Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS)
Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA)
ACTION ITEM, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2003
Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus,
introduced H.R. 591, a bill to erect a monument to the victims of the
Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933 in Washington, D.C. The monument
will be unveiled in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian
Famine-Genocide in the year 2008.
Ukrainian American community organizations, as well as the government of
Ukraine, have actively supported this bill. UNIS received numerous letters
of support addressed to the U.S. Congress to serve as evidence of the
overwhelming support of this bill. These letters were presented as part of
the UCCA's testimony before the National Park Service hearing in May 2003.
Currently, as many as 37 Members of Congress have co-sponsored the
Ukrainian Famine-Genocide Memorial Bill. UNIS requests that the Ukrainian
American community [and other friends of Ukraine] contact their
Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor this bill.
It is extremely important that the Ukrainian American community [and other
friends of Ukraine] demonstrate their support for this proposed legislation
by actively addressing their Representatives.
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) encourages individuals
and organizations to write letters of support, both to Rep. Levin and to
their individual representatives in Congress in support of H.R.591.
Please find attached a sample letter below for your convenience. Should you
have any further questions, please feel free to contact UNIS at (202)
547-0018, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Honorable (Name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative (Name):
As a member of the Ukrainian American community, I was pleased to have
learned of H.R. 591, a bill introduced by Rep. Levin that would allocate a
plot of federal land in Washington, D.C. on which the Ukrainian American
community would erect a monument to the victims of Ukrainian Famine-
Genocide of 1932-1933.
This artificial famine was created by the Stalinist communist regime, which
mercilessly starved to death over 7 million Ukrainians, a quarter of Ukraine
's rural population. The Soviet regime intended to subjugate the Ukrainian
nation through physical elimination. However, the Ukrainian people
continued to resist communist oppression and after 70 years of struggle,
regained their freedom in 1991.
It is important that the memory of the innocent victims does not vanish.
Knowledge of the horrors suffered by the Ukrainian nation at the hands of
communists will serve as a constant reminder that the Free World cannot rest
as long as there exist oppressive regimes. It is our duty to prevent
similar genocides from happening ever again. A monument to the victims of
the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide in the capital of the United States will
demonstrate that our great nation has always fought, and will always fight,
for the oppressed.
I respectfully urge you to co-sponsor this bill and support its passage.