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Posted inKenosha Lens, Uptown Observer

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 […]

Posted inKenosha Lens, Uptown Observer

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. […]

Posted inElections, Government, Local news, Politics

Racine at the center of Wisconsin’s election conspiracy universe

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin ExaminerJanuary 12, 2023 This story also appeared in Wisconsin Examiner At the Nov. 30 meeting of the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), several people spoke during the public comment period to complain about how the recent election had been administered by the City of Racine.  In early December, the Wisconsin Institute for […]

Posted inCelebrations, Community, Culture, Environment, Events, Kenosha Nonprofits, Local news, Non-Profits, Things To Do, Weather

March Forth to Earth Day: The Impact of the Pipeline on Mother Earth; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The March Forth to Earth Day project, an Environmental Conservation Organization, started on March 4th, 2022. Rallies in various cities across Wisconsin kicked off a movement for the Earth and our future. Wisconsin activists and environmentalists have participated in eight consecutive weeks of activism focused on climate change. The project will conclude on Earth Day, […]

Posted inKenosha Lens, Uptown Observer

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 […]

Posted inLocal news, Schools

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 […]

Posted inBusiness, Community, Local news, Non-Profits

Patton Law Office: bridging a gap in our community; open house is Jan. 26

Nestled on Taylor Avenue, just south of 16th Street in Racine, is the new Patton Law Office. Founded by David and Tamara Patton in January 2021, this law firm is busy within the Racine and Kenosha communities, with a particular focus on serving those whose lives have been marginalized within the social – and more […]

Posted inElections, Government, Local news, Politics

Examining the power of Latino voters

by Isiah Holmes, Wisconsin ExaminerOctober 27, 2022 This story also appeared in Wisconsin Examiner The power Latino voters could demonstrate in the Nov. 8 midterm elections was the topic of a panel discussion at a Milwaukee Press Club on Wednesday. But the subject is complex. Increasing economic prosperity, immigration reform and access to education are […]

Posted inLocal news, Police and fire

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) […]

Posted inEducator of the Month, Educator of the week, Local news, Schools

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 […]

Posted inLocal news, Schools

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. […]

Posted inElections, Government, Local news, Politics

‘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 […]

Posted inEnvironment

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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