#SupportUkraine! - Update

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Dear Friends of Ukraine,


The Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington DC public affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), is continuing its #SupportUkraine! campaign in 2017 by sponsoring its second-in-a-series of advocacy events in Washington, DC.

The second #SupportUkraine! event will be a one-day “Ukrainian Day” advocacy fete on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  A briefing session about US-Ukraine relations and an overview of pending congressional legislation will be held at 9am at the United Methodist Building (near the Supreme Court).  Participants will be provided briefing materials prior to the advocacy event to familiarize themselves with congressional actions regarding Ukraine.

Following the briefing session, "Ukrainian Day" participants will walk the halls of Congress and meet with their respective congressional offices to advocate issues of concern.  UNIS is honored that the Ukrainian American Youth Civics Group, as part of the Ukrainian Heritage School of Greater Delaware Valley (the tri-state metropolitan region of Philadelphia), will once again participate in the "Ukrainian Day" advocacy event.  The next generation of civic leaders in the Ukrainian community initiated a campaign of contacting Congress to join the Congressional Ukrainian and Senate Ukraine Caucuses.  Membership in the Caucuses is an important element to continued efforts to #SupportUkraine!

Later that evening, a "Ukrainian Day" reception will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Senators and Members of Congress will also be recognized with the “Friend of UNIS” award for their contributions to the security and development of Ukraine.

A registration form for the “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event is provided below.  For a schedule of events for the “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event, please contact UNIS at 202-547-0018 or the UCCA National Office at 212-228-6840, or email Tamara Olexy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

The event will be held the same week as the Speaker of Ukraine's Parliament, Andriy Parubiy, and Acting Minister of Health, Ulana Suprun, will be meeting with U.S. government officials in Washington, DC.

A Ukraine “Report Card” conference will also be held onThursday, June 15, 2017 (day after "Ukrainian Day").  For the conference program and registration form please contact Tamara Olexy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  As space is limited, please RSVP at your earliest convenience to assure attendance.

 

This is a very important event for the Ukrainian community as we continue to focus on Ukraine's security and Euro-Atlantic integration.  Our goal in the advocacy event is to seek support for Ukraine's immediate needs - military assistance; increased sanctions against Russia; deter Russian propaganda and disinformation; and, humanitarian assistance for Ukraine's nearly 2 million internally displaced persons.



PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HAVE YOUR COMMUNITY REPRESENTED IN WASHINGTON FOR THIS ADVOCACY EVENT!

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact UNIS at 202 547-0018, or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington in mid-June 2017!

 


“Ukrainian Days” – An Advocacy Event

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Congress – Washington, DC


 

 

#SupportUkraine! "Ukrainian Days" registration form is below:


REGISTRATION FORM:

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

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My congressman (district) in the U.S. House of Representatives:

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REQUEST THE WHITE HOUSE TO INVITE PRESIDENT POROSHENKO

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Ukraine has been in the midst of wide-scale attacks since March 2014 when Russian Federation forces forcibly overtook the Crimean Peninsula and have subsequently waged a hybrid war in eastern Ukraine.  The security and stability of the entire Central and East European region is at stake unless immediate action is taken by the United States, NATO, and the European Union to resolve the constant threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Support from the United States is crucial in transforming Ukraine into a secure, vibrant democracy that is fully integrated into Euro-Atlantic structures.  The acknowledgement of Ukraine’s reform achievements and the existing strategic partnership between the two countries should be manifested by extending an invitation to President Poroshenko to visit Washington, DC.   Below, please find a letter to the White House requesting President Trump invite the President of Ukraine for an immediate visit.  Additionally, you can submit your letter online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Should you have any questions, please contact the UNIS office at (202) 547-0018 or at unis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sample Letter

The President

The White House

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As an American of Ukrainian descent, I was proud to watch the people of Ukraine dedicate themselves to democratic values during the Revolution of Dignity several years ago.  Unfortunately, since that time, Ukraine has withstood the onslaught of Russian aggression waged upon its borders in the form of cyberattacks, outright invasion of sovereign territory, and an unrelenting informational disinformation campaign.

The United States, as a strategic partner of Ukraine, ought to acknowledge Ukraine’s recent sacrifices by inviting President Petro Poroshenko to Washington, DC before your eventual meeting with Vladimir Putin.  Such an acknowledgment would send strong signals to the Ukrainian people about the values of partnership with democratic nations such as ours.  Ukraine needs the assistance of the United States to transcend that country into a viable nation within the community of democracies.  A visit by President Poroshenko would manifest such a resolve.

 

Sincerely,

Ukrainian National Fund 2017

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For 77 years, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has served as the nation’s largest representative body of Americans of Ukrainian descent.  Since its founding in 1940, the UCCA has represented the interests of our community and supported Ukraine’s fledging democracy.

With new leadership elected during last year’s XXII Congress of Ukrainians in America, as well as the return of prominent national organizations as members, the UCCA is better equipped than ever to create a greater understanding of and stronger advocacy for Ukraine, especially during these perilous times. The UCCA has also forged new relationships with diverse ethnic communities and strengthened old ones, and has continued an ongoing dialogue with elected officials and leading policy makers, while diligently working to advocate a variety of issues. These steps are crucial to our work, especially given that Ukraine continues to valiantly defend its independence and territorial integrity against Russian-sponsored terrorists.

2017 is of particular importance to the UCCA as we will mark the 40th Anniversary of its public affairs office – the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS) – the sole full-time representative of the Ukrainian American community in our nation’s capital. This year also marks the historic 50thAnniversary of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), of which the UCCA was a founding member and continues to be an active participant.

The UCCA has never wavered in its commitment to represent the interests of our community and to support democracy in Ukraine - these pillars of our mission remain as relevant today as they were when the UCCA was founded. In our 77th year of service to our community, we vow to continue to work hard to ensure that Ukraine’s interest, and those of the Ukrainian American community are safeguarded now and in the future. We promise to continue our efforts on behalf of the Ukrainian people to maintain Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.

However, the UCCA can only do this with your assistance!  The work of the UCCA is almost entirely dependent on the financial support of its members. Therefore, we ask that you send in your annual membership dues to the Ukrainian National Fund (UNF). Without your much-needed financial support, the significant and timely work of the UCCA cannot be successfully accomplished.

All donations to the UCCA and its Ukrainian National Fund are tax deductible, should be submitted through your local UCCA Branches or to the UCCA National Office: UCCA, 203 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003


REMEMBERING CHORNOBYL

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New York, NY (UCCA) – On Saturday, April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history began with the rupture of Reactor #4’s containment at the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Station. Conceived to be one of the largest nuclear power plants in history during its construction in the 1970s, Soviet planners located this megastructure 11 miles northwest of the city of Chornobyl, Ukraine, and approximately 62 miles north of Ukraine’s capital and most populous city, Kyiv.

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UCCA Calls on Community to Support Screening of “Bitter Harvest” at your local theater!

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BITTER HARVEST is a love story, set against the backdrop of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine. Produced by prominent Ukrainian-Canadian Ihor Ihnatowycz, the film brings the tragedy of the famine-genocide to audiences around the world.

Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, BITTER HARVEST conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Joseph Stalin, which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. The film displays a powerful tale of love, honor, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union. With an exceptional cast of established and rising stars, the film epically recreates one of the most dramatic and dangerous episodes in the history of 20th Century Europe.

Here is a link to the film’s trailer: http://roadsideattractions.com/filmography/bitter-harvest/

 

Everyone involved with the film was intent on bringing to light the true story of the Holodomor - this unthinkable, unimaginable concealed crime against humanity.  Thus the UCCA strongly encourages our community to support the film BITTER HARVEST and urge their local theaters to screen the film!

 

If the film was already shown at your local theater – ask for a re-release!

If it has not yet been shown at near you– ask for it to booked at your local theater today!

 

We urge you to disseminate this Action Item widely throughout your email lists and community contacts!

 

Time is of the essence!  ACT TODAY!

Press Releases

RUSSIAN SANCTIONS ARE HERE TO STAY
Thursday, 03 August 2017
New York (UCCA) – On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA (H.R.... Read more...
UCCA Announces Plans to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ukrainian World Congress
Friday, 28 July 2017
  In 2017, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), the unifying body of Ukrainian communities around the world, is commemorating its 50th anniversary of... Read more...
DISINFORMATION
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
New York (UCCA) – Increasingly over the past few months, the ideological battleground that is social media has seen an uptick in attacks targeting... Read more...
Rep. Pascrell Statement on Senate Russia Sanctions Bill Re-passage
Friday, 30 June 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), author of the No Russian DACHA Act... Read more...
WHITE HOUSE WELCOMES UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT AS UKRAINIAN AMERICANS DEMAND MORE ACTION
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
New York (UCCA) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump welcomed Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to the Oval Office for a frank discussion... Read more...

Statements

UCCA WELCOMES AMB. VOLKER’S ASSESSMENT
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
New York, NY (UCCA) -- The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent,... Read more...
PRESIDENT TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES RUSSIA’S ‘DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES’ IN UKRAINE
Friday, 07 July 2017
  New York (UCCA) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump was welcomed by throngs of Poles in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square, where he stood at the... Read more...
UCCA MOURNS THE PASSING OF PATRIARCH LUBOMYR CARDINAL HUSAR
Friday, 09 June 2017
  New York, NY (UCCA) – Ukrainians around the world are mourning the passing of His Eminent Beatitude, Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, Major Archbishop... Read more...
REMEMBERING CHORNOBYL
Monday, 24 April 2017
New York, NY (UCCA) – On Saturday, April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history began with the rupture of Reactor #4’s... Read more...
Ukrainian National Fund 2017
Monday, 03 April 2017
For 77 years, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has served as the nation’s largest representative body of Americans of Ukrainian... Read more...
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