La Crosse’s Human Rights Commission hears stories of discrimination

La Crosse’s first ever Human Rights Commission is looking for a brighter future.

The group was formerly the Equal Opportunities Commission which solely dealt with fair housing complaints.

However, it was recreated by the city to take on larger discrimination issues in La Crosse.

The commission held a listening session Wednesday night at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center.

Residents got a chance to share their own stories of discrimination and  how the community can help find a solution. 

“The same stories that happen here, that were shared here are the same stories of so many people that are around this community that weren’t even here and it’s painful and as a black man, it hurts me to the core. to where I feel like I need to stay here in the community and do more in the community,” said human rights commissioner Shaundle Spivey.

The commission plans to hold more listening sessions in the future.