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Litigation Concerning the Katyn Monument is Currently Ongoing

Edward Wojciech Jeśman, President Polish American Strategic Initiative     July 12, 2023

Litigation Concerning the Katyn Monument is Currently Ongoing
Katyn Massacre Memorial in Jersey City at Hudson River front. Photo: Demerzel21 / bigstockphoto.com

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Martha D. Lynes has denied the Exchange Place Alliance’s motion to dismiss Counts 2 and 3 of our court case against the Jersey City Planning Department and Exchange Place Alliance District Management Corporation, which we are pursuing in defense of the Katyn Monument. The denial was issued with prejudice, our court action remains whole, and we are proceeding with the case.

The Katyn Monument is undoubtedly one of the most important and well-known symbols of the genocide of Poles during WW2. Unfortunately, the actions of the Jersey City Planning Department and Exchange Place Alliance District Management Corporation have created serious issues. The most egregious issues are their placement of a concrete wall in front of the Monument and their annexation of a large portion of the public plaza surrounding it for private use. The wall only blocks access to the Monument, causing it to be obscured, degraded, and marginalized. As you know, the current political environment encourages the rewriting of history and this revisionism has become increasingly fallacious and antagonistic toward Poland and the Polish people. We must defend our historical truth and our Memorials. The wall in front of the Katyn Monument must be removed!

Our court action costs money and we urgently need your financial support. Please donate generously. The PASI Educational Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations to the PASI Educational Organization are tax deductible. We do not have paid employees or expensive offices. Your donation will only be used to pay our attorney and court fees.

To better understand the issues involved in the Katyn Monument lawsuit, please look at the enclosed documents:

  1. First Amended Complaint and
  2. Planning Report supporting our litigation prepared by Carlos Rodrigues, a professional city planner licensed in New Jersey. Your help in distributing this letter and the two enclosed documents is earnestly solicited and greatly appreciated.

There are five ways by which contributions can be made:

1) PayPal, 2) Debit Card, 3) Credit Card
Go to the PASI EDU donation page. Click on the "Donate" button. Select the desired donation amount. In the "Use the donation for" window, select "Katyn Monument legal defense". Select one of the three ways to donate: PayPal, Debit, or Credit Card.

4) Mail a check to:
PASI Educational Organization
c/o Gene Sokolowski
13952 Greendale Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(In the memo section, write "Katyn Monument")

5) Wire-transfer your contribution to:
Bank Name: TD Bank
Account Name: PASI Educational Organization
Routing Number: 054001725
Account Number: 4407889687

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have. We thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Edward Wojciech Jeśman, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative (PASI)
president@joinpasi.org
(310) 291-2681

Gene Sokolowski, Ph.D., President
PASI Educational Organization (PASI EDU)
gsokolow@verizon.net
(703) 966-5109