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Paddle Out for Justice 2021 

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Mark McKenna
A canoe sits on the shore as people gathered for the second Paddle Out for Justice on the Samoa Peninsula Sunday.
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In total around 50 people attended the paddle out, stretching along the cove.
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Participants waiting on the beach for the event to begin.
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Event Organizer Melissa Meiris addresses the crowd as she kicks off the event.
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Organizer Melissa Meiris wrote the Wiyot word for justice on the back of her shirt. The paddle out took place on non-ceded Wiyot land on the Samoa Peninsula at an area the Wiyot call Twaya’t.
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As the attendees prepare to enter the water, Melissa Meiris tells the crowd that it is very important not to enter the bay with money in their pockets so they should put it in the donation jars.
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Dozens of people entered the water for the paddle out on a variety of non-motorized water craft.
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Dozens of people entered the water for the paddle out on a variety of non-motorized water craft.
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The people paddling out were asked to form two concentric circles so they could hear each other.
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A man paddles a canoe solo back to shore.
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Paddle boarder Tim Haywood, of Trinidad, said he came to support the causes of the different groups in person.
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Attendees place flowers on surfboards to take into the bay for the paddle out.
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A small outrigger canoe is ferried across the sand to the water's edge.
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Participants listen to the speakers before they hit the water for the paddle out.
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Event organizer Melissa Meiris’s mother, Sigrid Meadows, records her daughter speaking to the crowd. Meadows said she came out from Colorado to help her daughter.
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Terry Uyeki with Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders (HAPI), spoke of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans, as well as the increase of hate crimes against Asians even before the pandemic.
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Brieanne Mirjah, who is expecting her first child any day, spoke to the crowd about the Eureka Chinatown project and the contributions Asian Americans have made to build the country, including railroads and electrical lines.
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Julio Torres spoke of the Josiah Lawson case and other injustices before preforming "Three Chords For The Movement," a song he wrote shortly after the death of Lawson four years ago.
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Julio Torres addresses the crowd before performing his song.
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Julio Torres plays "Three Chords For The Movement."
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Brenda Perez of Centro del Pueblo spoke of issues and challenges facing the Latinx community, including families separated at the border.
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Brenda Perez, of Centro del Pueblo.
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Lark Doolan, Humboldt’s first openly transgender school administrator, called on people to disrupt the hate against people of color and other marginalized groups, asking white people to say something with they see racism or other phobias.
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Paddlers listen to speakers on the sand.
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Arcata High School Black Student Union President Bella Volz-Broughton told the crowd her parents began explaining to her when she was 4 that people would treat her differently because of the color of her skin.
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Arcata High Black Student Union President Bella Volz-Broughton addresses the crowd with a Black Lives Matter sign in the background. She will be attending University of California at Berkley next year.
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Arcata High School Black Student Union President Bella Volz-Broughton.
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Dozens of people entered the water for the paddle out on a variety of non-motorized water craft.
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Getting a canoe onto the water for the paddle out.
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Surfers and paddlers hit the water.
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After about 30 minutes, the group began to break up as some folks returned to shore while others stayed longer to enjoy the water.
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Paddlers out on the bay.
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Kayakers and others on the water for the paddle out.
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A canoe sits on the shore as people gathered for the second Paddle Out for Justice on the Samoa Peninsula Sunday.

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