The Organizers of the 2018 Women's March in Humboldt support NO on Measure M, which will allow the city of Arcata to continue removing the McKinley statue from the plaza. While we're not all from Arcata, this does impact all of us indirectly. The statue is seen as a symbol of oppression and racism by many; that it remains a city-sanctioned ornament affects the cohesiveness and health of our broader community.
If you attended the Women's March in January, you heard from speakers representing different parts of our community. They shared what ways we could help make Humboldt a welcoming place for people of color. Many called for the statue to come down. We stand with their call to action.
Members of the Organizers of the 2018 Women's March in Humboldt include Tracy Katelman, Michele Pease Walford, Beth Wylie, Dani Burkhart, Michael Simon Schwartz, Pat Kanzler and myself.
Allison Edrington, Fortuna