UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1954

Seen above is the Massachusetts delegation to the Ukrainian National Association’s 23rd Convention held on May 31 to June 5, 1954, in Washington. With them is Rep. John W. McCormack (fourth from right) of Massachusetts, the second-ranked Democrat in the House of Representatives. The congressman addressed the delegates on the third day of the convention, speaking of communism as a “world killer.” He told the audience of 437 delegates and 19 supreme officers that the Free World, including the United States, would someday free the enslaved peoples behind the Iron Curtain. Other congressmen who addressed the convention were Michael A. Feighan (D-Ohio), Charles J. Kersten (R-Wis.), John R. Pillion (R-N.Y.) and Kenneth B. Keating (R-N.Y.). The senators who spoke were: Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) Irving M. Ives (R-N.Y.), Homer Ferguson (R-Mich.), Paul H. Douglas (D-Ill.), William F. Knowland (R-Calif.), Speaker of the House Joseph W. Martin Jr. (R-Mass.), Thomas A. Burke, (D-Ohio), H. Alexander Smith (R-N.J.) and John F. Kennedy (D-Mass).

Organizations bring carols to UNA Home Office

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – During the Ukrainian Christmas season – which encompasses both the Gregorian and the Julian calendars – the Ukrainian National Association’s Home Office was visited by several groups of carolers. These included (as seen in the photos, clockwise from top right): the Whippany branch of the Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA), Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization’s Newark, N.J., branch (based in Whippany at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey), the Jersey City branch of the UAYA, and the Whippany branch of the Ukrainian Music Institute.

America still stands with Ukraine

I doubt that anyone could have imagined back last summer that Ukraine would be at the center of an impeachment of an American president. Yet, since late September, when the story broke of allegations of President Donald Trump’s campaign to pressure Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating a political opponent, notably by withholding military aid, Ukraine has been in the news on a daily basis.
How has impeachment impacted America’s public perceptions of Ukraine? More importantly, how has it affected U.S. support for Ukraine? First, as tragic as this scandal has been for the United States, it has not been the unmitigated disaster for Ukraine or its standing with America’s public and political elites that some fear. Mr. Trump’s politicization of the U.S.-Ukraine relationship has harmed and complicated U.S.-Ukraine relations in the short-term.

“Zhyvyi Lantsiuh” – 30 years

The following statement by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America was released on January 22.

This January 21 marked 30 years since half a million smiling, flag-waving and independence-seeking people joined hands across the 300 miles between Kyiv and Lviv. Organized by Narodnyi Rukh Ukrayiny (the People’s Movement of Ukraine) when the country still suffered under the yoke of Soviet oppression, Ukrainian activists from across this largest country in Europe managed to inspire enough of their countrymen to come out for a peaceful demonstration of national unity and pride to demonstrate the national will “for a united, independent Ukraine.” At one end of the chain, Kyiv residents began their section from St. Sophia’s Square; winding for kilometers out of the city and westward, thousands of youth and elderly, Catholics and Orthodox, ethnic Ukrainians, Jews, Poles and others linked themselves through the streets of Zhytomyr, Rivne, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The following statement was released by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on January 27.

On January 27, the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, we honor the memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust.
Over 6 million Jews, and millions of other victims – Ukrainians, Poles, Roma, and many others – were murdered by the Nazi German regime. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal. Vichnaya Pamiat.

2019: For Ukrainians in the U.S.: a multitude of major events

For Ukrainians in the U.S., notable events included Holodomor commemorations and exhibits, the 75th anniversary of the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (UUARC), the 125th anniversary of the organized Ukrainian diaspora, the centennial of the unification of the Ukrainian National Republic and the Western Ukrainian National Republic, and the expanding work of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA).
The United Ukrainian American Relief Committee sent the first humanitarian aid shipment of 2019 to Ukraine on January 12. The shipment included medical equipment and supplies, medical consumables, surgical instruments, patient hospital beds with mattresses, regular and electric wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, adult diapers, hygiene products, equipment for children with severe disabilities, clothing, shoes, linens and books. The items were distributed to Ukrainian soldiers and civilians who are suffering from the ongoing war in Ukraine.

2019: Ukrainian National Association: 125 years of community service

One hundred twenty-five. That was how many years of service to our community the Ukrainian National Association celebrated in 2019. And the celebrations, which took many forms, lasted all year long.
Issues of Svoboda dated February 22 and The Ukrainian Weekly dated February 24 included special sections dedicated to the milestone anniversary of their publisher, the UNA, the oldest and largest Ukrainian fraternal organization. Indeed, the UNA is among the oldest fraternal organizations in the United States.

2019: Culture: Celebrations, concerts, films, art, etc.

Ukrainians celebrated a landmark anniversary in 2019: 125 years of continuous service to Ukrainian communities in the United States and Canada by the Ukrainian National Association (UNA). Several major cultural events commemorated all the work done by the UNA.
On July 12-14, the 13th annual Ukrainian Cultural Festival at the Ukrainian National Foundation’s Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., included a gala honoring the important role of the UNA’s two newspapers – Svoboda (the oldest continuously published Ukrainian-language newspaper in the world, founded in 1893) and The Ukrainian Weekly (published in the English language and founded in 1933). The UNF is an affiliated company of the UNA that performs charitable activities on its behalf.

UNA concert in Shamokin to conclude 125th anniversary celebrations

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Ukrainian National Association’s 125th anniversary celebrations will culminate with an anniversary concert in Shamokin, Pa., the birthplace of the UNA, on February 9 at Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church.
The celebrations began on February 22, 2019, in Shamokin with an anniversary proclamation and the presentation of a golden key to the city to UNA executives.
The February 9 event begins with divine liturgy at 9:30 a.m., with the Dzvin Ukrainian Male Folk Choir and the Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble participating during the liturgy.

Twin Cities Ukrainians donate Holodomor oral histories to University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – Ukrainian community members recently gathered at the University of Minnesota for a reception marking the official transfer of materials from a recently completed oral history project, titled “Holodomor Impact on Minnesota’s Ukrainian Community,” to the institution’s Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA). The event took place on November 20, 2019.
Professionally recorded video files and written, annotated transcripts of 11 interviews with Holodomor survivors, and children and grandchildren of survivors, will be permanently housed at the IHRCA, located at the University’s Elmer L. Andersen Library.