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How Can We Protect Our Asian-American Communities from Violence?

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April 15, 2021

-The Polco Minute with Angelica Wedell-


Join us for this week’s headlines in local government with The Polco Minute.

In this week’s episode, we share how we can protect our Asian American communities from violence. Next, we travel to Middleton, Wisconsin to learn how local government leaders have found new ways to connect with residents. Last, we take a look at how parks and libraries can work together for a greater good.

Asian-American Groups Grapple With Police Response to Violence

-By Sarah Holder and Linda Poon with Bloomberg CityLab-

In a year of criminal justice reform, attacks on Asian Americans in Atlanta and elsewhere are raising questions about the right way to protect a community against racism. Read more.

How Middleton Finds New Ways To Better Connect with Residents

-By Julia Steege-Reimann, Polco-

In this day and age, it’s incumbent to not just let the squeaky wheel dominate the conversation. Our role as local government leaders is to solicit discussion and engender the voices of all,” said Mike Davis, City Administrator of Middleton, Wisconsin. Since 2016 the City of Middleton has elevated resident voices through embracing the Polco online community engagement platform. Middleton has used the platform to poll residents, as well as to conduct scientific benchmarking surveys of resident needs. Read more.

Can Parks Leverage Libraries?

-By Noah Lenstra, Ph.D., MLIS, and Teresa L. Penbrooke, Ph.D., CPRE with National Recreation and Park Association-

Lorain County, Ohio library and parks leaders found common ground centered around the promotion of health and wellness. Now they consistently work together for the common good. Read more. 

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