WASHINGTON – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington public relations bureau, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), will sponsor the first in a series of advocacy events in Washington on March 4-5. During Ukrainian Days, the Ukrainian community will have an opportunity to express its concerns to members of Congress and encourage them to continue promoting and supporting a strong and effective U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine. The new series of Ukrainian Days will be a follow-up to the Ukraine Freedom Support Act signed into law in December 2014. The event will reinforce Ukraine’s immediate security concerns of preserving its territorial integrity and sovereignty, maintaining border security, safeguarding its independence, and continuing economic reform. The two-day advocacy program is supported by the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC), of which the UCCA is a founding member.
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, the UCCA Kyiv Office has begun a 10-month long civic education program titled “Uniting Our Country by Breaking Down Stereotypes.”
The purpose of the program is to build confidence in interactive communication between citizens of different regions of Ukraine and the government at both the local and regional levels, and to encourage them to create stable partnerships in the region in order to combat long-existing stereotypes or those that have been circulated by politicians with the intent of dividing Ukrainians. The UCCA Kyiv Office, which has long-term experience in conducting similar projects and works closely with regional TV and radio stations in 10 cities throughout Ukraine- – Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Uzhhorod, Mykolayiv and Zaporizhia – is holding a series of live radio broadcasts. The UCCA will invite community activists as well as well-known individuals, including journalists, bloggers and influential leaders to participate in the broadcasts. Leading journalist Alexander Piddubny serves as moderator, fielding calls from participants and questions from the audience, and posting the information on social media. Each broadcast is conducted with a regional co-host, either a journalist or an activist who is familiar with the current situation within the particular region where the broadcast is being aired.