As a result of this incident, six black Jena students were arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder. All six were expelled from school. The six charged were: 17-year-old Robert Bailey Junior whose bail was set at $138,000; 17-year-old Theo Shaw – bail $130,000; 18-year-old Carwin Jones–bail $100,000; 17-year-old Bryant Purvis–bail $70,000; 16 year old Mychal Bell, a sophomore in high school who was charged as an adult and for whom bail was set at $90,000; and a still unidentified minor. On the morning of the trial, the District Attorney reduced the charges from attempted second degree murder to second degree aggravated battery and conspiracy. Aggravated battery in Louisiana law demands the attack be with a dangerous weapon. The prosecutor was allowed to argue to the jury that the tennis shoes worn by Bell could be considered a dangerous weapon.
When the pool of potential jurors was summoned, fifty people appeared, all white. The jury deliberated for less than three hours and found Mychal Bell guilty on the maximum possible charges of aggravated second degree battery and conspiracy. He faces up to a maximum of 22 years in prison. The rest of the Jena 6 await similar trials. Theodore Shaw is due to go on trial shortly. Mychal Bell is scheduled to be sentenced September 20th If he gets the maximum sentence he will not be out of prison until he is nearly 40.
As Chairman Julian Bond stated, “This is an American outrage that demonstrates the continuing shame of racial division in our country. Join us in making it one of the last.”
In light of the circumstances surrounding Mychal Bell’s case, we urge all concerned citizens to support the call for a new trial.
It is unacceptable to selectively enforce the law based on race. Prosecutorial discretion should be used in a fair and equitable manner.
The Jena Six should be tried by juries that reflect the racial and ethnic demographics of .
The hanging of nooses is not a “youthful stunt” or “prank.” It is a hate crime. Such hate crimes should not be tolerated at any school. Jena High School must establish a curriculum which promotes cultural sensitivity and understanding.
The NAACP calls on Louisiana Governor Kathleen B. Blanco and Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti to thoroughly investigate and monitor the trials of Mychal Bell, Robert Bailey, Jr., Theo Shaw, Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis and John Doe. The Governor and State Attorney General should do everything in their power to ensure that these young men’s constitutional rights are protected.
The NAACP, along with a number of organizations, has been working with the lawyers of the Jena 6 daily to arrange for new trials. We’re also reviewing additional steps we can take to more fully address the structural racism issues the students may face in the schools. In addition, there is a possibility that a national mobilization will take place within the next few weeks, but we’ll let you know more info as it becomes available.
THE ACTION WE NEED YOU TO TAKE NOW!!!
Ø Sign the Petition:
Ø Donate online to the:
o Jena 6 Defense Fund https://secure.colorofchange.org/jena_fund/
o OR mail donations to: Jena 6 Defense Committee, P. O. Box 2798,
Ø Donate to the NAACP:
Ø Make a Phone Call:
o Below please find contact information for the Louisiana Governor and the Attorney General.
The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Governor of the Great
Office of the Governor
Attn: Constituent Services
P.O. Box 94004
Charles C. Foti, Jr., Attorney General
Ø Send a letter to the Louisiana Governor and the Louisiana Attorney General:
o http://www.naacp.org/pdfs/SampleJena6SupportLetter.pdf (sample letter)
o Too many people don’t even know about the 6 tragedy. Not to mention the fact that events such as this are occurring daily!
o Host an event, forum, town hall meeting, pass out flyers, whatever.just make sure that the people in your community and on your campus understand that racism and injustice is ALIVE. If we don’t fight for the Jena 6 and fight to end racism in this country who will?
If you have any questions, call Angela Ciccolo or Stefanie Brown at the National Headquarters at .
The whole thing from the white only tree, to the nooses, to the attempted murder charges, to the all white jury just reeks of racial injustice.
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I’m not one to advocate violence, but with the male ego thing plus you turn it up an extra notch in the hip hop game, you have to kind of expect some kind of action to be taken if you tell someone to “suck your dick” in print. I’ll give it up to Saigon, it takes balls to go up in a club with two to four of your boys, punch a dude in the face that has about thirty people around him and still get out with out so much a scratch on you. Some of the Mobb videos I was seeing were calling Saigon a pussy, but what did you expect him to do? Stay there and take on all thirty of them? Yeah right. I’m not taking sides, I’ve never been into Saigon’s music all that much and the last two or three Mobb albums have been pretty much shit, but beef is part of hip hop, like it or not. Anyone got that track Saigon was playing right before shit jumped off?
Same place that the Saigon/P fiasco happen, the night before, another murking. First off, as of late, Royce has been one of my favorite MC’s. Dude is just a beast on the mic and just the epitome of an MC. I’m not familiar with Mistah F.A.B., but dude pretty much laid waste to Royce in a freestyle contest. I was pretty impressed with F.A.B. once again, video is in full effect..
Poorly Drawn People – Nothing Stays Gold Sampler
01- When I Say Randy (Intro)
02- Poorly Drawn People – Armor Dilla ‘Tro
03- Reason – Shittin On Em
04- Storm Davis – Close To Me (prod. Falside)
05- Reason & Storm Davis – Keep It Ova There
06- Storm Davis & Prolyphic – Run Boy
07- Reason – Dust On My Phone ReDox
08- Dox – Hipster Haikus, Chapter One
09- Storm Davis ft The Mean & Realistikk -
10- Storm Davis ft CasUno & Esh – Swayze
Effect (prod. J.Catoni)
11- Reason – Collecting Smiles (prod. Falside)
12- Storm Davis – Ill It Gets ReDox
13- Poorly Drawn People ft RADIx – Never Be
Forgotten (prod. Dox)
14- Reason – Wrists & Rivers (prod. Dox)
15- Storm Davis – Bethany (prod. Entity)
16- Reason – Rock On (prod. Entity)
17- Storm Davis & Emilio Lopez – Whatever It
18- Storm Davis & Jon Hope – I Need You
Snippet (prod. Entity
19- Dox – Hipster Haikus, Chapter Two
20- Storm Davis ft Dox & Frank Ripp – Crazy
MF Remix (prod. Entity)
21- Reason – Cha
in Reactions ReDox (prod. Dox)
22- Poorly Drawn Illtelligence – Scribbled
23- Reason ft Storm Davis – Suburban
Chokehold (prod. Entity)
24- Dox – Buying Back Your Past (prod. Dox)
25- Y’all Say Hien (Outro)
Bomshot f. Raddarr Van, !2 O’Clock, Holocaust – Golden Temple
I’m feeling this track and I’ve always thought 2 O’Clock was pretty dope. This has that signature Wu sound to it. Even Holocaust, who’ve I’ve never particularly liked all that much, sounds fairly decent.
Hell Razah & Blue Sky Black Death – Razah’s Ladder
After last years collabo album with Holocaust (which I was not a fan of), Blue Sky Black Death hooks up with Hell Razah. Razah himself also dropped a very good album earlier this year. Fairly familiar sample accompanies this track, but it works well
JoJo Pellegrino – 5 Corners
Pretty much all I’ve really heard from JoJo Pellagrino was the joints he had on that one Grand Theft Auto game. Not that I disliked his style, but for whatever reason, I just never got into his music all that much. Kind of a cool NY track, I could see it getting some play.
LA The Darkman – Check
New track for LA the Darmkman, pretty dope shit, not sure who did the track, but I’m guessing his loyal followers will probably dig this.
S.I.C – I Am The Streets
Another artist I’m not all that familiar with all that much, but he is another Staten Island representative. Dope ass song that almost sound Queens influenced.
Sav Killz f. Planet Asia – Champion Rap
Beat wise, this might just be the dopest of the bunch. Nice piano sample for Sav and Planet Asia which reminds me why I liked him the first time I heard him on Peanut Butters Wolf’s comp back in ’99.
Jay-Z – Blue Magic
New shit from Jay-Z
Jay-Z – Flashy Light Green Lantern Remix
More Jay stuff from Green Lantern
New track from Chi-Town’s Pugs Atomz new album. GIve it a listen
Atmosphere – Lyndale Blvd Users Manual
Any one got this on mp3? After being thrilled with Sunshine, this track from Sad Clown Bad Fall 10 didn’t really do much for me.
Trav’s Top Spins For The Week
1. 9th Wonder – The Dream Merchant 2
I’m digging the album from 9th Wonder, and I have been a pretty big critic of his the last year or so. There is just some really good songs on this album, and he even switches up his style a bit.
2. Special Teamz – Stereo Typez
I would be lying if I said I haven’t been anticipating this album for awhile now and it actually didn’t disappoint. The surprising thing about it is just how good Slaine and Jaysaun are on the mic on this album. More coming about this album tomorrow.
3. Blu & Exile – Below The Heavens
4. CunninLynguists – Dirty Acres
Another album I’ve been anticipating for awhile now. The album probably would have been higher on the list if I didn’t just get it Wednesday. I’m still kind of
getting my bearings on the album, but if I played “Yellow Lines” once, I played it 20 times the other night. Just straight up beautiful music.
5. Archetype – Bleed For Them
I won’t get to heavy into this album, since its going to be one of my reviews in the upcoming weeks, but I’ll just say out of the promo stuff I’ve received in the last few weeks, this is by far my favorite so far. The beats are just great.
Why doesn’t Mobb Deep learn? Now Havoc is dissing Kanye? My money is on Kanye.
Why is Aceyalone doing reggae now?
Why do I not care for that new Percee P album all that much??? Oh yeah, because I don’t care for Madlib. Don’t get me started on that India album thing.
Why did I even go as far as rolling my eyes when I read that Nas also was going to drop a new album during the fourth quarter.
Why didn’t Keith Murray just hit the dudes that robbed him in South Africa with a chair? It worked before.
Why does it kind of suck that Scratch Magazine is getting the axe. I’m sure the internet has something to do with it.
Why is just as shitty that Rap City is getting put on at the same time that infomercials rule the airwaves, at like 1 a.m.
Why don’t I really know what to think of Ill Bill’s new song “White N—-r”, I still think there is never a reason for a white person to use that word.
Why is it no surprise that Detox won’t be out until at least 2008.
Why the fuck was The Game impersonating a police officer? He had to be there right away?
Why do I never think we’ll hear another album from Joe Budden.
Why is there very little support for the Jena 6 from the hip-hop community? So far, I’ve only heard from Mos Def.
Why have I never heard of that Mistah FAB before?
Why am I always in the wrong place and at the wrong time? Probably only one other person knows what I mean by this.
Why is Jessica Alba looking so incredibly hot in that new movie? She fell off the Trav’s top 5 hotties list after being on there forever during the Black Angel days, but she is looking goooooood.
Why are the showing fucking the Vikings/Chiefs game tomorrow here instead of a good game, like maybe the Niners/Steelers game. Those two teams are freaking horrible. Now I got to go to a sports bar and drop money to watch the game. Fuck.