I stand in solidarity with Ukraine 🇺🇦

I stand in solidarity with Ukraine 🇺🇦

I was born in the United States and raised in a Polish household.  My first language was Polish.  My parents left Poland under the Communist system.  They came for a better life in a new world, to give my sister and I opportunities that they did not have.

Many individuals left Eastern European countries in recent history for the same reason.  They traveled to the United States and most recently European Union countries in search of the same opportunities that my family members were seeking.

In recent years, the countries of Eastern Europe have showed tremendous growth, progress, and promise.  There was less immigration from these countries than in previous history because there were new opportunities in their homelands. 

The world my parents and relatives left years ago seemed to be a thing of the past.

At least it seemed that way.

The people of Ukraine are fighting to have the same opportunities and freedoms that many of their Eastern European counterparts have been experiencing. 

I am not a historian but a sociologist.  I can speak to some of Polish history and my own family history, but I can tell you that this conflict has been emerging for several years.  This did not happen overnight.  What I can tell you from history is that it tends to repeat itself when we forget the lessons we should have learned.  I can also tell you that we all need to care about the Ukrainian-Russian conflict for many reasons, but I will leave you with only one today.

We are all global citizens.

Ways to help Ukraine in this crisis:

  1. Donate money to help with necessary supplies. Research the source to ensure this is going to humanitarian aid.
  2. Share information on social media platforms. These platforms are powerful tools and can be used for many purposes. Share credible information about what is happening, ways to get aid, and to disarm the misinformation campaign.
  3. Engage with your political leaders. We have gone far too long being afraid to speak about politics. This is not about a person or party but understanding how the system works. Participating in our government is key on the state, local, national, and international levels.
  4. I strongly believe in the power of prayer. If you can’t do any of the three above at a minimum pray for peace. ☮️

The only thing that has ever changed the world is people. All social movements and social change happen when people come together for a collective purpose.

It is now the time to come together for Ukraine.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, its the only thing that ever has-Margaret Mead