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Irpin Billboard: Ukrainian Creatives use Milwaukee advertising space to inspire global info campaign

Documenting the destruction of Milwaukee’s sister city of Irpin, Ukraine, a new billboard has gone up along I-94 near 84th Street with a simple plea to local residents: “Milwaukee, your sister city is waiting for your support.” But the story of the billboard’s creation is one of Ukrainian ingenuity and strange coincidence, and is documented in a new episode of the Lead Balloon Podcast, which is produced in Milwaukee by Podcamp Media. When the Russian military launched its unprovoked war more than three weeks ago, hundreds of Ukrainian ad agency executives, creative directors and freelance communicators banded together to...

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Solomiya Kavyuk: I am an American. I am Ukrainian. If you love democracy, you can be “pro-Ukraine” too.

I have lived in America three times as long as I lived in Ukraine. I am an American citizen. I graduated from an American college. And yet, if you were to ask me who I am, I would tell you I am Ukrainian. I was born in a city in Western Ukraine called Ternopil. I come from a long line of Ukrainian patriots. You could say loving my homeland loudly and proudly runs in my blood. So, when that beautiful country is under attack, when the people I love most are sleeping in basements to hide from bombs, when...

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Krystia Nora: Painting a picture of family, war, and the hope for a free Ukraine with poetry

With the unprecedented Russian invasion of her family’s homeland by Putin’s forces, Dr. Krystia Nora has stepped forward at solidarity rallies and peace demonstrations to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Ukraine. Dr. Nora is an English instructor at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and a second generation Ukrainian American. While her poem is not a traditional editorial narrative with hard details about the situation in Ukraine and specifics about her family, it serves as a rhythmical expression of emotion about vulnerable loved ones facing the hardships of invasion by a foreign military....

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Zakhida Adylova: A mother’s diary from Kyiv shares an eyewitness account of life as Putin’s invasion unfolds

Zakhida Adylova is a 35-year-old language teacher and producer for a political talk show who lives in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. She is a Crimean Tatar, a Muslim ethnic minority that was forcibly deported from their homeland, the Crimean Peninsula, to Uzbekistan in 1944 under orders from Joseph Stalin. In 1993, Zakhida returned from exile with her family to Crimea, Ukraine. Then in 2014, she and her daughter were forced to leave their home in Crimea for Kyiv after Russia annexed the peninsula. Zakhida’s mother joined them a year later. Today, the three are again facing a Russian...

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Jennifer Vosters: A visit to Kyiv that offered insight, awareness, and an inspiration for solidarity

A lot of people can speak more knowledgeably and eloquently than I can about what the Ukrainian people are facing right now in the midst of an invasion by Russia. I only add my Milwaukee perspective for the sake of solidarity and awareness. I spent a week in Ukraine in 2018, during which I visited my friend Nellie in Kyiv. Nellie was a fellow Saint Mary’s College graduate serving in the Peace Corps in central Ukraine. One of the first things she had me do when I arrived was watch a documentary on the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-14,...

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An Immortal Dream: Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a mortal man with an immortal dream. During his lifetime, Reverend King sought to create common ground where people from all walks of life could join together to resolve issues and free themselves of heavy burdens. Working alongside people of all ages, races, and backgrounds, Dr. King encouraged everyone in America to work together to strengthen communities, reduce poverty, and acknowledge dignity and respect for all. Dr. King’s response to major issues was to speak the truth, share his dreams, and march toward freedom. He shined that bright light of truth on the...

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