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Color of Change, Take a Bow

tmpphpc4u9os.jpgI was on Bonnie Erbe’s To the Contrary show on PBS yesterday with Eleanor Holmes Norton, a veteran of the civil rights movement, who was very excited about the Jena 6 march and couldn’t believe that many people came together in only a week. She knew there was some online component to the organization, but didn’t know what it was.

I was happy to be able to tell her that the Color of Change folks had been working on this for well over a month and played a huge part in bringing people together in Jena.

As Ben Chaneles reported here yesterday:

For me this day was the story of one of the largest public declarations of civil rights advocacy in recent memory, one where the whole thing went off without a hitch. No arrests, no hospitalizations, nothing but an entire town full of focused demonstrators who were successful in getting their message out. This day was a model of what social action should always look like, how a large group of individuals can come to the aid of a few in need, and in so doing, change the political dialogue for an entire country. This was the day that restored my faith in mass demonstrations.

The Color of Change people were also behind the effort to stay the execution of Kenneth Foster, which was a remarkable success. They’re doing amazing work for social justice with online organizing and deserve a lot of credit for what happened yesterday. Congratulations to James Rucker and everyone there who did such amazing work to carry this off.

They’re pretty modest folks who don’t spend a lot of time talking about their achievements, so many people don’t know. And Mychael Bell is still in jail, so I’m sure their work is not done. But they deserve much more wide acclaim for their efforts, which have already had profound results.

You can send a letter to Governor Kathleen Blanco asking her to intervene in the case here.

(Photo by Benjamin Chaneles)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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