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Milwaukee Independent recognized as finalist for 11 journalism awards including War in Ukraine coverage

The Milwaukee Press Club announced the list of finalists for its 93rd Annual Gridiron Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, covering an unusual news year of the pandemic, social unrest, and political turmoil. Milwaukee Independent was selected for 11 features. The journalism honors follow the fourth year of double digit recognition for the daily news magazine, in competition against all major media outlets in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America. In the context of this competition a “Finalist” has already won an award, but...

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Living Legends Honored: Milwaukee holds special celebration on last day of Black History Month 2023

The City of Milwaukee celebrated Black History Month on February 28, with the 7th annual Black History Program held at the rotunda of City Hall. Black History Month has been a time to recognized the rich history and fullness of African-American culture, and acknowledge the impact it has made across the Milwaukee community. Emerging after two years of health restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events for Black History Month finally returned in 2023. This followed a special recognition from last June 19, when Juneteenth National Independence Day officially became a Federal holiday. While celebrations for Black History Month...

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One year later: Why Ukraine must fight and peace advocates should stop collaborating with Putin

“Calls for peace that suggest Ukraine should give up its territory simply to end the war will condemn Ukrainians in occupied territories to what will likely be unspeakable horrors, and will provide a precarious foundation for lasting peace.” – Oleksa Drachewych I have reflected on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine over nearly each of the last 365 days of this past year. It has not faded from my attention. For the one year anniversary, the Milwaukee public may show a modest amount of interest on the morning of February 24, before returning to self-absorbed issues later in the day. I...

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Abdullah Chahin: Building a collective purpose to provide medical care as a Syrian in exile

Medical Mission to Jordan: After more than a decade of Civil War in Syria, and continuing conflicts like the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine that further displaced millions of civilians, understanding the longterm conditions that war refugees face remains relevant. But as public attention fades, such topics do not capture headlines today, even as the impact continues to be felt here in Milwaukee. Medical professionals spend many years learning, growing, and accomplishing work in their field. For those who were not born in the United States, or are from immigrant families, the path to medical school is often...

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