Meg Stofsky 
Member since Sep 3, 2017

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Re: “Dozens Gather to Remember Josiah Lawson at Beach Vigil

As a member of the Justice for Josiah Committee and Eureka community & NAACP member, I want to thank the North Coast Journal for the sensitive article and beautiful pictures of the September 15, 2018 monthly vigil for David Josiah (DJ) Lawson, an HSU student who was viciously murdered at an off campus party on April 15, 2017. His mother, Charmaine Michelle Lawson and his family, friends and her supporters will continue to hold these monthly vigils in the community until his murderer is brought to justice. Moreover, Ms. Lawson, works tirelessly with the California Faculty Association and other individuals and groups to urge the Chancellor ans Board of Trustees of the California State University system to take responsibility and make necessary changes to the policies and procedures for the recruitment, retention and education of students, particularly students of color and Indigenous Peoples, to ensure their safety on campus and in the communities in which they live, learn, work and play. Thank you again for capturing the love, laughter, tears and determination we bring to honor the memory of DJ and his mother and grieving family.
Meg Stofsky

Posted by Meg Stofsky on 09/17/2018 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Past the Dog Whistles, What’s Really at Stake in the McKinley Statue Debate

Thank you for writing a piece that is unambiguous in calling out racist, race-baiting hate speech in local media, both online and print. It is literally nauseating to read some of the anonymous posts in LOCO. However, I find it equally distressing to read some of the opinion and news articles in local print and online media sources. Some have a tongue in cheek tone that is at odds with the seriousness of the issue of taking acttions to make HSU, Arcata and Humboldt County safe for indigenous peoples and people of color.
Thank you also for being unambiguous in calling for the McKinley statue to be moved from its place of centrality on the Arcata Plaza. Whatever its covert and intended meaning to the overwhelmingly white population of Arcata, what has been evidenced by the largely white group that wants rhe McKinley statue to remain in its place is their outrage that anyone would question their right to feel good, no matter the cost to others. It would truly be a shame for this message to be the one supported by the Arcata City Council and community at large.

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Posted by Meg Stofsky on 03/15/2018 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Update: Offending Plaza Plaque Removed

It is both strange and infuriating to hear people constantly telling those of us that support our Native allies request for removal of the McKinley statue and plaque that we "can't change the past". This mantra is delusional. No one has suggested we are trying to change history. If only the removal of symbols and reminders of past offenses such as genocide and slavery could change what was done. Wouldn't you want that magic wand to erase the blood and tears and turn back time so our nation could be re-founded with love, peace and justice for all, without the exceptions white people made in our decisions to enslave and eradicate black and brown people - those we considered inferior. Oh! how I wish to be relieved of the pictures in my head and sounds in my ears as I imagine the terror of the children and parents and the blood that stained the Plaza... where does your imagination go? How would you want the past to be re-lived, if you were able to make this happen. But, back to 2018 and reality. We cannot change or erase past; we can only try to make amends and reparative actions in the here and now and work to change future behaviors. What remains to remind us of how we traumatized other human beings? How do we, as white people continue to profit by means of the structural racism which capitalism feeds on like a cancer in this nations soul? What can we do about these matters now? Tomorrow? So, please stop your nonsensical chatter about what can't be done and begin to think about what can and must be done. Try to come to a place of compassion for the ancestors of the slaughtered and enslaved who merely ask now that a statue of a white imperialist and colonist and a plaque be removed. How can you compare the weight of these requests for action to what was done? How do you want your children and grandchildren to think of you, knowing that you had a chance to make a small reparation and you not only failed, but did so with mockery and disrespect of those so tragically harmed by our ancestors?

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Meg Stofsky on 03/06/2018 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Homeless with a Severe Disability

This is unacceptable. How can it be legal to have living quarters reserved for handicapped individuals not be available for an eligible individual?

Posted by Meg Stofsky on 03/01/2018 at 7:47 PM

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