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Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
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Citizen Engagement

Nothing important can be done to defeat Marxism without influencing public sentiment. The Nazis killed millions and are widely condemned; communists have killed 100 million (and counting) and are widely ignored. The crimes must be known and the ideology must be understood. Although communist regimes began collapsing in Europe in 1989, they live on in Asia and Latin America, but with too few critics. Well-meaning Americans accepted the deceitful promises of self-reform made by the communist parties in Cuba and China, and they only pay attention to North Korea’s sinister nature when it threatens to strike America. The consequences of our historical amnesia and our indifference to tyranny today are dire and may be more far-reaching than we can yet imagine. The ideas of Marxism have no place in America’s political future. Our target audience for this program focus includes the general public, community organizations, journalists, online communities, popular culture platforms, and D.C. tourists.

Government Relations

We inform Members of Congress, federal government officials, state governments, foreign governments, and international organizations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism. The bipartisan Victims of Communism Congressional Caucus leads legislative initiatives and issues official letters. We convene officials for public remembrance events, host briefings and rallies on Capitol Hill, participate in official ministerial summits and legislative working groups, and bring together foreign policy makers with dissidents.

Annual “U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism” Survey

In partnership with polling firm YouGov, we publish the annual survey U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism to better understand national trends and generational differences regarding free enterprise, socialism, and basic 20th-century history. The survey report is cited widely in major media outlets each year and demonstrates a clear need for our work.

Local Commissions

Through our Local Commissions, we partner with community leaders to support local education with public officials, educators, business leaders, veterans, and ethnic communities. Activities include media campaigns, public and private events, professional development for teachers, local media support, promoting official recognition of an annual day for memorializing victims of communism, and other significant anniversaries.

Speakers Bureau

Our aim is to drive the scholarly and public debates on related issues. Our Speakers Bureau is a representation of our most closely affiliated experts. It is also a valuable resource for schools, universities, and think tanks, as well as allied organizations, governments, and the media.

Public Information Campaigns

We sponsor advertisements and informational campaigns in prominent places, such as airports or our “Communism Kills” series in New York’s Times Square which reached 1.1 million people. The purpose is to raise public awareness of socialism’s brutal experiments in the last 100 years and of the danger that collectivism poses today. We also run campaigns in solidarity with freedom fighters today, such as our #FreeHongKong t-shirt campaign in support of Hong Kong student protesters. We garner earned media through appearances on major television networks, by briefing journalists, and by hosting public events.

Digital Media Campaigns

We reach millions of people every year through our advertisements, short animated videos, blog posts, mini-documentaries, and social media in order to educate the public on current issues and preserve an accurate record of important historical events. We disseminate and promote these videos and digital products on social media with an eye toward engaging Millennials and Gen Z’ers.

Art, Archives, and Public Exhibitions

We acquire, curate, and present to the public an expanding collection of art, historical archives, and artifacts that tell the story of more than 100 years of communism from the intellectual, social, economic, and historical vantages. Current collections include The Gulag Collection paintings by Ukrainian artist Nikolai Getman, the International Black Ribbon Day Archive, and Tiananmen Square eye-witness accounts, among others.