I am the person who wore the sandwich board sign that said at 80 I can't believe I still have to protest this f---ing shit. Roe v. Wade 44 years. I had my picture taken at a non-stop rate for the entire time I was there. Rarely more than a half a minute went by without my being asked if I would let someone take my picture. I think my sign was the single most popular sign at the march. I went into Galleghers later and they insisted on giving me a meal on the house and when I asked why they said, "We like your sign.". When I have to, at the age of 80, fight for the rights so hard won by myself and other women after 50-60 years all over again I feel quite entitled to swear. Further: we have a president who is an obscenity and who uses obscenities regularly. How about worrying about that instead of nit-picking at the content of heart felt signs.
While this is an excellent letter there is one thing I question and that is why is it that the full pressure is always on the city of Eureka? Homelessness is a county-wide issue so why is it not addressed as such? Why are the Board of Supervisors not up against the wall on this issue. They have refused to declare an emergency, they have, in fact, done next to nothing. In addition to the fact that they should be addressing homelessness in county areas they should be pressured to help incorporated areas, especially those most heavily impacted such as Eureka, to deal with it.
Excellent letter, Richard. Thank you.
This letter says it like it is. Thank you Diane Higgins.
What an important and painful tale, thank you Lynette, for the excellent research and telling of this story. It's critical that people here know this history and understand the brutality of the mindset of the whites who came here. There is no indication in this story that any of them thought of the fact that the Native residents were here first. There seems simply to have been a belief that they were entitled to take what they wanted any way in which they wanted to do so. A very ugly history this country has, very ugly.
Lynette, I hope you will turn your research, including this story, into a book.
Ellen, I am at the edge of tears. I've read much of your writings of the last decades and have always admired it but this time you've broken all records. This incredible, beautiful sentence is only a small example "They wended their way through the topography of the century, samurais for social justice." of the excellence and emotive strength of your wordsmithing. Kudos on a wonderful and important piece of work. I hope everyone will be cutting this article out and posting it and re-reading. Thank you.
Todd Heiler, not for the first time I'm impressed by a letter of yours. This one is most excellent and right on the button. Thank you for writing it. I think it would be great if you published an expanded version as a My Word in the T-S. Thanks again, Sylvia De Rooy
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Feb 16, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 7
Under the Color of Authority
The North Coast Journal
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