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My heritage as a first-generation Polish-American is steeped in the region of Ukraine now under attack. My father was a refuge from the catastrophe of the Nazi (Hitler)-Russian (Stalin) Pact invasion of 1939. My father’s whole side of the family (my grandparents, uncles aunts, cousins) disappeared and was murdered by the Stalin Regime. My father escaped and then was captured by the Nazis and became part of their system of slave labor and to make a long story short and sparing you some horrific details, he was liberated by the British as the Nazis were marching him and others to Holland.
This is very personal to me.
I saw the following post on Twitter: Please copy and paste and share on your Facebook and twitter posts:
”I have no problem paying for higher gas prices, because of Russian sanctions, in order to stand with the people of Ukraine.
Please respond with a heart ‘❤️ ‘ emoji if you feel the same way too. #StandWithUkriane”
On Twitter see #StandWithUkriane, #StopRussianAggression
The yearning for freedom and democracy in Ukraine will not go away, despite Fox News’s Tucker Carlson’s inane insistence that Ukraine is not a democracy.(see: https://news.yahoo.com/eve-war-tucker-carlson-defended-025451248.html)
I have no words that can describe how disgusted I was when Trump embraced dictators like Putin and others. Trump and the GOP have so divided Americans against each other— plus add to that the mix of conspiracy theories and then add on the dismissing of the attempted January 6 coup attempt.
I am sad for Ukraine and for USA; for the USA because simplistic vicious rhetoric has led this country astray and a divided a nation against itself and that serves no one. I hope many Americans will wake up to this.
Will the American public continue to be swayed by online social media and right-wing talk show trolls and their misinformation that aims to divide us?
In scanning Twitter and Facebook this morning many are wondering how sitting members of the Republican Party have been played by Putin and via Trump’s love for and defense of Putin (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/world/europe/trump-putin-russia-ukraine.html). I have asked again and again will the American public continue to fall to trolls and misinformation that aims to divide us.
Can we understand how history frames this moment?
Ukrainians under fire: from the BBC:
How to Help Ukraine ?
From Global Citizen:
Walnut Creek’s Polish School to hold fundraiser supporting Ukrainian refugees; here’s how to help
As a stream of people are fleeing Ukraine to neighboring Poland, the Polish School in Walnut Creek is finding ways to support those refugees, including a fundraiser this weekend. Here’s how you can help. – https://abc7news.com/russia-ukraine-conflict-poland-walnut-creek-polish-school/11601573/ Donations to aid those in crisis can be made on the Nova Ukraine website.
The U.S. private nonprofit Project Dynamo is helping evacuate Americans out of Ukraine as Russia launches attacks in the country. The organization’s co-founder, Bryan Stern, discusses the first bus of evacuees they are working to get out of the country.
MoveOn is partnering with United Help Ukraine, an organization that distributes donations, food, and medical supplies to those injured in the war, their families, and those in need of temporary aid as they flee for safety.
Here are some links to keep abreast of the situation in Ukraine:
ABC News live updates
AP’s Russia-Ukraine news hub
CBS News live updates
CNN’s live coverage and analysis
The Ecologist https://theecologist.org/2022/feb/25/chernobyl-now-war-zone
The New York Times’ Ukraine-Russia news coverage
NBC News live updates
Radio Free Europe Ukraine https://www.rferl.org/Ukraine
Reuters In pictures: Russia invades Ukraine
The Washington Post Russia’s attack on Ukraine
The Financial Times is providing key Ukraine coverage free to read to keep everyone informed as events unfold
Bellingcat Investigation Teams Documenting and Debunking Dubious Footage from Ukraine’s Frontlines.