Wisconsin Democrats speak with La Crosse’s black community during town hall meeting

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -Members of the Wisconsin Democratic Party were in La Crosse tonight to have a conversation with the city’s black community.

The town hall meeting at Concordia Ballroom was a way for Wisconsin politicians at local, state, and federal levels to hear more from black communities members and what they need.

State Senator Brad Pfaff, Representative Jill Billings, and Representative Steve Doyle were at the meeting in person, while Representative Ron Kind joined via Zoom.

The Wisconsin Democrats answered a number of questions and talked about how important it is on educating the community on what resources are available to them.

“It’s important that we get out to community groups like this and share the resources that are available, and we continue to partner with our community organizations, with our private businesses as well as our educational institutions in order to make sure that information is readily available,” said State Senator, Brad Pfaff.

Members from La Crosse’s black community, say that today’s town hall meeting was helpful, but now that the conversations have happened, it’s time for action.

“We’ve talked about this long enough and now it’s time to put physical action behind it. We have to move some things forward now. That’s what the Human Rights Commission is trying to do. We’re trying to figure out how to do that,” said La Crosse Human Rights Commission Chairman, Chauncy M. Turner.

Some of the topics ranged from affordable housing to creating more black-owned businesses.

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