The Polish American Congress is a National Umbrella Organization, representing at least 10 million Americans of Polish descent and origin. Its membership is comprised of fraternal, educational, veteran, religious, cultural, social, business, political organizations and individual membership. The Polish American community prides itself on its deeply rooted commitment to the values of family, faith, democracy, hard work and fulfillment of the American dream. We are present in every state and virtually every community in America, on various social, business and economic levels.
The Polish American Congress adopted two complementary agendas: the Polish one – to help Poland in its great hour of need, and the American one – to unite the Polish American Community and to aid its members to become better- informed American citizens.
Today, after World War II, the Solidarity Movement, and the fall of Communism, the PAC continues to represent the interests of the Polish American Community by:
- Promoting knowledge about Polish Americans and the Polish American community, its history, accomplishments and contributions
- Closely monitoring U.S. legislation and policies that could directly or indirectly affect Polish Americans, e.g. the inclusion of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program, section 245(i), H1-B Visas, the Diversity Visa Lottery, and Immigration Reform
- Informing PAC members and friends of Polonia about specific legislative developments and, where relevant, organizing a unified response from the Polish American community
- Supporting the bilateral trade relationship between the United States and Poland and promoting business development beneficial to both nations
- Coordinating major Polish American efforts aimed at affecting legislation of importance to Poland and to the Polish American community, e.g. NATO expansion, inclusion of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program
- Supporting educational and cultural activities in the Polish American community
- Providing educational and development opportunities for Polish American students, e.g. providing an internship program in the Washington, D.C. office
- Opposing examples of bigotry aimed at Polish Americans and at Poland – from crude Polish jokes and distortions of Polish history, e.g. inaccurate and misleading historical accounts such as “Polish concentration camps,” to outright discrimination against Poles
- Promoting successful bilateral relations between the United States and Poland in the
spheres of government, education, business, and healthcare by sponsoring contact between U.S. and Polish
community leaders and institutions
- Providing charitable relief to Poland, especially in response to natural disasters —most recently, floods — with special attention to the needs of children, the sick, the disabled, and the elderly
- Promoting cultural, political, and religious dialogue with other ethnic and racial groups in the United States.