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Representatives of the Estonian American National Council (EANC) to the board of the Joint  Baltic American National Committee (JBANC), along with the American Latvian Association (ALA) and the Lithuanian American Council (LAC) representatives, drafted the following statement for release by JBANC. All agreed on the importance of informing our constituent communities regarding our views following the recent NATO and Helsinki summits. We invite our community members to share the statement locally and contact the offices of their representatives in Congress to discuss the points it highlights. 

 

Press Release: The Joint Baltic American National Committee Thanks Congress for NATO Support, July 24, 2018

Organized by: Seiklejate Vennaskond

Dates of activities: from October 5-16, 2018

 

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The Youth exchange brings together 30 young people of Estonian origin aged 18-26; 20 living abroad and 10 from Estonia. The main aim of the youth exchange is to introduce the Estonian culture and language to participants.

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Kärt Ulman, editor of Vaba Eesti Sõna, at the paper’s office in Manhattan. Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY

 

As I enter the Estonian House, a limestone townhouse on East 34th Street, I flash back to memories of the times I visited with my father when I was a child growing up in Manhattan. I remember my father purchasing Estonian bread in the café area, and greeting friends and acquaintances in his native Estonian – a complex, musical and, to me at least, mysterious tongue.

EANC is joining forces with our Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) colleagues to rally our communities to contact their Members of Congress (MoCs) at their local district offices during the August Congressional recess. All Estonian Americans are invited to contact their Senators and Representatives during the week of August 20th to raise awareness among MoCs and advocate for issues important to the Baltic region.

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The diplomatic statement was issued on July 23, 1940 and established the U.S. policy of nonrecognition of the Soviet annexation of the Baltic nations. 

It is with great sadness that Jack’s many Estonian friends received the news of his passing on June 24 in Annapolis, Maryland, less than three weeks before his 90th birthday, for which celebration plans had already been made. He was not only an outstanding American patriot, but also a true friend of Estonia and its people; a friend, who came to our assistance in our time of need.

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EANC meeting with Estonian Foreign Affairs Committee members. From left: Committee Member Henn Põlluaas, EANC's Karin Shuey, EANC President Marju Rink-Abel, Committee Member Maire Aunaste, Committee Chair Marko Mihkelson, Committee Member Barbi Pilvre, Estonian Ambassador to the U.S. Lauri Lepik, JBANC Managing Director Karl Altau. Photo credit: Embassy of Estonia

 

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 NATO Summit, several Estonian officials have been through Washington to share their views on NATO’s priorities and outcomes for the summit.

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Baltic diplomats and JBANC representatives met on June 29th to catch up on events and priorities. Photo credit: Estonian Embassy.

 

The Estonian embassy hosted Baltic diplomats and Baltic American community representatives for the first JBANCBaltic embassies meeting of 2018. The ambassadors updated us on their countries’ priorities and upcoming events and a productive exchange occurred on many relevant topics.

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