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Anti-racism signs could be posted in La Crosse parks



An alleged case of racial harassment at a La Crosse park has inspired a counter campaign.

Neighborhood groups in the city are asking permission from the park board to post signs in Weigent Park reading “Hate Has No Home Here.”

Linda Lee from the Weigent-Hogan Neighborhood Association told the board that two Asian women recently were told by a passing driver “No Muslims allowed.”

Local citizen groups have raised money to put up the yard signs.

The board approved the request, with a suggestion by park director Jay Odegaard that the signs could be placed in parks throughout La Crosse.

Not far from Weigent Park, the office of Bullet Cab on Jackson Street, was spray-painted with racist graffiti last February. The company’s owner is Muslim.

Volunteers painted an artistic design on the garage door to cover up where the offensive message had been.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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