Sunday, July 14, 2019

More Than 200 Protest Immigrant Detention Centers

Posted By on Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 9:57 AM

Participants in the candle-lighting ceremony had to protect their flames from gusts of wind blowing along Fifth Street. - MARK LARSON
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  • Participants in the candle-lighting ceremony had to protect their flames from gusts of wind blowing along Fifth Street.
The Lights for Liberty Eureka: Vigil to End Concentration Camps attracted more than 200 attendees to a candlelight vigil at the Humboldt County Courthouse at sunset Friday evening.

This local vigil, intentionally using the term "concentration camps," was one of two held countywide as part of Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, a nationwide event Friday to protest conditions faced by refugees at the Mexican border, according to Terry Supahan, executive director of True North Organizing Network that organized the event.

Attendees of all ages brought protest signs or created them at the event, and one protestor carried an upside down American flag, a universal signal of "distress."

The event's formal presentation included testimony from community members and local spiritual leaders and ended in prayer and a call for community action. The event closed with a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony and imprompto singing of "This Little Light of Mine" with updated lyrics and other protest songs.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Huffman to Immigrants in Advance of ICE Raids: 'Know Your Rights' (VIDEO)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 4:34 PM

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With President Trump’s promised weekend immigration raids looming, North Coast Congressman and lawyer Jared Huffman has released a video for his constituents outlining their rights should immigration agents come knocking.

The roughly four-minute video (embedded below) features Huffman’s brief remarks, followed by a Spanish translation by Congresswoman Lucille Royball-Allard. Huffman also urges constituents with questions to call his Eureka office.

“As always, my team is here to help,” Huffman said. “Please protect yourself and know your rights.”

See the video from Huffman’s office below, followed by the press release issued this afternoon.



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Late HSU Professor Honored for LGBTQ Work

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 12:28 PM

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Humboldt State University professor of education Eric Rofes, who died of a heart attack in 2006, was honored at the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 27.


“Eric was a whirlwind of energy and brilliance at HSU and in the world, and I miss him daily,” said critical race and gender studies professor Christina Accomando in a press release sent by HSU. “His influence continues to be felt through our curriculum, our student organizations and Eric’s former students, who continue to do amazing things to make this a better world.”


According to a press release from the National LGBTQ Task Force, the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor "celebrates LGBTQ leaders who have paved the road to liberation and contributed significantly to progress for LGBTQ people.” The wall features 50 names of LGBTQ activisits, artists, federal workers and others.


Before heading to HSU in 1999, Rofes was an organizer and activist who began developing a gay men’s health movement, according to his obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle. He also led many organizations, including the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center from 1985 to 1988, and then went on to direct San Francisco’s Shanty Project from 1989 to 1993. Rofes also testified at the National Committee on AIDS hearing in 1991 wearing a leather chaps, vest and gloves to show there are varieties of sexual expression.

The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn. - NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE WEBSITE
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  • The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn.

While teaching education courses at HSU, Rofes was also an activist and influenced the development of the multicultural queer studies minor, which then became a part of the Department of Critical Race and Gender Studies (CRGS). The school’s Multicultural Queer Resource Center was also named after Rofes and works to “shift public opinion of the queer community on campus and in the local area from tolerance to acceptance.”


“He was a big personality who was never satisfied with the status quo,” Sheila Rocker-Heppe, director of Extended Education and Global Engagement at HSU said of Rofes in the press release. “He challenged me to examine my perceptions; he challenged me to live well beyond my boxes.”


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HSU Professor Honored on National LGBTQ Wall of Honor

The late Eric Rofes, a scholar, activist, and professor of Education at Humboldt, has been honored for his work in queer liberation and social justice on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.

Rofes, who died in 2006, was instrumental in developing the Multicultural Queer Studies minor at HSU (which later became part of the Department of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies) and is the namesake of the Eric Rofes Multicultural Queer Resource Center, which supports LGBTQ students and continues his community organizing efforts around queer, anti-racist and feminist activism. He founded and led gay organizations in major U.S. cities, authored groundbreaking books on gay men’s health and organized national meetings on gay and lesbian issues. Read more about Rofes’ legacy in a San Francisco Chronicle obituary.

“Eric was a whirlwind of energy and brilliance at HSU and in the world, and I miss him daily,” says CRGSProfessor Christina Accomando. “His influence continues to be felt through our curriculum, our student organizations, and Eric’s former students who continue to do amazing things to make this a better world.”

The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor celebrates leaders who have paved the road to liberation and contributed significantly to progress for LGBTQ people, according to a press release from the National LGBTQ Task Force. Unveiled on June 27, it begins with 50 artists, activists, federal workers, and others, and hangs in the historic Stonewall Inn, where demonstrations against a police raid on a gay bar in 1969 launched the modern LGBTQ movement. Other honorees include James Baldwin, Sylvia Rivera, Audre Lorde, Marsha P. Johnson, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, and Harvey Milk.

“The 50 leaders recognized represent some of our most vibrant changemakers and serve as a reminder that each one of us has a role to play in achieving freedom for LGBTQ people,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. “I invite everyone to honor those who have come before us and to be inspired to work for all that lies ahead.”

Sheila Rocker-Heppe, Director of Extended Education & Global Engagement at HSU, remembers Eric as an activist and educator characterized by both intensity and levity. “He was a big personality who was never satisfied with the status quo,” she says. “He challenged me to examine my perceptions; he challenged me to live well beyond my boxes. And he welcomed the opportunity to be challenged as well—which made for lively conversation and spirited exchanges about topics that could range from the definition of desire to the optimum cook time for microwave popcorn.”

As evidenced by his honor at the Stonewall Inn, Rofes’ reputation spread far beyond Humboldt State.

Co-founder of Queer Humboldt and HSU Housing Director Todd Larsen met Rofes in 2003 and said he seemed like an average person doing some queer work in the community.

“At his memorial in San Francisco, I realized just how well-known Eric was,” Larsen says. “There were hundreds of Eric’s friends, including many of the major political players and activists in the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and so many others from all the national work Eric did for gay rights across the country in addition to his published works. Eric’s work on ‘Reviving The Tribe’ has always meant a lot to me, with the goal of passing on our queer history from gay elders to new queer youth.”

About the Eric Rofes Multicultural Queer Resource Center:
The Center’s mission is to shift public opinion of the queer community on campus and in the local area from tolerance to acceptance. With a rich resource library and events such as Q-Fest, Trans Speak Out, Queer STEM Mixer, and Safe Sexpo, it is a hub for students to learn about events and organizations on campus. The Center was established after Eric Rofes’ death and commemorates and continues his community organizing efforts around Queer/Anti-Racist/Feminist activism.

Visit the Center’s website to learn about resources and how to get involved.

About the National LGBTQ Task Force:
The National LGBTQ Task Force is the oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group in the country. The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. As a progressive gender, racial, economic, and social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity.







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County Confirms First Local Whooping Cough Case Since 2016

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 10:12 AM

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Humboldt County public health officials are on alert after a Eureka teenager tested positive for the highly contagious whooping cough earlier this week.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, a follow up investigation identified 40 people who may have had contact with the teenager while he or she was contagious.

Officially known as pertussis, whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory infection that can cause serious health risks for people of all ages, with infants at the greatest risk.

“About half of infants diagnosed with pertussis will be hospitalized, so it’s critically important that pregnant women are vaccinated during their third trimester to provide newborns with maternal antibodies,” said Public Health Supervising Communicable Disease Nurse Hava Phillips.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

EPD Identifies Juvenile Responsible for Hate Group Fliers, Says no Immediate Threat of Violence

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM

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UPDATE:
The Eureka Police Department has issued a press release with some additional information, which can be found here.

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The Eureka Police Department has identified a male juvenile believed to be responsible for posting white supremacist recruiting fliers around town, interviewed him and determined there doesn’t appear to be an immediate physical threat to the community.

“He was identified with the assistance of family,” EPD Chief Steve Watson said. “In fact, a family member brought him in here very concerned. The family is very upset to find out what happened and to find out their son was involved in this. They did the right thing, which we very much appreciate.”

Watson said there's no indication that the hate group referenced on the flier has much of a local foothold.

“It does not appear at this stage as if there is some large, active group here in Humboldt County,” Watson said. “He may have acted alone.”

EPD became aware of the fliers yesterday, after a picture of one posted in the Henderson Center area in the morning began circulating on social media. Emblazoned with the image of an assault rifle, the flier read: “White youth! This entire system hates you and wants to see our race dead organize with us and bring an end to it.” The flier included an email address and the name of a hate group tied to a blog spot web page started earlier this month that included a manifesto outlining its ideology, which is militant, anti-establishment, anti-Semitic and overtly racist. Among other things, the site contained references to America being “infested” by minorities, saying the country was “never meant to be a melting pot” but a “shining beacon of true Aryan spirit.”

Watson said EPD identified the juvenile believed to be responsible — who Watson described as being “multi-racial” — last night and interviewed him this morning.

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North Coast Night Lights: Eel River Overlook

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 10:08 AM

DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
The magic of the night was all around, so very quiet with only the sound of the redwood forest around us sighing in a light breeze and merging with the soft susurrus of the Eel River far below. From a protected hollow high above the river my companions and I looked out over a world bathed in starlight, the galactic core of our galaxy reaching upward from the southern horizon and complementing the curve of the river below. At that moment, at that place, we felt between the heavens and Earth.

There is no forest more beautiful than the redwood forests of our part of the planet. They occur natively only in a few narrow bands along the coast of North America, and we are blessed to have some of those forests in our backyard here on the California north coast. To stand among them beneath the stars is a treat very few people in the world will experience firsthand. We who live with these wonders may sometimes forget what a blessing they are.
“A shooting star! Over near Jupiter!” I missed the meteor at the time, but not the magic of the night. Below us the Eel River glided between Redwood-covered hillsides under the night sky. I was with a former student and her friend and we played with our cameras while we stood in awe of the night. I found the meteor as I examined the photographs later. Humboldt County, California. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • “A shooting star! Over near Jupiter!” I missed the meteor at the time, but not the magic of the night. Below us the Eel River glided between Redwood-covered hillsides under the night sky. I was with a former student and her friend and we played with our cameras while we stood in awe of the night. I found the meteor as I examined the photographs later. Humboldt County, California.
It is easy to lose perspective in our busy world. As humanity we are perhaps overly concerned with ourselves. We forget that we’re actually quite small, a small species on a minute world that is a part of something much, much larger. We pretend to set ourselves outside of Nature when we look at it. But we are deep within it and riding for our lives on the tiniest of motes in space, a sea of Nature so large we can’t even grasp it.

On evenings like this, looking up into the incredible Milky Way galaxy of which we are a part, it’s interesting to imagine myself traveling out into space and looking back at the receding Earth. As Earth shrinks, I see how small we really are. At about the size of a little blue marble, our atmosphere looks a mere sheen on the surface. It gives some perspective relative to the Universe in which we live. So fragile are we out there.
From the immensity of space, the distant core of our galaxy rises over the Eel River. We will never understand it all, but I did mark a few points along the way. From the Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County, Earth. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • From the immensity of space, the distant core of our galaxy rises over the Eel River. We will never understand it all, but I did mark a few points along the way. From the Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County, Earth.


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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

EPD Investigating White Supremacist Group's Local Recruiting Efforts

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 5:01 PM

The Henderson Center flier, cropped so as not to show the group's name or contact information. - FACEBOOK
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  • The Henderson Center flier, cropped so as not to show the group's name or contact information.

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The Eureka Police Department has issued a press release, which you can read here.

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The Eureka Police Department is investigating an apparent militaristic white supremacist group that is recruiting locally, both through social media and fliers posted around the county.

A flier with an image of an assault rifle was found posted in a free library stand in Henderson Center this morning, reading: “White youth! This entire system hates you and wants to see our race dead organize with us and bring an end to it.”

The flier was created by a group named after an apparent reference to the effort to recruit young people to fight for Nazi Germany detailed in the book All Quiet on the Western Front. Another flier reading “It’s okay to be white” and including a bar code that linked to the group’s Instagram page was found on a Eureka street a few weeks back by local photographer Mark McKenna.

“It’s deeply concerning and something we’re looking into,” said EPD Chief Steve Watson, adding that an EPD detective has been assigned to research the group and the department has contacted the FBI and a local terrorism liaison office coordinator. “Obviously, it’s concerning to see anything that looks to be a hate group and it’s more concerning that there’s an assault weapon on there.”

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KHSU Hit by Cyber Attack

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 12:29 PM

KHSU's studio. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • KHSU's studio.
The dead air you’ve been hearing on KHSU is the result of a ransomeware attack that disabled most of the station’s programming systems and storage servers, according to Humboldt State University.

A university spokesperson tells the Journal the university does not yet know whether the cyber attack on the station was the result of a broader fishing effort, a targeted ransom attack or an act of sabotage potentially carried out by someone upset with the university’s decision to eliminate the vast majority of the station’s staff and local programming back in April.

According to a press release, the servers affected by the attack did not house sensitive information and while these kinds of malware attacks often come with a ransom request, the university has not “received a specific payment demand.”

Noting that KHSU is federally licensed, the university press release notes the incident was reported to federal law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission.

In the meantime, KHSU programming — which has consisted of feeds from affiliates in Sacramento and Chico since the station’s gutting — continues to be interrupted.

“The university hopes to have this resolved as soon as possible as it rebuilds programming and improves the security of KHSU,” the press release states.

See the full press release copied below:

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

UPDATE: National Guard Assisting Sheriff's Office 'Throughout the Summer' (VIDEO)

Posted By and on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 10:19 AM

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Sheriff William Honsal released a video today to address what he says are some of the questions that have come up in the last 24 hours since the National Guard began surveying areas of Humboldt County for “illicit cannabis” grows.

In the Facebook video, Honsal says the ultimate goal is to bring those growers into compliance.
“The National Guard is here at my request and they’re working with us to assist us with the illicit marijuana industry that has been a problem here in Humboldt County for years,” he says.

Honsal emphasizes that those who are permitted or are in the permit process are “not in our cross-hairs” and those growers “don’t have anything to fear” when they see a helicopter. It is, he says, “the people outside the permit process who should know we are coming.”

“The sheriff’s office plan for summer is to serve search warrants using a multi-disciplinary team approach,” Honsal says.

The sheriff also states that his office is “complaint driven” and anonymous reports about potentially illegal grows can be make to the sheriff’s office hotline, noting many tips have come in from “licensed marijuana cultivators.”

Watch the full video below.
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The National Guard will be assisting the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in eradicating cannabis in the next few days, spokesperson Samantha Karges confirmed, saying that a military style helicopter reported to be flying over a number of areas Monday was with the National Guard.

The collaboration will continue “this week” and “throughout the summer,” she said.

A number of residents from Hyampon to the coast and Piercy to State Route 299 reported seeing a dark green, military style helicopter flying low and circling rural areas Monday. However, no raids were reported.

Multiple agencies including the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the National Guard at the end of June, serving search warrants on alleged illegal marijuana grows in the Hayfork area. In a few days, the agencies served 15 warrants and detained 23 suspects, according to Department of Fish and Wildlife Information Officer Janice Mackey.

“The operations yielded an estimated 12,548 illegal marijuana plants, 801 pounds of processed marijuana, 15 firearms and $435,875 in U.S. currency,” she said.

In the following days, sounds of choppers are certain to ratchet up the paranoia levels of marijuana growers who have faced decades of eradication efforts. However, PG&E will also be conducting flyovers in the region starting today, according to a press release issued by the company, which states it will “fly helicopters along electric distribution lines in Humboldt and Lake Counties to survey the lines for improved electric reliability.”

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Never Leave Before the Fireworks

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 5:28 PM

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  • Matt Filar
  • Hendo gets mobbed by teammates after his three-run walk off home run (complete with projectile helmet)
Guys, I’m buzzin’. Saturday was the greatest Crabs game I’ve ever attended. It’s two days later and I’m still riding the high. If you missed it, I would highly recommend fronting the production of, or creating your own time machine and going back to Saturday afternoon. Same goes for those of you who left, as I almost did, when the Crabs were making dinky mistakes and getting pretty well wrecked. Thank goodness for my sheep-like mentality. Side note: Never leave a baseball game early. Just don’t do it. Short of being in danger of third degree sunburn or renal failure, it isn’t worth it.

There are so many stupid titles I could slap on this: Crabs Make Their Own Fireworks, Henderson Rockets Crabs Past Capitalists, PUFCaps File Bankruptcy In Late-Game Collapse but salient point is that Damien Henderson is amazing and I probably wouldn’t mind if he married my sister (if I had one).


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