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David Josiah Lawson: Is Justice Delayed Justice Denied?

Arcata ,CA–The 15-month mark of David Josiah Lawson’s unsolved homicide is quickly approaching. With no new suspects in custody it leaves many to wonder when and most importantly how, Lawson and his family will receive justice. The abrupt resignation of Arcata’s former Police Chief Tom Chapman, amid mounting public pressure over the case, only added to the frustrations and confusion. …

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Recap: Diversity Day At Arcata’s Farmers Market

Arcata’s Farmers Market had an interesting spin last weekend due to the work of two passionate and creative Social Work graduate students at Humboldt State University. Face-painting, books, and representation from various organizations in the local community was mixed in within Arcata’s weekly farmers market for ‘Diversity Day’ on the plaza, hosted by Amy Mathieson and Erin Youngblood-Smith. “I liked …

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Black Male Empowerment Network Host Fish Fry in Arcata

Arcata, CA–Yesterday at the Campbell Creek Connexion in Arcata, the Black Male Empowerment Network (BMEN) hosted a fish-fry. Initially, the event supposed to be held at Redwood Park but due to heavy rains, it was changed to the location of the church. The event served as a way for Black people in the community to connect over classic meals that …

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What Is The Point of Arcata’s ‘Community Dialogues on Race?’

Arcata, CA–The proclaimed “community dialogues on race” came at the request of  David Josiah Lawson’s mother. She drove from Southern California a few months after her son was killed last year with over 1,000 signatures she collected, asking the city council to put her son on their meeting agenda. She was seeking transparency in the investigation and wanted the city …

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Arcata City Council Sends Out Press Release Regarding Lawson Case Amid Growing Controversy

Arcata, CA–The City of Arcata sent out the following press release at 5:00 p.m. this evening. Statement from the Arcata City Council: April 16, 2018 Most importantly, the City’s commitment to solving David Josiah Lawson’s case has not waivered. The City is concerned about how the timing of Tom Parker’s departure from the case coincides with the filing of a …

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The City of Arcata Receives Notice For Damages In David Josiah Lawson’s Case

Arcata, CA–This sunday April 15 will mark one-year since David Josiah Lawson who was a sophomore at Humboldt State University, died after suffering multiple stab wounds at an off-campus party. There is currently no one in custody for his death. “This tough journey has been filled with disappointments, from the lack of justification for the first responders’ actions, the delay …

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Meet The Humboldt State Graduate Students Behind ‘We Are Your Community’

Arcata, CA–Erin Youngblood-Smith and Amy Mathieson met in the Graduate Social Work program at Humboldt State University. These women are from two completely different backgrounds, who formed a friendship through their love of social work and advocacy. Amy Mathieson grew up in Montana, CA and moved to Humboldt County when she was 16. She completed undergrad at HSU, graduating with a …

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