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"Jena 6" Saga of unjust treatment to our young ones
still continues!!! The attendance to the rally in Jena and
Alexandria, Louisiana on Thursday, September 20th was a major
success. Thousands of people from all over the United States
converged unto these 2 cities to express their disgust with our
justice system and most importantly to restore hope to young
Mychal Bell's life and to peacefully demonstrate/fight for his
The feeling I felt on Thursday was an awe-inspiring amount of joy
and pride. It was a great feeling learning from all the live
radio programs that the march was such a success because of the
overwhelming numbers of demonstrators. I was, and is so very
proud that we as a people came together once we heard that 6 young
men were being treated unjustly, we immediately dropped what we had planned, left everything behind (work, school, businesses and
even families) and headed to Jena Louisiana to support these 6
60,000 to 70,000 people all wearing the color black marched for
Justice on this great day (9/20/07), but astoundingly none was
given. Freedom for young Mr. Bell became a hopeless cry,
because he was denied freedom on Friday, September 21st by the
courts of Louisiana (after all the thousands of demonstrators left
Louisiana on Thursday.)
sunk when Todd called me on Friday, around 3:00 pm telling me he
had discovered Mr. Bell was denied freedom. My first thought
was wow...these folks in Jena have really lost their minds..., and
anger immediately "kicked in" about this whole
situation, because - to begin with - a minor should never have
been placed in an adult prison for a school yard brawl, nor should
have been charged...period!!! (All 6 of them should never have been
charged)!!! My second thought was how do we proceed...which
way do we move from here???
I guess it's up to our leaders and those who put the call
out for this to happen to let us know what the next move is.
I am so happy to see within 3 weeks this demonstration was pulled
together, and the word got out to everyone via our radio
personalities and their programs. Especially radio host
Michael Baisden who was
essential in pulling it all together along with Warren Valentine,
Al Sharpton and other radio personalities such as Steve Harvey,
Donnie Simpson, Tom Joyner and many more radio hosts across the country through their
programs, and through the
internet by organizations, students, bloggers, and even folks like
us here at Arious. We are glad to have this vehicle to help
spread the word.
the fight has just begun, and it has become more dangerous for the
"Jena 6" because now the KKK has released maps to the 6
young men homes via the internet, and are encouraging folks
to hunt them down and hang/kill them and their families.
What kind of world are we living in, and in "this day-of-age" 2007??? This is extremely appalling!!!
Meanwhile, Mr. Bell is still in an adult jail after almost a year
of being there, with no hope of being released soon. WE MUST
DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE UNJUST PERSECUTIONS!!!
All of this
madness has spawn several hate related incidents around the
country, and I am sure they will increase (Atlanta, Norfolk VA,
etc.) Certainly racial tension is manifesting and growing,
and clearly this racial injustice is upsetting lots of folks who
are simply becoming sick and tired of all the hatefulness and evil
that has come upon them throughout the years and upon their
fathers, and forefathers from generations to generations
IT ALL MUST
STOP!!! Talking about racial problems, I just finished
reading about racially charged remarks made by Fox News Anchor
Bill O'Reilly on his show about a week ago, regarding his dinner
experience at Sylvia's Restaurant with Al Sharpton
(Sylvia's is a black owned restaurant in New York).
REALLY...ALL OF IT MUST STOP!!!
As I bring
my commentary to a close, I beg you to not let this "Jena
6" issue ever rest, or ever slip out of your minds, until
justice has prevailed!!!! We must continue to fight...fight to
change the unjust treatment by the racists people who are working
in our justice system. I know many of you must be tired as I
am with what our families, friends and most importantly our youths
in this case have been enduring and what many have endured
throughout the years due to racial injustice.
I understand one of the next moves is the organizing of another
March here in Washington DC in November, but stay tuned to our
weekly e-mails; once we find out what the next move is, we will
share it with you.
Below, is a
commentary regarding the "Jena 6" Rally from one of our on-line family Ms. Joanna Ballard who attended
the March in Jena. Ms. Joanna Ballard is from Louisiana and
it was important to attend. We thank Ms. Ballard for sharing
her thoughts about this special day as well as the images she
The Jena Six MY thoughts and
It seems somehow this has become
a cause near and dear to me, first because of the young men, they
are truly men now in one way or the other after being locked up with
grown men in a parish jail, now for the TRUE injustice of it all!
The rally was for sure and
certain a day of beauty and love, folks from ALL walks of life
coming together in peace and love for one cause. we moved the cause
forward even tho Mr. Bell is NOT out of jail. Folks know beyond a
shadow of a doubt KNOW the world is watching, waiting and caring.
This was a true grass roots effort across the world.
I have no doubt more than one
life was changed beyond my own. I met amd mingled with folks from
across the country. I just got off the phone with Dennis from
oneness.org (please do check out the site
I know of other folks meeting and greeting that would not otherwise
have met and interacted. One friend referred to it as Woodstock.
There were children all over the place, young folks and seniors (see
my pics). Oddly the law enforcement felt out of place and more than
once I wondered what were they doing there (tho I understand it). It
was truly a day of oneness and respect and folks coming together for
a common cause. The cause is NOT done the story not ended nor will
it be such stories never end ya know. It was a somber and serious
occasion, the thought crossed my mind surely if one, just one
injustice is made right then there is hope for other such injustices
which sadly occur daily across the globe.
My heart grieves for the Six
teenagers with all the angst of teens growing up no longer just
teens in a small country town they will forever be the Jena Six and
a rallying cry and symbol from here on out. I have discussed this
with many folks from all walks. One gentleman said to me he thought
it got too much media, cause if you are born Black, Hispanic or
Oriental you will have to deal with racism and have to decide how
you are going to deal with it. This is true but my reflection and
thought is, How are you of white European male heritage going to
choose how to deal with it? I think we each and everyone of us have
a choice to make. How have YOU chosen to deal with racism?
Whether you think the Jena Six
situation is racist it or not, you should realize that spending over
nine months in a Southern Parish jail with grown men is more than
sufficient punishment for a schoolyard fight (tho there is much much
more to it than that) It is about what is RIGHT!
What tears my soul is the
beginning of all this that ANY teenager should feel they should have
to ask permission to sit ANYwhere in a public school they are
attending deeply disturbs me. Ponder this folks.
Now we have a stubborn DA and
judge (puts me in mind of the Old Testament story of Pharaoh and the
Israelites) and choices to make: Are you going to walk away from the
issue? Are you going to continue peaceful protest? Are you going to
get angry and encourage violence? Are you going to throw up your
hands and do nothing? WE THE PEOPLE do have power and choices.
As one friend, an ex Marine (if
there is such a thing as an EX Marine) and Nam Vet told me
"When you hold a dying 18 year old in your arms you realize
everyone matters." The Jena Six matter, YOU matter. What do you
Thank you for reading this far.
Still wishing, dreaming, and
hoping for ...
Harmony and Peace for US ALL!
Thanks for reading and being with me on
Harmony and Peace,
HERE TO VIEW MY PHOTOS - Pages 1 - 6!!!
some important facts I listed last week and felt it important to
list them again (for the 2nd week) please ponder and share:
than 10,000 youth are presently incarcerated in U.S. adult
American men are three times more likely than white men to face
jail once they have been arrested in the United States;
of African Americans arrested in 2005 ended up in jail compared
with 8.3% of white men; and
American men receive jail sentences on average 15% longer than
white men convicted of the same crime.
to the many from www.minglecity.com
who attended the Rally for capturing the photos above.
For some time Todd has been noticing some issues with the
programming of the BET Cable Channels, and he has been strongly
expressing his views to me. He refuses to watch the BET
Channel/s because he feels the shows are exploitive and
degrading. The ones that are currently being broadcast are
re-ran time and time again, and he feels there are many more new
and positive fresh shows that the Channel can broadcast. I
listened to his comments and discussed it with him, but I
indicated to him I was just happy to see all the Caribbean videos
being broadcast on the Jazz Channel.
However, I was not looking at the "big picture", because
I am now coming to realized that he was not alone with his
feelings! You see...we discovered recently that people have
been demonstrating in Washington DC outside the home of Debra Lee,
BET's President and Chief Operating Officer.
demonstration took place on September 15th with members of the
National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority Foundation,
the head of the National Congress of Black Women, Del. Justin D.
Ross (D-Prince George's) along with over 500 people in attendance
demanding that the network stop airing "demeaning and
offensive portrayals of black people". The protest was
organized by members of "Enough is Enough Campaign" led
by the Rev. Delman L. Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in
Clinton Maryland. "Enough is Enough" is determined to
stop the entertainment industry from portraying negative images of
black men and women, and they intend to demonstrate at Ms. Lee's
home every weekend until she addresses their concerns about BET
Networks airing of demeaning and offensive portrayals of black
For those who share this
concern and is "fed-up" with BET's programming and the
portrayal of negative images of black men and women on the
network, you can join the rally. I understand another
one is scheduled to take place this Saturday, September 29th
outside Ms. Lee's home, and demonstrators will depart from Mt.
Ennon Baptist Church, 9832 Piscataway Road, Clinton Maryland 20735
@ 12:00 Noon. The rally is scheduled to start at 1:00
pm. For details log on to www.enoughisenoughcampaign.com
The Carnival Bandleaders
Association of Washington DC is having their 1st Awards Ceremony
this coming Sunday, September 30, 2007, and they are inviting
everyone to join them as they celebrate, award and honor all the
bands (past and present) for their continued and valued effort to
making DC Caribbean Carnival a success. Please go out and
support this group's valued effort, because I have witnessed their
determination of working together (as one body), and their strides
to accomplishing one of their main goals of raising funds to
ensure that by next year's DC carnival all member organizations
will raise enough funds and/or they receive a substantial grant towards
paying for the expenses they incur in having their bands parade on
of you may ask who/what is the Carnival Bandleaders
Association? The Carnival Bandleaders Association
consists of a group of individuals who are heads and/or leaders of
each Masquerade band that participates in the Caribbean Carnivals
in their cities across the United States. Masquerade bands
are essential to a Carnival because they create, design and make
the costumes that are sold to interested group members who wishes
to participate in Carnival. "Now-a-days" many
masquerade bands purchase their costumes which are sold to their
group members. These masquerade bands are somewhat like
the entertainment, since along the Carnival parade route they
dance and showcase all aspects of their costumes. Actually,
they are THE KEY factor of Carnival, without the masquerade bands
filled with masqueraders adorn in costumes, music and dance, the
culture will not be exposed, and therefore there will be no
carnival! So go out and support the Carnival Bandleaders
Association of Washington DC on Sunday at their 1st Annual Awards
Ceremony. Click on to the flyer above for all the details!!!
We got word this week that
Broward Caribbean Carnival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is
on! Yippy...Yeah...Yeah!!!! It was great getting
this wonderful news. The Carnival is scheduled to take place
at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium Event Site located at 1301 NW 55th
Street, Ft. Lauderdale Florida. There is a host
of performers scheduled to take the stage, and there are a number
of masquerade bands taking part including some from our
area. Click the flyer above for all the details and
directions to the Carnival site, or log on to their site at www.caribbeancarnival.org
I was sure
everything would work out soon for the Broward Carnival Committee
and I'm glad to know it has. So those who are planning on
attending, I'm sure you will be in for a treat.
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Traditional Dance Go Full Swing
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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will
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September 28 September 30, 2007. The Festival
celebrates the vitality of folk and traditional dance in
Washington and introduces audiences to distinctive and
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