And how the Ukrainians have already helped us.
Thank you for the list of NGO's! I was going to add HIAS, but Midge has beaten me to it. Unless I've missed it, though, that still leaves Doctors without Borders:
HIAS, founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, expanded in the 2000s to assist non-Jewish refugees as well, and partners in Ukraine with R2P:
"HIAS continues to work with long-time partner Right to Protection (R2P) supporting their humanitarian response to the crisis. R2P is a Ukrainian NGO spun off from HIAS Ukraine in 2013 that now operates independently and is staffed by Ukrainians. HIAS has rushed funds to R2P and is in close communication with their senior leadership. Many R2P staff had to evacuate areas of conflict in recent days; some have stayed in Eastern provinces and others have relocated to western Ukraine to assist displaced persons there. R2P is continuing to serve refugees, asylum seekers (most are from Africa and the Middle East) and internally displaced Ukrainians.
"HIAS is in close contact with Jewish communities in the region and has provided funding to the Jewish communities in Poland, Moldova, and Slovakia to support refugees. HIAS is coordinating with others in the international Jewish community to meet the needs of displaced Ukrainians who need support.
"Donations made to HIAS’ Ukraine response will fund HIAS, R2P, Jewish communities, and community-based activities in support of displaced Ukrainians. HIAS is serving both Jews and people who are not Jewish who need our help during this crisis."
We absolutely, positively need to give as much as we can to the cause of freedom and humanitarian relief and support in Ukraine. I'm just going to go on and put this out there...
It wasn't their choice to do so, but the Ukrainians are now carrying a huge portion of the free world's water, including no small number of buckets full of our own, in standing up and fighting for freedom. And they're doing it in a way that should shame those of us here and in other countries who have taken our freedom and liberties, and the lives they make possible for us, for granted for far, far too long.
When I think of the Republican politicians and Fox News talking heads, lying with every breath and promoting hate and division from the comfort of their offices and studios, and the rabid MAGA scum and beligerent, posturing Minuteman wannabe militia types here in our country screaming about "muh freedom" while strapped with their AR's and AK's and sportin' their pricey tac gear, my stomach turns over in disgust. If it came to a fight for my freedom, I'd take one Ukranian of any age, gender or stature armed with nothing more than a stick over any hundred of them, all day every day and twice on Sunday.
Think of all those links in Triad today and any others you may find as your own private arsenal of AR's and AK's. Shoulder one and see how it feels. And if the heft and balance are right, look down the sights and imagine they're aligned dead between the eyes of the blackhearted man who is perpetrating this evil on the people of Ukraine. Then squeeze the trigger. And whenever possible, lock and load and do it again.
Another place to donate is this Polish church on the border helping with the influx of refugees, revitalizing the community in more ways than one.
Tweet thread on it here: https://twitter.com/SophiaLeeHyun/status/1502382548759969793
Org link here: https://www.akcjabach.org/home/en
Speaking of the Russian people, if you have any young women in your life, I would like to recommend the Winternight trilogy by Katharine Arden set in medieval Russia/Ukraine that incorporates old Russian folk tales, a strong female character and some actual Russian history.
Thank you for the list of organizations. I keep wishing there was a way for Americans to donate their AR15s and ammo to Ukraine.
JVL ... Thank you so much for sharing your and others' lists regarding how to help the Ukraine people. The list could also include the International Rescue Committee (Rescue.org), which is already on the ground helping refugees in Poland.
Re Russian comms, I was amazed by this tweet from the director of Bellingcat: https://twitter.com/christogrozev/status/1500970445889327118 It discusses an intercepted call and reveals that Russia's secure comms system is/was not working, noting that "The Russian army is equipped with secure phones that can't work in areas where the Russian army operates."
Yes, please keep the donations links coming. I have given to Libereco and Razom--incredibly easy by credit card. Now that additional appropriations for Ukraine are moving through Congress, it also wouldn't hurt to contact senators and House members. Even the seemingly hopeless ones, like my district's dedicated trumper Jeff Van Drew, will vote in favor from under the radar. But they need to know constituents care and are watching how they vote.
Begs the question, is it more dangerous to be a Russian General in Ukraine or reporting to Putin?
Russian comms are bad. There was an article the other day where the idiots admitted that by destroying the 3G and 4G cell towers in Ukraine that their encrypted cell phone comms don't work and so they are communicating "open source."
The whole thing reminds me of that day 58 years ago when we were cruising in the Western Pacific and came across a Soviet warship. "Filthy rustbucket" doesn't begin to describe it. I was standing next to an old WW2 Chief Petty Officer as we looked at it and he said "Look at that! We're supposed to be afraid of people with that little self-respect?!"
JVL, thanks for the NGO list, I shared it with a discussion group, telling them where I got it from. I told them that I trusted you all but as with everything they should check and beware. Again, thanks
The Knights of Columbus have a fund for Ukrainian relief, and they’re not deducting anything for overhead.
Great piece from Nic Robertson. I met him once when there was blood in the streets of Sofia, back in '97. Reading that brought back some memories.
Thank you for the list of humanitarian agencies. In addition to those, I’ve been trying to find the best ones caring for animals of Ukrainian refugees. Looks like Poland’s Ada Foundation is a possibility. Trying to vet pleas for help to avoid scams!
José Andrés and World Central Kitchen:
"WCK serving thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home as well as those who remain in the country"