It took more than two years, but the Jena Six can now put this saga behind them. The five young men whose trials had been on hold pleaded "no contest" to simple battery--a misdemeanor for which they received no jail time. It's the kind of charge that should have been made all along.
ColorOfChange members played a pivotal role. Just after the trial, criminal defense attorney Jim Boren—the attorney representing Robert Bailey and a coordinator for legal strategy across the cases—called ColorOfChange executive director James Rucker. His words speak for themselves. You can listen to the core of his voicemail message here:
Join us in sending the young men good wishes and congratulations, and in taking a moment to reflect on the victory that we achieved together.
This campaign has concluded.