UMD’s next-gen leaders defend minority rights in the Balkans

UMD’s next-gen leaders defend minority rights in the Balkans

Young leaders in the United Macedonian Diaspora have made a formal submission to the United Nations. The team is calling for radical action to tackle oppression of Macedonian ethnic minorities, notably in Greece and Bulgaria.    The U.N. report, Eliminating Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief and the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) made a call for…

UMD Calls for a Cultural Shift in Bulgaria and Greece on Minority Issues

UMD Calls for a Cultural Shift in Bulgaria and Greece on Minority Issues

Video Submission for the UN Forum on Minority Issues 13th Session, Geneva, 19 and 20 November 2020   Organization: United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) Presenter: Metodija A. Koloski, President   Item 4: Regulation of online hate speech: the role and responsibility of intergovernmental organizations, States, internet companies, and social media platforms   Thank you to the UN Special Rapporteur on minority…

UMD Calls for Advancement of Macedonian Community in Australian Institutions

UMD Calls for Advancement of Macedonian Community in Australian Institutions

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee invited UMD Australia Director and Global Board Member Vera Sekulovska to appear before the Committee on 6 November 2020 to speak on the Macedonian community’s response to the inquiry on “Issues facing diaspora communities in Australia.” Click HERE to download the full remarks, which were also entered into the public record.…

Bulgaria continues to frustrate Macedonia’s EU accession

Bulgaria continues to frustrate Macedonia’s EU accession

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is compelled to again condemn Bulgaria’s continued attempts to veto Macedonia’s European Union (EU) accession, in return for concessions on its national identity, history, and language. Bulgaria recently blocked Macedonia’s signing of a border management agreement. Then Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov threatened to dismantle World War II monuments in Macedonia that are in memory…

Macedonia Needs to Center its Focus on Implementing a National Census

Macedonia Needs to Center its Focus on Implementing a National Census

October 20th is World Statistics Day. Built around celebrating the important role of statistics, the United Nations theme this year is “Connecting the world with data we can trust.” As United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) celebrates World Statistics Day, it also highlights the paramount importance of conducting a Macedonian National Census. A Macedonian National Census has been absent in the country…

UMD Denounces Bulgaria’s Inflammatory Demands of Macedonia

UMD Denounces Bulgaria’s Inflammatory Demands of Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) vehemently rejects Bulgaria’s objectionable demands of Macedonia, as a precondition to EU accession. Krasimir Karakachanov, Bulgaria’s Defense Minister, has stated that Macedonia agreed to change the flag, to change the country’s name, and will also agree to change its history, in return for Bulgaria’s support for its EU accession progress. The Bulgarian state has also…

Michigan Governor Proclaims September 8th as Macedonian American Day

Michigan Governor Proclaims September 8th as Macedonian American Day

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed today September 8th as Macedonian American Day in the State of Michigan “This recognition shows our Macedonian community is strong within Michigan. Our hard work, passion, and dedication exemplifies commitment for the betterment of the Macedonian community,” said UMD Michigan Chair Deana Janceski. Janceski and UMD member Alek Vasilevski had the opportunity to present this…

Senate Publishes UMD Submission on Issues Facing Macedonians in Australia

Senate Publishes UMD Submission on Issues Facing Macedonians in Australia

The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in Canberra, Australia has published the submission of 31 July 2020 of UMD Australia and its young leaders Generation M, related to issues facing Macedonians in Australia.    Click HERE to download a copy of our submission; HERE to read other submissions made to the Committee.    “Our team, including…

Vice President Biden Celebrates Success of Macedonian-Americans on Ilinden Anniversary

Vice President Biden Celebrates Success of Macedonian-Americans on Ilinden Anniversary

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) thanked former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden for issuing a statement today on the anniversary of the Ilinden Uprising and celebrating the success of the Macedonian-American community in the United States who have long strengthened and enriched American society for over a century. UMD is a non-partisan 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit…

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters Proclaims August 2nd Macedonian Republic Day

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters Proclaims August 2nd Macedonian Republic Day

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) thanked Mayor Don Walters for proclaiming today as Macedonian Republic Day, Ilinden, in the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio recognizing the value the Macedonian Businessmen’s Club and the Macedonian-American community have brought to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and the United States. Прокламација Додека, 2ри Август го одбележува македонскиот празник Ден на Републиката или Илинден (Празник на…

UMD Celebrates 4th of July, Over a Century of Macedonian Immigration to the U.S.

UMD Celebrates 4th of July, Over a Century of Macedonian Immigration to the U.S.

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) celebrates 244 years of American Independence. Beginning in the early twentieth century, many Macedonians immigrated to the United States fleeing from the violence that resulted from the Ilinden Uprising against the Ottoman Empire. Prior to World War I, a large wave of Macedonians had already migrated to the United States, and this was followed by…