What: Press Conference by Mother of Slain Black HSU Student, David Josiah Lawson
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 3:00pm
Where: Humboldt State University Quad
Arcata, CA- Michelle-Charmaine Lawson will hold a press conference in Arcata, California, the town where her son, David Josiah Lawson (“Josiah”), a 19 year old sophomore at Humboldt State University, was murdered on April 15, 2017. Due to the release of the suspect involved in Josiah's death, a money reward will be offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible
A statement and details regarding the reward will be provided at the press conference. Josiah, a vibrant, young black man, died from what is believed to be a racially charged stabbing at an off-campus party in Arcata.
At Thursday's press conference, Ms. Lawson will be accompanied by the Arcata Police Chief, Tom Chapman; her son's friend, Elijah J. Chandler, who performed CPR in an attempt to save Josiah's life; and members of Brothers United, the campus organization that had elected Josiah as their president. Ms. Lawson invites supportive people from the local community to stand with her at the press conference in solidarity with her family and in support of the efforts to hold Josiah's killer(s) accountable.
Ms. Lawson and other family members have already traveled from their home in Los Angeles to Humboldt County several times since Josiah's death for a memorial prepared by HSU students, to meet with local officials about the investigation around Josiah's murder, and to march with students and other community members, calling for Justice for Josiah.
Students of color in Humboldt, like David Josiah Lawson, have, for years, expressed feeling unsafe and unwelcome in a county where the University “recruits the most vulnerable of students from inner city areas... [and] sell these students the beauty of Humboldt State without mentioning the dynamics of the mostly all white surrounding community. ...Their recruitment efforts in these areas are the ways HSU meets their diversity quota to apply for federal funding.” SF Bay View, Tina Sampay, HSU undergrad and graduate student.
In addition to offering a reward for information about the person(s) who killed Josiah, friends, loved ones, and local activists are calling on the California Department of Justice to take part in the investigation and case."
(This was sent to other media by Elijah Chandler. This was also posted on facebook. I took out Alex Foster's and Elijah Chandler's contact information which was listed as press contacts)