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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Demonstrations for Justice

Well, it appears that many Americans are ready for change.

Black, white, red, and yellow are all coming together to fight injustice accross America and around the world. There are only a few stupid people who refuse to moveon and fight the power.

As an example, as reported With the prospect of a major national civil rights protest looming next week in the central Louisiana town of Jena, a state appeals court on Friday abruptly vacated the felony conviction of a black teenager accused of beating a white student in a case fraught with racial tensions. Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on an emergency defense appeal, reversed the aggravated second-degree battery conviction of Mychal Bell, 17, ruling that the youth had been tried improperly as an adult in a case that has raised allegations of unequal justice in the small, mostly white town."

National civil rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III, had been planning to join African-American celebrities and thousands of Internet bloggers in a demonstration in Jena next Thursday, the day Bell had been scheduled to be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on the battery conviction.

Nearly 200,000 people have signed petitions criticizing the prosecution of the black students and calling on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco to intervene in the case. Bus caravans headed toward Jena have been organized at scores of churches across the country and organizers had predicted more than 20,000 protesters might show up in the town of 3,000.

But with the reversal of Bell's felony convictions, the extent of next Thursday's demonstration is now unclear. Read More HERE

Meanwhile, in Washington, DC a fight for justice at the international level is taking place. WaPo's Jerry Markon and Dion Haynes report "War protestors marched through the streets of Washington today, from near the White House to the Capitol, where they staged a "die-in" to demonstrate their fervant opposition to the war in Iraq. Protesters and counter-protesters started to gather by 8:30 a.m. for the first major anti-war protest in Washington since January, which is expected to be followed by a week of civil disobedience in the area intended to shift the anti-war movement to a more confrontational phase.

Rallies for and against U.S. presence in Iraq likely to be followed by week of civil disobedience in D.C. intended to heighten intensity of antiwar efforts. Read More HERE

AAPP: What Does this all mean?

Times they are changing! But is the end near? Or is America just getting ready for a new
Big Creek Six or The Next War?

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