Arcata, CA–The Eureka chapter of the NAACP recently sent an open letter of support, stating that the organization stands in solidarity with Humboldt State University students who are collectively organizing #12DaysofAction, a positive and peaceful demonstration formed with the intent of garnering national attention to unsolved student-murders.
Dear Humboldt State University, the City of Arcata and Community Members,
The Eureka NAACP stands in solidarity with the Humboldt State University students who are collectively organizing for #12DaysofAction, a positive and peaceful demonstration, formed with the intent of garnering national attention to unsolved student-murders and the quest for #JusticeForJosiah.
In the spirit of the student protests of the 1960’s, young people across this nation have begun to step up and amplify their voices, calling to the forefront issues that are plaguing their communities. From the Black Lives Matter Movement to the March For Our Lives, it is the spirit of the youth who remind those who are seemingly comfortable with complacency, of the times we are in. We ask the community to encourage and stand behind the students at HSU in the memory of Corey Clark and David Josiah Lawson.
The events and discussions of this past year have illustrated that the issues of institutional racism and student of color safety in the local community must be taken seriously, with substantive reforms. Communities of color in Humboldt County and students of color at Humboldt State University specifically have reiterated numerous times that they do not feel safe and supported in Humboldt County.
The Eureka NAACP stands with the HSU students in their #12DaysOfAction as they seek justice for David Josiah Lawson and Corey Clark. We encourage HSU to engage with the students for their desired outcomes of student safety and justice during this demonstration.
2nd Vice President of the Eureka NAACP