Charmaine Lawson and Community Coalition Reveal New Justice in Humboldt Organization – The Lumberjack



Charmaine Lawson, the mother of HSU student Josiah Lawson who was murdered in 2015, unveiled a new organization in Humboldt County Superior Court in Eureka, Justice in Humboldt. This was the 54th vigil for Josiah Lawson. Justice in Humboldt (JIH) is a collaborative effort between Justice for Josiah, Centro del Pueblo, Humboldt State Alumni, Buenlucha: Parent and Student Advocacy in Humboldt, and members of the community.

JIH’s stated goals are to educate the public on the failures of the justice, police and other state-funded systems of Humboldt. The organization says outreach will hold these systems accountable for how they failed to Humboldt County BIPOC residents.

“From Maggie Fleming to Judge Dale Reinholsten to Eureka PD,” said Christina Lastra, Justice in Humboldt committee member. “We’re putting everything on Justice in Humboldt, exhibiting behind the redwood curtain to let everyone in our beautiful Humboldt County know what’s going on.”

Lawson challenged the vigil attendees to tell everyone about his son’s story. She also said she intended to continue litigating in Humboldt County even after justice was served for her son, and that she felt right at home.

“I will also challenge myself to come back and share more stories. So with Justice in Humboldt, bring us your story, so that I can share that story, and we can get some kind of justice. We need to get justice and we will not give up, ”Lawson said.

Several Humboldt County mothers affected by similar issues spoke at the event, including Beverley Steichen. One of his sons, Aaron Kurt Steichen, was killed by his other son Jacob Steichen in September 2020 when the latter was in the middle of a psychotic episode. She says her son’s death could have been easily avoided had Humboldt County Police and Mental Health Services listened to her family’s pleas for help in the previous five weeks.

“The connection that [Charmaine Lawson] and I have is that we’re in this mom’s club where we’re never meant to be, ”Steichen said. “We also have the connection that we are learning the intricacies of this very corrupt county.”

Lawson faced the courthouse and spoke directly to District Attorney Maggie Fleming as she closed the vigil.

“Maggie Flaming, I know you don’t think my son’s life matters, but it’s important,” Lawson said. “I’m not going anywhere. You won’t silence me and you won’t silence this community.

Justice in Humboldt has launched their new website justiceinhumboldt.com and is on Facebook and Instagram @justiceinhumboldt. A Gofundme campaign is underway to raise funds for a billboard that the organization says will raise awareness about the organization and the unsolved case of Josiah Lawson.

On their Gofundme page, JIH states, “If you, your friends or family have suffered a lack of justice due to the indifference or contempt of the justice system in Humboldt, please contact Justice In Humboldt for free resources and you connect with other communities. members seeking justice.


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