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Polish American
Strategic Initiative

Building a Better America Through Inclusion and Honesty

Subject: Call to Action for Repeal of HR 82

Dear PASI and Polonia Members,

There are two bills in Congress (HR 82 and HR 5723) that will repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The WEP and GPO are provisions that reduce the Social Security benefits of Polish Americans who first earned a Polish pension and did not pay into Social Security while doing so. This is completely unfair and adversely affects many Polish Americans.

PASI is a member of the National Task Force that is urging Congress to immediately bring either of the bills to the House Floor for a vote. However, PASI strongly supports HR 82 for two important reasons: (1) It permanently repeals the WEP and GPO penalties (2) It only needs 14 more Congressional cosponsors for it to be brought to the House Floor for a vote. By contrast, HR 5723 only repeals WEP and GPO for five years and has very few cosponsors.

PASI asks all individuals and organizations who support Polonia’s issues to email and/or call House Ways and Means Committee staffers and urge them to compel their legislators to support HR 82. A sample email or phone message is provided below. Also provided are the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of the staffers.

Sample Message:

Dear (name of staffer),

I respectfully urge you to help repeal the Government Pensions Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision through the passage of HR 82, “Social Security Fairness Act”. This bill will immediately and permanently eliminate the WEP and GPO provisions of the Social Security Act that unfairly reduce or eliminate the Social Security benefits for millions of Americans, including many Polish Americans, who lawfully earned their Social Security benefits. Because HR 82 needs only 15 more cosponsors for it to be brought to the House Floor, I ask that you urge the House Ways and Means Committee members who have not signed as cosponsors of HR 82 to do so immediately. Thank you.

(Your name)

Staffer Name Email Telephone
Brandon Casey [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Kara Getz [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Danielle Brown [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Fabian Lucero [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Zachary Baron [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Kimberley Meinert [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Robert Connor [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Melissa Ellison [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625
Scott LaRochelle [email protected], 202-225-3625202-225-3625

Rally in Washington D.C.

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Request for Removal of Article

April 15, 2022

Dear Mr. Pignataro,

I am writing in response to the 22 August 2019 CTPost article by Lisa Backus titled “Outcry over Holocaust denier’s speech in CT city’s ‘Little Poland’”.

Ms. Backus writes that New Britain City Council members Carlo Carlozzi and Kate Breslin accused Mr. Edward Reid of being an “anti-Semite” and “well-known Holocaust denier”. These are serious accusations that are false and maliciously defamatory. Ms. Backus presents no evidence to support these accusations.

Two principles of journalism are pursuit of the truth and accuracy of the facts. Journalists can’t always guarantee truth but getting the facts right is the cardinal principle of journalism. Rather than require Mr. Carlozzi and Ms. Breslin to provide supporting evidence for their baseless and slanderous accusations, Ms. Backus instead parroted them in the article’s headline and text. This is an egregious violation of journalistic principles.

Ms. Backus further writes that Mr. Adrian Baron called Mr. Reid’s scheduled presentation a “fringe event”, which conveys a notably negative connotation. However, no effort was made to have Mr. Baron explain his term “fringe event”. Once again, Ms. Backus committed an egregious violation of journalistic principles. Moreover, the CTPost editors who approved the article’s publication committed the same deplorable violation.

As I’m sure you will surmise by my letter, I know Mr. Reid personally. I can confirm that the disparaging accusations made by Mr. Carlozzi and Ms. Breslin, irresponsibly parroted by Ms. Backus, and senselessly published by your editors, are baseless and false. As empirical evidence that validates my statement, I ask that you vist Mr. Reid’s website at https://polishtruth.com/. Thorough examination of his website, which Ms. Backus and your editors could have easily done, will confirm that the accusations of “anti-Semite”, “well-known Holocaust denier”, and “fringe event” are not only categorically false but further question the underlying motives of the accusers.

I would like you to know that this article, and the many antagonistic responses directed against Mr. Reid because of it, continue to weigh on him. Because the article was, and continues to be blatantly false, malicious, and undeserved, I ask that you place yourself in his position and consider how you would react to such unwarranted animus and recurring hostility. I therefore respectfully request that you permanently remove the article from the archives of the CTPost. I further ask for your reply to my request and the action you have taken or will take. If you disagree with my request for the article’s removal, I ask that you provide your justification for your disagreement.

Cordially,


Gene Sokolowski, PhD

President, Polish American Strategic Initiative Education Organization

Letter of the Elimination of the Unfair GPO and WEP Provisions of the Social Security Act

March 28, 2022

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
House Ways and Means Committee
Subcommittee on Social Security
1102 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable John B. Larson, Honorable Members Mr. Bill Pascrell, Jr., Ms. Terri A. Sewell, Ms. Gwen Moore, Ranking Member Mr. Tom Reed, Mr. Tom Rice, Mr. Jodey C. Arrington, Mr. Ron Estes, Mr. Kevin Hern.

Dear Chairman Larson and Subcommittee Members:

Since many Polish Americans are among your loyal constituents, we are writing in unity with them to ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 82, “Social Security Fairness Act of 2021”, which your colleagues Representatives Linda Sánchez, Brian Higgins, Steven Horsford, and Earl Blumenauer have done. Additionally, we ask that you vote to report your findings to the House Ways and Means Committee so that it may be brought to the House Floor and voted on.

As you know, H.R. 82 permanently repeals the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO), both of which unfairly, and too often drastically, reduce the Social Security benefits of numerous government workers and legal immigrants. As a result, many fall into low-income and poverty status.

The GPO and WEP provisions are especially unjust towards legal immigrants whose small retirement pensions come from their native countries. Many of your constituents, including a considerable number of Polish Americans, fled persecution under repressive governments and are adversely affected by these provisions. These constituents are primarily first-generation immigrants who retire with a very modest income that combines Social Security benefits with a foreign pension. Their combined income frequently falls below the poverty threshold. Because these immigrants did not have an option to work in jobs covered by Social Security in their native country, reducing their benefits is discriminatory and unjust. Their foreign pension can in no way be called a “windfall”, which is commonly defined as an “unexpected gain” and “piece of good fortune”.

H.R. 5723 is, most commendably, a major overhaul of the Social Security system; however, Section 110, paragraph (c)(1) only repeals the WEP and GPO restrictions within the years 2022 to 2026. Offering temporary rather than permanent relief to 2.5 million retired Americans who are adversely affected by these provisions appears to be counterintuitive. Furthermore, because H.R. 82 currently has 267 bipartisan cosponsors and will be easily passed, withholding it from a House Floor vote appears to be equally counterintuitive.

Because H.R. 82 will quickly provide these Americans with much-needed, permanent economic relief as well as correct a longstanding injustice, it is imperative that these restrictions be repealed immediately. We respectfully implore you to vote with your four Subcommittee colleagues and report your findings to the House Ways and Means Committee so that H.R. 82 can be brought to the House Floor and voted on.

Sincerely,


Edward W. Jesman, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative
[email protected]
(310) 291-2681(310) 291-2681
  cc:

Chairman Richard Neal (Ways & Means)

Representative Linda Sánchez

Representative Brian Higgins

Representative Steven Horsford

Representative Earl Blumenauer

Statement on Ukraine

Polish American Strategic Initiative (PASI) joins all organizations, political bodies and people of good will in condemnation of the Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they defend their country, their desire for liberty, and freedom. We hope for the fast de-escalation and end to this tragic conflict.

Letter To US Congressmen

March 23, 2022

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
House Committee on Education and Labor
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee
2176 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515-6100

The Honorable Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Honorable Members Mr. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Ranking Member Mr. Burgess Owens, Ms. Jahana Hayes, Mr. Raúl M. Grijalva, Ms. Frederica S. Wilson, Mr. Mark DeSaulnier, Mr. Joseph D. Morelle, Ms. Lucy McBath, Mr. Andy Levin, Ms. Kathy E. Manning, Mr. Jamaal Bowman, Mr. Glenn Grothman, Mr. Rick W. Allen, Mr. Fred Keller, Ms. Mary E. Miller, Mr. Madison Cawthorn, Ms. Michelle Steel, Ms. Julia Letlow.

Dear Chairman Sablan and Subcommittee Members:

As a coalition of Polish American organizations nationwide, we wish to inform you of our position on the comic book MAUS, which the McMinn County School Board in Tennessee recently removed from its curriculum because of violence, inappropriate language, and nudity. We applaud the decision; however, we wish to point out five additional, essential reasons that justify the book’s removal from school curricula in the United States.

First, the book is not ethically suitable for educational instruction. Ethical writing requires accurate and unbiased accounts; however, MAUS is a historically inaccurate expression of the author’s prejudice against Poles as a nation. In The Norton Anthology of American Literature, editors Jerome Klinkowitz and Patricia B. Wallace describe Spiegelman’s representation of Poles as pigs as “a calculated insult” against Poles. Pigs in popular culture are viewed as disgusting, filthy animals, while in Jewish culture, pigs and pork are unclean in a way that other animals are not. MAUS employs the same imagery of Poles found in Nazi German propaganda, where they were routinely referred to as “Polish pigs.” The highly offensive depiction of Poles as “pigs”, with all the derisive and racist connotations, forms a mental image that cannot be easily erased from the impressionable minds of young students whose knowledge of World War II history and the genocide perpetrated against Poles by the German and Soviet occupiers is minimal at best.

Second, the book is not suitable as a historical account because it falsifies the facts through distortions and material omissions. Poles are portrayed as Nazi German sympathizers, which was never the case. Civil resistance among Poles was universal and the underground Home Army fought the Germans at every turn. Unlike other German-occupied and Axis -allied countries, Poles never formed a collaborationist government, never formed a militia to round up or execute Jews, and never formed SS units. Spiegelman portrays all Auschwitz kapos as Poles, which is complete fiction as there are many eyewitness testimonies by Auschwitz Jews who detail the cruelties inflicted on them by Jewish kapos. He omits the fact that only in Poland those helping Jews, in any way, faced the death penalty together with immediate family. Instead, Poles helping Jews are depicted as greedy and deceitful. Spiegelman also omits the fact that the Germans often relied on Jewish Gestapo agents to hunt down Jewish ghetto escapees. This role is assigned exclusively to Poles, which is egregiously false.

Third, the book is not suitable from an educational perspective because few readers, especially elementary and high school students, have enough historical knowledge to recognize the falsified depiction of Poles. To have educational value, the treatment of historical context must strive for accuracy and objectivity. Hitler’s attempted destruction of Europe’s Jews is a historical event that is rightly considered an important historical topic. However, it is essential that other national groups who were subjected to German genocidal policies are presented fairly. Although Hitler’s policy for European Jews was comprehensive genocide, his policy for Poles was also comprehensive genocide but over a longer time period. As historian Richard C. Lukas describes in his book Forgotten Holocaust, the secret protocol in the 1939 German-Soviet nonaggression pact prescribed the destruction of the Polish people and the annihilation of the Polish state. Polish deaths during World War II were proportionately by far the greatest of any nation participating in the war. For Poland, the deaths of Poles and Polish Jews was a double genocide.

Fourth, MAUS does not teach students about the complexities of the Holocaust but instead falsifies and oversimplifies them. The reality is that neither students nor their teachers possess the necessary tools to assess the book’s flaws properly. For example, the portrayal of Poles contains serious falsehoods and misrepresentations regarding their alleged role in the Holocaust. Such rewriting of history is deplorable and unacceptable by any standard. The notion that teachers can and will expose the author’s biases and misrepresentations is doubtful. Since there is a choice of educational materials that may be used to teach a factual history of World War II and the Holocaust, it is imperative to choose books that are historically accurate and respectful of all the victims of Hitler’s genocidal policies. By contrast, MAUS clearly cannot be treated as an accurate historical record. Nevertheless, after Pulitzer Prize jurors designated the book in 1992 as nonfiction and gave it the Special Award in Letters, it wrongly continues to be considered as such.

Fifth, school children of Polish background who are required to study this book justifiably feel that their identity and cultural heritage has been diminished and are understandably humiliated by this experience. One should be aware that grandparents of these children may have been inmates of German concentration and death camps. Their family members may have been tortured, executed, forced to work as slave laborers, or subjected to medical experiments. Portraying Poles as a nation of pigs is egregiously offensive and constitutes willful harm to the memory of millions of Poles who died at the hands of the Germans. The victims of the Germans’ premeditated genocide included many: Jews, Poles, Russians and Roma. Choosing a book that addresses Hitler’s genocidal policies and respects the memory of all those who perished is necessary for advancing students’ knowledge and understanding of this important historical subject. The purpose of education is not to distort the facts and cause distress and division among students.

Based on reasons outlined above, we consider MAUS to be highly defamatory, a form of hate speech against Poles and, therefore, unsuitable, and unacceptable as a teaching material. Spiegelman’s comic book falsifies history and deeply offends on many levels. No book in any school curriculum targets another group for derision in this way; it is abusive and psychologically damaging. The bigoted stereotype of Poles should have no place in education. Spiegelman’s Polonophobic slurs, falsely considered a work of historical nonfiction, should be promptly and permanently removed from school curricula and school libraries. No child should be forced to study a book that treats his or her national group or community in the dishonest and prejudiced way that Poles are portrayed in MAUS.

Depiction of the entire Polish ethnic group as pigs offends the people of Polish descent and is racist in its nature. Title VI, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The use of MAUS – a prime example of anti-Polish hate speech – as educational material constitutes discrimination and abuse of Polish American students. It forces them not only to study biased educational materials but also imposes on them a bigoted stereotype of brutish, primitive, and dishonest “Polacks”. Such treatment causes great pain and suffering to the youth of Polish descent and subjects them to bullying. For many Polish American students forced to study MAUS, the psychological impact is traumatizing and, at a minimum, adversely affects their self-confidence and academic performance. Furthermore, the exclusion of materials that truthfully present all the victims of Hitler’s genocidal policies is discriminatory and violates states’ educational standards of historical accuracy.

We respectfully ask the Subcommittee to instruct the Department of Education and Department of Justice to send “Dear Colleague” letters to state directors of public education requiring them to instruct their local school districts that the use of MAUS should be promptly discontinued. We further ask that the letters recommend using World War II educational materials that are historically accurate and address all victims of Hitler’s genocidal policies.

Sincerely,

List of signatories as of 03/23/2022

• Gene Sokolowski, Ph.D., President, Polish American Strategic Initiative Educational Organization [email protected], (703) 966-5109(703) 966-5109
• Edward Wojciech Jeśman, President, PASI – Polish American Strategic Initiative [email protected], (310) 291-2681(310) 291-2681
• James J. Robaczewski, National President, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America
• Dorota Andraka, Ph.D., President, Polish Supplementary School Council of America, NY
• Michael Niedzinski, President, Polish American Congress Illinois Div., IL
• Andrzej Prokopczuk Ph.D., M.D., President, Polish American Congress Northern California Div., CA
• Prof. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, President, Polish American Council of Texas, TX
• Anna Bankowska, President, Polish American Congress Michigan Div., MI
• Blanka Rosenstiel, Chairman, American Institute of Polish Culture (AIPC), FL
• Prof. Witold Lukaszewski, Professor Emeritus at Sam Houston State University, TX
• Agata Marriott, M.D., President, Polonia Institute, CA
• Maria Szonert Binienda, President, Libra Institute, OH
• Richard Widerynski, Vice President, Polish American Congress of Southern California, CA
• Wieslaw Wierzbowski, President, Polish American Congress Eastern Massachusetts Div., MA
• Andrzej Burghardt, President, Polish American Congress, New Jersey Division, NJ
• Miroslawa Dulczewska-Miller, M.D., Honorary President, Polonia for Poland, Chicago, IL
• Walter Wieslaw Golebiewski, President, Polish American Congress Western Florida Div., FL
• Jerzy Bogdziewicz, President, Polish American Congress of Florida, FL
• Richard Brzozowski, President, Polish American Congress, New York Long Island Div., NY
• Marek Waniołka, President, Polish American Congress, Missouri Div., MO
• Tomasz Mroczek, President, Polish American Congress Central New York Div., NY
• Christopher J. Gajda, President, Polish Association in Texas, Dallas, TX
• Jan Malek, President, Polish American Foundation for Research and Education, Torrance, CA
• Leszek Pawlik, President, Coalition of Polish Americans, NJ
• James Lawicki II, President, Polish American Congress Western New York Div., NY
• Walter Wieslaw Golebiewski, President, World Research Council on Poles Abroad, FL
• Dan Zamoyski, Head of Polish Media Issues, Worldwide
• Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D., President, Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club, Los Angeles, CA
• Elzbieta Rudzinska, President, Polish American Teachers West Coast Forum, Los Angeles, CA
• Alexander M. Jablonski, Ph.D., President, Oskar Halecki Institute in Canada, CANADA
• Boguslaw Niemczewski, President, Polonia for Poland, IL
• Krystyna Zamorska, Ph.D., American Historical Association and Polish American Historical Association (PAHA), New Britain, CT
• Andrzej Hac, President, Polish American Business and Professional Assoc., New Britain, CT
• Patricia Stepniak, President, General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee in Jersey City, NJ
• Boguslawa Huang, Principal, Joseph Pilsudski Polish Supplementary School in Jersey City, NJ
• Lucyna Synal, President, John Paul II Catholic Discussion Club, NY
• Walter Brzozowski, President, Polish National Alliance Lodge 1684, Cohoes, NY
• Tadeusz Kulawiak, Trustee, Polish American Citizen Club, Albany, NY
• Marie Glowacki, Secretary, Polish Community Center, Albany, NY
• Marian Wiercioch, Commissioner of District III, Polish National Alliance, Cohoes, NY
• Susan Gorga, President, Ladies Auxiliary, Polish Community Center, Albany, NY
• George Sykala, Commander, Polish American Veterans Inc, Schenectady, NY
• Henry Matala, President, St. Michaels Polish Community Center, Cohoes, NY
• Maria Swieton, President, St. Michaels Rosary Society, Cohoes, NY
• Edward Swiderski, President, Polish National Alliance Lodge 113, Amsterdam, NY
• Marek Maciolowski, President, Historical Conservation Foundation, Chapel Hill, NC
• Pawel Dworak, Treasurer, White Eagle Association, Utica, NY
• Andrzej Cierkosz, President, Dobra Polska Szkola Foundation, New York, NY
• Kazimiera Kmak, Principal, Polish School in Yorba Linda, CA
• Mariola Beresniewicz-Kopcinski, Ph.D., President, Polish American Club of Triangle, NC
• Robert Szydłowski, President, Polish American Cultural Society of Metropolitan St Louis, MO
• Thomas Washock, Polish American Club Inc., Troy, NY
• Jolanta Chorazy, Principal, Nicholas Copernicus Polish School, Mahwah, NJ
• Wanda Urbanska, Former President, Jan Karski Educational Foundation, FL
• Alicja Jachna, Principal, Polish School of Jagiellonians, Passaic, NJ
• Agnieszka Pogorzelska, Principal, Casimir Pulaski Polish Supplementary School in Garfield, NJ
• Jerzy Majcherczyk, President, Polish American Travelers Club in NJ
• Hanna Czuma, Principal, John Paul II Polish School in the Pocono, PA
• Aniela Baj-Thant, President, Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, Buffalo, NY
• Joyce Troyer, President, Polish American Social Club of San Diego County, CA
• Vince Boshchik, President, Polonia United, San Diego, CA
• Miroslaw Gorny, President, House of Poland, San Diego, CA
• Barbara Brys, Director, Polish Amateur Theatre of Boston, MA
• David Gizara, Polish American Veterans Inc., Amsterdam, NY
• Richard J. Noga, President, The Kopernik Memorial Association, Utica, NY
• Marcin Waszkiewicz, President, Polonia Society of Korona, Bunnell, FL
• James P. Jóźwiak, National President, Polish Union of America, Buffalo, NY
• Jozef Luczaj, President, Polish American Sea League Inc., Rockaway Beach, NY
• Aleksandra Urban, Rector, Polish School at Saint Hedwig Parish, Trenton, NJ
• Monika Kowara, Principal, St. John Cantius Polish Language School, Philadelphia, NJ
• Donald Norkoski, President, Polish Club, Aberdeen, WA
• Andrew Kozlowski, President, Polish Center, Los Angeles, CA
• Darek Swiatkowski, President, Polish American Performing Arts Club, Yorba Linda, CA
• Jan Mroczek, President, Polish Combatants of World War II, Utica, NY
• Hanna Skowronska-Jekal, Principal, Polish Supplementary School of the United Poles in America, Perth Amboy, NJ
• Monika Zarzycka, Principal, Polish School “Ogniwo”, Morrisville, PA
• Piotr Kwidzinski, President, Polonian Pastoral and Cultural Center, Sacramento, CA
• Danuta Eichler, Principal, St. Adalbert Polish Language School, Philadelphia, PA
• Maria Hejnosz, President, Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia, PA
• Henryka Lazarz, Principal, Polish Alma Mater, Los Angeles, CA
• Karolina Badura, Principal, Janusz Korczak Polish Language School, Providence, RI
• William Spangola, President, Plains Polish American Veterans, Wilkes Barre, PA
• Alicja Ruszala, President, Polish American Club of North Jersey, Paramus, NJ
• Anna Kubicka, Principal, Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish Supplementary School, Brooklyn, NY
• Elżbieta Złotnik, Principal, John Paul II Polish Language School, New Britain, CT
• Beata Popowska, Fr. Augustine Kordecki Polish Supplementary School, New York, NY
• Jan Kozak, Principal, John Paul II Polish Language School, Boston, MA
• Marta Borowski, Principal, John Paul II Polish Saturday School, New Haven, CT
• Wioletta Jusinska, Director, Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko Polish Saturday School, Derby, CT
• Charles Balcer, President, Committee for the Conservation of the Katyn Monument & Historical Objects, Jersey City, NJ
• Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, Ph.D., author, PEN America, Wilmington, DE
• Boguslawa Doerr, President, Friends of JPII Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
• Ronald A. Lipinski, Commander, Polish American War Veterans, Caseyville, IL
• Malgorzata Starzec, Director, St. Queen Jadwiga Polish Language School, Ridgewood, NY
• Malgorzata Czajkowski, Director, Polish Language School by Parish of Holy Czestochowa Mary, Brooklyn, NY
• Paul Breza, President, Polish Cultural Institute & Museum, Winona, MN
• Jolanta Gmurowski, Director, Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School, Sterling, MI
• Barbara Swierkowski, President, Polish American Social Club Inc, Port Saint Lucie, FL
• Mary Lou Wyrobek, President, The Polish Singers Alliance of America, NY
• Ted Day, Past President, Polish American Society of Greater Cincinnati, OH
• Jerzy W. Rozalski, Polish Varieties Radio, WNZK 690AM, Detroit, MI
• Richard Walawender, Chairman of the Board, Polish Institute of Culture & Research, Orchard Lake, MI
• Anna Nikadon, Principal, St. Joseph Polish School, Jamaica, NY
• Iwona Podzorski, President, Polish American Social Club of Las Vegas, NV
• Renata Fracz, Polish Lobby, West Bloomfield, MI
• Grazyna Stanowska, Principal, Father Dabrowski Polish Language Center, Orchard Lake, MI
• Urszula Mejza, Principal, Saint John Paul II Polish Language School, Hamtramck, MI
• Halina Szeligowski, President, Pulaski Parade Committee, Stamford, CT
• Veronica Kearns, President, Polish Society of Westchester, Pelham, NY
• Artur Lalik, Principal, Saint Michael Polish School in Lyndhurst, NJ
• Anna Tracz, Principal, Polish Language Academy in Manchester, NJ
• Henry Pakosz, Vice-President, Polish Falcons of America Nest 946, NJ
• Elizabeth Laskowski, Principal, Polish Supplementary School of Polish Falcons Nest 946, Manville, NJ
• Walter Szuba, Vice-President, Polish Falcons of America, District 1, Hillsborough, NJ
• Urszula Gora, Principal, St. Casimir Polish School in Newark, NJ
• Ewa Sadowska, Principal, Polish Educational Organization in Garfield, NJ
• Boguslawa Borkowska, Principal, Casimir Pulaski Supplementary School, Brooklyn, NY
• Anna Ciesluk, Principal, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Polish Supplementary School, Irvington, NJ
• Agata Stopa, Principal, Educational Polish Corporation, Allamuchy, NJ
• Dorota Zaniewska, Principal, St. John Paul II Polish Supplementary School, Staten Island, NY
• Hanna Tomaszkiewicz, Principal, Nicolaus Copernicus Polish School in Houston, TX
• Ewa Zalusinska, Principal, St. Maximillian Kolbe Polish Supplementary School, Riverhead, NY
• Jacek Kawczynski, Commander, Katyn Rally Society-Memory and Identity, Palatine, IL
• Grazyna Wiacek, President, Polish American Retirement Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
• Margaret Meub, President, Austin Polish Society, Austin, TX
• Alicja Karlic Ph.D., Editor in Chief, The Polish Weekly, Detroit, MI
• Mark Kohan, Editor, Polish American Journal, Buffalo, NY
• Richard Zawisny, President General, Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee, Inc. New York, NY
• Roman Zawadzki, Chairman, Polish American Defense Committee, Los Angeles, CA
• Theresa Kuziara-Bonk, Past President, Polish American Congress, Central New York Div, NY
• Marek J. Druzdzel, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh, PA
• Piotr Nowinski, Ph.D., President, Polish National Alliance Lodge 3821, Las Vegas, NV
• Elzbieta Youngman, Principal, St. John Paul II Polish School, Las Vegas, NV
• Leopold Wierzbicki, Ph.D., Polish National Alliance, Pulaski Lodge, Fresno, CA
• Mira Modelska-Creech, Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
• Marek Rudnicki, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Chicago, IL
• Iwona Filipiak, President, Polish American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL
• Malgorzata Grondalski, Principal, Polish School, Denver, CO
• Jan Peczkis, Author and Educator, Chicago, IL
• Aleksander Janta-Polczynski, Principal, Polish Supplementary School, Lakewood, NJ
• Andrew Brylowski, M.D., Fellow American Psychiatric Association, TX
• Renata Dajnowska, Principal of Polish-Cultural Enrichment Program, Portland, OR
• Kazimierz Braun, Professor Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Buffalo, NY
• Wendy Higgings, President, Polish Cadets of Buffalo, NY
• Stanislaw W. Sarna, President, Polish Highlanders Alliance of America, Chicago, IL
• Anna Brodziewska, Principal, Wislawa Szymborska Polish Language School, Port Chester, NY
• Stanislaw Purc, Vice President, Polish American Association of Pensioners, Chicago, IL
• Theresa Romanowski, Director, Polish American Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA
• Michael R. Blicharz, President, Polish American Congress Eastern Pennsylvania Div., PA
• Jacek Hilgier, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, “Gwiazda Polarna”, Stevens Point, WI
• Arlene Walbert, President, Polish American Association, Cohoes, NY
• Ewa Koch, President, Polish Teacher Association in America, Chicago, IL
• Alina Gauza, Principal, The Polish Supplementary School of Maria Konopnicka, Yonkers, NY
• Kamila Domanski, Principal, The Polish Supplementary School of Wladyslaw Reymont, Bayonne, NJ
• Renata Ochocka, Principal, St. Faustina Polish School in Ozone Park, NY
• Teresa Ochocka, Former Principal, Nicholas Copernicus Polish School, Mahwah, NJ
• Debbie Majka, Principal, Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School, Philadelphia, PA,
• Bozena Jaroszewska, Principal, Maria Konopnicka Polish Saturday School, Webster, MA
• Edyta Hamala-Tanzi, Principal, St. John Paul II School of Polish Language and Culture, Poughkeepsie/Monroe, NY
• Malgorzata Matuszewska, Principal, St. John Paul II School of Polish Language and Culture, Bridgeport, CT
• Anna Smerdel-Gromaya, Ph.D., President, Hartford Saturday School, CT
• Caria Tomczykowska, President, The Polish Arts and Culture Foundation, San Francisco, CA
• Waldemar Biniecki, Publisher & Editor, Kuryer Polski, WI
• Małgorzata M. Zaleska, Ph.D., President, Polish People’s University, Philadelphia, PA
• Debbie Bonnell, President, American Citizenship Club for Polish Descendents, Newmarket, NH
• Barbara Musiał, Principal, St. Faustyna Polish School, Lombard, IL
• Edmund Lewandowski, Co-Founder, Coalition of Polish Americans, San Francisco, CA
• Adam Konopka, President, Chicago Society PNA, Chicago, IL
• Lucja Mirowska-Kopec, Ed. D., President, Alliance of Polish Clubs in the USA, Chicago, IL
• Jolanta Harrison, Director, Józefa Piłsudski Academy of Polish Language and Culture, Bartlett, IL
• Marzena Klimek, Principal, Albert Chmielowski Polish School, Chicago, IL
• Małgorzata Stępień, President, Polish Cultural Foundation, Clark, NJ
• Barbara Ilnicka, Polish American Radio, Philadelphia, PA
• Zofia Mularczyk, Director, Polish Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA
• Antonina Ofiara, Director, Polish Language School, Salt Lake City, UT
• Irena Wozniak, Director, The School of Polish Language and Culture, Palos Heights, IL
• Ted Fiszer, President, Polish Library Building Association, Portland, OR
• Barbara Stamberg, Principal, Polish Saturday School, San Jose, CA
• Robert Szydłowski, President, Polish American Cultural Society of Metropolitan St Louis, MO
• Grzegorz Koltuniak, President, Friends of John Paul II Foundation, St. Louis, MO
• Robert Bednarz, President, Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska, Inc. Omaha, NE
• Ilona Sobiech, Vice President ZNP, Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School, Romeoville, IL
• Teresa Makowski, President, Z114 FCSLA Life, Chicago, IL
• Ryszard Makowski, Member, Polish American Engineers Assoc., Chicago, IL
• Anna Siek, Director, Feliks Konarski Polish Language School, Des Plaines, IL
• Helena Knapczyk, Ladies’ Auxiliary Corps at SWAP, New York, NY
• Tom Jodlowski, Manager, Polish Home, Omaha, NE
• Małgorzata Tys, Principal, St. Blase Polish Catholic School, Summit, IL
• Jay Crepo, Commander, Polish American Veterans Club, New London, CT
• Ewa Pawlik, President Kościuszko Polish Language Foundation, Salem, MA
• Wojciech M. Bolko, President, Foundation of the Polish Supplementary School of Long Island, Hicksville, NY
• Zdzislaw Klazuk, President, Polish Falcons Nest 17, Newark, NJ
• Anna Szeliga, Vice Principal, Polish Supplementary School of Long Island, Hicksville, NY
• Anna Lisowski, Principal, Maria Konopnicka Polish Saturday School, Bunnell, FL
• Andrzej Pronczuk, D.Sc., Past President, Polish Culture Foundation, Boston, MA
• Halina Olszewski, Principal, Saturday Polish Language School, Worcester, MA
• Ewa Pawlik, Principal, Thaddeus Kosciusko Polish Supplementary School, Salem, MA
• Walter Szaflarski, President, The Circle of Highlanders & Lovers of the Mountains of the State of Michigan, Rochester, MI
• Mira Szramel, Principal, Msgr. Peter Adamski Polish Saturday School, Buffalo, NY
• Barbara Tarsoly, President, Polish American Club of Sacramento, Inc., Sacramento, CA
• Heather Gravel, Director, Pilsudski Polish American Citizen Club, Southbridge, MA
• Ewa O’Neal, President, Polish University Club of Los Angeles, CA
• Elzbieta Ostrowski, Polish School of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
• Steve Graus, Chairman, National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame, Troy, MI
• Raymond Glebocki, President, American Council for Polish Culture, Grosse Pointe Park, MI
• Peter Sroczynski, President, NoCodeX, LLC., Austin, TX
• Hanna Gracz, Principal, Polish School for Children, Raleigh, NC
• Piotr Golabek, President, Polish American Soccer Association, Wallington, NJ
• Katarzyna Włodek, President, Jan Karski Polish School of Dallas, TX
• Urszula Gawlik, Director, Tadeusz Kosciuszko Polish Language School, Chicago, IL
• Izabela Przybyla, Director, Polish School of King Casimir the Great, Orland Hills, IL
• Anna Cholewinska, Principal, Jan Twardowski Polish School, Bellevue, WA
• Anna Szpindor, MD, Former President, Polish American Medical Society, Chicago, IL
• Tomasz Skotnicki, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Colorado, CO
• Jan Cytowski, Vice President, Canadian Polish Congress District Toronto, CANADA
• Matt Zajac, Polish Society of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
• Edward Cyran, President, Tadeusz Kosciuszko Association of Friends of the Polish Lancers in Chicago Il.

Aid for Poland

March 16, 2022

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
2170 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Gregory Meeks, Ranking Member Michael McCaul, Honorable Members Tom Malinowski, Brad Sherman, Albio Sires, Gerald Connolly, Theodore Deutch, Karen Bass, William Keating, David Cicilline, Ami Bera, Joaquin Castro, Dina Titus, Ted Lieu, Susan Wild, Dean Phillips, Ilhan Omar, Colin Allred, Andy Levin, Abigail Spanberger, Chrissy Houlahan, Andy Kim, Sara Jacobs, Kathy Manning, Jim Costa, Juan Vargas, Vincente Gonzales, Brad Schneider, Brian Mast, Christopher Smith, Steve Chabot, Joe Wilson, Scott Perry, Darrell Issa, Adam Kinzinger, Lee Zeldin, Ann Wagner, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ken Buck, Tim Burchett, Mark Green, Andy Barr, Greg Steube, Dan Meuser, Claudia Tenney, August Pfluger, Peter Meijer, Nicole Malliotakis, Ronny Jackson, Young Kim, Maria Elvira Salazar

Dear Chairman Meeks and Committee Members:

We are writing in response to the devastation caused by war in Ukraine and its significant impact on neighboring countries that strive to provide essential support to fleeing refugees. In view of this, we are grateful that the 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act provides critically-needed humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and the five refugee-hosting countries of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that, as of 15 March, 2.86 million Ukrainians have fled to the five refugee-hosting countries. Of these, Poland has received the largest number of refugees, 1.83 million (64 percent), and Poles have responded with outstanding generosity and compassion. Of this number, approximately 625,000 are children and of these, about 500,000 are of school age who need to be enrolled in Polish schools. The Minister of Education reports that about 42,500 children are now enrolled and tens of thousands more are expected. Additionally, and most importantly, the Polish government has formally obligated itself to provide requisite aid and support to all refugees for an 18-month period with likely extensions.

However, while private and government efforts have been exceptionally laudable, Poland is now struggling to adequately support the unceasing influx of refugees. There is a continuous need for beds, meals, medical supplies, psychologists, interpreters, teachers, and a range of other critical resources and services. Poland is rapidly approaching its reception capacity and this will soon be the case for Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania.

The 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act states that the purpose of the $2.65 billion allocated for International Disaster Assistance is “to respond to humanitarian needs in Ukraine and in countries impacted by the situation in Ukraine, including the provision of emergency food and shelter”.

Additionally, the $1.4 billion for Migration and Refugee Assistance has been allocated to “assist refugees from Ukraine”, most of whom have fled to Poland.

As Polish Americans, we are well aware of the serious impact this crisis continues to have on Poland and want to ensure that adequate levels of funding from the combined humanitarian aid total of $4.05 billion are provided.

We therefore respectfully request the following:

1. We ask that you direct the immediate disbursement of these funds to the governments and humanitarian agencies of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania.

2. Because Poland has received over 64 percent of Ukraine’s refugees and will most assuredly continue to receive this share or more, we ask that you ensure at least 64 percent of the funding is provided to the government and humanitarian agencies of Poland.

3. As there is no end in sight to the destruction in Ukraine, and as there is no end in sight to the flow of refugees into Poland, we ask that this funding serve as a first tranche that will be successively supplemented in response to changing conditions.

Sincerely,


Edward W. Jesman, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative
[email protected]
(310) 291-2681(310) 291-2681



POLISH AMERICAN STRATEGIC INITIATIVE
P.O. Box 2771, New Britain, CT 06050
(844) 650-7274(844) 650-7274 // [email protected]
joinpasi.org

Joint Statement of Polish American Organizations

December 19, 2021

Statement

On December 17, 2021, the U.S. State Department issued a press statement titled “Weakened Media Freedom in Poland” that accuses the Polish Government of undermining freedom of expression and weakening media freedom because of a recently passed TV broadcasting law that limits foreign ownership of a broadcasting company in Poland to 49 percent.

This statement is blatantly hypocritical as Section 310b of the Communications Act of 1934 limits foreign ownership of a broadcasting company in the U.S. to 25 percent.

It is unacceptable for the United States to claim that Poland’s 49 percent limit on foreign ownership undermines freedom of expression and weakens media freedom within the context of its own much more restrictive 25 percent limit on foreign ownership.

We request that the State Department correct or remove its factually false statement from its website and direct Mr. B. Bix Aliu, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, to remove his statements on Twitter.

We further insist that the U.S. State Department explain why it employs an obvious double standard in its baseless accusations against Poland since this clearly undermines the bilateral relationship between Poland and the U.S.


Leszek Pawlik, President
Coalition of Polish Americans
[email protected]

Edward Wojciech Jeśman, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative
[email protected]

Maria Szonert-Binienda, President
Libra Institute, Inc.

Ann Bankowski, President
Polish American Congress, Michigan Division

Richard Brzozowski, President
Polish American Congress, Long Island Division New York, Inc.

Andrzej Burghardt, President
Polish American Congress, New Jersey Division, Inc.

Wiesław Wierzbowski, President
Polish American Congress, Eastern Massachusetts Division, Inc.

Letter to Congressmen concerning hearing

“Innovative Municipal Leadership in Central Europe: Founding Members of the Pact of Free Cities”

conducted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber

Dear Representative,

As representatives of the Polish American community, we want to express our disappointment with the way the leadership of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber conducted the hearing titled “Innovative Municipal Leadership in Central Europe: Founding Members of the Pact of Free Cities” that was held on December 1, 2021.

The United States has been the steadfast and welcomed leader of the free world and champion of democracy because its foreign policy was based on our shared values, not politics. Unfortunately, this traditional approach seems to be a thing of the past. There were several problems with the hearing. The witnesses consisted of four liberal mayors who opposed their current conservative governments. The Subcommittee did not invite any witnesses that could provide differing perspectives and respond to the criticisms voiced during the hearing. The testimonies of the witnesses were one-sided. The four mayors presented various accusations against their current governments, which the Subcommittee accepted at face value and made no attempt to verify the factual accuracy of the testimony. The testimony appeared to be a partisan attempt to gain political sympathy from Democratic Party leaders.

The questions asked to the witnesses were unmistakably leading. No impartial viewer would conclude that they intended to provide the audience with a balanced discussion about issues in Central Europe. Instead, the questions conveyed a partisan message about who is correct and who is not. Several loaded phrases, such as “backsliding on democracy” and “authoritarian tendencies” that were used throughout the hearing were presented as established facts. They left the audience with a notably distorted view of what is occurring in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. In our opinion, the image presented was entirely subjective and maliciously false.

Consequently, we deplore the fact that Subcommittee members of the party that prides itself as the champion of fairness, diversity, and inclusion instead conducted a hearing that contradicted these principles. There are over 10 million U.S. citizens with Polish roots and our community embraces a broad diversity of political views. However, we also know that fairness and balance are essential to democratic discourse. This hearing was unfair, lacked diversity of thought, and was exceptionally exclusive. Rather than conduct a balanced and fair discussion of the issues in these four countries, the Subcommittee instead presented a singularly partisan position, which not only misrepresents the facts but also constitutes blatant intellectual fraud. Notably, a number of Polish American organizations submitted relevant questions to the Subcommittee before the hearing. None of them were brought up in the hearing or even alluded to. As a result, we believe the hearing disregarded the voices of our community and needlessly and gratuitously discriminated against the many Polish Americans who do not share the views expressed by the four “witnesses.”

A foundational element of democracy is the sovereignty of a democratic society. Therefore, it is disappointingly ironic that Subcommittee members came distressingly close to interfering in the internal affairs of four Central European countries and infringing on their sovereignty by presenting a distorted picture of their national matters. We remain hopeful that future House hearings on Central Europe and particularly Poland will be conducted in a fair and balanced way so that factual realities rather than biased narratives are presented.

Sincerely,

Leszek Pawlik, President
Coalition of Polish Americans (CPA)
Email: [email protected]

Edward Wojciech Jesman, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative (PASI)
Email: [email protected]

Andrzej Prokopczuk, President
Polish American Congress of Northern California

Jerzy Bogdziewicz, President
Polish American Congress of Florida

Wieslaw Wierzbowski, President
Polish American Congress of Eastern Massachusetts

Andrzej Burhardt, President
Polish American Congress, New Jersey Division

Mirek Gorny, President
Polish American Social Club of San Diego

Zbigniew Koralewski, VP
Polish American Congress, Long Island Division NY

Ann Bankowski, President
Polish American Congress, Michigan Division

Project of the Kurtyka Foundation in cooperation with PASI's educational arm (PASI EDU).

"Witnesses to the truth on Katyn:
Heroism behind the iron curtain".

This was a joint project by PASI and the Kurtyka Foundation that took place on December 4
at 11 am EST.
This whole meeting can be heard in two languages: Polish and English.
Polish American Strategic Initiative EDU and the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation presented a meeting with Polish historian Professor Tadeusz Wolsza, entitled „Witnesses to the truth on Katyn: Heroism behind the iron curtain”. The discussion was based on Prof. Tadeusz Wolsza’s book „Encounter with Katyn”.

The meeting was held online on Zoom on December 4th, 2021, at 11.00 am (EST)

It was moderated by the President of PASI Edward Wojciech Jesman.

The event was held within the framework of the Kurtyka Foundation’s „The Seeds of history” project.


PROGRAM:

    1. Introduction was done by Gene Sokolowski, PhD – PASI EDU President

    2. Presentation of the book “Encounter with Katyn” was by Mr. Damian Bębnowski,
         Vice President of the Board of the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation
         (Promotional trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXVHlGwm3j4)

    3. Lecture was by Professor Tadeusz Wolsza

    4. A questions and answers session followed.



Zoom Link to the meeting in English
can be found here:
https://youtu.be/9m2t95rnrdg

We need your support.

CALL TO ACTION

regarding Tom R. Suozzi’s U.S. House of Representatives resolution H.Res. 664 titled: “Commemorating the Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland.”

How can you help?

Please call, email, or fax your U.S. Representative and convey the following message to him or her.

To Find YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE CLICK HERE

Purpose of the call or subject line if you are communicating through electronic means:

Please co-sponsor Representative Tom R. Suozzi’s resolution H.Res. 664 “Commemorating the Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland.”

Why your U.S. Representative should co-sponsor the resolution?

This month, Polish Americans remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the 72nd anniversary of the aggression against Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union. The attack against Poland ignited World War II. The war caused tens of millions of deaths worldwide, six million resulting from the genocides committed against the Polish citizens, Poles, and Jews.

As your constituent, I request that you co-sponsor Representative Thomas R. Suozzi’s resolution “Commemorating the Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland.”

Remembering and understanding history, including the past mistakes and their consequences, should guide foreign policies for the current unstable world.

The role and position of the United States are questioned and challenged. The United States needs steadfast and proven allies. Poland has always been such an ally.

The adoption of the resolution would show that the United States remains engaged and committed to play its traditional, stabilizing role in European politics.

To support and co-sponsor this resolution or have any questions answered, please email Steven Peterson ([email protected]). Would you please let me know about your decision?

Thank you,

RESOLUTION (see below)

Commemorating the anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland

Whereas on September 1, 1939, German forces led by Adolf Hitler attacked the Republic of Poland;

Whereas on September 17, 1939, Soviet forces led by Joseph Stalin attacked the Republic of Poland;

Whereas subsequent to the completion of the invasion, the Republic of Poland was divided under the terms of the Secret Protocol of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which was signed on August 23, 1939;

Whereas Adolf Hitler issued the command to invade with orders “to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language”;

Whereas in Poland, a traditionally tolerant country that was home to Europe’s largest Jewish population, German occupying forces established death camps where millions were murdered;

Whereas Poland lost a higher percentage of its population than any other nation in World War II due to the genocide perpetrated by occupying forces;

Whereas an estimated 6 million Poles were killed, roughly half of whom were Jewish;

Whereas relations between the United States and Poland date back several centuries;

Whereas Polish settlers first arrived in Jamestown in 1608;

Whereas the current relationship between the United States and the Republic of Poland is deep and mutually beneficial to both countries;

Whereas since the collapse of communism in Europe, the Republic of Poland’s prosperity and integration into Western institutions has provided a model for other countries in the region;

Whereas the addition of the Republic of Poland to NATO in 1999 has strengthened the alliance and provided a crucial bulwark against aggression by Russia;

Whereas the Department of State describes the Republic of Poland as “a stalwart ally in Central Europe and one of the United States’ strongest partners in fostering security and prosperity regionally, throughout Europe, and the world’;

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) honors the millions of Poles who lost their lives during the invasion and occupation of Poland;

(2) encourages increased education about the atrocities committed by occupying forces against the Poles;

(3) recognizes the critical role that the Republic of Poland plays in maintaining stability and security in Europe;

(4) calls for the strengthening and broadening of diplomatic, economic, and security ties between the United States and the Republic of Poland.

PASI ACTION

Town Hall Meeting took place on August 22, 2021. Below You can see the Video Presentation shown during the meeting.

Please sign The Declaration of Support:    https://joinpasi.org/index.php/appeal

PASI works on your behalf to:

Promote the common good and welfare of Polish Americans

Lobby politicians
and candidates for office

Serve as an educational resource on the present status and history of Polish Americans

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Vision and Mission

The Polish American Strategic Initiative seeks to became a well-recognized voice for Polish American interests at the federal, state, and local levels in order to elevate sensitivity towards and appreciation of Polish Americans’ needs, ambitions, aspirations and history. PASI strives to secure the fair representation of Polish American interests in our countries’ political system.

Edward W. Jesman

President

President’s Message

We are here to promote and advance the political and economic interests of Polish Americans.

We pay close attention to the bills, resolutions, and policies originating on Capitol Hill and strive to be a valued and assertive voice in Washington, D.C.

We provide needed guidance and unifying leadership while advancing ideas of peace and prosperity. We hope to inspire a new generation of Polish American leaders.

Join us! Together we can improve the political and economic standing of all Polish Americans and build a better America and a better Poland. The future is in our hands!

Edward W Jesman, President PASI
Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc.
844-650-PASI (Toll-free)
310-291-2681 (Cell)
[email protected]

Combating Holocaust ignorance – with facts.

The letter below, written by G. Sokolowski, Ph.D., is in response to the article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2021, entitled “In Germany, Blinken joins initiative to combat Holocaust denial and ignorance.” The Los Angeles Times article is a commentary on the statements made by Mr. Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, at the Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

The article suggests the need to recognize the wrongs suffered by European Jews, with a particular need to acknowledge the facts surrounding the role of such countries as Austria and Poland in the plight of European Jews during the Second World War. It states: “Scholars say Germany has led the way in accepting responsibility for the Holocaust while other countries, such as Austria and Poland, remain more evasive about their roles in the Nazi-ordered genocide.”

Indeed, there seems to be an urgent need to recognize the role of Poland and Austria in the history of the II World War. In the case of Poland, shut off from the rest of the world behind the Iron Curtain for over forty years and unable to present its history uncensored by its post-war Soviet oppressors, this need is especially acute. Dr. Sokolowski’s article fills this gap in historical knowledge. Given the sentiments expressed in the Los Angeles Times, it seems to be long overdue.

Dear Ms. Wilkinson,

I am writing in response to your June 24 article in the Los Angeles Times titled “In Germany, Blinken joins initiative to combat Holocaust denial and ignorance”. I realize your knowledge of what occurred in Poland during World War II is limited, as is the case with most Americans, and I’d like to assist by providing relevant facts.

The last sentence of your fourth paragraph states: “Scholars say Germany has led the way in accepting responsibility for the Holocaust while other countries, such as Austria and Poland, remain more evasive about their roles in the Nazi-ordered genocide.” Outlined below is why this sentence, which asserts that Poland is one of the countries responsible for the Holocaust, is both false and offensive.

First, consider the definition of “the Holocaust”. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum defines it as “the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its allies and collaborators.” This means that the Polish state, as it existed during World War II under German and Soviet occupation, was either an ally of Germany or established a collaborationist government controlled by Germany. This was never the case. The Polish state during the war consisted of the Polish government-in-exile in London and the Polish Underground State. The Polish Underground State, together with its military arm, the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), fought the occupying Germans at every turn. No historian has asserted that this Polish state, systematically and at the direction of the occupying Germans, sponsored and engaged in the persecution and murder of Poland’s Jews.

It is also important to understand which German-allied and German-occupied states persecuted, (i.e., rounded up and interned their Jews in ghettos and transit camps for transport to labor, concentration, and extermination camps), and in some cases, murdered their Jews. The Polish state never established a collaborationist government (as did France’s Petain, Norway’s Quisling, Slovakia’s Tiso, Croatia’s Pavelic, Hungary’s Horthy, and Romania’s Antonescu); never established a militia to round up and deport Jews to the camps or kill them outright (as did Belgium’s Degrelle, Holland’s Mussert, France’s Petain, Norway’s Quisling, Slovakia’s Hlinka Guard, Croatia’s Ustase, Hungary’s Arrow Cross, and Romania’s Iron Guard); and never established SS units to fight under German command (as did Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Latvia, Hungary, Estonia, Italy, France, Holland, Albania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, and others), which prolonged the war and Hitler’s campaign of racist mass murder. In contrast to the actions of these German-allied and German-occupied states, neither Poles nor the Polish state were elements of Hitler’s mass-murder apparatus and the proposition that Poland “needs to accept responsibility for the Holocaust” is clearly absurd. Because Poles were also rounded up by the Germans and died in Hitler’s concentration and extermination camps, this proposition is equally offensive. Note that in February 2018, Chancellor Merkel publicly admitted on several occasions that the full responsibility for the Holocaust lies with Germany.

It is further important to understand why World War II in Europe occurred. Hitler and Stalin initiated the war to divide Europe between them and the secret protocol in their 1939 nonaggression pact prescribed the destruction of the Polish people and annihilation of the Polish state. In the first two years of the war, Poles were the primary target of a coordinated German and Soviet extermination process designed to annihilate them on both sides of the Ribbentrop-Molotov line. Hitler’s racial doctrine dictated that Poles and other Slavs were racially inferior Untermenschen deserving of enslavement and extermination. During the war’s first two years, virtually all of Poland’s Jews were imprisoned in German-operated ghettos. The Germans immediately established Jewish Councils (Judenräte), who ceased all contact with Polish authorities and negotiated the conditions of Jewish governance of the ghettos. Within months following Germany’s attack, nearly half of Poland’s Jews lived under Judenrat regimes. The Judenräte gathered up Jews from small towns and concentrated them in the ghettos of the larger cities. They further kept ghetto Jews convinced they were being deported to work in German-designated areas in the East. Beginning in early 1942, they directed the Jewish Ghetto Police to forcibly round up ghetto Jews and load them onto the trains destined for the death camps.

While nearly all of Poland’s Jews were imprisoned in the ghettos, Poles were in a day-to-day struggle for survival because of the brutalities and severe conditions exacted by the occupiers. The Germans imposed near-starvation rations, enforced onerous quotas on farmers, confiscated crops and livestock, conducted daily executions to terrorize the populace, randomly arrested and tortured Poles to extract intelligence on the Polish underground, and conducted recurrent round-ups for deportation to concentration and labor camps. Over two million Poles were sent to the camps while up to 200,000 Polish children were abducted for Germanization under Himmler’s Lebensborn program.

As evidenced by his Generalplan Ost and Lebensraum program, Hitler did not attack Poland to eradicate Polish Jews. His objective was to annihilate the Poles, take over their land, and settle it with Germans. He began by immediately arresting and murdering up to 100,000 Polish elite, expelling approximately 1.5 million Poles from occupied Polish territory, and resettling ethnic Germans into vacated Polish properties. Stalin’s policy was to annihilate Poland’s elites, destroy Polish societal structure, and Sovietize dispossessed Poles into compliant subjects of Stalin’s totalitarian Communist regime. As the Red Army occupied eastern Poland, up to 1.6 million Poles were deported to the Gulag camps, which resulted in an estimated death rate of 60 percent. Stalin’s barbarity was further evidenced by his Katyn Massacre, a series of executions encompassing 22,000 captured Polish officers. Poland’s population losses during World War II were proportionately the greatest of any nation in the war. Of its prewar 35 million people, Poland lost approximately 6.5 million. An estimated 664,000 were battlefield deaths and the remainder, about 3 million Polish Jews and 2.8 million Poles, were civilians of all ages. Note also that Hitler annexed western Poland to Germany while Stalin annexed eastern Poland to the Soviet Union, which is why Poland ceased to exist as a nation state.

Often overlooked are Polish efforts to rescue fugitive Jews who hid by not moving into or escaping from the ghettos. Only in Poland did the Germans have a standing order that anyone aiding a Jew in any way would be executed together with immediate family. Despite this death penalty, the largest number by far of any country honored as Righteous Among the Nations by Israel (over 7,000) are Poles, many of whom were killed for aiding Jews. While these are known to Israel’s Yad Vashem, thousands more are known only to God. Estimates of Poles who aided Jews range from 300,000 to 1 million and estimates of those killed for doing so approach 50,000. Note also that German death squads carried out mass executions of entire villages that aided Jews and some of the annihilated villages became extinct. Note further that in no other occupied country or in Germany itself were there such large-scale round-ups, searches with dogs, and blockades of whole districts in all of the larger cities that were conducted by the Germans to find fugitive Jews. Ask yourself, Ms. Wilkinson, if you would risk your life and the lives of your family to save one or more persons in similar circumstances. Many Poles did so because they believed it was the Christian thing to do. Also, two Polish institutions were critically instrumental in rescuing Jews. The first, Żegota, was the only government organization in the German-occupied countries established to rescue Jews. Estimates of Jews saved by Żegota range from 30,000 to 60, 000. The second was the Catholic Church, which rescued Jewish children on a massive scale by hiding them in convents, orphanages, and rectories. No German-occupied country had such an organizational infrastructure that aided tens of thousands of Jews.

Also overlooked are the significant Polish efforts that warned the West about the mass murder of Jews in occupied Poland. Witold Pilecki voluntarily walked into a German round-up for Auschwitz prisoners and then sent reports to the Polish Underground headquarters in Warsaw. These comprised the first record that convinced the Allies the Germans were engaged in murder on an unprecedented scale. Jan Karski was a secret courier who travelled between the Polish government-in-exile in London and the Polish Underground in occupied Poland. He was twice smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto by Jewish underground leaders to observe the horrifying conditions and also entered the Izbica Lubelska transit camp, where Jews were confined in appalling conditions awaiting transport to the Bełżec and Sobibór death camps. Karski carried out of Poland a microfilm with this information and it became one of the earliest and most accurate accounts of the beginning of the Holocaust. He was also the first eyewitness to personally meet with FDR and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and gave a detailed statement on what he had seen, which sadly fell on deaf ears. On December 10, 1942, the Polish government-in-exile published a document titled The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland, which was addressed to the Governments of the United Nations and was the first international publication of Hitler’s mass murders.

In the case of Austria, I offer the following facts. There had been strong support from Austrians and Germans to unify the two countries. On 12 March 1938, the German Wehrmacht crossed the border into Austria, unopposed by the Austrian military. The Germans were greeted with great enthusiasm and a plebiscite was held on 10 April, which officially ratified Austria’s annexation by Germany, called the “Anschluss”. With the Anschluss, Austria ceased to exist as an independent state. Austrians loyally supported Germany during the early years of the war. The initial German military victories and Austria’s geographic location beyond the reach of Allied bombers shielded the Austrian population from the full impact of the war. Only after the German defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad in early 1943, when the course of the war increasingly turned against Germany, did popular support for the war and for the Anschluss begin to erode. Some 800,000 Austrians were drafted into the German army (Wehrmacht) and another 150,000 served in the Waffen SS, an elite military unit that managed the concentration and extermination camps. Because the Austrians were integrated into German units, no Austrian military units were formed. The majority of the bureaucrats who implemented the Final Solution were Austrian. David Art of Tufts University states that 40 per cent of the staff and 75 per cent of commanders at death camps were Austrian. Austrians who played key roles in the Final Solution include Adolf Eichmann and his aide, Alois Brunner; SS General Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Chief of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA); Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Reich Commissioner for Holland; and Odilo Globocnik, who had a leading role in Operation Reinhard. Operation Reinhard organized the murder of around one and a half million mostly Polish Jews at the Treblinka, Sobibór, and Bełżec extermination camps. Globocnik was also responsible for the deaths at the Majdanek extermination camp. Austrians also conducted mass murder in Hartheim Castle near Linz, where the killing program Action T4, i.e., involuntary euthanasia, took place, and in Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna, where more than 700 handicapped children were murdered.

From the above, it should be evident why the sentence in question is not only false but also offensive to Poles and Polish Americans. I would ask that, if in the future you write about Poland, kindly conduct the necessary research as this should negate the likelihood of misstating the facts.

Cordially,
Gene Sokolowski, PhD
Polish Media Issues Group

Current Concerns

Legally flawed and morally offensive Act based on a double standard.

ACT S.447 (JUST ACT OF 2017),

“Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017”
Introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin of WI on February 27, 2017

Signed into law by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2018

The law requires the US Department of State to assess the national laws and policies of countries participating in the 2009 Terezin Holocaust Era Assets Conference, concerning the identification and return of, or restitution of assets allegedly wrongfully seized from Jews during World War II, including the so-called “HEIRLESS PROPERTY”. PASI considers Act S.447 to be legally flawed, discriminatory, unjust, and its language deceiving.

There is no such thing as “heirless property.” In all countries, the United States included, heirless properties escheat to the state. The private Jewish American organizations make legally unfounded demands for billions of dollars without any evidence of title. The so-called “heirless properties” are legal property of the Polish state, the only legal successor of all Polish citizens regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The transfer of such property would only amount to a massive property giveaway.

Law 115-171 is morally offensive because it is based on an apparent double standard, which advocates an extralegal solution, which would not be acceptable in the United States. Furthermore, there are no uncompensated Jewish Holocaust survivors. Jewish organizations, state of Israel and individual Jews received untold billions of dollars from Germany for all human and property losses suffered by European Jews during World War II. The “JUST” law distorts the history of World War II and eliminates Millions of ethnic Polish victims from the definition of Genocide.

Poland must not be held responsible for the Genocide and property expropriations conducted by her German and Soviet occupiers, and for the political, social, and economic ramifications of the Yalta Agreement imposed on Poland by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union in 1944.

Act restricts the teaching of the WW2 exclusively to the extermination of Jews

Act H.R.943

(Never Again Education Act)
Introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney of NY. on January 31, 2019
Signed into law by President Donald Trump on May 29, 2020

The Never Again Education Act introduced in the US Senate as S.2085 by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and in the House of Representatives as HR 943 by Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is designed to increase the allegedly diminishing awareness of the Holocaust in the United States. The Never Again Education Act calls to establish a public-private funding mechanism at the US Department of Education to allow the introduction of various new Holocaust education programs, which would target teachers in all 50 states. The law expands US Holocaust Memorial Museum education programming and tasks it with developing and disseminating fitting resources.

PASI continues to oppose the Never Again Education Act, because it fails to acknowledge and include in the envisioned new programs the Genocide committed by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia against millions of Poles. This Act is now a law, yet it unacceptably restricts the meaning and teaching of the WW2 Genocide exclusively to the extermination of Jews.

Historically erroneous and politically careless Resolution with legal consequences.

Senate Resolution 566

(Introduced by Sen. Menendez of NJ. on May 7, 2020)

While PASI supports the idea of the resolution commemorating 22,000 victims of the Katyń Genocide, PASI strongly opposes specific fragments of the proposed resolution. As is, Senate Resolution 566 strips Polish citizens – most of them Prisoners-of-War murdered by Soviet Russia in 1940 – of their citizenship and falsely merges them with a vaguely defined mass of political crimes committed by the Communists worldwide.
The present version of the resolution resembles an attempt at Genocide Denial rather than an accurate characterization of the nature of the horrific mass murders confirmed by the 952 Report of the US Rep. Ray J. Madden Commission. The proposed text of the resolution is not only historically erroneous, but it also creates specific political and legal consequences, which prejudice and disaffirm the rights of thousands of Polish families to the legal inquests and proper compensation.
Despite the 80 years which have passed, the world is still waiting for the official Genocide recognition by the US government of the brutal mass murders and deportations of millions of Polish citizens. The United States Congress owes the world a clear and straightforward declaration. The US government’s suppression of the Katyń Genocide needs to end today!

link to PASI letter to Senators Menendez Durbin and Risch

OFFICERS

Edward W. Jesman

President (California)

Wojciech Mazur

Vice President (Connecticut)

Jacek Bernard Marczynski

Vice President (Virginia)

Mariusz Bielski

Treasurer (Connecticut)

Irena Guillon

Secretary (California)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Malgorzata Stys

New York

Artur J.Lesyk

Connecticut

Mark Belcarz

Connecticut

Daniel M Zamoyski

Great Britain

Susan Gorga

New York

Suzanne Mazurczyk

New Jersey

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz

Connecticut

Dr. Margaret Niznikiewicz

Massachusetts

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Why PASI?

We are here to promote and advance the political and economic interests of Polish Americans.

We pay close attention to the bills, resolutions, and policies originating on Capitol Hill and strive to be a valued and assertive voice in Washington, D.C.

We provide needed guidance and unifying leadership while advancing ideas of peace and prosperity. We hope to inspire a new generation of Polish American leaders.

Join us! Together we can improve the political and economic standing of all Polish Americans and build a better America and a better Poland. The future is in our hands!

Edward W Jesman, President PASI
Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc.
844-650-PASI (Toll-free)
310-291-2681 (Cell)
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Edward W. Jesman
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Edward Reid, Stop Act S. 447

Hollywood’s War with Poland, 1939-1945 (Speech / The International Historical Conference “Poland First to Fight,” )

MIECZYSLAW B. BISKUPSKI (USA) - Keynote speaker. A Professor of History Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, Coordinator of Polish Studies Program at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), United States

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Events

December 4, 2021

Project of the Kurtyka Foundation and PASI's educational arm "Weaknesses to the truth on Katyn. Heroism behind the iron curtain", which took place online. Link to the meeting: https://youtu.be/9m2t95rnrdg

November 11, 2021

On the occasion of Poland's Independence Day celebration, we, as Poles living in the United States and Americans of Polish descent, aware of, and appreciating our ties with the Motherland, proud of her achievements, of our own ancestry, and knowing Poland's turbulent history, would like to extend our best wishes to the Honorable President of Poland, to the entire Polish Nation, and to all Poles scattered all over the world.

Polish American Strategic Initiative

June 17, 2020

A letter of protest sent to Senators Menendez, Risch, and Durbin, opposing a misleading language of the proposed Senate Resolution 566. The letter recommends the elimination of the erroneous statements, which distort historical events as documented by the 1952 Rep. Ray J. Madden Report prepared for the U.S. Congress. The United States government owes the world a clear and unequivocal declaration that the mass murder of 22,000 Polish POWs committed by the Soviet NKVD in April and May 1940 was an act of Genocide. The letter was signed by Edward W. Jeśman (PASI), Janusz Sporek (Committee for the Conservation of the Katyń Monument & Historical Objects), Richard Boggiano​, Councilman (City of Jersey City), and Rev. Nathaniel Legay (Jersey City Branch of the National Association of the Colored People).

[PDF: PASI letter to Senators Menendez Durbin and Risch]

June 14, 2020

Representatives of PASI joined a celebration around the Katyń Genocide Monument at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain, CT, to commemorate the Anniversary of the First Transport of 748 Polish prisoners to Auschwitz on June 14, 1940.

June 14, 2020

PASI lays a wreath at the Wall of Executions in a German Concentration Camp in Auschwitz to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first transport of prisoners to Auschwitz. All 748 prisoners sent to the camp on that day were Polish. Auschwitz Concentration Camp functioned from 1940 to 1942 as a concentration camp mainly for Poles. Mass extermination of Jews at the camp happened from 1942 to 1944. The first transport of Jews arrived at the camp in March 1942.

April 29, 2020

PASI adopts Bylaws and installs the Board of Directors. Edward W. Jesman is elected to serve as PASI President for a five-year term.

April 2020

PASI cancels its 2020 Congressional Outreach due to COVID19 restrictions. As soon as it is possible, PASI is planning to visit Capitol Hill and renew its lobbying activities in the U.S. Congress.

November 2019

The International Historical Conference “Poland First to Fight”, a 3-day event takes place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. PASI under the leadership of Edward W. Jesman is one of the organizers.

[Click here to see the conference]

September 2019

PASI Congressional Capitol Hill Outreach – Participants visit over 400 congressional offices, including 100 offices of the U.S. Senate, to discuss ramifications of the Act S. 447 “JUST Act” as well as the H.R. 943 “Never Again Education Act.” PASI opposes the H.R. 943 (S.2085) because it restricts the meaning of the World War II-era Genocide only to the extermination of Jews. The Act fails to acknowledge the Genocide committed against millions of Poles. H.R. 943 encroaches onto the rights of the states by authorizing the creation of one-sided and partial curricular materials to be used in all 50 states. Federal intervention into curricular matters is against the Constitution.

August 21, 2019

PASI is joining the response of Polish American organizations to the letter of 88 U.S. Senators of August 5th 2019 to the Secretary of State Michael Pompeo regarding Act S. 447.

May 11, 2019

PASI organized a protest against Act S.447 in front of the White House in Washington DC.

April 2019

Jacek Marczynski of Virginia is elected as interim President of PASI.

April 10, 2019

Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. (PASI) is registered in the State of Delaware as 501(c)4 not for profit political lobbying organization.

March 31, 2019

Protests were held in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New Britain, Denver, and San Diego against the Act S.447 (Public Law 115-171).

May 09, 2018

The U.S. President Donald Trump signs Act S.447 into law (Public Law 115-171).

April 24, 2018

Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, sends the Act S.447, without prior approval of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, to the House for a vote. Act S.447 is passed by the House “Under Suspension of the Rules,” without a roll call, based on the voice vote. The number and names of the congressmen participating in the passing of the Act have not been disclosed.

March 2018

Edward W. Jesman organizes Polish American Outreach on Capitol Hill. Polish Americans from several states visit over 300 congressional offices voicing opposition to the Act S.447 (H.R.1226).

January 2018

Edward W. Jesman visits Capitol Hill offices of 46 members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives explaining the potential consequences of Act S. 447 (H.R. 1226). The Foreign Affairs Committee has not proceeded with the Act!

December 2017

Edward W. Jesman meets with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Chair of Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats of the U.S. House of Representatives to brief him on the meaning and ramifications of the Act S.447 (H.R.1226).

December 13, 2017

Edward W. Jesman sends an email notification about the passing of Act S.447 by the U.S. Senate to his contacts in the USA, Europe, including Poland.

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Edward Wojciech Jesman
President

Co-Founder and President of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. Born and raised in Poland. Independent publisher, pro-democracy activist, member of anti-communist opposition in Poland (1976-1982). Political prisoner (1978 and 1981-1982). Political asylee in the United States (Nov. 1982). Real estate broker in California since 1985. Naturalized U.S. citizen since 1990. President of Polish National Congress of Southern California and National Director of the Polish American Congress national organization (2015-2020). Active Polish American lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta (2009) and the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity (2019).

Edward Wojciech Jeśman
Prezes

Współzałożyciel i prezes Polsko Amerykańskiej Inicjatywy Strategicznej. Urodzony i wychowany w Polsce. Niezależny wydawca, aktywista ruchu pro-demokratycznego, członek opozycji anty-komunistycznej w Polsce (1976-1982). Wiezień polityczny (1978 i 1981-1982). Azylant polityczny (listopad 1982). Agent handlu nieruchomościami w Kalifornii od 1985. Naturalizowany obywatel Stanow Zjednoczonych od 1990. Prezes Polskiego Kongresu Narodowego na stan Kalifornii i dyrektor krajowej organizacji Kongresu Polsko Amerykańskiego (2015-2020). Aktywny lobbysta społeczności Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia. Udekorowany Krzyżem Oficerskim Orderu Polonia Restituta (2009) i Krzyżem Orderu Wolności i Solidarności.

Wojciech Mazur
Vice President

An engineer and entrepreneur working in the USA. Pioneer in the USA to install solar assisted air conditioning systems and establish energy-saving technology approved by the Department of Public Utility in Connecticut. A social and political activist. In 1985 in Poland, when Solidarity Union was unable to lead underground resistance in Gdansk Region, Wojciech decided to take the lead. He was able to coordinate underground activities and cooperate with others from opposing ideological standpoints to stand up together against the communist regime. On May 1, 1985, together, they shook the foundations of the system. The President of Poland awarded Wojciech the Freedom and Solidarity Cross as a result of political involvement.

Wojciech Mazur
Wiceprezes

Inżynier i biznesmen pracujący w USA. Jako pierwszy w USA zainstalował system chłodniczy wspomagany gorącą wodą uzyskaną z systemu słonecznego oraz opracował to jako technologię wspieraną finansowo przez Departament Infrastruktury w Stanie Connecticut. W roku 1982, kiedy Związek Zawodowy Solidarność nie był w stanie prowadzić konspiracji w regionie gdańskim, Wojciech postanowił się zaangażować. Koordynował działalność podziemia antykomunistycznego wśród młodzieży diametralnie różniącej się politycznie. 1 maja 1985 grupa, którą współtworzył wstrząsnęła fundamentami systemu. Prezydent Rzeczypospolitej udekorował Wojciecha Krzyżem Wolności i Solidarności za zasługi w walce z komunistycznym reżimem.

Jacek Bernard Marczyński
Vice President

Born in Poland in 1957, moved to United States in 1988. I.T. specialist educated in Poland and the United States, currently working for several companies as a programmer. Long time member of Polish American Congress in Washington Metropolitan Area Division. Co-Founder of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. (former Interim President of PASI). Lobbying for Polish Affairs in the U.S. Congress for 20 years.

Jacek Bernard Marczyński
Wiceprezes

Urodzony w Polsce w 1957 roku, przyjechał do USA w 1988 roku. Informatyk, studiował w Polsce i w USA. Pracował i pracuje jako programista dla wielu firm. Wieloletni członek Waszyngtońsko-Metropolitalnego Wydziału Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej. Współzałożyciel Polsko Amerykańskiej Inicjatywy Strategicznej, Inc (były Prezes PASI). Lobbuje w polskich sprawach w Kongresie Amerykańskim od ponad 20 lat.
Mariusz Bielski

Mariusz Bielski
Treasurer

Mariusz grew up in Poland and relocated to the United States in 2000. He holds a Food Science degree from Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Mariusz is a senior laboratory technician at a food processing company. He is a lifelong advocate for Polish American affairs; he is involved in several civic and service organizations. Mariusz actively participated in defending the Katyń Monument in Jersey City. He is married with three children.
Mariusz Bielski

Mariusz Bielski
Skarbnik

Mariusz dorastał w Polsce, ukończył studia na Wydziale Technologii Żywności na SGGW w Warszawie. W 2000 roku przeniósł się do Stanów Zjednoczonych. Mariusz jest starszym technikiem laboratoryjnym w firmie przetwórstwa spożywczego. Jest orędownikiem spraw polsko-amerykańskich; jest zaangażowany w kilku polsko-amerykańskich organizacjach. Mariusz aktywnie uczestniczył w obronie Pomnika Katyńskiego w Jersey City. Jest żonaty i ma troje dzieci.

Irena Guillon

Irena Guillon
Secretary

I have always been interested in and working with various Polish American organizations. When I became acquainted with PASI, I was impressed with the people, vision, and goals of building a significant and robust Polish American organization. I emigrated from Poland when I was 14 and moved to New York, and later to California. I am retired, and I enjoy cooking, gardening and traveling. My professional background is a software engineer and manager at IBM. My husband and I have two daughters and a wonderful grandson. Using my expert skills acquired at IBM, I want to work with my colleagues at PASI to build a strong Polish American organization. I hope that eventually, you will join us as well.
Irena Guillon

Irena Guillon
Sekretarz

Przyjechała do USA w wieku 14 lat. Otrzymawszy w USA tytuł magistra z matematyki całą swoją karierę spędziła w IBM jako programista i menadżer. Od lat udziela się społecznie w amerykańskich i polonijnych organizacjach. Wraz z rodziną mieszka w Kalifornii. W wolnych chwilach zajmuje się gotowaniem i ogrodnictwem. Interesuje sie rownież historią Polski.

Dr. Malgorzata Stys
New York

Passionate entrepreneur and technologist, fascinated by Human Computer Interfaces and Linguistics. Małgorzata spent her formative years at IBM, starting her career at Watson Research. IBM was the place where she met some of the most brilliant minds and kindest hearts in the world, including many Polish Americans! Małgorzata had a distinct opportunity to live and learn in 6 countries before settling in the U.S. Although the U.S. is her home today, a big piece of her heart belongs to Poland. She also lived and left a piece of her heart in Nigeria, England, Botswana, Swaziland and Sweden. Favorite Book: Little Prince. Favorite saying: “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” John Paul II.

Dr. Małgorzata Styś
Nowy Jork

Jest z zamiłowania przedsiębiorcą i technologiem, fascynuje się interfejsem człowiek-maszyna oraz lingwistyką. Małgorzata spędziła swoje wczesne lata kariery w ośrodku badawczym IBM Watson. Podczas swojej pracy w IBMie miała okazję poznać wspaniałych ludzi o błyskotliwych umysłach, w tym wielu Polaków. Zanim osiedliła się w Stanach, Małgorzata miała okazję uczyć się i pracować w 6 krajach. Chociaż dzisiaj mieszka w Stanach, jej serce jest w dużej części w Polsce. Poza Polską i Stanami mieszkała w Nigerii, Anglii, Botswanie i Swaziland i w Szwecji. Jej ulubiona książka to Mały Książę. Ulubione powiedzenie: “Wolność nie polega na tym że możemy robić to na co mamy ochotę, lecz na tym iż posiadamy prawo aby czynić to co jest naszą powinnością.” Jan Paweł II.

Artur J. Lesyk
Connecticut

Artur came to the United States in 1989 and settled in Branford, CT. He works as a Mechanical Engineer in the aerospace industry. Married, a happy father of two teenage kids and enjoying the middle-class, suburban lifestyle. Artur loves skiing, sailing and outdoor activities. Artur decided to Join PASI after learning about the passage of the S447, which made him feel that the United States, the country he owes so much, is doing a horrible and unjustified disservice in the name of racial identity to harm Poland, the land of his birth. Polish-Americans have been quite successful in forming cultural, religious and educational organizations in the United States; sadly, we lack any real political power that American politicians would have to respect and take into account in their calculations. It’s time to build a well-organized and professionally managed lobbying power in Washington, DC. He believes that PASI will become this organization!

Artur J. Łesyk
Connecticut

Artur przyjechał do Stanów Zjednoczonych w 1989 roku i osiadł w Branford, CT. Pracuje jako inżynier-mechanik w przemyśle lotniczym. Żonaty, szczęśliwy ojciec dwójki nastoletnich dzieci, prowadzący, podmiejski styl życia. Artur jest pasjonatem narciarstwa, żeglarstwa i obcowania z naturą na świeżym powietrzu. Artur zdecydował się dołączyć do PASI po tym, jak dowiedział się o przegłosowaniu ustawy S447, co spowodowało poczucie, że Stany Zjednoczone, kraj, któremu zawdzięcza tak wiele, wyrządzają straszliwą i nieuzasadnioną krzywdę Polsce, jego dawnej Ojczyźnie. Amerykanie polskiego pochodzenia odnieśli spore sukcesy w tworzeniu organizacji kulturalnych, religijnych i edukacyjnych w Stanach Zjednoczonych; niestety brakuje nam realnej siły politycznej, którą amerykańscy politycy musieliby szanować i uwzględniać w swoich kalkulacjach. Czas zbudować dobrze zorganizowaną i profesjonalnie zarządzaną pro-polską siłę lobbingową w Waszyngtonie. Wierzę, że PASI stanie się tą silą!

Mark Belcarz
Connecticut

After having the opportunity to live a few years in Italy, I settled in the beautiful State of Connecticut. I live in the USA for over 30 years, happily married, proud father of one son. I graduated in Computer Science, and I am professionally fulfilled in the medical care field for 25 years. I love mountains, hiking, wild nature, biking, reading, politics and cooking, but I also like to travel around the world.
I am trying to do something for the country in which I live as well as my homeland Poland. After all, the homeland is not only the country you live in but the country you need and needs you. Some say that patriotism is becoming an outdated idea. Despite this notion, it is an inspiration and a significant force that shapes the behaviors and attitudes of generations. Polish community and Poles living in America are unheard and neglected in the U.S. Congress. Unfortunately, those absent on Capitol Hill have no vote. The time has come for the Polish American community to play a significant role in creating the new political world. Join PASI today!

Marek Belcarz
Connecticut

Moja emigracyjna przygoda zaczęła się w latach 80-tych zupełnie przypadkowo. Po kilkuletnim pobycie w pięknej Italii osiedliłem, się w również pięknym stanie Connecticut. Mieszkam w USA od ponad 30-tu lat, szczęśliwie żonaty, dumny ojciec jednego syna. Ukończyłem informatykę, od 25 lat spełniam się zawodowo w zarządzaniu służbą zdrowia.

Moja druga miłość po rodzinie to wędrówki górskie, dzika przyroda, jazda na rowerze, czytanie, polityka i gotowanie, lubię też podróże w odległy świat, szczególnie fascynują mnie wielkie miasta.

Staram się zrobić coś dla kraju, w którym mieszkam, a także dla mojej pierwszej ojczyzny – Polski. W końcu ojczyzna to nie tylko kraj, w którym mieszkasz, ale kraj, którego potrzebujesz i który potrzebuje ciebie. Niektórzy twierdzą, że patriotyzm staje się przestarzałym pomysłem na życie. Ja uważam wręcz przeciwnie, że jest inspiracją i znaczącą siłą kształtującą zachowania i postawy pokoleń.

Polonia i Polacy mieszkający w Ameryce są niesłyszalni co jest skutkiem lekceważenia społeczności polonijnej w Kongresie USA. Niestety, nieobecni na Kapitolu nie mają głosu. Nadszedł czas, aby społeczność polonijna odegrała znaczącą rolę w tworzeniu nowego świata politycznego. Dołącz do PASI już dziś!

Dan Zamoyski
Great Britain

Born in Chicago, growing up in Illinois, Dan completed his Chemistry degree, and later an MBA, at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb (NIU). His paternal grandparents emigrated in 1911 from central Poland to western New Jersey, then to the vibrant Polish community of northwest Indiana, and finally to Chicago in 1930, due to the 1929 Crash. His USA diversified career spanned organic synthesis, to a brief spell in NIU academia post-MBA, before joining a large oil company in California. Emigrating to England in 1981 (English wife), Dan worked with a range of UK & intl businesses (chemicals, software, non-profits) before starting his management consultancy practice in 1990.

Assisting Dan’s work within PASI are: his USA & UK experience & many trips to Poland since 1994; his varied consultancy work over 30 years; and his passion for Only Truths about Poland & Poles to appear in the media. These give him an informed perspective on the geo-political, economic, cultural & historical aspects of Poland & USA-UK Polonia. Ambitions for PASI: that it grows in number & range of members, for members to grow – together in shared aspirations while jointly growing PASI’s influence on US policies that affect Polish Americans. Dan is also Head of the Polish Media Issues Group with over 2,600 members on Facebook.

Dan Zamoyski
Wielka Brytania

Urodzony w Chicago i wychowany w Illinois, Dan ukończył wydział chemii, a później zrobił magisterium z zarządzania na Universytecie Northern Illinois w DeKalb. Jego dziadkowie ze strony ojca wyemigrowali z centralnej Polski do New Jersey, potem dołączyli do dynamicznej polskiej społeczności w północnej Indianie, aby wreszcie osiąść w Chicago aż do 1930 r. (powód wielki kryzys gospodarczy w 1929r.). Jego bogata kariera w USA obejmowała pracę w zakładzie zajmującym sie syntezą organiczną, krótki okres pracy na uniwersytecie NIU po uzyskaniu magisterium, nstępnie w dużej firmie naftowej w Kalifornii. Po przeniesieniu się do Anglii (żona Angielka), Dan pracował dla dużych biznesów brytyjskich i międzynarodowych (materiały chemiczne, programowanie i non-profits) zanim założył swoją firmę konsultingową w 1990 r. Dan wnosi do PASI swoje bogate doświadczenie zdobyte w USA jak i w Wielkiej Brytanii, oraz to, które nabył podczas wielokrotnych podróży do Polski. Doświadczenie konsultingowe zdobywał przez ponad 30 lat. Jego wielką pasją jest walka o prawdę historyczną na temat Polski i Polaków w mediach. Jego doświadczenia pozwoliły mu wyrobić sobie dobrze ugruntowaną w faktach perspektywę na geopolityczne, ekonomiczne, kulturowe i historyczne aspekty Polski i jej związków z Polonią w USA i Wielkiej Brytanii. Jego ambicją w stosunku do PASI jest: zjednoczenie się jako społeczność polonijna i zbudowanie wspólnie organizacji która wpłynie na polityczne decyzje w USA dotyczące Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia. Dan kieruje również grupą facebookową pod nazwą “Polish Media Issues”, która liczy 2600 członków.

Susan Gorga
New York

Receiving graduate degrees in both Political Science and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University, Susan has taught English as a Second Language at the University at Albany (State University of New York) for over 25 years. Prior to that, she was in the
first group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Poland and studied for a year at both the Instytut Badań Polonijnych in Krakow and the University of Warsaw. When her children were young, the family went to Chełm for a year where she taught at the Państwowa
Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa while her children attended Polish schools. She likes traveling and adventure, particularly climbing volcanoes and sleeping in yurts.

Susan Gorga
Nowy Jork

Otrzymawszy tytuł magistra z Indiana University zarówno z nauk politycznych jak i z językoznawstwa stosowanego, Susan uczy języka angielskiego obcokrajowców od 25 lat na Uniwersytecie w Albany (Stanowy Uniwersytet Nowego Jorku). Przed podjęciem tej pracy, Susan należała do pierwszej grupy wolontariuszy Peace Corps, która przyjechała do Polski, aby tam pracować. Studiowała przez rok zarówno w Instytucie Badań Polonijnych w Krakowie, jak i na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim. Kiedy jej dzieci były małe, jej rodzina przeniosła się na rok do Polski, gdzie mieszkali w Chełmie gdzie Susan uczyła w Państwowej Wyższej Szkole Zawodowej, a jej dzieci uczęszczały do lokalnych szkół. Susan lubi podróże i przygody, zwłaszcza wspinanie się na wulkany i spanie w jurtach.

Suzanne Mazurczyk
New Jersey

With a Masters degree in Business Administration and professional experience including real estate, financial information services, hospitality and entertainment, Suzanne brings a variety of skills and experience to PASI.  Suzanne was inspired by what she heard about PASI Outreach efforts to legislators and also attended the 2019 Poland First to Fight historical conference in Washington, DC.  She appreciates the team spirit working on PASI projects like the PASI Glos/Voice Newsletter and planning future initiatives.  Suzanne enjoys learning about many topics but especially Polish related issues, politics and investing.  Her other interests include yardwork, music, singing, dance (especially ballroom); travel, nature hikes, cooking, sailing, art & design and of course, family and friends.
 

Suzanne Mazurczyk
New Jersey

Z magisterium z biznesu i administracji, doświadczeniem profesjonalnym do którego zalicza się handel nieruchomościami, udzielanie porad finansowych, oraz usługi w branży hotelarskiej i rozrywkowej, Suzanne wnosi do PASI szeroki wachlarz umiejetności i doświadczeń. Suzanne została zainspirowana tym, co słyszała na temat wysiłków PASI w celu nawiązania współpracy z prawodawcami i przedstawicielami Kongresu, jak również uczestnictwem w historycznej konferencji na temat “Polska pierwsza przystąpiła do walki” zorganizowanej w Waszyngtonie w 2019 roku. Suzanne docenia ducha współpracy w takich projektach jak biuletyn “Głos PASI” i planowanie działań na przyszłość. Suzanne lubi uczyć się nowych rzeczy z róznych dziedzin, zwłaszcza tych związanych z Polską, polityką i inwestowaniem. Jej zainteresowania obejmują pracę w ogrodzie, muzykę, śpiew, taniec (zwłaszcza klasyczny), podróże, piesze wycieczki, gotowanie, żeglowanie, sztukę i wzornictwo, oraz oczywiście rodzinę i przyjaciół.

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz
Connecticut

I was born in Bialystok, Poland, in 1965, and moved to the United States in 1994. Since then, I live in Connecticut with my wife and two children. I work in the aircraft industry as a CNC machinist with technical education from Poland. I always thought that history is what it is – but if we do not remember and cherish it, someone will rewrite history for us! That is why I stopped being passive and began to participate and support various patriotic initiatives. The voice of Polish Americans needs be heard. Join us and Join PASI today!

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz
Connecticut

Urodziłem się w 1965 roku w Białymstoku na Podlasiu . Do Stanów Zjednoczonych przeprowadziłem się w 1994 roku. Od początku mieszkam w stanie Connecticut z żoną i dwójką dzieci. Mam wykształcenie techniczne z Polski i pracuję w przemyśle lotniczym przy obsłudze obrabiarek CNC . Zawsze myślałem, że historia jest niezmienna ? Ale jeśli o niej nie pamiętamy i jej nie pielęgnujemy to ktoś ją nam napisze na nowo ! Dlatego przestałem być bierny i zacząłem uczestniczyć i wspierać różne inicjatywy patriotyczne. Głos Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia powinien być słyszalny. Dołącz do PASI już dziś!

Dr. Margaret Niznikiewicz
Massachusetts

A linguist and a cognitive neuroscientist, Malgorzata was educated both in Poland and in the United States. She lives in the Boston suburbs with her family. She loves uncovering the mysteries of the human brain in the hopes of creating effective therapies for those who need them most. Malgorzata loves hiking, kayaking and skiing. She is an avid cook and a novice gardener. She loves history and the history of both Poland and United States are her two favorite topics.

Dr. Małgorzata Niźnikiewicz
Massachusetts

Językoznawca i naukowiec studiujący pracę mózgu, Małgorzata odebrała wykształcenie zarówno w Polsce jak i w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Mieszka z rodziną na przedmieściach Bostonu. Małgorzata uwielbia odkrywać tajniki ludzkiego mózgu w nadziei na znalezienie efektywnych terapii dla tych którzy ich najbardziej potrzebują. Małgorzata bardzo lubi piesze wycieczki, kajakowanie i jazdę na nartach. Jest zapaloną kucharką i początkujacym ogrodnikiem. Interesuje sie historią, a historia Polski i Stanów Zjednoczonych są jej ulubionymi tematami.