UMD Statement on Zaev Resignation Following Macedonian Local Elections

UMD Statement on Zaev Resignation Following Macedonian Local Elections

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) issues the following statement regarding the resignation of Zoran Zaev as Prime Minister of Macedonia following his political party’s significant losses in the recent Macedonian local elections: UMD strongly opposed the so-called Good Neighborly Relations Agreement with Bulgaria, the Prespa Agreement with Greece, and the language law in Macedonia. UMD publicly stressed the detrimental implications…

UMD – 17 Years of Macedonian Action

UMD – 17 Years of Macedonian Action

Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) – founded on October 28, 2004 – celebrates its 17th anniversary. Until UMD was founded, there was no permanent, professional, and persistent voice for Macedonians located in Washington, D.C. In May 2008, UMD became the first Macedonian organization to open an office in Washington, D.C. As a non-partisan, non-profit, non-governmental organization, UMD has led…

UMD Tribute to James Saunders – A Canadian Macedonian Community Pioneer

UMD Tribute to James Saunders – A Canadian Macedonian Community Pioneer

With profound sadness, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) mourns the passing of our 2012 UMD Lifetime Achievement Awardee James Saunders – a pioneer in the Canadian Macedonian community, a human rights champion, and an inspiration for future Macedonian activists. Saunders’ work for Macedonia and the Macedonian people spanned nearly eight decades. Saunders, who passed away at age 98, was born…

Macedonia at 30, UMD Reflects on Diaspora Role & Calls for Unity & Action

Macedonia at 30, UMD Reflects on Diaspora Role & Calls for Unity & Action

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) – the leading voice for Macedonians abroad – celebrates the 30th anniversary of Macedonia’s Independence Day and congratulates all Macedonians in and outside the Republic on this auspicious occasion. UMD reflects on the centuries-old struggle for Macedonian independence and the countless lives lost to ensure that this dream and vision of a free and sovereign…

UMD Recognizes Canada Day While Standing in Solidarity with Indigenous Community Members

UMD Recognizes Canada Day While Standing in Solidarity with Indigenous Community Members

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) recognizes the 154 years of Canadian Independence, and all that Canada has done for immigrants throughout history, especially the influx of Macedonians into Canada over the past century. This year it is with great sombre that we must stand in solidarity with the Indigenous community members of Canada. Canadian Macedonians are continually grateful for being…

UMD welcomes press increase

The United Macedonian Diaspora has welcomed increased news coverage of the name change debacle. Broader coverage has been achieved of the plight of ethnic Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria whose governments deny their existence. A column by UMD’s Alastair Stewart was published in The Times. It draws on parallels between a maybe independent Scotland and Macedonia’s tragic experience on the…

UMD’s 2020 Accomplishments for the Macedonian Cause

UMD’s 2020 Accomplishments for the Macedonian Cause

Social Media Outreach: – 67 Virtual Events, Gatherings, Trivia Nights, Video Messages Garnered 407,000 Views to Date   Charitable Efforts: – UMD Generation M’s Together from Home Campaign Donated $50,000 for the Creation of a new Pulmonary Clinic in Skopje to Combat COVID-19.  – Another $50,000 will be donated for medical equipment in regional clinics in the near future.  …

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…