Every Number is a Person

Every Number is a Person

Humboldt's missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people

(August 13, 2020) Jessica Alva (Blackfeet, Yaqui and Nahua) Heather Leann Cameron (Grande Ronde and Pit River Tribes) Angela Mae Jeff (California Valley Miwok) Sumi Juan (Hoopa Valley Tribe) Jeanette Kamahele (Kanaka...

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The Advocacy of Respect

(July 23, 2020) For years I've been kvetching and moaning over the woes of America and the world in general: conflict over immigration and climate change, terrorism and mass shootings, plastics accumulating in...

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'Exposed'

My experience with race and racism in Ferndale

(July 2, 2020) I'm the organizer of the Ferndale "protest" rally, gathering on June 28. There have been multiple threats against me and others who attended circulating social media since it hit the...

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East Through the Pandemic

Reflections on a 2,800-mile drive across America

(June 25, 2020) I had not been more than 10 miles from home since March as, like most of us, my family has adhered to the protocols and shelter-in-place restrictions aimed to...

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'The Anti-Lincoln'

Why Trump is incapable of rising to this moment

(June 11, 2020) This week, thoughtful leaders in my district and around the country are doing their best to de-escalate violence and channel our national outrage into peaceful demands for change. This moment...

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Black Lives, Black Stories

And the work of allies during and after the protest

(June 4, 2020) The following a speech delivered at the Black Lives Matter/George Floyd protest on behalf of Black Humboldt at the Eureka Police Department on June 1, 2020. Hello everyone I...

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Distance Learning: It's Hard. For Everyone.

(May 28, 2020) If you are among the legion of parents that have taken on the role of teacher during distance learning, you have undoubtedly experienced the challenging merge of parent and educator....

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'Our Resolve to Fight:' A Letter from Humboldt's Health Officer

(May 18, 2020) To the residents of Humboldt County: COVID-19 is a stealthy opponent. Its ability to spread easily from people who do not even know they are ill, along with its heightened...

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Invisible Protections

(May 14, 2020) How about we all just exhale deeply and collectively recognize that week six of shelter in place was rough. Maybe we can just agree to be OK with letting that...

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Invisible Protections

(May 11, 2020) How about we all just exhale deep and collectively recognize that week six of shelter in place was rough. Maybe we can just agree to be OK with letting that...

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An Open Letter to the Community from the Local Medical Society President

(April 30, 2020) Now more than ever, Californians are relying on physicians to help guide them through these difficult times. While the outbreak of COVID-19 has created tremendous uncertainty throughout our communities, we...

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Grief When the Losses Mount

Talking to our children about losing people and things they hold dear

(April 29, 2020) It has been a month and a half since my 9-year-old daughter has been in the physical presence of another child. To fully interact, to imagine, to run and play....

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Interpreting Equity During a Pandemic

(April 25, 2020) One of my first memories interacting with other children in our community is of having my older brother, Mauro, interpret for me as we were playing — he was attending...

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End of the Spell

(April 22, 2020) Societies all over the world are caught in a terrible dilemma. Taking refuge in our houses and socially distancing are the only ways we know to protect ourselves and each...

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Trapped

(April 16, 2020) It is a beautiful Monday in Humboldt County, one of those days where the blue accentuates the deep green ridge of the tree line and reminds one of the grandeur...

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For the Love of Children: Unsung Heroes

(April 16, 2020) As a society, our children are our most precious resources, with nurturing and protecting them one of our most sacred duties. Children deserve safe, happy childhoods and it is up...

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