Random Things–The Things That Need Our Good Vibes Edition

1.  The Jena Six–I’m with Blue Collar Muse on this.  When you first hear about it, you assume there must be some back story that would explain this.  But then you start digging and you realize that, the more you find out about the situation, the worse it becomes.  These kids have gotten and are getting royally screwed over and they need our help and support.  More here.

2.  The West Memphis Three–Rick Maynard brings us news that forensic evidence in the case points to a suspect.  Unsurprisingly, it’s not any of the three men sitting in prison these past 14 years.  Surprisingly, it’s not the stepfather of the kid, who upon hearing that the kid was found with bite marks on him, had all his teeth removed.  When, hopefully, the West Memphis Three are finally released, I really hope they sue Arkansas back into the stone age.  I don’t know if they can do that, but damn.

3.  Granted, it’s not quite the injustice of the other two, but Joe Powell needs our good vibes.  From what he can tell, someone broke into his house–perhaps with the intent to take his dog–and in the chaos, his dog escaped and ran off.  As you can imagine, he’s distraught.

9 thoughts on “Random Things–The Things That Need Our Good Vibes Edition

  1. The WM3 have always bugged me. I’ve always thought they were innocent. I’m extremely glad that the truth is coming to the fore on this. I’m with you, though. I have always assumed that it was the toothless guy. I guess that’s why it’s good to wait for real evidence instead of going on assumptions.

    As far as Joe Powell goes, I’m torn about clicking on the link. I can’t stand bad-news-pet stories.

  2. Asante sana for the link-love. I wasn’t aware of the other two stories until reading them from your post. Thanx again!

    peace, Villager

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  4. Thanks very, very much for the good vibes. They have helped, I think, as I just got some info on her running down a street near our house yesterday afternoon.

    So I have added an update to the post, some images of Sophie and my deep appreciation for your call for aid and good vibes.

    I’ll add any new info in a new post.

  5. An Open Letter To The Jena Six
    By Joseph Young
    Washington Informer
    Dear Mychal,
    I keep thinking about you. I also think about the other young men who have fallen prey to racial hatred. Its existence, more than a century after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, makes me fearful for your life, your safety. The freedom that it promised was tenuous.
    It was not entirely without strength. In the proclamation, issued three years into the Civil War, Lincoln declared, at the urging of Frederick Douglass, that the former slaves would be accepted into the Union Army and navy, making the liberated the liberator. By the war’s end, almost 200,000 black servicemen had fought for freedom and saved the Union.
    Your generation, like mine, is being denied this freedom our ancestors risked life and limb, so that we may live as free men and women. You can call them heroes, but they were not thinking of themselves when they displayed courage and self-sacrifice on the battlefields of America.
    Today, then, to guard against the impending doom of American civilization, is not only opposition to racism, but also the determination to secure the civil rights for which many Americans have paid a heavy toll. Of all the civil rights, the right to learn is the surest prevention from ignorance. If at any time, children are instructed with anti-black bias; and they are made to learn what is not true and what the dominate forces in their lives want them to think is true; there’re guilty of impeding the march toward American civilization.
    Astonishing as it is that those students would hang three nooses from the tree at Jena High School as a racial taunt, including calling the black students ‘niggers’; you would think that America would never again want to see a black person hang from a tree, or behind bars. The nooses show that we, Americans, have not come that far from the cruelties and barbarity of slavery as we think. (Between 1882 and 1968, an estimated 5,000 people, mostly blacks, met their deaths at the hands of lynch mobs.) And this also is an unfortunate comment upon the belief that our schools are the great path to progress, the great equalizer. If our schools are the great path to progress, they must be the freest of our institutions, opposed bitterly to the attempt to indoctrinate our children with racial hatred.
    Well, Mychal, as you and the others wait behind bars because of a racially biased and an over zealous prosecutor, it is for us on the outside to continue the unfinished work of our fathers, to set you free. All of you were willing to fight racial hatred, and you know people of goodwill are beside you. If the Confederacy couldn’t stop us, the opposition we now face will fail. When history is written your detractors will get little note, but you will be remembered for standing up for what’s best of the American creed. You are part of a legacy in which our slave forebears fought to birth a new nation. You, Mychal, are a child of America’s destiny.
    It was Martin Luther King who said if a man doesn’t have something worth dying for he is not fit to live. Freedom is worth dying for. Justice is worth dying for. Equality is worth dying for. A child is worth dying for, because our job as parents is to protect children.
    Mychal, when you feel complete frustration and your narrow jail cell is closing in on your spirit and mind; remember the message of the old slave preacher to his flock whose resistance to oppression might have been completely in vain:
    “You are created in God’s image. You are not slaves, you are not ‘niggers’; you are God’s children.”
    Godspeed Mychal,
    Your brother in the struggle, Joseph

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