A number of rappers and activists will support Mos Def’s call for a National Student Walk-Out tomorrow (Oct 1) in support of the Jena 6.
In addition to Mos Def, rappers Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, M1, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Idris Elba, Pharoahe Monch, the Malcolm X Grassroots, the National Hip Hop Political Convention, The Hip Hop Association and student leaders from over 100 campuses will support the Jena 6 by walking out of class at 12:00 noon (Central time).
The rappers and activists are asking students to peacefully walk out of class and rally either on campus or at other designated areas, in protest of the case.
“This is the time for Black people to support the Jena 6, and call attention to the unequal treatment the criminal Justice system is dishing out not only in Jena Louisiana but across this nation,” Mos Def said. “We all live in Jena. ”
A list of demands created by the organizations will be read at each of the organized rallies around the country.
The group is calling for all charges against the Jena 6 to be dropped, to prevent Judge Mauffray from presiding over Bell’s juvenile court hearings, that the Jena School District superintendent be removed from office and more.
The “Jena 6” are six black students who were charged with assaulting a white teenager at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana after a series of racially motivated incidents.
The students were initially charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder in connection with the December 4 beating of a white student.
The incident was the culmination of months of racial tension following a black Jena High School students request to the principal sit under an oak tree that was a frequent hang out for white students.
A day after the request, sat under the tree, three nooses were found hanging from the branches. Although the schools principal recommended that those responsible for the nooses be expelled, the three white students were suspended for three days for the action, which was labeled as a “prank.”
Soon after, Justin Barker, a white student, was jumped by a group of students who knocked him unconscious while stomping and kicking him.
Criminal charges were later directed towards the Jena 6, although the parents of the Jena 6 said they heard Barker was hurling racial epithets earlier.
On Thursday (September 27), Mychal Bell, the last of the “Jena 6” behind bars, was released from custody after a juvenile his bail was reduced to $45,000.
Over 15,000 demonstrators protested how the case was handled, claiming the black teens were being treated more harshly than the three white students who hung the nooses.
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