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MSNBC Some Police Departments Take Welcoming Approaches to Protests

By Zachary Roth – MSNBC

The ongoing rift between New York police officers and Mayor Bill de Blasion continues to roil the nation’s largest city. And nearly 1,000 miles away, last week saw more angry clashes between protesters and St. Louis police.

But away from the major hot-spots of tension, some police departments and law enforcement officials have more quietly taken a different approach. In Nashville, police have served protesters hot chocolate instead of arresting them. Pittsburgh’s police commissioner called for a dialogue on poverty and racial injustice. And in Richmond, California, the police chief even joined protesters on the barricades.

Is Dubuque an Equitable Community? 

Inclusive Dubuque defines a community as equitable when all residents, regardless of their race/ethnicity/nationality, neighborhood of residence, or other characteristic, are able to fully participate in the community’s economic and cultural success, and are able to connect with its assets and resources. To determine if the Dubuque community is equitable, we first need to understand […]

12.13.14 A Day of Remembrance 

Caitlin Daniels is an AmeriCorps, Grade-Level Reading Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and Vice President of the Black Student Union at University of Dubuque The NAACP declared December 13, 2014 as a national “Day of Remembrance.” On this day, the Dubuque community joined the rest of the nation in solidarity and action […]

Christmas Party Builds Ties with Neighbors


Washington Neighborhood leaders hope a gathering Thursday was another step forward in strengthening relationships among residents.

Dozens of families met Santa and sang Christmas carols during the neighborhood’s annual holiday party at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque. The event attended by about 100 people featured a potluck, as well as arts and crafts for children.

While the party was intended as an enjoyable celebration, organizers also hoped to encourage more participation in neighborhood meetings.

Telegraph Herald: Letter: Justice for Blacks, Does Not Deny Whites


I recently argued with my cousin about the events in Ferguson, Mo. She said I implied she was racist and claimed, “If you’re white, you’re wrong.” This letter is for every whiter person who feels polarized in a racially polarized debate. It doesn’t have to be that way.

When black people are protesting across America, they are not protesting against white people. Black communities are protesting systems of injustice and inequality. Responsibility isn’t that same as culpability.

Telegraph Herald: Our Opinion: Next Ferguson? Dubuque Taking Preventative Steps


Whether or not they have said it aloud, many Dubuque-area residents probably have thought the same thing in the wake of events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City: “That could happen in Dubuque.”

The assessment isn’t wrong. Ferguson and New York don’t particularly have much in common.

Citizens and civic leaders could sit back and worry and fret about what could happen. Or, they could be proactive. They could face racial concerns head-on and start the dialogue now — before there are ugly incidents, severed relationships or, worst of all, lives lost.

That’s exactly what Dubuque leaders are trying to do, and there is a role for everyone in this movement.