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Year In Review 2022: Whitewashing history and a racial reckoning that never was

2022 began with Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The traumatic war crimes against the Ukrainian people the escalating humanitarian crisis has strained the global economy and every level of civilized society. While taking place a continent away, the war remains deeply felt across America and at home in the neighborhoods of Milwaukee. 2022 also continued a third year with the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus, but with the worst of the pandemic left behind from the previous two years. American Democracy remained imperiled, with weaponized politics undoing decades of Civil Rights work. But results from the midterm elections offered...

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Year In Review 2022: When a poisoned political ideology resembles a modern-day Confederacy

2022 began with Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The traumatic war crimes against the Ukrainian people the escalating humanitarian crisis has strained the global economy and every level of civilized society. While taking place a continent away, the war remains deeply felt across America and at home in the neighborhoods of Milwaukee. 2022 also continued a third year with the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus, but with the worst of the pandemic left behind from the previous two years. American Democracy remained imperiled, with weaponized politics undoing decades of Civil Rights work. But results from the midterm elections offered...

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A War by any other name: Covering America’s Cultural Revolution from the streets of Milwaukee

“It has been a privilege and honor, and sometimes a burden, to tell stories about Milwaukee from my hometown and from distant but connected points around the world.” – Lee Matz Milwaukee, Wisconsin • Washington DC • Bucha, Ukraine • Reynosa, Mexico | 2022 Back in May I wrote about how going to a country at war felt like taking a vacation from America. That experience has since made me consider the perception of war in our modern way of life, here in Milwaukee. It has been reported by news networks, going back to the 1990s, how young Black...

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Lola Vaganova: Poems written in Ukrainian bomb shelter offer a powerful witness of war to Milwaukee

During a poetry reading by Olena Jennings and Krystia Nora, from their book “Ukrainian-American Poets Respond,” there was a Q&A session with the audience at the Boswell Book Company on December 14. Instead of presenting a question, however, one young woman asked if she could read her own poems. Lola Vaganova began by apologizing for standing up to speak, instead of asking a question. The 21-year-old explained in English that she was a refugee from Izium, Ukraine. It was a tremendous act of courage for the audience to witness. “I really wanted to say thank you, to each and...

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Seventh annual Rosa Parks Day tribute honors Civil Rights leader with an open seat on every MCTS bus

For the seventh consecutive year, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will keep a seat open on every bus in the fleet from December 1 through December 3, to honor the life of Civil Rights hero Rosa Parks and recognize her contribution to the ongoing fight for equality and equity for all Each reserved seat will include a red rose and a special placard that features Parks’ photo and a message about her courageous act. The signs read, “On the anniversary of her courageous act, MCTS salutes Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, and all who made a seat available for...

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