Seven eye-opening things we learned by diving into northeast Wisconsin census results, then talking to people
May 4, Green Bay Press-Gazette
For some, learning that minority populations significantly outgrew the white population over the past decade may have come as a surprise. For others, the census simply put numbers to something they’d already observed at work, in schools or at the store.
Northeast Wisconsin organizations devoted to racial and ethnic diversity
April 26, Post Crescent
Our communities are richer because they’ve become more diverse, though we continue to work through growing pains related to acceptance and opportunity. In “Home is Here: Stories behind the census,” we explore the impact, the triumphs and the challenges of our changing population.
Churches, mosques and temples support, anchor diverse communities in Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh
April 12, Post Crescent
With cultures often intertwined with religion, places of worship have become crucial centers to build community for people in northeast Wisconsin.
Homelessness in Brown County is a complex problem. Here are some potential solutions.
April 11, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Brown County is looking to address homelessness by creating a housing navigator job, using grant money in the county’s 2022 budget.
Brown County advocates say mental health needs to be addressed among homeless
April 7, The Press Times
As Brown County’s struggles with homelessness didn’t happen overnight, solutions to it haven’t come quickly, either. But before a solution can happen, actions need to be taken. One of those actions is trying to figure out the scope of the issue.
The census pushed people into strict racial categories for 200 years.
March 30, Green Bay Press-Gazette
A new approach reveals Wisconsin’s racial complexity and diversity.
Spanish speakers came to Wisconsin before it was a state. Here’s how they’ve shaped the economy, labor laws, and found the American dream.
March 30, Green Bay Press-Gazette
The census paints a picture of a fast-growing Hispanic population that includes newcomers as well as families that have been here for generations.
How Latinos Shaped Wisconsin
March 24, Post Crescent
Latino people have a long history in Wisconsin. Here’s how they’ve shaped the economy and found the American dream.
‘If you can’t adjust, you can’t advance.’ How Green Bay, Fox Valley DEI specialists make the case for inclusion in workplaces
March 15, Post Crescent
More and more businesses, organizations and government agencies have hired diversity, equity and inclusion managers or directors. It’s a new enough trend that it’s fair to wonder, what do those professionals actually do day to day, and why are companies creating these roles?
Students in northeast Wisconsin schools speak more languages than you may guess
March 15 Post Crescent
School districts across Wisconsin are filled with languages other than English. In Appleton, 41 languages are spoken among students and families, according to data from the state Department of Public Instruction for the 2020-21 school year. About 25 languages are spoken by students in Green Bay, and Oshkosh recently reported more than 50.
For the homeless, Green Bay’s shelters meet needs of all kinds
March 11, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Freedom House resident Jolene, 32, said she knew it meant she and her kids — one of whom has a disability requiring her to be in a wheelchair — would be homeless.
“Hmong people are truly American, if not more American than most Americans”
March 8, 2022 Post Crescent
The proportion of Hmong among the Asian American population exceeds 70% in Sheboygan, Marathon and Calumet counties, and 50% in La Crosse, Winnebago and Outagamie counties.
Help stem the crisis in local news: We need your support for 3 new journalists coming to our Wisconsin newsrooms.
March 7, Green Bay Press-Gazette
A segment on “60 Minutes” last weekend, “The demise of local news,” hit close to home.
‘You cannot ignore it anymore.’ Pandemic spotlights homelessness in Brown County, fueling push for solutions
February 15, 2022 Wisconsin Watch
In 2020, mostly due to the pandemic, Green Bay saw more people who lack housing gathering in St. John’s Park in the heart of downtown, generating more than 100 police calls from April to October, including disturbances, public drug use and sexual assaults.
Disregarded – The path to change, starts with a plan, cooperation
February 14, 2022 The Press Times
Collete said she used to be one of those people who judged a book by its cover.
Disregarded – A look toward the future
February 4, 2022 The Press Times
“It has to be a community effort to make any progress in addressing homelessness.”
Home is here: Northeastern Wisconsin’s surge in diversity forged by opportunity, grit and inclusion
Feb. 2, 2022 Green Bay Press-Gazette/The Post-Crescent
The region’s Hispanic, Black, Asian and Indigenous communities boomed over the past decade, but our growing diversity is not without challenges for those seeking a sense of belonging and acceptance in a region that can be slow to embrace change.
Meet some of Brown County’s homeless working to get their lives back on track
January 29, Green Bay Press-Gazette
In the past seven years, seven people experiencing unsheltered homelessness have died on Brown County streets. It’s a number Paul VanHandel, Homeless Outreach Team member, former Green Bay police officer and longtime advocate for the homeless, said is hard to accept.
Diverse cities, whiter suburbs, dying farms: 5 ways northeast Wisconsin has changed
Jan. 25, 2022, “Our children will be immersed in the diversity, where they will fit in, especially because they are mixed race. They’ll see other kids with their complexion and darker features.”
Disregarded – Street outreach: Bridging the gap
January 25, 2022 The Press Times
“All you can do is go back and have that conversation again, and keep trying.”
Homelessness in Brown County is an ongoing struggle dealt with in shadows
January 21, Green Bay Press-Gazette
For many, homelessness may seem like a foreign concept – something that could never happen to them. It can be easy to pretend not to see the guy sleeping in the park, or to ignore the woman standing at an intersection holding a handwritten plea for help.
Disregarded – Life on the streets
January 19, 2022 The Press Times
In the past seven years, seven people experiencing unsheltered homelessness have died on Brown County streets.
“Home is Here: Stories behind the census.”
Jan. 17, 2022, The biggest headline to come out of the census data released last summer is the growing number of Black, Asian, Native American and Hispanic residents in the region. Yet the antiseptic, often imprecise labels used by the census bureau fail to convey full truths.
Disregarded – Brown County’s state of homelessness
January 12, 2022 The Press Times
“The problem has gotten to a point where you cannot ignore it anymore.”
An invisible population: Homeless in Brown County
January 6, 2022
Wikipedia defines homeless as the condition of lacking stable, safe and adequate housing. This is nothing new.