Massive success in Jena as 10,000 march to the back of beyond for justice
OK, OK, not the "back of beyond." But next door to the back of beyond.
I mean, 10,000 marchers to a small Southern town not on the Interstate, not on Amtrak, with no airport? That's fucking impressive. Far more so than the recent events in DC (not that any tactical adjustments would have led to a different outcome, there).
So, herewith a roundup of Jena coverage; I started out in comments, and then got so many links I thought I'd turn it into a post.
Prometheus 6 summarizes the long train of abuses that led to the march. Jack and Jill gives the perspective from Oak Bluffs. Afrobella gives a roundup of media coverage. Afronetizen: J'accuse! Field Negro points out that it wasn't really necessary for Steve Gilliard to be alive for the Jena story to be covered.
"You are fucking kidding me right? You were preoccupied because the "Senate condemned Moveon."*
I’ve been watching the news all day, and I’ve yet to see a single mention of incidents like the white dude that pulled a shotgun on a bunch of black people in Jena, LA, resulting in the black folks getting charged with theft for wrestling the gun away, while the gun-holder got off scott free.
(I just love the suckitude that they were charged for theft. It's kinda like the Chinese, back when they were Red, billing the families for the bullets used to shoot political prisoners. And now, from Too Sense, the local MBFs are after them. Naturally. ) Angry Black Bitch deconstructs the accountability dodge put forth by the prosecutors:
Nooses are a terroristic threat.
(Will George Allen please pick up the white courtesy phone?) And Oliver Willis cuts to the bottom line:
The thousands of people in Jena today show to me that the anti-war movement has lots to learn and that nobody is as organized on the left as civil rights organizations. Period.
(Be sure to read the numerous comments.) Bingo!
And as Alas, a blog says: Next stop, War on Drugs.** Amen.
Oddly, they (well, we...) all seem to link to each other. And not to the blogs I listed first. Sigh. Though not C&L, which links to a petition from Color of Change (only 10,000 needed to reach the 300,000 goal). Banners here.
NOTE The Republic of T links to Technorati's Top 10 Black bloggers. (One of whom, of course, is Pam's House blend, who has a linky roundup of the controversy swirling round evil extremely not gay vote fraudster Patrick McHenry.)
NOTE * "Merely" symbolic though the MoveOn events may have been, nevertheless the conclusion I draw is that the regular Democrat Party gets no money from me. MoveOn gets money, individual candidates, especially primary challengers to Bush Dogs, get money. Net candidates get money. Rahm Emmanuel gets no money. If a lot of people are thinking the same way, that’s not insignificant. Nor is the second conclusion that many drew: That the 2006 elections at most slowed the onrushing disaster that the Conservative movement, in the person of George Bush, is organizing for the country, and did not reverse it. So, Hill staffers, if any of you are reading this, the silence you’re hearing is probably because we’ve concluded your boss is a useless tool.
UPDATE Another killer detail:
Two fights between blacks and whites roiled the town that weekend, culminating in a school-yard brawl on Dec. 4 that led the district attorney to charge the Jena Six with attempted murder. The lethal weapon he cited to justify the charge: the boys' sneakers.
Maybe they were heavy, bronzed sneakers from the mantelpiece at home? Yes, that would explain it.
UPDATE On to The Gang Fear And Pandering Act. Who will that be directed against, I wonder?
UPDATE I see I forgot to mention that "extremely not gay vote fraudster Patrick McHenry" is a Republican. But after all--was that really necessary?
We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan