First 5 steps ‘Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Since August, a good number of people have heard the name “Daniel Thompson”, some have come to know the journalist, and few have glimpsed my mind and thoughts.  However, over time, I’ve realized that this leaves a lot left to be colored in. As a result, I’ve seen some argue points on my [...]

County Executive Committee moves amended resolution creating Racial Equity Commission forward

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Tuesday night, the Kenosha County Executive Committee gave its approval to a resolution creating the county’s Racial Equity Commission. https://youtu.be/kp2Hl0w7wdc The Racial Equity Work Group, a work group of county officials and citizens, created the resolution after 90 days of weekly meetings.  While there was some discussion, the resolution moved on from [...]

Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis: ‘I am extremely disappointed’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Monday afternoon, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis voiced his extreme disappointment with recent events in the city of Kenosha. Retiring Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis. In particular, Miskinis addressed the public's reaction to KPD officer Rusten Sheskey’s continued employment after he shot Jacob Blake seven times in August 2020.  Miskinis previously explained his [...]

‘Enough is Enough’: Activists protest police brutality; KCSD releases statement on arrests

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KENOSHA ⏤ A peaceful Sunday march and protest eventually ended in Kenosha County deputies placing three notable community leaders under arrest at the Kenosha Public Safety Building. Monday, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department called the arrests "targeted" in a released statement. The department also stated the three were arrested for blocking public access to the [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: ‘Let’s Be Better Humans’ with Jon Linton in Kenosha

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KENOSHA ⏤ I first met and talked to Jon Linton, founder of “Let’s Be Better Humans”, shortly after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020.  At that time, he had recently spent days in Minneapolis, documenting the aftermath after the killing of George Floyd.  I had been doing the same work with the [...]

Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: Thoughts on justice, Floyd

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KENOSHA ⏤ I decided to record my initial thoughts following the guilty verdicts returned against Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd. https://anchor.fm/mind-of-daniel-thompson/episodes/Ep--03---Scattered-Thoughts-on-Justice-evad7e Because I feel like maybe some people are feeling a little in shock by the Chauvin verdict as, historically, this is just the fairytale ending for people of color.  Not the one we [...]

Art Scene: A walk through Kenosha Creative Space’s ‘Art + Protest’ exhibit

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KENOSHA ⸺ Black lives are still an important topic in conversation and in art in the city of Kenosha ⏤ regardless of who believes they matter or not.  Observer founder Daniel Thompson takes a walk through 'Art + Protest' at Kenosha Creative Space. The free exhibit will be open to the public until May 9. [...]

Observer On The Scene: Wisconsin 7 finish 22-day fast, promise continued push for green energy

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KENOSHA ⏤ On Friday, the group known as the Wisconsin 7 finished a 22-day fast to pressure the state Legislature to pass Gov. Tony Evers’ climate justice initiatives in the 2021-2023 state budget. https://youtu.be/sluEELIoBgE As a result, the group joined together to end their fast right where it began on March 4: In front of [...]

Chief Miskinis updates community on efforts to arrest August rioters

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KENOSHA ⸺ Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis gave an update on his department’s efforts to arrest those who participated in riots in the city in August 2020. Miskinis also pointed out a fact that is sure to be bitter for some to swallow: Out of the 55 arrested for various crimes so far, Kenoshans make [...]

Kenosha coalition to host discussion on racism in faith communities March 25

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KENOSHA ⏤ Next week, the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism will co-lead another “Courageous Conversation” ⏤ this time focusing on racism in faith communities. The panel discussion, held virtually at 6:30 p.m. on March 25, will focus on how racism in faith communities affects attitudes and also behaviors. The coalition and Carthage College are co-sponsoring [...]