BAFL- 20 years of the Baltic Caucus in Washington D.C.
BAFL- Baltic American Freedom League, an L.A. based, national Baltic freedom preserving organization. BAFL President Valdis Pavlovskis, former Defense Minister of Latvia, led the group consisting of BAFL Vice-President Ivars Michols, Director and Editor of The Baltic Bulletin, Imants Leitis, and Director and Editor of The Baltic Caucus Update, Alexandra Kudukis, visited Washington D.C. September 25-29 2017 to inform and to educate our lawmakers on the most pressing issues pertaining to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
They also actively garnered support for membership in the Baltic Caucus (House of Representatives) and the Baltic Freedom Caucus (Senate). They advocated for and encouraged lawmakers to support the current version of the NDAA- National Defense Appropriations Amendmendment. This version, originally sponsored by Sentaor John McCain, has 100 million U.S. dollars earmarked for the Baltic States. These are much-needed funds geared for armorment, infrastructure and cyber defense improvements.
The Baltic American Freedom League, Inc. (BAFL) was founded in Los Angeles in 1981 by a group of Baltic American political activists as a national organization to support the Baltic peoples' struggle to regain their freedom and independence from Soviet occupation. BAFL initiated a broad based program to inform the American government and people of human and civil rights violations; religious persecutions; cultural genocide; and ethnic discrimination carried on by the Soviet government in the three Soviet occupied Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Today, the Baltic American Freedom League's programs are designed to assist the continued development of democracy and market economies in the Baltic countries, to assure the continued security of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from outside aggression, to increase awareness of Baltic history and culture and to promote strong, friendly and effective bilateral relations and policies between the United States and the Baltic countries.
The League carries out its activities through public discussions, a speakers' bureau, press interviews, dissemination of information to the public, press and government about Baltic American concerns, seminars, meetings with government and elected officials and educational campaigns aimed at academic and political institutions. An Annual Awards Banquet is held which brings together many of our supporters and with which we recognize those individuals who have helped further the cause of Baltic freedom and independence.
In order to assure the continued, meaningful implementation of America's support for the security and independence of the Baltic countries, the Baltic American Freedom League educates and informs Congressional and Administration members on Baltic issues and concerns. We help serve as the "eyes and ears" of the Baltic countries, informing Congressional members of political and economic issues.
This year's BAFL visit to our nation's capital focused on informing our Representatives and Senators of the most pressing Baltic issues. This is a task that they undertaken for two decades.
BAFL Board members and directors have been making visits to Washington D.C. consistently for the past twenty years. They worked tiredly to create the House Baltic Caucus bring together representatives you understand the importance of supporting the Baltic States' Sovereignty.
They have been one of the few voices that continuously remind our law and policy makers of the significance of the Baltic States. They keep the elected officials creating our
The Baltic American Freedom League's mission and programs are designed to assist the development of democracy and market economies in the Baltic countries, to assure the security of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from outside aggression, to increase awareness of Baltic history and culture and to promote strong, friendly and effective bilateral relations and policies between the United States and the Baltic countries.
The League carries out its activities through public discussions, a speakers' bureau, press interviews, dissemination of information to the public, press and government about Baltic issues.
Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia obtained their freedom through courageous acts, determination, and perseverance. We in the United States have a unique opportunity to help preserve their hard-won freedom. Become involved, we can become an even larger chorus of U.S. citizens who support and advocate for Baltic Sovereignty.
Please contact BAFL directly to become involved:
Baltic American Freedom League
PO Box 65056
Los Angeles, CA 90065-3651
Phone: (323) 255-4215
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