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OUR MISSION

We are an educational and charitable interfaith organization of Russian-speaking Americans. We aim to develop the organizing power of our community, its successful integration in American civil society, advance immigrant rights, civic participation, and leadership development. We raise public awareness of our community and the achievements of its members and promote collaboration with other communities in the pursuit of a more just and fair society with equal opportunities for all.

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  RCCMB has a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Your tax-deductible gift to us supports our events and activities, strengthens progressive voices in the Russian-American community, and helps advance its integration into the fabric of American civil society. We will gratefully acknowledge your contribution that you can make by regular mail or online -

via PayPal:

or via NYCharities.org:

Amount: $

Our mailing address:

244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, New York NY 10001.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

     If  you are interested in volunteering for us, have some knowledge of Russian community as well as general immigrant affairs, and/or fundraising experience, please write about yourself and your interests to rccmb@rccmb.org.

 
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OUR NEWS & UPDATES
We have co-founded, with our national association and others, the Russian-speaking Diaspora Justice Award
OUR EVENTS & CAMPAIGNS
We hosted a community forum of immigrants from former Soviet Union countries with four NYC government agencies on Oct. 23
OUR MEDIA FILE 
Read Ilaria Parogni's coverage of our Russian language rights advocacy on Pavementpieces.com 

     Welcome to the website of Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan & the Bronx. We are an interfaith, grassroots community organization of new Americans from countries of the former Soviet Union. We aim to develop our community's organizing power and civic participation in American society.  We also aim to raise public awareness of the legacy of the movement for the freedom of migration and other human and civil rights movements in countries of the former Soviet Union and their relevance today.

     We hope that your visit to this site will be only the first step in our relationship. We are looking forward to hearing from you at rccmb@rccmb.org. Your support for our community service, organizing and advocacy will be highly appreciated. 

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 Dear friend,

The Boards of Directors of Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan & the Bronx (RCCMB) and American Russian-Speaking Association for Civil & Human Rights (ARA) - our local and nationwide volunteer organizations - send you and your loved ones our season's greetings and wish you a peaceful, prosperous year 2015!


Thank you to all those who helped us organize and hold important events throughout 2014, raising awareness of our city's diversity and our people's contributions, advancing our community's interests, and sending our message of solidarity with human and civil rights defenders in our native country. With your support, in this past year, we were able to:

  - Open our part-time pro bono immigration attorney office in NYC, to serve the growing number of asylum seekers and other immigrants from Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia who face significant barriers to obtaining these services from other sources;

  - Hold community forums with NYC's Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal, as well as representatives of The Department for the Aging, Department of Youth and Community Development, Human Resources Administration, and NYC Human Rights Commission, that helped advance our mutual understanding and awareness;

  - Continue RCCMB's pursuit of the language access equality for Russian-speaking voters in New York, with our testimony to the Campaign Finance Board's Voters Assistance Advisory Committee;

  - Get RCCMB cleared for our first contract with NYC's Department of Youth and Community Development, thanks to discretionary awards from our Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez and Mark Levine;

  - Deepen our unique collaboration with the Black community and other minorities in our joint struggle for a more equitable immigrant integration in NYC;

  - Organize and host a joint community forum at Columbia University with ARA's French counterpart, Association Russie-Libertes, as well as a joint Ukrainian-Russian antiwar forum, also at Columbia University; 

  - Organize and co-organize, on behalf of ARA, the first-ever joint Russian-Ukrainian diaspora rallies on September 21 that brought together over 1,000 people in six US cities(New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Houston) in protest against the Russian government's military interference in Ukraine and in defense of peace between these two countries; 

   - Launch the first-ever Russian-speaking Diaspora Justice Award that ARA and RCCMB co-founded jointly with The Andrei Sakharov Foundation, General Petro Grigorenko Foundation, Lodyjensky Immigration Archive Center of Russian and Ukrainian Culture, The Pushkin Society of America, as well as distinguished community leaders - Reverend Michael Aksionov Meerson (of The Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior in New York City), Rabbi Leonid Feldman (of Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, FL), Boris Tenzer (talk show host at RTN-WMNB), and Tatiana Yankelevich (Harvard University associate).

    Please support our work with your donation before the end of 2014.  Your contribution to us is tax-deductible.  You can donate to either organization by sending a check to our address at 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, New York NY 10001 or via PayPal on RCCMB website. RCCMB is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and a fiscal sponsor for our national association. 

   We are committed to continuing to advance the task of Russian-American immigrant integration through education and mutual awareness, by organizing locally and nationally to amplify our collective voice in public affairs and to be able to support changes to the better in our native country when they inevitably begin.

   Wishing you happiness and joy from the bottom of our hearts,