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MaydanSF is a platform created by Ukrainians living in the San Francisco Bay Area to support Ukraine in its fight for Democracy, Independence, and Freedom. Our current goal is to help Ukraine stand up to Russian aggression by bringing awareness to people in the SF Bay Area about events in Ukraine, so that we can all support Ukraine together. MaydanSF collects donations and sends help to Ukrainian army. We arrange for the purchase and shipment of needed equipment directly to Ukrainian soldiers and army volunteers. We report all spending and purchases here, on our facebook page. Brave Ukrainian people are fighting for the Country’s freedom now, they need our help.
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MaydanSFDecember 6th, 2016 at 10:30pm
Today, December 6th, is the 25th anniversary of the Ukrainian Armed Forces!

The Ukrainian army has seen its ups and downs in the years of the nation's Independence. Years of corruption have left their impact on the institution, as most of its equipment and vehicles were secretly sold or decayed due to being under-financed.

Ukraine started resurrecting its military capabilities after the country found itself unable to defend its territories from the Russian aggression. For two and a half years, the Ukrainian soldiers, fighters of the National Guard and volunteers defend the eastern frontier against much stronger aggressor!

"Ukrainian heroes today are fulfilling the most important mission – they defend our freedom, our independence, our sovereignty. I am proud of what we have built during these 2,5 years", the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said today.

We are proud of our army. Godspeed Ukrainian Armed Forces! Slava Ukraini!

Video © EyeLidStudio, producer Cristian Jereghi,
with English subtitles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUdcOzkJomg
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MaydanSFDecember 1st, 2016 at 1:42am
A very important bill, called H.R. 5094 STAND for Ukraine, passed the House on September 22nd this year and is currently with the Senate Foreign Relations committee. H.R. 5094. The 114th Congress adjourns on January 3, 2017, and all bills going through the House or Senate that have not been signed into law by that time will be dead.

The bill includes:
A ban on any federal agency recognizing Russian sovereignty over Crimea; Ongoing U.S. sanctions over Russian annexation of Crimea; Opposition to any NATO country's provision of defense services or weapons to Russia.

Very little time is left for legislative actions. If H.R. 5054 is not passed by the Senate by the end of this year, it will either have to be reintroduced in the 115th Congress or abandoned.

Please contact your Senators to support H.R. 5094 at the beginning of December! A draft email letter is provided below for your convenience. Every Senator is important, but those on the Foreign Affairs Committee have the power to bring the bill to a vote by the full Senate. Barbara Boxer, of California is one such senator, that we should all contact:

Barbara Boxer
70 Washington Street
Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 286-8537
(202) 224-0454 fax

The other senator from California is Dianne Feinstein:
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

You can also contact them by email.

Draft Letter for You to Share
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Senator [NAME]

Subject line: STALLED in Committee on Foreign Relations: H.R. 5094

Dear Senator,

The STAND for Ukraine Act (H.R. 5094) was passed in the House and has been in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations since September. Time is running out to pass this important legislation that maintains U.S. sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea and other important provisions in support of the sovereign nation of Ukraine.

Please support passage of the STAND for Ukraine Act in the Senate before the end of the 114th Congress in December.

Thank you in advance for your immediate support of this important legislation,

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR ADDRESS]
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MaydanSFNovember 30th, 2016 at 11:38pm
Film screening of "Almost Holy" is this weekend!

Join the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/694194924072326/

Don't miss San Francisco screening of this highly praised and touching documentary about Ukraine’s most fascinating pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko with his greatest ambition to save as many orphans as possible.

This film is submitted for Oscars!
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MaydanSF added 3 new photos.November 26th, 2016 at 11:00pm
Today, we remember and honor the victims of Holodomor, the 1932-33 famine-genocide against the Ukrainian people organized by Stalin's regime.

In June of 1933, at the height of the Holodomor, 28,000 men, women and children in Ukraine were dying of starvation each day. The land that was known worldwide as the breadbasket of Europe was being ravaged by a man-made famine of unprecedented scale.

Stalin and his followers were determined to teach Ukraine’s farmers “a lesson they would not forget” for resisting collectivization, which meant giving up their own land to work on government controlled farms. Moreover, the famine was meant to deal “a crushing blow” to any aspirations for independence from the Soviet Union by the Ukrainians, 80 percent of whom worked the land.

While millions of people in Ukraine and in the mostly ethnically Ukrainian areas of the northern Caucasus were dying, the Soviet Union was denying the famine and exporting enough grain from Ukraine to have fed the entire population. For 50 years, surviving generations were forbidden to speak of it, until the Soviet Union was near collapse.

More information in English: http://eutoday.net/news/holodomor

Holodomor Facts and History: http://www.holodomorct.org/history.html
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MaydanSF added 4 new photos.November 22nd, 2016 at 3:00am
While looking for Europe, we found a true Ukraine!

November 21st marks the 3rd anniversary of the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity — an event that originally was driven by the desire to fight for Ukraine's natural integration with a democratic Europe.

We will always be grateful to those who stood up for justice and the future of Ukraine as an independent strong country, and thanks to whom Ukraine will choose a democratic and forward-thinking way of development.

Also, today, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, announced that he is initiating and becoming the first sponsor of a fund dedicated to the creation of Museum of Revolution of Dignity.

Слава Україні!
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