Dear Soyuzianky,

Before it became a world-known Ukrainian song, “Two colors” (Два кольори) was a poem by Dmytro Pavlychko. The poem is about a man and a vyshyvanka his mother embroidered for him. Although his life passed by quickly, his mother’s work always followed him in red and black colors: red for love and black for sorrow. In the wake of Dmytro Pavlychko’s passing, few things are as fitting to honor his life as this beautiful performance by Ukrainian-American singer Kvitka Cisyk.

Wishing you a week full of only bright colors!

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Since December 19th, 2022, our Keep Ukraine Warm campaign has helped thousands of Ukrainians with warm clothing, blankets, wood-burning stoves, and windows and doors repairs. Although the campaign fell short of our ambitious goal of $500,000, our efforts made a difference. Here’re are some highlights from our humanitarian deliveries to Ukraine.

We are wrapping up the Keep Ukraine Warm campaign on January 31st, but we keep advocating, cultivating, educating, and caring for Ukraine together. Thank you for all your generous donations, organized events, and the great warmth and kindness of your hearts.

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Our partners from around the U.S. plan for rallies on February 24-25 to mark the solemn anniversary of Russia’s full-fledged war against Ukraine. In Washington D.C. in particular, there will be a rally before the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Feb 25 beginning at 2 pm. If your community is planning a bus, please let us know – there are media representatives who would like to come along to the ride and interview community activists.

On Sunday, January 21st, the Ukrainian community in Philadelphia visited a memorial service at St. Mary’s cemetery to pay respects to the fallen warriors for Ukrainian Independence.

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After the event, the participants attended a luncheon, with General Consul Oleksii Holubov and Iryna Mazur, Ukraine’s General Consul for Philadelphia, in attendance. Our Advocacy Chair, Marianna Tretiak spoke about her grandfather who was a Sich Rifleman during WWI.

The Sich Riflemen defended the government of the newly independent Ukraine against the Bolshevik insurrection in the capital and later against regular Red Army forces that advanced into Ukraine in 1918. Both Ukrainian history and modernity are shaped by heroes who defend Ukrainian statehood and independence across the centuries.

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From left to right: Luba Chornodolska, Dora Wynnycky, Lydia Bazarko, Marianna Tretiak, Maria Flynn, Zenia Brozyna, Nila Pawliuk, Chrystia Senyk

Our sisters in Palm Beach, FL, also came together to commemorate the Ukrainian Unity Day.

65 Ukrainians and supporters gathered on Veterans Square. The event was broadcasted live by the Ukrainian TV news channel 1+1.

Participants marched a mile waving Ukrainian and American flags and greeting the people applauding the procession. They also signed about 300 petitions to President Biden, the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and Florida Senators and Congressmen to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism and supply more weapons to Ukraine.

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Interested in discussing the UNWLA in your community? Enjoy the printable version of our memories (and current initiatives) in English or Українською with bonus Talking Points in English.