Empowering Ukrainian Builders in their fight for freedom and democracy.
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched an unprovoked, full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian forces have killed, raped, and tortured hundreds of thousands innocent Ukrainians, and abducted at least 19,546 Ukrainian children into Russian territory. Under relentless attack by Russia, the Ukrainian people have shown great resilience.
We believe that Ukrainians are Builders who are fighting an autocratic Destroyer, to protect their freedom and democracy.
In partnership with our program co-chairs, we have launched a campaign to keep the plight of Ukrainian people top of mind for Americans and the world.
Here is how you can help:
ABOUT THE CO-CHAIRS
Chef and humanitarian José Andrés; global human rights and pro-democracy activist Garry Kasparov; social entrepreneur and KIND Snacks Founder Daniel Lubetzky; actor, director and writer Liev Schreiber, and Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman understand the importance of freedom and democracy through their personal experience and family stories. Through their various streams of foreign policy, humanitarian, and peace-building work, they have experienced first-hand the global interconnectivity of democracy and the critical role of citizens in upholding democratic values like those the Ukrainian people are bravely defending.
Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018, and awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized humanitarian, culinary innovator, New York Times bestselling author, and educator. In 2010, Andrés founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit which uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. Andrés’ work has earned awards and distinctions including the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2015 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Andrés was awarded the Princesa de Asturias Foundation’s 2021 Concordia Prize for his humanitarian work. As a naturalized citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform.
In 2022, chef and humanitarian José Andrés; global human rights and pro-democracy activist Garry Kasparov; social entrepreneur and KIND Snacks Founder Daniel Lubetzky; and Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman welcomed 20 Ukrainian students into a pro-democracy scholarship program at U.S. colleges and universities. The initiative, in partnership with the Institute of International Education and the Renew Democracy Initiative was designed to foster on-campus alliances in support of democratic values.
The New York Times - Enlisting Ukrainian Students to Promote Democracy in America
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