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Author: Lee Matz

Mission to the Border: Latino advocacy group leaves politics behind for immigration fact-finding tour

MISSION TO THE BORDER: In late June, Milwaukee-based Forward Latino led a delegation to the southernmost border section between Mexico and the United States of America. Leadership and board members of the nonprofit Hispanic advocacy organization planned the trip as a way to separate politics from the reality on the ground, by seeking first-hand reports for themselves. The group met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, immigrants, refugees, relief agencies, border city officials, local faith leaders, and the government of Mexico. The spectrum of voices and views offered a closer narrative to the truth of the actual situation at...

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Stories from Ukraine: Anya Nakonechna shares why the Lviv Opera is a symbol of her nation’s culture

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine America has many forms of entertainment to share our society with the world. Motion pictures and...

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Images from Ukraine: Signs of renewal sprout from under Irpin’s rubble as city looks to the future

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine “I am often asked what the war in Ukraine is about. And I have three answers...

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Images from Ukraine: The experience of attending a military funeral in Kyiv while children died in Uvalde

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine This is not a story specifically about a funeral, in the sense of a traditional news...

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