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UMD Tribute to Mike Ilitch – Proud Macedonian – a Remarkable American Success Story

UMD Tribute to Mike Ilitch – Proud Macedonian – a Remarkable American Success Story

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the largest Macedonian émigré organization outside of Macedonia, with profound sadness, mourns the passing of our generous benefactor and longtime UMD Macedonian Companion, Michael Ilitch. Mr. Ilitch passed away today at the age of 87. Michael Ilitch was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929 to Macedonian immigrants Sotir Ilitch and Sultana Tasseff Ilitch who came…

CMLC2016 Remarks by Vonna Bitove: Never Allow Anyone to Put You & Your Goals Down

Remarks delivered by Vonna Bitove, Executive Director of the Bitove Foundation and UMD Advisory Council Member during the 3rd Canadian-Macedonian Leadership Conference at the University of Toronto on November 12, 2016. Remarks delivered by Vonna Bitove, Executive Director of the Bitove Foundation and UMD Advisory Council Member during the 3rd Canadian-Macedonian Leadership Conference (full summary HERE) at the University of Toronto…

Columbus, Ohio Ajvar 5K Unites Community for a Great Cause

The local Macedonian-American community in Columbus, Ohio came together for the 1st Ajvar 5K Run/Walk at Creekside Park in Gahanna, Ohio. By: Danny and Elizabeta Damceski, Columbus, Ohio Ajvar 5K Race Directors On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the local Macedonian-American community in Columbus, Ohio came together for the 1st Ajvar 5K Run/Walk at Creekside Park in Gahanna, Ohio. The race…

Congressional Macedonia Caucus Gains Four New Members

Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA), Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Congressman Curt Clawson (R-FL), and Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA) joined the Congressional Macedonia Caucus. The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is pleased to announce that Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA), Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Congressman Curt Clawson (R-FL), and Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA) have joined the Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans, increasing the number from 20 to 24…

On World Refugee Day, UMD Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws from 1980s

On World Refugee Day, UMD Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws from 1980s

On World Refugee Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates the 71st anniversary of the mass exodus of Macedonian children refugees (the Deca Begalci) from Greece. On this important day, UMD reiterates its call on Greece to repeal the Greek laws that discriminate against Macedonians and to afford the Macedonian children refugees of the Greek Civil War the right to…

UMD Remembers Victims of Communism

UMD Remembers Victims of Communism

On June 11-12, 2015, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) participated in the “Remembering the Victims of Communism & Celebrating the Triumph of Liberty” memorial service in Washington, D.C. On June 11th, UMD’s summer International Policy and Diplomacy Fellows attended a discussion in the Library of Congress with survivors of the Hungarian, Cambodian, Russian and communist governments as well as with…

UMD-AJC ACCESS Screen Empty Boxcars in Washington, D.C.

UMD-AJC ACCESS Screen Empty Boxcars in Washington, D.C.

On June 17, 2015, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and American Jewish Committee (AJC) – ACCESS DC partnered up for a special presentation of Ed Gaffney’s documentary film Empty Boxcars at UMD Headquarters in Washington, D.C. UMD President Metodija A. Koloski and AJC Washington Regional Office Goldman Bridge Fellow Cassie Chesley gave brief remarks about the film and UMD-AJC ACCESS…

Who’s helping UMD this summer?

Who’s helping UMD this summer?

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) significantly depends on its fellowship program to carry out its important work to promote Macedonian causes in Washington, D.C. and worldwide. Since founding its fellowship program in 2008, UMD has hosted over forty students of Macedonian and non-Macedonian heritage, providing them with the necessary skills needed to further their eventual professional career paths. 2015’s summer…

ОМД се сретна со заменик-лидер на опозицијата во Австралија

ОМД се сретна со заменик-лидер на опозицијата во Австралија

Делегација на Обединетата Македонска Дијаспора (Австралија) се состана со лидери од Австралискиот Парламент со цел за унапредувањена Австралиско-Македонските односи и зближување помеѓу македонската заедница и австралиската влада и парламент. Оваа година се одбележува 20-годишнината од воспоставувањето на билатералните дипломатски односи помеѓу Австралија и Македонија. Во овој контекст, делегацијата се сретна со Таниа Плиберсек, пратеник во собранието и заменик-лидер на опозицијата…

UMD Engages with Australian Policymakers in Canberra

UMD Engages with Australian Policymakers in Canberra

Between 25-27 May 2015, a delegation from UMD (Australia) met with leaders in the Australian Parliament with the objective of advancing Australia Macedonia Relations and building closer ties between the Macedonian community and the Australian Government and the Parliament. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations between Australia and Macedonia. Left to right in…

MALC2015 Reaffirms Vital Importance of Macedonian Unity

MALC2015 Reaffirms Vital Importance of Macedonian Unity

On May 8-10, 2015, Columbus, Ohio was the host of the 2nd Macedonian-American Leadership Conference (MALC2015) organized by the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), and its next generation program for young leaders, Generation M. MALC2015 brought together Macedonian-American leaders of various Macedonian cultural, business, and faith-based organizations from throughout the United States, including Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Virginia, Washington,…

UMD Celebrates IHM2015 in Congress and at White House

UMD Celebrates IHM2015 in Congress and at White House

On June 1, 2015, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) joined with Welcome.us and sixteen other leading ethnic organizations to kick-off the 2nd Annual Immigrant Heritage Month with a celebratory reception in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. Over 200 guests filled the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer to listen to Congressman Richard Hanna (Lebanese origin), Congressman Brendan Boyle (Irish origin),…