If things aren’t resolved to the satisfaction of the Nationalist Movement before Jan. 21, the group says it will not go to Jena, La.
The people of Jena, I’m sure, would be glad of that.
The group plans to have a “Jena Justice Day” rally, partly intended as the centerpiece of the group’s national protest against Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Also, in an Oct. 15 letter to Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin, Richard Barrett, an attorney and founder of the Nationalists, said the group was prompted to schedule the event in “large measure because of the officials’ announced plans to set up a ‘biracial committee’ to placate demands by the recent minority-invaders.”
Jena is creating a Community Relations Panel to address a variety of local concerns, including race.
The “minority-invaders” are the thousands who rallied on Sept. 20 in support of six black teens who have become known as the “Jena Six.”
Now, the Learned, Miss.-based Nationalist Movement is suing Jena, claiming the town is violating the organization’s constitutional rights.
Yes, it exists. It’s a south Mississippi town so small it doesn’t rate an index listing in my road atlas. However, it is on the map – about 30 miles east/southeast of Vicksburg.
In addition to the suit, the Nationalists have filed for a temporary restraining order to keep Jena and its mayor from interfering with the organization’s rally.
The suit, filed in federal court Dec. 14, claims that asking participants not to bring firearms, changing the parade route by one block, requiring the posting of a bond and agreeing to a hold-harmless clause are “violative of due process under the 14th Amendment.”
The organization says Jena’s rules governing public demonstrations are invalid and unconstitutionally over-broad.
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