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Reflection: Fighting For Justice is Exhausting But Black Lives Matter Too

Arcata, CA–April 15th will mark one year since Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson was stabbed to death in Arcata. Four months after I graduated from HSU, Lawson was killed. His case remains unsolved and his mother travels from southern California to Arcata every month seeking justice for her son–while city officials accused of incompetence climb the ranks and receive …

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How White Women Perpetuate White Supremacy

Arcata, CA–Over the last year there have been numerous forums about racism as well as meetings and planning towards “racial equity.” Not to mention every month there are vigils held in Arcata to keep light on the fact that whoever stabbed Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson, is still roaming free. I pondered this for a while and I thought …

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Opinion: I Was Asked To Speak On A Panel For Zero To Fierce In Arcata

My experience in Humboldt County is that we as people of color are definitely marginalized. Considering what has happened to the Indigenous people in this region, it should be expected. Our voices, experiences and presence are not valued in the same ways as our white counter parts who run the local town politics and businesses. We are here. We might …

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Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir Hold Benefit Concert in Honor of David Josiah Lawson

Today at 2:00 p.m the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir held a benefit show in honor of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson. The proceeds of the event would go towards Brothers United, the student-club that Lawson was president of. Dr.Corliss Bennett-McBride,the advisor to Brothers United who is also the Director of HSU’s Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence, coordinated the event. …

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The State of Arcata is Different For Students of Color

Yesterday morning at 8:30 a.m the Arcata Chamber of Commerce hosted an event about the state of the city. A representative from Senator Mike McGuire’s office, Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer, Humboldt County Supervisor Mike Wilson and Arcata Mayor Sofia Pereira, each gave a 10-minute presentation on the state of the city (Arcata). The state of the city presentation was …

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Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival

“The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. We need you to step up and join our efforts.” Last weekend January 27th 2018, I attended the Poor People’s Campaign organizing …

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Humboldt State University: Famous Lies And Unpopular Truths

There is an advertisement floating around Facebook paid for by Humboldt State University, where HSU is claiming to be a “top school for social justice.” However, students in the comments are saying otherwise. HSU unfortunately, is my alma mater. I do say unfortunately because here I am a little over a year after I graduated, still beating myself up over …

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South Centrals’ African-American Taco Movement

In the first episode of her food travel series Ms. Info went to my birth place of South Central, Los Angeles to illustrate the cultural exchange between Black’s and Hispanic’s and the rise of young African-American entrepreneurs in the city. Ms. Info is a respected and renowned music journalist who has worked for BET, The Source Magazine, XXL and Rolling Stone. …

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Memoirs of a Ghetto Girl

My desire to attend college was merely my plan to escape the inner city. I was trying to escape being trapped in the midst of turmoil until I left this earth. This feeling came from growing up within communities displaced by the crack epidemic. To see your elders strung out on drugs, makes you envision your own future. Witnessing the …

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