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THE CARAVAN HAS ENDED, BUT

OUR WORK HAS JUST BEGUN!

JUNE 9 - JUNE 25th: NY * PA* DC * VA* NC * SC* GA * TN * AL * MS * LA

         

On Thursday, June 10th, a caravan of buses and other vehicles left New York City on a historic journey throughout the south.  Led by Ben Chaney, the founder and President of the James Earl Chaney Foundation, the Freedom Summer 2004 Ride For Justice will visit sites of historical significance to the Civil Rights Movement in such places as Philadelphia Pa, Washington DC, Raleigh, NC, Birmingham AL, Philadelphia MS and other key venues (see itenarary).  The Freedom Summer 2004 Ride For Justice is sponsored by the Chaney Goodman Schwerner Justice Coalition, a project of the James Earl Chaney Foundation. 

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Featured News Story: 5 questions with Ben Chaney
The State, SC - Jun 11, 2004: Chaney is the head of the James Earl Chaney Foundation. ... I started the Chaney Foundation because of the desecration of my brotherís grave in Mississippi.     

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"Our theme for the year's event will be 'Where is the Justice'" says Ben, shown here with Freedom Summer 2004 participants preparing to embark on their journey.  "The Justice Coalition has planned commemorative events to celebrate 40 years of civil and human rights activism and to call for the State of Mississippi to prosecute the murderers of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner."  According to Ben, even though there are confessions in these murders, the State of Mississippi has never filed murder charges against the men involved in the murder of the civil rights workers.  Ben Chaney Addresses Freedom Summer 2004 Riders in New York
The caravan seeks to achieve several key objectives:

Shevonna May and Nashawn Barrow - 2 youth riders

  • Bring pressure on the state of Mississippi to reopen the Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner murders in order to prosecute the surviving perpetrators and bring closure to the case;
  • Conduct a vigorous voter registration drive, especially targeting young adults between the ages of 18 - 30; and
  • Educate young Americans about the Civil Rights struggle and seek their active participation in working to improve human rights, thus bettering the lives of all members of our society.

In recent weeks, there has been increasing reporting coverage of the possibility of the case being reopened.  In addition, Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson has conducted a poll (see Bennie Thompson's Poll) seeking public opinion on reopening the case.  The poll asks:

"Recently, the Department of Justice announced its decision to reopen the murder investigation of Emmett Till. In addition to the Till case, many Americans have expressed a desire to see the murder investigation into the deaths of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman - the three civil rights workers who were killed in the summer of 1964 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Should the Justice Department reopen the case of Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman?"
 
Yes
89.12 %  
No
  10.88 %
 

 

 

You can listen to Ben Chaney's NPR Interview with Tavis Smiley here!

If you are interested in the issues the Chaney Goodman Schwerner Justice Coalition and the Freedom Summer 2004 Ride For Justice are trying to address should join the caravan along its route when it reaches your respective State Click for more information.

 

Freedom Summer 2004 Ride For Justice participants look forward to the chance to "make a difference in the quality of life" 

To see more photos of the caravan click here!

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