Sherrill Weller Knezel
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
A Vision for Transformational Journalism that inspires social engagement
The Milwaukee Independent is an award-winning and advertising-free daily news magazine that advocates for inclusive social understanding in Milwaukee by publishing positive news content that covers a wide range of topics as a catalyst for community development. With a heavy emphasis on photojournalism and analytical reporting to fulfill this mission, our editorial staff is focused to being translators and storytellers more than traditional news correspondents.
News about people building an empowered Milwaukee community
Transformative Journalism is an activating, engaging, solution-focused approach to covering news in Milwaukee that works at the intersection of differences. It goes beyond the essential goal of keeping people informed. We insist on playing an active role in enabling social engagement, and helping our community focus its energy into tangible progress about issues that bring positive change.
“If nobody puts it down on the record anywhere, then the monsters win totally. It must be someplace on the record, because otherwise they could get by with anything. Does it stop anything? I don’t feel that everything I’ve done has been of use. But at least, it is better than silence. Because if you are silent, then they can rewrite it anyway they want. They can make it look great afterward. So there is a point on the record.” – Martha Gellhorn, War Correspondent
“Frederick Douglass inherently understood it would take more than words and war to grant African-Americans public register of their humanity. He despised drawings portraying his people with exaggerated features, slack-jawed expressions, or as giddy slaves. Such images, Douglass knew, reinforced White Supremacy by presenting black people as simple-minded and subjugated. Douglass soon embraced a technological weapon to challenge his nation’s racism: photography. In posing for dozens of portraits, he showed what Black freedom and dignity looked like.” – Renee Graham
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