Barack Obama makes statement in support of Jena 6

Cross-posted from Brave New Films Blog.

Barack Obama has become the first presidential hopeful to make a statement regarding the Jena 6. I applaud him for giving this crisis of American "justice" the attention it deserves.

Here's an excerpt:

Going forward, we have to fix our criminal justice system. Whether it’s Jena 6 or Genarlow Wilson, it’s long past time for us to admit that we have more work to do to ensure that our criminal justice system is fair. We must ensure that both victims and defendants can receive equal justice under the law, regardless of race, wealth, or other circumstances.

I have called for other candidates to do the same. Maybe then actual justice can be served. I wonder if the other Dems will talk about this now?

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

4 responses to “Barack Obama makes statement in support of Jena 6”

  1. Monroe3 says :

    Gov. Blanco was missing in action and compassion during hurricane Katrina. Apparently, during the Jena 6, she is still missing in action. We don’t need any comments from her after the fact. We need her to take a stand NOW! Her silent approval to this fiasco is sickening to my soul. Is there anybody who is willing to die from their agenda and reputation for the benefit of another? Anybody?

  2. Dr Stephen Ayers says :

    I AM THE DOCTOR WHO PUT UP THE BAIL FOR THE JENA SIX.WHAT EVENTS ARE PENDING TO REMIND OUR KIDS THAT THE JENA 6 INCIDENT.SSHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN

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