2021 JOINT ANNUAL REPORT OF OUR NEW YORK, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL ENTITIES IN ENGLISH & RUSSIAN / СОВМЕСТНЫЙ ОТЧЁТ О РАБОТЕ НАШИХ НЬЮ-ЙОРКСКОГО, ОБЩЕАМЕРИКАНСКОГО И МЕЖДУНАРОДНОГО СООБЩЕСТВ ЗА 2021 Г. НА РУССКОМ И АНГЛИЙСКОМ


In 2020, RCC and our national network, American Russian-speaking Association for Civil&Human Rights, with participation of our colleagues from Europe and Israel, launched our own, community-based think tank – The Center for the Analysis and Development of Russian-speaking Diasporas. We invite you to visit its website and to participate in its regular roundtables. / В 2020 г. наша организация совместно с нашей общеамериканской Русскоязычной правозащитной ассоциации, при участии коллег из Европы и Израиля инициировали создание общинного мозгового центра – Центра анализа и развития русскоговорящих диаспор. Приглашаем посетить его сайт и принять участие в его регулярных круглых столах.

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RECOMMENDATIONS OF RUSSIAN-SPEAKING HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
FOR THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE 117TH CONGRESS

Adopted January 17, 2021

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WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the page of the Russian-speaking Community Council (formerly “of Manhattan & the Bronx”). We are a community-based nonprofit organization founded in 2011 and serving primarily immigrants and new Americans from countries of the former Soviet Union – including and especially refugees, asylees and asylum seekers and political exiles. We are interfaith and interethnic, just like our very diverse community (which includes Jews from Ukraine and Muslims from Central Asia, as well as atheists and agnostics and everybody in between). We are brought together by the language of our childhood (even though many of us are also native speakers of other languages, from Georgian to Uzbek) and by our and our families’ histories of living under the former Russian Empire and the former Soviet Union.

RCCMB has a 501(c)3 tax- exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Your donation toward the costs of our community service will be highly appreciated and gratefully acknowledged. It is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Since our founding in 2011, we have remained an all-volunteer organization, while having highly-skilled professional leadership and more lasting impact than some of those whose operating needs are well-funded. For all these years, we advocated and will continue to advocate for equal opportunity for Russian-speaking immigrants and Russian Americans in the philanthropic world and raise awareness of the size, the diversity, the exceptional talents, and the needs of our community.

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 via email at rccmb@rccmb.org. 

Our Mission & Vision

We are an educational and charitable interfaith and interethnic organization of Russian-speaking immigrants and new Americans from many countries. Through our educational events and other services, we aim to develop our community’s successful integration in American civil society, organizing power, civic participation and leadership development and advance immigrant rights. We raise public awareness of the legacy of the movement for the freedom of migration and other human and civil rights movements in the countries of the former Soviet Union and their relevance today, and promote collaboration with other communities in the pursuit of a more just and fair society with equal opportunities for all. 

We are doing this work in collaboration with many partners. We have been a member of The New York Immigration Coalition since 2011. In 2012, we also co-founded a US-wide network of recent refugees, asylees and other exiles from Russia and their friends from other former Soviet countries – American Russian-speaking Association for Civil & Human Rights. In 2017, with 15 other organizations and groups of FSU immigrants, we launched the annual statewide Russian-speaking Freedom and Justice Forum.

 

Our Organization’s Name

We were initially established as Russian-speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx, to serve a distinctive group of our citywide community members – the very disadvantaged and underserved residents of Washington Heights and parts of the Bronx, such as Co-Op City, where we held some of our first events. By now, we have expanded to include community leaders and activists from across the city, all the way to South Brooklyn, and even beyond, with people coming to our events from upstate New York and other states. In 2018, we officially changed our name to the Russian-speaking Community Council.

 

Our Leadership

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM – 

Dr. Dmitri Daniel Glinski (President & CEO)

Sylvia Riabichev (Cultural Affairs Coordinator)

 OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS – 

      Nina Rumiantseva (Board Chair)

      Victor F. Levin (Board Secretary)

      Margaret Gorelik (Treasurer)

      Dr. Sergey Erofeev (Board Member)

      Nadezhda Shavarina (Board Member)