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Fundraiser: Ukrainian Culture center of Columbus, OH

The Ukrainian Culture center of Columbus, OH  is a non-profit organization, a human  service agency offering a varied program that is Slavic in nature. It is committed to enhancing  the quality of individual and family life through the promotion of physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness. It provides educational and cultural programs that reflect the Ukrainian heritage, health related activities and many services to the community at large.  Through its wide array of programs, the KUCC pursues its mission of strengthening the individual, family and community.

In summer 2017 we are hosting a festival to introduce our city into Ukrainian culture and traditions in order to gather more funds to help people in need. Our goal is $10000-15000 to organize the Festival. The more we get the more people will get help. All our donations are tax deductible.

Thank you everyone for your help and you are always welcome to visit our festival.

 

The festival is planned to be hosted at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church (5858 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231).

 

Below is a link to the group’s GoFundMe page:

https://www.gofundme.com/ukrainian-festival?ssid=805349197&pos=1

Ukrainians, Register with the Holocaust Survivors Registry

Are you, a parent, or a grandparent a survivor of Nazi persecution? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC wants to hear your story!

The USHMM maintains a database (known as the Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Holocaust Survivors) of the names of “all survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution–whether or not currently living–in order to record their experiences for future generations, assist survivors and their families in attempts to trace missing relatives and friends, and provide reference to scholars of the Holocaust, genealogists and members of the public.”

Staff members of the USHMM who gave a presentation for the recent meeting of the Ukrainian Heritage Consortium of North America indicated that they are making a major effort to reach out to non-Jewish victims of the Nazi regime. They are looking for all Holocaust victims, which they define very broadly as any persons “who were displaced, persecuted, or discriminated against due to the racial, religious, ethnic, social, and political policies of the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945.” They were also quite clear that this includes all Ostarbeiters (forced laborers), including Ukrainians. A person need not have been an inmate of a Nazi death camp to qualify as a “Holocaust victim”!
If you or an ancestor was a forced laborer in Germany, was arrested by the Gestapo as a result of religious or political activities, or was arbitrarily executed by the Nazi army, then we urge you to register in this database.

The USHMM web site has registration forms in both English and Ukrainian! The victim need not be alive: you can register individuals posthumously.

If more ethnic Ukrainian victims of the Nazis register with this database, this will allow scholars to get a more complete picture of the havoc wrought by the Nazis on both the Jewish and non-Jewish populations of Ukraine.

Originally posted on https://www.ukrhec.org/news/register-holocaust-survivors-registry

Help the 25th Territorial Defense Battalion Kyiv

Donate Now

We beseech all our friends, Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian – all who care about helping in a direct and meaningful way – to donate whatever dollar amount you can. Ivan personally buys all necessary items that are needed, or organizes the purchases of these items from abroad if they are not available in Ukraine. All money is documented and an itemized receipt with photo is sent to us which will be posted.

Items that the young men are in need of include: helmets, bullet-proof vests, flashlights, pocket knives, ponchos, foodstuff, etc.

This equipment, which is not provided for them, is invaluable to their safety. In a concerted effort, we can be directly involved in trying to protect and save as many lives as possible from the frightening situation these boys, as well as countless others, will face.

Please read Ivan’s Plea or Watch the Youtube Video Below

“I appeal to you not as an activist or politician, I appeal as a patriot of my country! Very soon this Battalion will go to a real war, where every day die Ukraine soldiers for our freedom! These soldiers have parents, children, wives. We all want to have these soldiers returned alive. We ask you to help!!! These soldiers need military equipment and supplies. On fundraising, please contact Ivanka Zajac or Romanka Zajac in the United States. We are looking for your help! Слава Україні”

Donate Now – https://www.crowdrise.com/helpthe25thbattalion-kyiv/fundraiser/romankazajac

Facebook page for this campaign

#RussiaInvadedUkraine – What You Can Do

Friends,

Russia has crossed the line the West has warned against for months. In response, President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States and its allies would look for ways to expand economic sanctions on Russia, but stopped short of calling the recent Russian aggression an invasion. It would be great to find out just why the most powerful country in the world is afraid of a “regional power” and won’t use the words WAR or INVASION. But words are one thing, action another.

Ukraine needs help NOW. Western governments should have been providing Ukraine military equipment for months, be it anti-tank, anti-aircraft, or equipment designed to help Ukraine secure its border. Ukraine has demonstrated its military competence during the ATO fighting with merely Soviet-era equipment. Our soldiers have excelled in Iraq, Afghanistan and other international endeavors when fighting alongside American troops using NATO-standard equipment.

H.R.5190, the “Ukraine Security Assistance Act of 2014” was introduced in the House of Representatives in July 2014 and provides military assistance to Ukraine and designates Ukraine as a Major non-NATO Ally (MNNA). The bill was drafted in a bipartisan manner and is co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Gerlach, Marcy Kaptur and Sander Levin, co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. Furthermore, this bill currently has 4 Democrats and 6 Republicans sponsors. Congress is returning from a month-long vacation next week and will only be in session for 2 weeks at the start of September. While many initiatives seem to be dead on arrival, we have the opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation designed to get Ukraine the help it needs.

Find your Congressional representatives here: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/ or http://votesmart.org/ and ask them to support the “Ukraine Security Assistance Act of 2014.”

Also tell them about H.R.5241, the “Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act,” which would prohibit the United States by law of recognizing the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, de juro OR de facto. This bill was quietly introduced by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) in July, but would put into law what we all believe: Crimea is Ukraine.

Finally, let’s get some real sanctions. No more waiting for Europe. Following the model used against Iran, the US can UNILATERALLY forbid dollar transactions with Russian financial institutions, forcing Europe to go along. Just like with every other rogue state, it has always been the United States’ responsibility to lead. At the very least, freeze the assets of every Russian oligarch’s funds who gained their money illegally. US law clearly states that no ill-gotten capital should be allowed harbor in US institutions.

Let’s call the White House and State Department, with emails/phones/faxes demanding the President’s threats of new sanctions be backed up and retaliatory action taken against the thugs ordering the attacks on the people of Ukraine. Call the White House today:
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Email President Obama at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Email Secretary of State Kerry at: http://www.state.gov/contact/

Furthermore, you will have an opportunity to follow-up with your Member of Congress in Washington during yet another “Ukrainian Day” of Advocacy on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday September 18: http://www.ucca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=7&Itemid=24&lang=en

Originally posted on Facebook by Andrij Dobriansky

Verified (Legitimate) Ways to Help the Ukrainian Army

The Ukrainian Army is still working to create peace and stability in Ukraine, but needs all the help it can get. Euromaidan Press has created a list of verified ways to help the Ukrainian Army that provides a summary about each initiative as well as details about how to donate or support the cause. Below is a list of the different verified groups. Visit EuromaidanPress.com for more details.

Based Abroad

  • Patriot Defense
  • Helping Ukrainian Soldiers
  • GIVE SO OTHERS CAN LIVE – Save lives of Ukrainian people
  • Ukrainian-French support groups (AMC.UKR.FR)
  • Open Dialogue Foundation (Poland)
  • Ukraine-Canada Coalition
  • Euromaidan Canada

Based in Ukraine

  • Come Back Alive
  • Wings Phoenix
  • ATO Sister of Mercy
  • Army SOS
  • Volunteers’ Hundred
  • EuroArmyMaydan
  • Saving lives in Ukraine
  • Joint Army support project
  • Ukrainian Freedom Fund

Other Ways to Help

  • Help with transporting supplies
  • Purchase and ship medicines

Boycott Lukoil and All Russian Products

Facebook Event Page – All-American Boycott of LUKOIL

HOW TO BOYCOTT YOUR LOCAL LUKOIL GAS STATION

  1. Find the closest LUKOIL station near you:
    http://www.lukoilamericas.com/station-locator
  2. Check protests guidelines
    https://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-demonstrations-and-protests
  3. Print a poster (instructions below)
  4. Stand outside the station for 30min or longer
  5. Take a picture and post it the event Facebook page or email olya [ at] razomforukraine.org

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINTING POSTERS AT STAPLES

  1. Go to:
    http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/copyandprint/posters.html
  2. Select poster size: medium or large
  3. Click on same day medium posters
  4. Click on “Design Now” button
  5. Click on “Upload your complete design” link on the top right hand side
  6. Click on “Add Image” button and in a pop-up window choose file from your computer
  7. Select poster size: medium or large and choose the first style (simple)
  8. Click next, review and check out

CHOOSE YOUR POSTER:

People Power vs Putin

RUSLANA (LYZHYCHKO), in cooperation with the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, Lazarus, LLC, and R.A. McConnell & Associates, seeks your participation in the new People Power vs Putin public information campaign. The program, which supports the independence, democracy and sovereignty of Ukraine, has four components:

1. SELFIES TO PUTIN
We are asking people all over the world to send a message to Putin by taking a selfie with messages supporting the People of Ukraine in English, Russian, and Ukrainian.

2. LET YOUR ECONOMIC POWER DO THE TALKING
Putin has blocked Ukrainian products and is threatening to once again to cut gas to Ukraine and Europe.
Stop using Russian products – buy Ukrainian.

3. YOUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU
The US and EU have initiated economic sanctions and other measures against Putin and those responsible for the military invasion of Ukraine. Demand that your government follows through and implements the strongest economic sanctions possible against Putin and the Russian government. Countries which are weakening their resolve such as Germany and England need to hear from their citizens and the world.

4. LAST BUT NOT LEAST – PRAY
We ask people of all faiths to pray for peace in Ukraine.

Show Putin what you think about the illegal invasion of Ukraine. Please share this with all you friends and let’s get a million selfies!

Visit and participate:
https://www.facebook.com/ppvsp

Odessa and Crimea Call Vladimir Putin

Materials for Protests in Support of Ukraine / EuroMaidan

Printable Materials for Group

Printable Posters

March 3, 2014 – Posters Against War

Prior to March 3, 2014

Chants You May Hear

Speaker: “Слава Україні” (“Slava Ukrayini” – “Glory to Ukraine”)
Crowd: “Героям слава” (“Heroyam slava” – “Glory to its heroes”)

This is the most common, but you may hear others that were originally used by Ukrainian Nationalists during World War II

Speaker: “Слава нації” (“Slava natsiyi” – “Glory to the nation”)
Crowd: “Смерть ворогам” (“Smert voroham” – “Death to enemies”)

Speaker: “Україна!” (“Ukrayina!” – “Ukraine!”)
Crowd: “Понад yсе!” (“Ponad Use” – “Above all else”)

As groups gather to mourn those that have died, you may also hear the following

“Вічная Память” (“Vichnaya Pamyat” – “Memory Eternal”)

“герої не вмирають” (“Heroyi ne vmyrayut” – “Heroes do not die”)

Materials for Posters

Below are photos that can be used on handouts, posters, etc. You can also find lots of images and graphics on Euromaidan Arts & Graphics’ Facebook Page.

Information

Media

General Photos

More Gruesome Photos (NSFW)

Even More Gruesome / Disturbing Than Above

* Note: The above photos are to only be used for educational/information purposes. If hosting any photo violates the rights of a copyright holder, please contact us and we will remove the image once the claim is verified.

Please contact us if you’d like to provide additional materials.

EuroMaidan Action Item: Template Letter to send to your Member of Congress

We must contact our respective Members of Congress immediately and ask for support. This should take just a minute – every phone call and letter will strengthen our collective voice and send a clear message that we need action in response to the bloodshed in Ukraine.

Please, find a sample letter to your Member of Congress and send them out IMMEDIATELY.
Letters may be e-mailed directly by using the Senate or House website at one of the following:

Please find your elected officials and simply fill in their last name, your full name, click “Update Text” and copy the text into the “Comments” section of your representative’s website.

Once you submit the above letters, here are additional ways you can help support Ukraine.

Embassies, EU, UN, Goverment of Every Democratic Country – Your Urgent Reaction Is Needed!

via Maidan Hotspot

For urgent release.

EMBASSIES, EU, UN, GOVERMENT OF EVERY DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY – YOUR URGENT REACTION IS NEEDED!

In the morning the Speaker of Ukraine parliament Rybak refused to register the opposition draft law on return to the 2004 Constitution, which caused rapid escalation of the situation in the street of Kyiv.

As for 18:00:
– 6 people are confirmed dead by the Maidan medical service, around 10 more deathly wounded;
– 2 people (older man and woman) found dead near the Khreschatyk metro station (on Institutska street);
– 1 person killed near the National Bank building;
– BBC reports that the headless body of one more victim was found near the Parliament building;

– 14 journalists beaten today;
– more than 500 people heavily wounded by grenades, rubber and live bullets. there are numerous video and photos proofs that riot police is using live weapons against the protesters.

– Kyiv is BLOCKED: all metro stations are closed, central roads blocked, road out of Kyiv blocked;
– since 18:00 THE STATE OF EMERGENCY is in action. Everyone who is at the Maidan is the now an “extremist” , according to the Internal Ministry official statement;

– Maidan crackdown started. the police is dismantling barricades at the European square, Ukrainian house and Zhovtvenyi Palace around Maidan are already seized by the riot police.
– Riot police is using granades, throws Molotov cocktails to set the Maidan tents on fire. BBC journalists report internal troops are armed with Kalashnikov guns. Lot of police is using unnecessary brutal force against people in the streets;
– A lot of injured people are in the hospitals. In Kyiv city hospital No. 17 (Laboratornyi 17) more than 70 wounded people and the police is present there as well;
– on Hrushevskogo street “titushky” (state-sponsored thugs) started robbing houses and people in the streets.
Riot police is coordinating its activities with armed units of “titushky”. Riot police snipers are noticed and photographed on house roofs in central Kyiv.

We ask Embassies, European Parliament, PACE, OECD, UN and Government of every DEMOCRATIC country for URGENT REACTION:
1. Those who are situated in Ukraine, in Kyiv: please come to Maidan, go to the hospitals and jails. Make statements and deliver objective information to your countries media and officials! By your international mandate – protect protesters from human rights violations. We know that people dissapear from hospitals, they are beaten and jailed. Ukrainian lawyers often do not have access to injured people.
2. The Europe must react now by introducing personal financial sanctions against the politicians, who gave these bloody orders, to stop the violence in Ukraine.
3. Start the URGENT international investigation of the unprecedented level of human rights violations happening at this very moment in Ukraine.
4. URGENTLY delegate your human rights monitoring missions to Ukraine.

The Civic Sector of Euromaidan

Contact person:
Olha Halabala
+38050-371-77-31
olha@olha.com.ua

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http://euro-revolution.org
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