The work of the newly founded UNWLA Advocacy Committee began with an advocacy seminar by Vera Andryczyk on February 24, 2022. This event kicked off a seven-day Advocacy Challenge, with each day offering participants different ways to speak up for Ukraine. These included contacting Senators, Representatives, and the President, writing Op-Eds, and pushing for divestment among university endowments and state pension funds.
At the same time, we began Nyetflix — a campaign to have U.S. cable providers drop russian state-sponsored channels from their packages. The petition started on Change.org to counter russian propaganda and gathered over 60,000 signatures. Our work resulted in RT and its sister networks being dropped from U.S. cable providers. RT America closed its doors (and streams) in March 2022.
In June 2022, the UNWLA launched an appreciation campaign — UNWLA Thank-a-Thon — thanking the U.S. government for the unprecedented support it has given Ukraine.
Ukraine Action Summit
The first-ever Ukraine Action Summit was held in Washington, D.C. on September 18-20, 2022. A community advocacy event on the Hill, it gathered over 270 advocates from 33 states. The Summit was an opportunity to exchange best advocacy practices and to continue educating our elected representatives about why the U.S. must support a Ukrainian victorу.