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Racial Equity team proposed for La Crosse

Brad Williams

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After a summer of demonstrations on racial matters all over America, including in La Crosse, what should local leaders do next to battle against racism? 

The Human Rights Commission of La Crosse is recommending a ‘racial equity team’ which would help city government deal with inequality. 

Caroline Gregerson of the commission says the new group would consist of seven people already working for the city of La Crosse, appointed by the mayor, to represent different departments while also promoting diversity.    

The commission has approved a statement of goals which includes advocating for system change while ‘interrupting racism.’ 

One suggestion made to commission members at a Tuesday meeting was to replace ‘interrupting’ racism with ‘ending’ it.      

The commission is also considering inviting Police Chief Shawn Kudron to a future meeting, to discuss possible changes in the school resource officer program in La Crosse public schools.

 

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.