Genarlow Wilson Freed!

On Friday afternoon, just hours after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that his sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, Genarlow Wilson was released from prison. In 2005, Genarlow Wilson, a 17-year-old star athlete and top student, was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old classmate. The NAACP has […]

Jena 6 Student…sent back to jail Jena 6 teen ordered back behind bars just two weeks after release on bond Jason Rhyne Published: Friday October 12, 2007 Two weeks after seeing his conviction overturned for the beating of a white classmate, black Louisiana high school student Mychal Bell — one of the so-called Jena 6 teens whose incarceration sparked a […]

Progress in Jena

I want to underscore that I think Jena, Louisiana is not the most racist place in the world. And, the attention brought to Jena was not because Jena was the worst town in the country, but more because the Jena story provided a chance for a “teaching moment” about the racism that exists in every […]

Mellencamp: Jena, Take your nooses down video

[youtube=] John Mellencamp has been in the studio working with producer T Bone Burnett on an intriguing new album. John has made a video for one of the new tracks titled “Jena.” Due to the newsworthy subject matter covered in the song, John did not delay releasing the video. The song and video are inspired […]

Billie Holiday and Strange Fruit in the 21st Century

Billie Holiday and Strange Fruit in the 21st Century One Note of Defiance by Alexander Billet / September 28th, 2007 If anything is blatantly obvious in the post-Katrina era, it is that the foul stench of racism still permeates American society… The message coming from Jena, Louisiana–that Blacks are expendable while white bigots get protection–has […]

A White Person’s Meditation on the Jena 6 Students

Thank you to OpEdNews for publishing this article first. The link brings you to oped news, a wonderful resource for progressive news and opinion. Below is the article in its entirety published here: A White Person’s Meditation on the Jena 6 Students I am a white woman. This article is my perspective on the Jena […]

Breaking news: Mychal Bell released on bail

from the AP/Yahoo News: Jena 6 defendant released on bail By DOUG SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer JENA, La. – A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate prompted a massive civil rights protest here walked out of a courthouse Thursday after a judge ordered him freed. Mychal Bell’s release on $45,000 […]

Jena 6: John Conyers and the Christian Science Monitor Weigh In

From the AP: Lawmakers Seek Jena 6 Teen’s Release By DEVLIN BARRETT WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawmaker said Tuesday he will press the government for the release of a black teenager held in the “Jena 6” case that spurred one of the biggest civil-rights demonstrations in years. Other activists said they planned more protests if […]

Top Five Reasons that Ted Rall (and other white people) should not question the Jena 6 Students

Sometimes I am shocked by what progressive, political cartoonist Ted Rall puts out. Though, I almost always agree with his underlying position. But, Ted Rall truly disappointed me with his article on the Jena 6 Students. Half of what he wrote was right on about racism, subtle racism, and white privilege. But, in the end, […]