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Focus on Reparations and Justice
DALLAS-One of the keys to true freedom is securing understanding justice.
That is why the Dallas Chapter of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America invites and encourages every African-American to understand the value of justice and why it must be the focus in modern times.
On Oct. 11, N’Cobra will sponsor a freeteach-in as the organization looks into the U.S. “Criminal” Criminal-Punishment system and discusses why Africans in America are owed reparations and justice.
Leading the discussion will be Caseptla Bailey from JenaLouisiana. She is the mother of Robert Bailey - one of THE JENA 6 and is actively involved in her organization called “Organizing in the Trenches.”
The event will be held at the SouthDallasCulturalCenter 3400 South Fitzhugh-Dallas, Texas with a reception starting at 6 p.m. and the teach-in session at 7:15 p.m..
Bailey found her true calling as a ‘FREEDOM FIGHTER’ when her son Robert L.
Bailey Jr. and five other classmates were charged for Attempted Second-Degree Murder.
From the act of writing letters, protesting, contacting the media the story exploded into international/worldwide news and protests calling for justice.
Jena Six was the name given to a group of six black teenagers charged with the beating of Justin Barker, a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana on December 4, 2006. Barker was injured, but was released from the emergency room the same day.
He has since brought suit against members of the Jena Six, their parents, the school district, and others allegedly involved.
A number of events took place in and around Jena in the months preceding the Barker assault, which have been linked to an alleged escalation of racial tensions.
These events included the hanging of nooses from a tree in the high school courtyard, two violent confrontations between white and black youths, and the destruction by fire of the main building of Jena High School.
According to Wikepedia, media coverage of the Jena Six were largely ignored by the United States national media, though covered locally and within Louisiana.
Both The Jena Times and The Town Talk (a regional newspaper published in Alexandria, Louisiana) covered the story from its inception.
A number of African-American bloggers also covered the story before there was mainstream national press coverage. The first piece from outside the area on the case ran on May 9, 2007, in Left Turn, a small alternative news magazine.
The first mainstream US media outlet to cover the matter was the Chicago Tribune.
Later, Texas minister Alan Bean demanded that outside authorities, not those in LaSalle Parish, deal with the Jena 6 case, and that no incarceration occur.
The protesters asserted that white Jena youths involved in other incidents were treated leniently.
On September 20, 2007, between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena in what was described as the "largest civil rights demonstration in years
Through the struggle of the Jena 6 came something positive, according to Bailey.
Caseptla and her step-daughter Catrina L.Wallace formed a non-for-profit organization, called “Organizing in the Trenches”, for their community.
They lead the organization as Co-Directors and Co-Founders and have a purpose of the organized activity that brings about community beautification, youth leadership, youth empowerment and social justice.
The organization focuses on the children with a two-fold theme: “OUR KIDS ARE THE FUTURE!!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!”
Bailey (Mack) graduated from Jena High School in May 1978
and continued her education at Grambling State University obtaining a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a major in
She is also a military veteran and understands life and its changes having worked several odd jobs including Wal-Mart, Lasalle Parish School Board and the Juvenile Detention Center.
N’COBRA National Co-Chair-James Rodgers III said the event will provide key tools and information needed to understand reparations and the need to be involved in justice issues.
For more information or to RSVP call: 214 723 6030.