Eureka Police and NAACP Cosponsor a March

Press release from Eureka Police:

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King [Public Domain]

On Monday, January 16, the Eureka Police Department and Eureka Branch of the NAACP will co-sponsor a march, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.During Dr. King’s time, he led a number of marches to peacefully highlight issues that the nation was facing, giving an opportunity for people from various walks of life to demonstrate solidarity. People were able to speak, sing, cry and shout, until they felt their voices were heard, understood and valued.We face a time in our nation unlike any in recent memory. Numerous groups have taken Dr. King’s message around peaceful protest to promote the issues nearest and dearest to them. Whether the concerns surround faith, freedom, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, poverty, environment or educational reform; we stand together, united as one Eureka and one Humboldt County.

A unified Humboldt is an issue that Chief Andy Mills of the Eureka Police Department and Liz Smith, President of the Eureka Branch of the NAACP, are both passionate about. Building off of the painful lessons and energy from all communities, EPD and the NAACP desire to foster better interaction and engagement with communities of color, by standing shoulder to shoulder at a time when many feel estranged from their fellow countrymen and those who serve them. Often people of color feel marginalized, singled out and discriminated against. We seek to heal community fractures as we stand together.President Smith, Chief Mills and Donn Peterson, Chief of Police, Humboldt State University and President of the Law Enforcement Chiefs Association of Humboldt County, are excited to sponsor and participate in this march and invite all members of the community to join. The march will commence at the Eureka Police Department Headquarters, 604 C Street, at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 and will conclude at the Adorni Center, 1011 Waterfront Drive, where the Eureka Branch of the NAACP, will then host their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Join us!

As Dr. King said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

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  • “And so I say to you today that I still stand by nonviolence…
    And the other thing is that I am concerned about a better world.
    I’m concerned about justice. I’m concerned about brotherhood.
    I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these,
    he can never advocate violence.

    For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t murder.
    Through violence you may murder a liar but you can’t establish truth.
    Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate.
    Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

    And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love.
    For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems.
    And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go.”
    – Martin Luther King, Jr.; August 16th, 1967

  • During the time of the March and Dr. Martin Luther King, my children’s father and myself were passing thru Alabama. We had stopped to warm my baby daughter’s bottle at a hamburger stand, and a black man was standing nearby. I went over to ask him how to get out of Mobile and a cop was going by and swung around and came back. Than it hit me what was going on. I went to get my baby’s bottle and the lady there pretty much just threw it to me and called me a nigger lover. I just turned to go to the car and the cop asked me what I was doing talking to that nigger. I told him and he said, ” I see by your license plate that your one of those queer loving, nigger loving idiots from California.” He told me to get out of Mobile in fact to get clean out of Alabama. He gave us 3 hrs. to do this and said he was going to put out a APB for us then.
    You can’t imagine how hard it was to take that crap off of that cop and that woman. You can pretty mush see from this how bad it was at that time. God help you if you had a California license plate.

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