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Christmas Party Builds Ties with Neighbors

BY ALICIA YAGER

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

FROM: SANDY HOCKENBERRY

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

BY THE TH MEDIA EDITORIAL BOARD

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.

Telegraph Herald: Saturday’s March Not a Protest, NAACP Organizer Says

BY ALICIA YAGER, TH STAFF WRITER

The Dubuque chapter of the NAACP aims to promote justice and equality issues Saturday with a peaceful march.

The walk from Jackson Park to Washington Square is not a protest, said Anthony Allen, President of the local chapter. Rather, he hopes the event will build connections in the community and allow residents to discuss issues affecting equality and justice in Dubuque and nationwide.