Posted inLetter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: An Awakening to The Reality of Black Political Power

Now that this election is almost over, at time of this writing, Biden/Harris are gaining in the polls, it is time that Blacks prepare to demand a serious return for their investment in the political coffers of the Democratic Party.  Without a doubt it was our participation that enabled the ticket to survive thus far.  […]

Posted inGovernment, Local news, Politics

Defund the police? Milwaukee eyes future amid Black Lives Matter protests, coronavirus budget crunch

Milwaukee activist Annia Leonard wants a safe community without police, and she draws from her own experience when thinking about what that could be: like the time a conflict at her grandmother’s house ended peacefully in a garden — without anyone in handcuffs. This story also appeared in When an argument escalated earlier this […]

Posted inCommunity, Events

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 […]

Posted inCommunity, Events

“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.– […]

Posted inCommunity, Opinion

Opinion: Show Time in Suburbia!

The insidious and infectious nature of racism showed its despicable head at a recent basketball game between Racine Horlick and Franklin high schools. It seems that some of the kids of the white supremacist persuasion took it upon themselves to hurl racist insults at the black players from Racine. It has been my experience that […]

Posted inBreaking, Government

Tackling racism in Racine with dialogue, education

Racism in Racine is real. And while the topic is uncomfortable for many, residents from the greater Racine area were ready to have the conversation. About 200 people took on the task of talking about the difficult issue of race and inequality in Racine, which included challenging their own personal bias and learning about systemic […]


Wisconsin Department of Health Services receives funds from CDC to combat racial, geographical inequity within COVID-19 response

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced funds will be made available to promote racial and geographic equity in the COVID-19 response. DHS was awarded $27 million by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat inequities related to COVID-19 infection, illness, and death, including $9 million dedicated to rural communities. […]

Posted inCommunity, Government

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 […]


DHS Adds COVID-19 Vaccination Data to Existing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Dashboard

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities page has been updated to include vaccination data, in addition to existing data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by group. The data underscore health inequities disproportionately affecting communities of color in Wisconsin. “This pandemic has highlighted existing gaps in […]

Posted inElections, Government

Racine Alderman District 3: Jarstad, Tate II

Ricky Jarstad Racine Alderman District 3 Street address  2019 Washington Ave. Length of time living in the community? 34 wonderful years Occupation Caregiver What is your spouse’s name? Single and Happy Please name any civic groups you have been involved with. Neighborhood Watch What motivated you to run for office? Lack of transparency, honesty, and […]

Posted inKenosha Schools, Opinion

OP-ED: The Power of Partnerships to Transform Higher Education

By Chancellor Debbie Ford / President John Swallow When the goal is as universally important as increasing access to higher education and attainment of bachelor’s degrees, we must roll up our sleeves and work together. Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside have a long history of working together for the betterment of students and […]

Posted inLocal news, Police and fire

Protests continue, but Monday afternoon they ended peacefully

RACINE, WI — Unlike Sunday night, a protest held at 1 p.m. Monday did not end in violence. A group of nearly 200 demonstrators gathered at the Racine County Courthouse, outside the Racine Police Station and Monument Square Monday afternoon. Demonstrators kneeled in front of the police department as they chanted “black lives matter” among […]

Posted inBlack Men Speak, Culture

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 […]

Posted inGovernment, Local news

As the nation reckons with race, a mother awaits unemployment aid — and Wisconsin officials lack research

Alfreida Casterlow could hardly bear her first weeks working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Disrupted routines upset her 20-year-old autistic daughter. Casterlow, 43, would try to keep her daughter engaged. She would lie alongside her, rubbing her forehead to soothe her — all while continuing to operate switchboards for Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee. This […]

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