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September 18, 2007

2007.09.18: Legal Observer(s) for Jena 6 bus from Harlem needed

From: Susan Morris
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 2:35 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Legal Observer(s) for Jena 6 bus from Harlem needed

Legal support request for bus from Harlem to Jena 6 Rally

Organizers of a bus leaving Harlem early Wednesday morning have asked for a legal person

to accompany them to respond as legal people can to any efforts to delay their arrival for

the large rally on September 20th.  The bus will be returning on Saturday.  The bus ticket is $180, but very flexible depending on means (esp. law students).

If interested, please contact Bruce Bentley at (212) 815-7626 or at bkbentley@gmail.com

The following two items:  update by Tulane Law Student Ben

VARADI and then some general information.

Not gonna sugar-coat it: we need more legal observers in Jena, Louisiana on September 20.  As you may know Mychal Bell’s sentence has been vacated but plans for the protest continue to grow.

Predictions vary wildly on how many demonstrators are going to show up, but we had 300 before it became a national news story, and this time there are bus caravans coming from all over.

Tulane/Loyola NLG chapters have been coordinating with the ACLU to provide observers, but as far as we know the total count is currently less than ten people… for the basically positive reason that most folks who care about the issue in the legal community are going to be waving signs and fists.

Still, Jena is a *tiny* community that *really* doesn’t want us there with a police force that’s never had to deal with crowd control (not counting holiday parades or whatever, I guess).

We need observers who are actual lawyers, we need enough people to have a presence in a potential crowd of hundreds to thousands, and honestly, we need help coordinating the whole thing.  We also need lawyers able to answer questions and help organize a response should there be arrests.

Jena Info: http://www.freethejena6.org

Basic observer info: http://www.nlg-la.org/handbook.htm

This is the part of the email where I considered adding a one-sentence emotional plea, but you already know the story and what’s at stake.

Thanks,

-BEN VARADI  bvaradi@tulane.edu

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