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Syracuse has stepped up to help Ukraine, but the need is not over, advocate says

 Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the Ukrainian flag will be flown on the Capitol building, March, 2022.
Darren McGee- Office of Governor
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the Ukrainian flag will be flown on the Capitol building, March, 2022.

Central New Yorkers may have seen or even purchased any number of items that show support for Ukraine as the Russian invasion entered its second month. Some of those items may have come from Syracuse Cultural Workers. Coordinator and social movement liaison Andy Mager said his organization is proud to do its own small part.

We’re created button, stickers and yard signs which read ‘Solidarity with Ukraine’ and feature the yellow and blue colors of the Ukrainian flag as ways for people to be able to demonstrate that support and show solidarity.

Mager added that Ukrainians in Syracuse appreciate the show of support, but urged residents and government officials to take it a step further. Many residents have donated medical supplies, and school children have collected food and other necessities. And many more have donated money to support Ukraine as its citizens struggle through the humanitarian crisis. Mager said he hoped the generosity can also continue in other ways.

We’re hearing from Ukrainian Americans that they want more than just expressions of support. They want concrete action. Fortunately our elected officials here in Syracuse and Onondaga County have made it clear to the federal government that our doors are open to Ukrainian refugees coming to this community."

Mager pointed to Syracuse accepting refugees from war-torn countries like Afghanistan or Yemen as an example of what can be done for Ukrainians.

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