An independent journalist based in Sacramento returns from his latest reporting trip from Ukraine. A statewide non-profit focuses on educating and empowering Black students.
Returning from Ukraine
You can measure war by atrocious loss, from lives to livelihoods, and a way of life rooted in familiar comfort that is ripped away beyond repair. In Ukraine, the death toll and diaspora at the hands of Russia cannot be ignored. But you can also understand the toll of war by what and who remains. Their stories capture the heart of what once was as well as the drive to endure the painful costs of a war with no end in sight. Martin Kuz is an independent journalist based in Sacramento. His father fled Ukraine following WWII, never able to return. Martin spent the past 12 months traveling to his father’s homeland, first arriving in the days leading up to the invasion, and then returning again in the summer during an all-out war that continues today. Kuz’ reporting from last year can be found in SacTown Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor from August and April. Insight spoke with Martin upon just landing back in California from his latest three-week reporting trip this time in Eastern Ukraine. We sat down and talked on the one-year anniversary of the official start of the war.
Black Students of California United
Dr. Angelia Barfield, Interim Executive Director and Co-Founder of Black Students of California United (BSCU), a statewide organization focused on developing African American and Black students discuss the challenges black students face and how BSCU helps make a positive change.