|Привіт / Welcome to ePOSHTA!
One can live in this world without guidelines
One can view life in different ways,
And the world will not change in the slightest, -
It all depends on the breadth of one's gaze:
While a wide one reflects a whole epoch,
The narrowed one sees but a trivialized maze.
На світі можна жить без еталонів
По різному дивитися на світ,
Від того світ не зміниться ні трохи, -
Усе залежить від людських зіниць:
В широких відбувається епоха,
У звужених збіговище дрібниць
EnglishTranslation Halyna Koscharsky
ePOSHTA is a bilingual (English, Ukrainian), independent, free internet
NewsMagazine whose goal is to keep the Ukrainian community, both local
and international, informed, interconnected and, most importantly,
proactive politically, culturally and with respect to the media.
political and cultural activism with regard to issues concerning the
Ukrainian community, both in the Diaspora and in Ukraine, dates back to
the 70’s as an activist in support of the human rights movement in
Ukraine and also work with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in lobbying
to change the policy proposed in the 70's by the Canadian government
from biculturalism and bilingualism to multiculturalism and
bilingualism. Over the years, as part of a committed group of
similarly-minded activists we realized that by reacting quickly to
issues as they arose, we could put forth our concerns in the media
(print, TV, and radio) and hopefully influence politicians and the
policies they proposed or decisions they made. This is nothing more
than effective lobbying.
Clearly, many voices bringing
forth the same concerns on a particular issue has greater impact than
many uncoordinated messages. Of course, coordinating such lobbying
efforts has always been a challenge -- especially when a timely
response was required. I can't tell you how many late night phone calls
had to be made, faxes and letters had to be sent, and the amount of
time spent to bring forth our message. Only the most dedicated of
activists were willing to commit to such lobbying.
yet we knew that seemingly small efforts, presented at the right
moment, can tip a political decision in our favour, clarify a
misconception, or point out an injustice while the issue was fresh and
in the news. Many people feel that they are powerless, that a letter to
the editor probably won't be published or that a letter, fax, or phone
call from a constituent will not be acted on. And yet, just as many
raindrops can turn into a torrent, so too can small efforts from many
individuals deliver a powerful message.
With the arrival
of the Internet many of these barriers were suddenly removed. A single
email could quickly reach hundreds of people and call them to take
action. Suddenly our whole posture changed. We could start being
pro-active instead of re-active. By keeping people informed on emerging
issues we could influence decisions before they were made instead of
reacting to them after they were final.
To that end, I
started the ePOSHTA email NewsLetter in November 1999. There was an
immediate benefit -- much less effort was required to quickly reach a
much larger community. Information (like email addresses to politicians
and media editors) could be distributed. Protests -- as was the case in
the events surrounding the Orange Revolution -- could be quickly
marshaled on a broad scale. This allowed us to focus on increasing the
reach of ePOSHTA and creating information networks. Thus, organizations
like the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ukrainian World Congress and
others could use ePOSHTA as a conduit to elevate the consciousness of
the Ukrainian community on a broad range of issues.
starting in 1999, due to a highly dedicated, growing, volunteer staff,
ePOSHTA has evolved to present a broader portrait of the Ukrainian
community. Now a NewsMagazine, it includes sections on social and
cultural events, arts and letters, conferences, employment
opportunities, current affairs (both in the Diaspora and in Ukraine),
Ukrainians in the news, Ukraine and the world, and a business report.
manage our subscription lists, we use the services of Yahoogroups. We
publish a weekly issue which is delivered conveniently to your email
I invite you to join the ePOSHTA NewsMagazine and
participate in it. Ask your friends to join too. We promise to do our
best to keep you informed, engaged, and entertained. And when the need
arises, we hope to count on your support on issues important to all
is produced by a dedicated group of volunteers. We're always looking
for more help to spread the workload around, expand our services, and
deliver a superior newmagazine. Regardless of the amount of time you can
commit to, we're looking for dedication and above all else--dependability. We have to be able to count on you to get your part of the work done on schedule!
We're looking for volunteers for:
You should know the basics of HTML and know how to use an HTML editor
like Dreamweaver. ePOSHTA section editors will send you
stories you will have to layout according to our style.
Section Editors for:
• Call to Action
• Business Report
• Mailbox / Blogbox
• Ukrainian language sections
For more information contact: