Windfall Legislation in the 117th Congress

Polish American Congress is urging everyone to call their representatives as more congressional cosponsors are needed for to the proposed bill known as the Social Security Fairness Act 2021. It will help to ensure that a person receiving a pension from 2 government sources, such as US and Poland, is not penalized and their pension is not unjustly reduced, as now is the case.

  1. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN IN WASHINGTON, DC THIS WEEK
  2. IN YOUR PHONE CALL, STATE THAT “IF YOU WANT MY VOTE AS A POLISH AMERICAN VOTING CONSTITUENT, SIGN ON AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 82 THAT IS KNOWN AS THE ‘SOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS ACT’.”
  3. THANK THE PERSON WHO BRINGS YOUR MESSAGE TO THE ATTENTION OF YOUR CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN.
  4. WHEREAS IT APPEARS THAT WITH ONLY 19 MORE CO-SPONSORS LEFT TO ATTRACT THIS YEAR OR IN 2022 DURING THE FINAL SESSION OF THE 117TH CONGRESS, THE NUMBER OF SENATE CO-SPONSORS MUST AT LEAST BE PASSED BY THE SENATE VIA A “SIMPLE MAJORITY” (I.E., 51) WHICH CAN BE REACHED BY THE ADDED VOTE OF THE SENATE PRESIDENT WHO IS ALSO THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AS OF TODAY, S. 1302 HAS ATTRTACTED 31 CO-SPONSORS.
  5. IN SHORT, IT APPEARS THAT BOTH BILLS WILL BE PASSED, MOST LIKELY IN 2022, PROVIDED THAT WE REMAIN RELENTLESSLY FOCUSED ON ACHIEVING THAT OBJECTIVE WHICH WILL REQUIRE THAT, ON ONE HAND, OUR DIVISIONS IN DE, FL, IL, IN, NY, AND VA EACH ENLIST THEIR 2 SENATORS, AND THAT AS WELL, MD, OH, PA, AND WI, EACH ENLIST THEIR SECOND

July 24, 2021 – Polish Ethnic Novena at Ste. Anne’s Church

Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you well and in good health. As we slowly return to what we know as normal, once again, we will be celebrating the Annual Novena to St. Anne at Detroit’s historic church, 1000 St. Anne Street, from July 17- 26, 2020.

Ste. Anne Novena has been celebrated annually for over 100 years in this beautiful church, now designated a Basilica by Archbishop Vigneron in 2019. We gather to pray for all our own intentions, the intentions of our families, our community, our Archdiocese, and continue to pray for the world affected by the pandemic.

The Novena encompasses nine days of prayer and masses, each day’s mass designating an ethnic group associated with Metropolitan Detroit. It culminates with mass, July 26, the Feast Day of St. Anne, celebrated by Archbishop Allen Vigneron.

On Saturday, July 24th at 7:00 pm, we will be honoring Eastern European cultures, however Msgr. Kosanke, Ste. Anne’s Pastor, again extended a special invitation to Polish American Congress Michigan Division to be the principal patron for that day, with His Excellency Bishop Robert Fisher as main celebrant and Fr. Roman Pasieczny as homilist at this mass.

The Polish American Congress Michigan Division serves as coordinator of the Polish Novena Mass and we are focused, once again, on making this a successful Polonian event.  We encourage representatives and members of your organization to join us in celebrating the Polish American community in Michigan.

As in the past we will feature a procession into the church with flags, organizational banners, uniforms and colorful costumes, proudly exhibiting our heritage. We especially encourage organizational representation in this procession. Please note, we will gather in front of the church at 6:30 pm.

Please accept our warm invitation to come pray to St. Anne for all our intentions and to show our Polish Pride!

 

Sincerely,

Ann Bankowski, President

Polish American Congress-Michigan Division

Office Closed July 2021

NOTICE

The Michigan Division office of Polish American Congress will be closed for the entire month of July 2021 for a summer break. Any requests for assistance can be made by calling the office at 313-365-9400 and leaving a message. Someone will get back with you. You may also drop a message into the mail slot or email it to the office@pacmi.org. These will be checked regularly

Thank you.


UWAGA

Z powodu letniej przerwy, uprzejmie powiadamiamy że biuro Kongresu Polonii będzie zamknięte na miesiąc lipiec 2021. W razie potrzeby można zadzwonić na numer biurowy 313-365-9400  i zostawić wiadomość. Zapewniamy  że oddzwonimy w najbliższym czasie. Można także napisać prośbę o asystę i wrzucić przez otwarcie pocztowe. Również można wysłać maila na adres biura: office@pacmi.org. Wszelkie prośby będą regularnie sprawdzane.

Dziękujemy.

A Call for Legislative Action

Please view 2 format letters you may use regarding US legislative actions, in each the House and Senate. You are encouraged to send it to your US Congressman and our 2 US senators seeking support from them for the current proposed resolutions for the Social Security Fairness Act 2021. One letter format can be used by the individual voter and the other letter on behalf of an organization. You may adjust the wording as you choose. Another possibility is to call your US Congressman and US Senators and leave a message with the request. Thank you for taking an active part in our legislative process and helping many Polish immigrant retirees to receive the full social security benefits they earned and are entitled to receive.

The Distortion Of Polish History

The agendas of historical revisionism about Poland at play right now.

It’s not the Russians or Germans intent on rewriting history, but sadly it’s the co-victims from the Holocaust who are now trying to revise history and turn Poles into the aggressors, worse than the Germans for various reasons, which I address in the video.

I look at this objectively and in doing so I have been attacked repeatedly as an anti-Semite, Holocaust denier, and a white nationalist. My work is all research based and factual and though some of it may not sound positive for some people, it is the truth and our goal as historians is to find the truth and that is what I did.

It is important that we share this message so people understand why Poland is being attacked now and the reasons behind it as well as the truth about Poland’s wartime heroism, which is hardly known. The more people hear the truth, the better. Poland has been defamed and her good name needs to be repaired for the sake of all of the heroes that died in the name of freedom.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1075295745996640

The Polish Constitution of May 3rd, 1791

The Polish Constitution of May 3rd, 1791

May 2, 2021 – 230th Anniversary of the Signing of the Polish Constitution

Enclosed is an invitation to this year’s Polish Constitution Day celebration, which will take place on Sunday May 2, 2021 at the Polish Sunday Mass at 1:00pm at the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II on the campus of Orchard Lake Schools. A short program is planned at the end of mass. The year 2021 has been designated by the Polish government as the “Year of the Polish Constitution of 1791”. All of Polonia is warmly invited. Please mark your calendar.

Serdecznie zapraszamy!
Ann Bankowski, President

Msza Święta Upamiętniająca Smoleńsk i Katyń, 10 kwietnia, 2021

Smolensk Katyn_polish 2021

Mass of Remembrance, Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Message from The Polish American Congress National President, Frank Spula

PAC–MI Members,

 

Below is a letter from our National President Frank Spula with a crucial request to contact our Senators and urge them to support the Senate Resolution 566. (suggested script included)

The memo clearly explains the urgency and the need for all of our members and friends to influence our two Senators to support this resolution. As you might recall our division did send a letter with that request to Senator Debbie Stabenow as well as Senator Gary Peters and we did receive a reply from both stating that they will take it under consideration.

 

 

Dear President Bankowski,

 

I would like to ask you to call your Senators and urge them to support Senate Resolution 566. This resolution honors the Polish soldiers and civilians who were murdered by the NKVD during the Katyń Massacre, as well as condemns Russia’s efforts to spread disinformation about this horrific event.

 

I also ask you to encourage your members to call their Senators and urge them to support the resolution. Calling our state representatives is a simple act of civic engagement that allows our voices to be heard. The more members of the Polish American community participate, the more likely it is that we will be able to make an impact.

 

You can find your Senators’ contact information by searching by state here. Below is a suggested phone script, which you can pass along to your members as well:

 

“My name is _______ and I am a constituent residing in zip code ________. I am calling to ask Senator ______ to support Senate Resolution 566, a resolution commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Katyń Massacre. This resolution honors the Polish soldiers and civilians whose lives were lost at the hands of the Soviet People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs, also known as the NKVD, during the Katyń Massacre. The bi-partisan resolution condemns Russia’s efforts to spread disinformation about the Katyń Massacre and World War II. Passing this resolution will strengthen our alliance with Poland, one of our oldest and most reliable allies, as well as serve as a gesture of solidarity with Polish Americans, many of whom lost loved ones to the atrocities of this war.

 

For record purposes, please let me know how many of your members reached out to the Senators office. Thank you for your time!”

 

A copy of this resolution is attached to this email for your review. This resolution is sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and co-sponsored by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), Senator James Risch (R-ID), Senator Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH), and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL).

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Regards,

 

Frank J. Spula 

President