In Other News…

JUSTICE FOR JOSIAH: CFA is continuing our call for justice for David Josiah Lawson and improved safety for CSU students of color following the Humboldt County Grand Jury’s failure to issue indictments in the Humboldt State student’s murder.

A Grand Jury issued a decision last week not to seek indictments in the murder of Lawson, who was just 19 years old when he was killed at a party near campus in April 2017.

“David Josiah Lawson was our student and a vibrant member of the Humboldt State community. His life was cut short too soon, and it is shameful that justice has not yet been served in his death. Two years later, his mother and family still do not have resolution in this case, nor do his friends and faculty. Our community is grieving, and this latest news adds another layer of pain,” said Dr. Renée Byrd, CFA Chapter President at Humboldt State and an Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Click here to read our full news statement.

Faculty, students, and community allies are planning to support the Lawson family and address the CSU Board of Trustees during its Wednesday meeting in Long Beach.

IN MEMORIAM: Long-time CFA member and San Francisco State Philosophy Professor Anita Silvers, a champion of disability rights, died last week.

Professor Silvers taught at San Francisco State for more than 50 years and served as chair of the Philosophy Department. She was disabled by polio as a child, and became a nationally-recognized advocate for disability rights, working to increase access and disability services on college campuses in the state.

Silvers was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the National Council for the Humanities in 1980, and received several notable awards during her career, including the inaugural California Faculty Association Human Rights Award in 1989.

The SF State Department of Philosophy will hold a memorial for Silvers from 4 to 5 pm on Wednesday, March 20 in HUM 587, where faculty, staff, and students are invited to share their memories.

Click here to read more about Silvers’ legacy and work.