lot to me, and it should mean a lot to you, too.

x-posted to [ profile] betherevolution
aerdran: (Outraged)
I have to post this e-mail I received because I think it's important for people to see and get angry about. Please read.

Jim Crow Revisited )

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