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St. Joseph

In pursuit of justice and equality: City leaders trying to turn rhetoric into action

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Sharon Brown of Benton Harbor, left and Lisa Hubbs of St. Joseph are among those working to update the Building Bridges with the Arts sign located at the Bicentennial Bridge connecting Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. Both women are very involved with a St. Joseph city effort to address race-related issues in the Twin Cities.

ST. JOSEPH — It’s been three months since the St. Joseph City Commission issued a statement calling for an end to systemic racism, and vowed to do its part to work for social justice and equality for all men, women and children.

One of the results is several citizens have joined the effort by joining focus groups that are led by city commissioners. The city commission has held special meetings by Zoom every other Monday, and now the focus groups have begun meeting on their own, gathering ideas and ironing out details of new initiatives they hope will help lead to social justice and better community relations.

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Local Benton Harbor and St. Joseph residents are hoping to refurbish the Building Bridges with the Arts sign located at the Bicentennial Bridge – which is both a symbolic and actual span that both separates and links the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.

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