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Art and Activism, Part 2: Giving names to the nameless, filling the needs of the needy

You’ve seen them. Whether they’re standing at the stoplight near Woodman’s by the interstate, the one at 67th Street and Green Bay Road, or simply just sitting around a tree in the middle of Uptown along 22nd Avenue, you’ve seen them: people in need, without a home, struggling with addiction issues or simply lacking resources. […]

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Art and activism: Beautifying, adding meaning to the aftermath of social unrest

Kenosha is a warzone. That is the perception that has been presented in many reports, comments and opinion pieces written since riots claimed Downtown and Uptown businesses on the nights of Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.  The unrest became fatal not long after Kenosha Police Department Officer Rusten Sheksey shot Jacob Black seven times on […]

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Observer Conversations: Organizers of new panel series explain importance of hard discussions

KENOSHA ⸺ The Kenosha County Dems and Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families are partnering for a panel series, hoping to further important conversations. The point of the panel series, called “Building Hope: Your Voice Matters,” is to get more voices heard. The series especially focuses on encouraging those from communities that have felt stifled to […]

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UW-Parkside Communication Professor Dr. Theresa Castor Contributed to Newly Published Book on Water Justice

UW-Parkside Communication Professor Dr. Theresa Castor co-edited (together with Dr. Casey Schmitt and Dr. Christopher Thomas) and contributed a chapter to the recently published “Water, Rhetoric, and Social Justice: A Critical Confluence.” The book examines how individuals and communities have responded on a global scale to present-day water crises as matters of social justice. Dr. […]

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Capturing Wisconsin’s Latinx History: UW-Parkside Communication Students Share Podcasts During Virtual Event

SOMERS, Wis. – UW-Parkside students in Communication Professor Dr. Anjuli Brekke’s podcasting course are closing out their semester helping capture some important Wisconsin history. Her students will host a virtual listening party on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  During the event, guests will listen to oral history podcasts created by UW-Parkside […]

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COP House releases playbook to serve as crime reduction model

RACINE – The Racine Police Department has released the “COP House Playbook” to help other police departments develop a community-oriented policing model that has been credited with contributing to the city’s historically low crime rates. The 132-page digital book discusses how law enforcement can enlist community resources to build and operate Community Oriented Policing (COP) […]

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Black educator Bernice Bass impacts Racine

A former Racine resident recalls her childhood teacher in the Historical Racine Forever Facebook group. The online group has nearly 8,000 members and shares content about life in Racine. One member, Judy Collins, was looking to connect with others who remember their first-grade teacher, Bernice Bass. Mrs. Bass was one of the first, if not […]

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Racine, here’s why you should compost

Celebrating international composting week may not have been tops on your to-do list this week, but with our landfill close to reaching its useful life it is becoming more important than ever. With the goal of raising awareness of composting, Run by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF), the nonprofit supports initiatives that […]

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‘Proud of my city’: Turnout down, but Milwaukee’s Black voters leapt hurdles to vote

By Anya van Wagtendonk Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This story also appeared in WisconsinWatch.org Early in the morning on Election Day, Angela Lang stood in a conference room in the offices of BLOC — Black Leaders Organizing for Communities […]

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Letter To The Editor: Get Big Money Out Of Politics

Editor’s Note: This letter was written by Bill Earley, a member of the Wisconsin United To Amend Project. It does not reflect the beliefs of this news organization. Donald Trump pledged to “drain the swamp” during the presidential campaign. It’s an effective metaphor which captures the widespread frustration people have with our current political system. […]