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09.10.07 04:18 PM

Open letter from Mos Def: Support for the Jena 6

Open letter from Mos Def

A Call to Action from Artist/ Activist Mos Def To African Americans of Influence and All Concerned Parties to Show Support for the “Jena 6” on Sept 20th

Artist/ Activist Mos Def is calling upon African Americans of influence and all concerned parties to join him in Jena, LA on Sept. 20th to rally and show support for the Jena 6, who are being treated very harshly by law enforcement in the State.

The Jena Six are a group of black students who are being charged with attempted murder for beating up a white student that was taunting them with racial slurs. This student also supported other white students that hung three nooses from the high schools "white tree," which sits in the front yard at their school. The charges could lead to sentences of 20 to 100 years in prison, of which civil rights advocates have decried as unfairly harsh.

Mos Def is asking African Americans of influence and concerned parties to join him in the fight against racial inequality and show solidarity for these young people, who are being treated very harshly by the law. The prosecution of these young men symbolizes a terrible miscarriage of justice, by punishing students who opposed segregation in their schools and disregarding the threatening acts of others who advocate it.

For more info on ways to get involved email To sign the petition please go to

Additional Info:

Video: Cornel West, Mos Def & Bill Maher on the Jena Six

Video: Jena Six, a photo story (Jena6)
by Michael David Murphy (whileseated)

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