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Humboldt State University: Broken Dreams & Nightmares

Istill remember the day I was sitting on my grandmother’s porch and got the idea that I wanted to go to college. College was not something that was drilled into me as a young child. It was a tool and a means to change my surroundings. No way did I want to be confined to the square-mile radius known as …

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36 Years Later: Remembering Virgil Payne Who Was Killed In Hoopa

“My friend Virgil Payne was killed by Humboldt County Sheriffs in Hoopa Valley in 1981. I hope I am not the only one who remembers this fine person and the suspicious circumstances in which he was killed.” What happened to Virgil Payne, a Black-man who also attended Humboldt State University? Depending on who you ask, the story differs. There are …

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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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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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