VOC Applauds Florida’s Steps to Pass Key Legislation Commemorating Victims of Communism
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This Thursday, the Florida state legislature will hold hearings on legislation to establish November 7th as the annual “Victims of Communism Memorial Day.” Florida will join 11 other states in recognizing VOC Day. Additionally, the bill would make mandatory in public schools the discussion of the negative impacts of communism. Students will be required to earn a half credit in a U.S. government course that must include a discussion of political ideologies, such as communism and totalitarianism that conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States.
VOC Chairman and Acting CEO Edwin J. Feulner commended the legislation. He stated “We look forward to Florida becoming the 11th state to pass legislation establishing November 7th as Victims of Communism Memorial Day. We need to remember the 100 million people who lost their lives at the hands of communism.” He added that “there is a growing need to educate America’s youth about the historical dangers and evils committed by communist regimes especially with the growing ignorance about socialism in our country.”
Before the hearing, Speaker Chris Sprowls, the Bill’s sponsors Representative Zika and Senator Anna Maria Rodriguez along with VOC’s Director of Government Relations Kristina Olney and firsthand witnesses to communism will host a press conference at the Florida State Capitol.
WHAT: Press Conference Applauding Florida’s Steps to Pass Key Legislation Commemorating Victims of Communism
WHEN: Thursday, March 4 at 9:00AM ET
WHO: Speaker Chris Sprowls Bill’s Sponsors Representative Zika and Senator Anna Maria Rodriguez along with VOC’s Director of Government Relations Kristina Olney and communist countries survivors who have escaped from Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua
WHERE: Florida Capitol Historic Steps
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is an educational, research, and human rights nonprofit devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to pursuing the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.