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News :: Education : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race
Justice for Jason: Raise your voice against racism in our state!
30 Jan 2009
On February 3, 2008 Jason Vassell, an African-American student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the victim of a racist hate crime. He has been further victimized by a racist prosecution. We, a coalition of community organizations, students and faculty, seek solidarity in challenging this racist prosecution.
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Justice for Jason meeting- Boston 1/30 - Raise your voice against racism in our state!
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Justice for Jason meeting- Boston 1/30 - Raise your voice against racism in our state!
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Justice for Jason meeting- Boston 1/30 - Raise your voice against racism in our state!
Dear Friends,
On February 3, 2008 Jason Vassell, an African-American student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the victim of a racist hate crime (see attached for background). He has been further victimized by a racist prosecution. We, a coalition of community organizations, students and faculty, seek solidarity in challenging this racist prosecution.

Boston Coalition for Justice for Jason Kick-Off Meeting
Where: UMass Boston, Wheatley Hall, RM 122 (4th floor)
When: Friday, January 30th, 6 - 8 pm

ON Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=46481534059

Website: www.justiceforjason.org

Sisters and Brothers, this is a great opportunity in the face of tragedy. We have a choice: to continue to sit idly by as the police, the justice system and those with institutional power continue to murder, pillage and take away our freedoms; or we can take a stand. We can demand an end to a racist system which enslaves us all. This is a moment when Justice for Jason means so much more. The struggle for Justice for Jason is not too different from the struggles for Justice for Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Annette Garcia, and countless others. A win for Jason is a win for the racial justice movement everywhere.

Yours in Struggle,
Jasmin Torrejon, Dan Keefe, Malcolm Chu, and Jason Behrens
Coordinators, The Committee for Justice for Jason Vassell
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The following are updates on the case as well as the grassroots movement. Please read this and stay updated by going to our website at www.justiceforjason.org Thank you for your continued support for Jason.

MOTION TO DISMISS
On Monday, December 29th, Jason Vassell's defense submitted a motion to dismiss Vassell's indictment, No. 08-56, "on the ground that the defendant has been selectively prosecuted because of his race, in violation of the rights guaranteed him by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and Articles I and XII of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights." Click here to read the motion : http://www.justiceforjason.org/motion

YEAR ANNIVERSARY
February 3rd 2009 marks ONE YEAR that Jason has been victim of a racist hate crime and a horrific racist prosecution. As the prosecution continues its violent attack on Jason's life, we are calling on people throughout the region to join us for a DAY OF SHAME.

MARCH WITH US ON TUESDAY FEB 3 FOR THE DAY SHAME (for details click here: http://www.justiceforjason.org/dayofshame) Meet us outside Mackimmie Dorm (Southwest) UMASS at 11:30AM

CAN'T MARCH? JOIN US IN A CALL-IN DAY TO THE DA'S OFFICE or do BOTH (for details click here: http://www.justiceforjason.org/feb-3-national-call-in-day )

HELP US GET PETITION SIGNATURES-if you've already signed it, encourage 5-10+ of your friends to sign. Please help us get 10,000 signatures before Feb.3rd. Forward this link to as many people as possible http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/J4JDismissalofcharges/
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8053969667

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED?
Interested in working towards our national campaign? Have national contacts i.e. organizations, friends, family, or coworkers in other states? If you want to help continue raising awareness and mobilizing support for Jason please get in touch with us at mobilizingforjason (at) gmail.com.

WEBSITE
Our website is constantly being updated and has recently been improved. Please visit it for more updates on the case and upcoming events: www.justiceforjason.org

Thank You again for your support.

In strength,
The Committee for Justice for Jason
See also:
http://www.justiceforjason.org

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