From Protest to Politics: Honoring Ukraine’s New Democrats

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Global LeadersRichard C. BlumThe Kovler Foundation/ Peter and Judy Kovler Marc and Jane NathansonThe Melvin and Bren Simon Foundation Maureen White and Steve Rattner

Oleskandr Solontay

What is happening? Theyre trying to scare the country! The only chance is for everyone in Kyiv to go out onto the streets. If you left Kyiv, come back! Understand that we have a real threat to lose all rights and freedoms if youre not on the Maidan. On December 10th, the world will recognize International Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the Declaration. Lets celebrate this together for the sake of our future!

Global PartnersThe Honorable Madeleine K. Albright

Carol and Kevin Sharer

Global PatronsThe American Federation of Teachers The Coca-Cola CompanyDigicelLazare Kaplan International Inc.The Honorable Nancy and Miles RubinMichael Steed, Managing Partner, Paladin Capital Group Lynda Thomas and family

Hanna Hopko

Ukraine is important for the United States and the world, because we can complement and balance the world with a new vision, the ability to stand for human values. Our success can be extended further on. In geopolitical chaos some people try to depict us as historical outsiders. As a guide, I get to tell our history by showing him St. Sophia Cathedral, built in the 11th century, long before Moscow was founded.

FriendsBernard Aronson, Founding Partner ACON Investments LLCThe Honorable Elizabeth Frawley Bagley The Honorable Robin CarnahanThe Honorable Tom Daschle and Linda DaschleFrank Islam and Debbie DriesmanRob LiberatoreThe Murphy Family FoundationThe Honorable Louis B. Susman

Serhiy Leshchenko

SponsorsAmazon Web ServicesThe Honorable James and Janet BlanchardFrank M. Conner, III and Cynthia H. ConnerThe Honorable Laurie S. FultonThe Honorable Mark Gitenstein The Glover Park GroupGoogle Inc. SponsorsThe Honorable Patrick and Abbey GriffinThe Honorable Jane HarmanInternational Masonry InstituteInternational Union of Bricklayers and Allied CraftworkersDr.Omarand Dr. Nancy KaderThe Honorable Ted KaufmanThe Honorable Herbert C. Klein

SponsorsWilliam and Amalia MahoneyThe Honorable Gerald S. McGowan and Susan BrophyTaipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United StatesUnity Resources GroupDorothy Walsh and Dick D'AmatoElizabeth, Maxwell and Stephen WhisnantWolfensohn Family Foundation

Voted on Podil + photo of me in front of my first official candidate poster.

Friends, thank you for your trust. We will work to ensure it.


Author of the photo husband Sashko. NDI is grateful for the support of:Serhiy Lysenko/Generation FilmRadio Free Europe/Radio LibertyVoice of AmericaKyiv PostMaksym Lisovoy &TelekritikaNikVesti

NDI gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and Middle East Partnership Initiative, and other international development agencies whose support enables the Institute to carry out its democratic development mission.