United Macedonian Diaspora 2021 Year in Review

United Macedonian Diaspora 2021 Year in Review

Social Media Outreach: 33 virtual events, gatherings, and videos 443,000 total views 36.4% increase in video engagements from 2020 Charitable Efforts: $13,000 worth of medical equipment was donated to the University Clinic of Neurology at Clinical Center Mother Teresa, Skopje. $6,000 worth of firefighting equipment, including shoes and masks, to the voluntary fire brigade Arhangel Bitola. $5,000 to the Sveti Spas…

On Human Rights Day, UMD Calls for Equality for Macedonians

On Human Rights Day, UMD Calls for Equality for Macedonians

For 17 years, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has been working to reduce the inequalities facing Macedonian-identifying peoples around the world.  Considering this year’s United Nations Human Rights Day theme on Equality, we, at the UMD are tripling our advocacy efforts to bring awareness about Macedonian challenges. This fall, UMD Australia provided a grant to fund Macedonian language classes in…

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…

BLACK SCENARIOS OF BOYCOTT

BLACK SCENARIOS OF BOYCOTT

By Aleksandar Popovski, UMD Member, Florida After the main ruling and opposition party in Macedonia, along with the parties of the Albanian minority, signaled their support for the census, the boycott option has waned in popularity. Nonetheless, there is a significant number of fringe parties, both on the left and the right, that are openly calling for people not to…

TAKING PART IN THE CENSUS IS AN HONOR

By Aleksandar Popovski, UMD Member, Florida The modern practice of a regular population census dates back to the traditions of Ancient Rome, or more precisely, the Roman Republic. At that time, a census was conducted every five years, presided by two magistrates called censors. The censors were elected from a pool of candidates that previously served as consuls, the highest…

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…

Michigan House Adopts Resolution Declaring September as Macedonian American Heritage Month

Michigan House Adopts Resolution Declaring September as Macedonian American Heritage Month

This is the first time in U.S. history that a state legislature has passed a resolution declaring Macedonian American Heritage Month. The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is grateful for and proud of House Resolution 149 being adopted by the Michigan House of Representatives recognizing September 2021 as Macedonian American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan, home to an estimated…

Мичиген го прогласи септември за месец на македонското наследство во САД

Мичиген го прогласи септември за месец на македонското наследство во САД

Ова е првпат во историјата на САД државен законодавен дом да донесе резолуција со која се прогласува месец на македонско-американското наследство. Обединетата македонска дијаспора (ОМД) е благодарна и горда за усвојувањето на резолуцијата бр.149 од страна на Претставничкиот дом на Мичиген, со која септември годинава се прогласи за месец на македонско-американско наследство во сојузната држава Мичиген, каде живеат околу 125.000…

UMD: Congressman Paul Mitchell Stood by Macedonia When Others Hesitated

UMD: Congressman Paul Mitchell Stood by Macedonia When Others Hesitated

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the voice of our nation’s half a million Americans of Macedonian heritage, deeply mourns the untimely passing of our friend Congressman Paul Mitchell, a staunch advocate for Macedonia’s right to self-determination. UMD extends its condolences to Sherry and the entire Mitchell family. Congressman Mitchell served two terms in the U.S. Congress, representing the 10th Congressional…

Ohrid Framework Agreement’s 20th Anniversary – A Time for Somber Reappraisal – Not Celebration

Ohrid Framework Agreement’s 20th Anniversary – A Time for Somber Reappraisal – Not Celebration

Today, August 13, 2021, marks 20 years from the signing of the infamous Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA), a deeply divisive document that has scarred Macedonian society. Considering the dire situation with the ravaging fires across the country, and the resurgence of covid-19, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), which has long been opposed to the Ohrid Framework Agreement, calls on the…