I came to Washington, DC in 2003 for a semester program in U. One night we got together at a Starbucks to discuss and decided that Macedonian-Americans and Macedonians worldwide need a consistent professional voice in Washington. In October 2004, a few of us Macedonian-American advocates had a meeting with the U. ” There was no national organization for Macedonian-Americans (we had churches, social organizations, cultural dance groups but no unitary body), thus preventing our community from having a full-time voice in Washington, DC especially for expressing our concerns to the U. Macedonia is a unique gateway to Southeast Europe, and UMD is working to promote Macedonia’s cultural heritage worldwide by sponsoring Macedonian ethnic festivals, film festivals, and conferences for the preservation of the Macedonian language.
We formed the Macedonian Association of Students and Young Professionals of Washington, D. In addition, UMD is working to bring awareness about civil rights violations against the Macedonian minorities living in Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece.
Since then, everything I have done to help Macedonia has been in his honor, and in honor of my forefathers who fought for a free, independent, and sovereign Macedonia, where Macedonians could freely live without fear of persecution for identifying as Macedonian. In the next five years, UMD hopes to ensure that our homeland Macedonia becomes a full-member of NATO and the European Union, and that the U.
As an American of Macedonian heritage, I have a duty to never forget what my forefathers fought for and to uphold their memory. During this semester, I met a few other Macedonian students. S.-Macedonia relations, and one of the questions posed to us was “Is there a national organization representing all Macedonian-Americans? S.-Macedonia relationship strengthens even further based on common goals, interests, and values.
Being involved in the Macedonian-American community also helped me learn what it meant to be Macedonian.
When I was sixteen, my father passed away from cancer. Our answer was, “No, there isn’t one.” After that conversation, we decided to re-structure MASYP to form the United Macedonian Diaspora with the goal of uniting the worldwide Macedonian Diaspora communities one step at a time.
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