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KCDHS updates committee members on efforts to combat systemic racism in Kenosha County

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Since declaring racism a public health crisis in August, many have wondered what Kenosha County is doing to continually combat systemic racism. Division of Health Director John Jansen described steps the county has taken at a Human Services Committee meeting Tuesday night. These steps include the creation of the Kenosha County Racial […]

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County Board approves resolution setting framework for Kenosha County Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

KENOSHA — The establishment of Kenosha County’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission will move forward after the County Board’s approval Tuesday night of a resolution outlining the group’s structure and responsibilities. As stated in the resolution, the commission’s mission will be to realize greater racial equity and dismantle racism in Kenosha County through research, education, […]

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Chauvin, former police officer, found guilty of murdering George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Derek Chauvin, a former police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, was found guilty Tuesday on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for […]

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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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Governor Proclaims ‘Bucks In Six’ Day in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE – Gov. Tony Evers proclaimed today (July 22) as “Bucks In Six” Day in Wisconsin as the city of Milwaukee hosts a victory parade celebrating the Milwaukee Bucks’ championship win over the Phoenix Suns in game six of the 2021 NBA Finals, winning their first NBA Championship title in 50 years. In so doing, the Milwaukee Bucks fulfilled the prophecy of former Bucks guard, Brandon Jennings, which has become their longtime rallying cry of “Bucks in six!” […]

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“Evicted” Book Club Series Begins October 17 at the Racine Public Library

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (SEW) presents its inaugural Racial Justice Book Club series, in partnership with the Racine Public Library, on October 17, November 14 and December 12. Racine residents are invited to participate in a community dialogue about the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond. The series will be held from 6 p.m.– […]

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Pulling back the curtain on race, equity and inclusion in Racine County

Racine County has some significant issues around race, equity, and inclusion, specifically around health, education, and financial stability. Crystalized in the United Way of Racine County Community Conversation Report that took two years to develop, over 300 Racine County residents participated in the community-wide discussion. During an event held at Festival Hall Thursday, hundreds of people […]

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Four named as Gateway Dr. King Humanitarians for 2019 celebration

Gateway Technical College has named Jonathan Barker (Kenosha), Betty Brenneman (Racine), Leon Brown (Racine) and Karen Kempinen (Kenosha) as this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarians. The award recognizes individuals for their contributions to society, their school, business or profession, as well as their dedication to volunteerism or philanthropic work. The Humanitarians will be […]

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Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown – a poet, rapper, and DJ – points to the number of black men incarcerated in jails, the number of police continuously patrolling black neighborhoods and the number of liquor stores in those neighborhoods as examples of systemic racism. But he also talks about being hesitant to put his race on an application […]