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2017 ANNUAL REPORT

Another Year for the Books.

 
 

2017 was one of the most significant years in the life of our foundation. Not only did it mark 100 years since communism made its bloody debut on the world stage with the Bolshevik Revolution, it also witnessed many significant milestones for our organization.

We equipped teachers and students to counter Americans' warming attitudes toward socialism, we partnered with lawmakers and dissidents to condemn the abuses of communist dictatorships, and we convened the most significant commemoration in the world to mark the solemn 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

 

 

Changing the campus conversation about communism.

 
 

In 2017, we organized college events in all 50 states and educated 5,615 students about the dangers of communism and socialism.

We partnered with existing faculty and student organizations to grow our network and host lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings. Our campus speakers were often witnesses of communism whose personal stories left a great impact on students, such as Cuban dissidents Rosa María Payá and Sirley Ávila León, and Tiananmen Square protester Dr. Yang Jianli.

We sponsored Chinese dissident Lily Tang Williams to visit 19 colleges in 2017. She shared her personal experience growing up under Mao, and warned how Confucius Institutes on U.S. campuses advance CCP propaganda through complicit faculty to unknowing students. 

 

5,615

college students

86

campuses

 

41

faculty partners

50

STATes + DC

 

Commemorating 100 years of communism.

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On November 7-9, 2017, we convened more than 1,000 anticommunists—including diplomats and Congress members, historians and dissidents, and champions of freedom and human rights—in Washington, DC, for the Victims of Communism Centennial Commemoration, solemnly marking the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. In sum, we launched a bipartisan Victims of Communism Caucus in Congress, welcomed the President’s message declaring the first National Day Commemorating the Victims of Communism, premiered a documentary, hosted a Russian Orthodox choir concert, and organized a two-day conference in the Library of Congress.

Our reflection culminated with a dinner on Nov. 9 in the main hall of Union Station. Economic historian Niall Ferguson delivered a keynote speech on communism and civilization.

Our reflection culminated with a dinner on Nov. 9 in the main hall of Union Station. Economic historian Niall Ferguson delivered a keynote speech on communism and civilization. We awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to Natan Sharansky, Israeli statesman and former Soviet political prisoner, and the Russian NGO Memorial Society, represented by their Executive Director Elena Zhemkova.

President George W. Bush sent a video message thanking Sharansky and Memorial Society for their work, and reminded us all that “freedom is precious and cannot be taken for granted, that evil is real and we must confront it.”

Thank you to all those who joined us to mark this historic anniversary, and all those who were with us in spirit.

 
 
 
 

Help us make sure the victims of communism are never forgotten.

 
 
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