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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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


ADVOCACY FOR UKRAINE ISSUES ADVANCE ON CAPITOL HILL

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WASHINGTON, DC (UNIS) Nearly four dozen Ukrainian Americans representing New Jersey, District of Columbia, New York, Illinois, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Carolina, Washington state, and Michigan convened in Washington, DC on Wednesday and Thursday, March 8-9, 2017 for the first-in-a-series of “Ukrainian Days” advocacy events to be held this year. Additional “Ukrainian Days” advocacy events are planned for June and September.  The Ukrainian Americans were also joined by community leaders from the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC), representing communities of Central and East European heritage, as well as the Syrian American community.  Students from the Philadelphia areaUkrainian Saturday School civics group also participated in the advocacy event.  It was an opportunity for them to experience government civics in action.

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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!

UCCA COMMENDS AMBASSADOR HALEY’S SUPPORT OF UKRAINE AND CALLS FOR A CONTINUED UNIFIED MESSAGE OF SUPPORT

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New York, NY (UCCA) – In her first appearance at a session of the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley unequivocally stated that “the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions.” Echoing the position she displayed at her Senate confirmation hearings, at which she stated “we need to make it very clear with Russia where we stand on Crimea and Ukraine,” the Ambassador went on to “condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea.” And further stating, “Crimea is a part of Ukraine.”

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Press Releases

NYC March and Requiem Commemorating Ukraine’s Holodomor Draws Over 1,000
Monday, 27 November 2017
New York, NY (UCCA) Over 1,000 Ukrainian Americans and supporters gathered in New York City on Saturday, November 18, to remember the victims of... Read more...
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...

Statements

UCCA Welcomes Passage of Draft Law #6327
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest umbrella organization representing the interests of over 1.5 million Americans of... Read more...
Independence Day Greeting 26
Thursday, 24 August 2017
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Inc. sends its warmest greetings to the Ukrainian American community on the occasion of the 26... Read more...
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...
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