#ObserverConversations: Talking about building trust, police life with KPD Detective Tommar Franklin

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KENOSHA ⏤ Last week, the Uptown Observer had the opportunity to sit down for a long and very enlightening conversation with Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. However, the conversation between the Observer and Franklin covered more ground than a simple write-up could show. Therefore, please take the time to watch the interview for yourself [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: KPD Detective Tommar Franklin trying to make change from within

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin has served his nation and his community for much of his life. Franklin has been in law enforcement for nearly 13 years, serving as a detective for almost three years. He has also called Kenosha home for over 20 years.  During his time in the service, Franklin [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: Officer Friendly wants entire community to work together toward a better future

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KENOSHA ⸺ Everyone knows of Officer Friendly in Kenosha, although many forget about the human behind the Kenosha Police Department uniform.  The new Officer Friendly in town, Tyler Cochran, does a great job trying to engage the community.  For as long as Cochran can remember, he has wanted to be an active member in his [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: A leader walks into a barbershop …

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Alvin owens serves community with 'collective' https://youtu.be/5XlqV7ARfQ0 KENOSHA ⏤ Known for his amazing haircuts and involvement in local activism supporting communities of color, Alvin D. Owens has done it all. He’s from cut hair in his front yard, worked in public relations, and has been employed in the education field.  Regimen Barber Collective A resident [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: A sit-down with ‘Mama’ Arnetta Griffin

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https://youtu.be/iKlT3DmRw9w KENOSHA ⏤ Known as “Mama” in her community, Arnetta Griffin has been working to better Kenosha, doing God’s work.  With First Step Warming Center shutting down in May 2017 and her own experience as a single mother, Griffin wanted to make a difference in people's lives.  https://youtu.be/qtSg8gHczpg After she went through her own trials [...]

HUMANITY-CENTERED SATURDAY: Jo Wynn helps the homeless, the historically underserved

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KENOSHA ⏤ Jo Wynn has served her community for the vast majority of the time she’s lived in it.  Wynn has lived in Kenosha now for 17 years. Two years into her stay, in 2005, she created her organization, Walkin’ In My Shoes, which serves the homeless population in the city. She decided to create [...]

Grace continues serving community in uncertain times (video)

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KENOSHA ⏤ Grace Welcome Center in Kenosha's Uptown neighborhood has faced many uncertainties since COVID-19 hit the area last March. However, amid potentially facing dwindling resources, it has kept its doors open and its pantry running throughout the pandemic. As a result, the Observer sat down with Grace Welcome Center co-founder Rev. Jonathan Barker and [...]

Observer In-Depth: Grace Welcome volunteers risk safety to take care of city’s vulnerable citizens

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KENOSHA ⏤ When the pandemic started, volunteers at Grace Welcome Center got together and came to a decision: If they die from doing their work, “So be it.” Volunteers at the center, located at 2006 60th St. in Kenosha, express seeing working at the pantry as working for the people they love, for the people [...]