Hartford, CT, September 19, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- The Blogosphere recently took matters into their own hands when they saw the lack of coverage for the Jena 6 case in mainstream media. A day of blogging was coordinated with the intent of magnifying the voices of 'the people', while also requesting that the mainstream media share the story of the miscarriage of justice that has taken place in the Jena 6 case, with their mass audiences . A press release was issued to notify the media, and on Thursday August 30, 2007 the "Day of Blogging for Justice" took place. On the very same day of the event, MSNBC stepped up and aired a 5 minute segment on the Jena 6 case. They have also continued to cover the story online.
The Blogosphere's 'Afrosphere Jena 6 Coalition' is again coordinating another show of support and concern with an online Virtual March which will act as an unofficial companion and alternative to the efforts announced by the Color of Change for a March in Jena Louisiana that will be led by Michael Baisden and Al Sharpton on September 20, 2007 for those who cannot make it to the physical March and also for those who wish to double and triple their efforts.
Interested bloggers, webmasters, and social networking profile owners are asked to take a picture of themselves holding a sign that displays a message of support and demand for justice such as 'Free the Jena 6'. As an added measure, if possible, Virtual Marchers are asked to wear black as Marchers in Louisiana will be doing on September 20th. The digital photos can then be posted to visible sidebar areas on their blogs, sites, profiles and anywhere else they feel it will send a constant message that 'the people' are standing against racism in the justice system and elsewhere. Virtual Marchers are asked to keep displaying the pictures on their profiles until true justice has been served for all of the Jena 6, as a show of solidarity.
Those who don't have digital cameras can check with their local office supply stores. Most office supply stores will scan a photo and save it to a disk that can hold the file needed to upload to the internet. After that, Image hosting services like Imageshack.us can store the photos and generate a code Virtual Marchers can use on their profiles. If there are no office supply stores in the area, other Virtual Marchers who have access to scanners will likely accept photos through the mail, scan them, then email them back.
Kenneth Caine, chairman of the Nashville Black Covenant Coalition, who organized in Nashville for the rally, stated that the March in Louisiana "represents solidarity with those young brothers. It also speaks to our collective plight."
"The hope is that the Virtual March in addition to other acts of collective standing will register as a message that 'the people' are aware of the evils these young men have encountered, and are also aware that theirs is not truly an isolated incident. This March is therefore symbolic of our refusal as aware individuals to allow these evils to befall people of color, or people targeted for any reason of systematic prejudice. Many have shed blood and stood strong against tyranny, and it is up to us to honor those sacrifices," advises Daz, a coordinator of the Virtual March.
More information can obtained by typing 'Virtual March' in search at: www.ultravioletunderground.com (The Grassroute) , and also by visiting www.blackperspective.net
for The Grassroute