Theft of Hear, Here sign causes concern

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The apparent theft of a sign in downtown La Crosse is concerning community members about the right for all voices to be heard.

The sign was a part of the "Hear, Here" project, an initiative launched this April by a community members and UW-La Crosse history students.

Orange signs placed around town allow people to call a number on their cell phones, and hear a short narrative about something that happened in that exact location.

The sign that was taken down was on 3rd Street between Main and Pearl Streets.

It told the story of a black graduate student who was arrested by police while protesting what he believed to be unfair treatment of people based on race.

Ariel Beaujot, Executive Director of the Hear, Here Project, says that the disappearance of this particular sign is very concerning.

"So that effectively means that that voice is not heard in our downtown anymore," Beaujot said. "And part of the reason for that project is to get everybody's story, right? Not just to have the story of our dominant narrative about our town but to have everyone, you know?"

The Hear, Here Project has ordered not one, but two replacement signs for the location and plans to monitor the location more closely.



 
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