Baltic Way 30
Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

Baltic Way 30

The Baltic Way was a peaceful and unique demonstration for the freedom of the Baltic nations. On August 23, 1989, about two million people from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (one-fourth of the populations) joined hands over a distance of 370 miles (similar to the distance between Boston and Washington, DC). Join us for a reenactment of a unique historical event. We will hold hands in a chain to celebrate freedom in front of the US Capitol.

Co-Hosted by Embassy of Estonia, Embassy of Latvia, Embassy of Lithuania, American Latvian Association, Estonian American National Council, JBANC, Lithuanian American Council, and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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The China Forum
Sep
26
to Sep 27

The China Forum

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The China Forum is an annual conference in Washington, D.C. convening scholars, experts, and policymakers in the areas of trade and economics, foreign policy and security, and human rights and political development. The goal of The China Forum is to help Americans understand the nature of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Communist Party, and key issues in US-China relations.

Register at thechinaforum.org.

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Captive Nations Week Summit
Jul
15
10:30 AM10:30

Captive Nations Week Summit

  • Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325 (map)
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Please join us for the Captive Nations Week Summit on Monday, July 15 at Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325.

The Captive Nations Week Summit will provide an opportunity for policymakers and human rights advocates to hear first-hand from victims of the captive nations of Hong Kong, China, Cuba, Laos, Nicaragua, North Korea, Vietnam, and Venezuela.

Confirmed participants include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Organization of American States Sec. Gen. Luis Almagro, Venezuelan Amb. Carlos Vecchio, and 2019 Victims of Communism Human Rights Award laureate Mother Mushroom.

The Summit will also feature the "Victims of Venezuela's Dictatorship" photo exhibition from award-winning photographers covering the humanitarian crisis and the crimes against humanity in Venezuela.

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National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators
Jul
14
to Jul 20

National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators

We are hosting the 2019 National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators on July 14-17 and July 17-20 in Washington, D.C. The 24-hour professional development program is free to middle school and high school educators interested in teaching about the history of communism and its collectivist legacy. The seminar blends together scholarly lectures, peer discussions, and pedagogical sessions to carefully balance content and pedagogy. These components are supplemented with short biographical films and in-person testimonials from witnesses and dissidents who resided in communist countries both past and present.

For more information and to apply, visit teachers.victimsofcommunism.org.

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Victims of Venezuela's Dictatorship Photo Exhibition
Jul
8
to Jul 11

Victims of Venezuela's Dictatorship Photo Exhibition

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“Victims of Venezuela’s Dictatorship” is a photo exhibition from awarded Venezuelan photographers covering the humanitarian crisis and the crimes against humanity in Venezuela. The exhibition features 50 photos from awarded photographers and will be featured at the Organization of American States Main Building, 200 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 from Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 11, 2019. To visit the exhibition, please make an appointment with the Art Museum of the Americas at the Organization of American States by calling 202-370-0147 or emailing artmus@oas.org.

“Victims of Venezuela’s Dictatorship” is co-hosted by the Organization of American States, Un Mundo Sin Mordaza, and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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Victims of Venezuela's Dictatorship Photo Exhibition
Jun
23
to Jun 29

Victims of Venezuela's Dictatorship Photo Exhibition

  • Medellin Convention and Exhibition Center (map)
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“Victims of Venezuela’s Dictatorship” is a photo exhibition from awarded Venezuelan photographers covering the humanitarian crisis and the crimes against humanity in Venezuela. The exhibit will feature 50 photos from awarded photographers and will be exhibited at the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly at the Medellin Convention and Exhibition Center in Medellin, Colombia. The exhibition co-hosts are Sin Mordaza, Organization of American States, and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Additionally, more than 150 photos will be projected continuously on a wall as part of an open contest organized by Sin Mordaza and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony
Jun
14
9:00 AM09:00

Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony

On Friday, June 14, 2019, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will join with embassies, representatives of captive nations, and human rights organizations for the 12th Annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill. Please join us for this special event.

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Tiananmen Square Massacre Rally of Remembrance
Jun
4
1:30 PM13:30

Tiananmen Square Massacre Rally of Remembrance

Please join us and our fellow co-hosts at the US Capitol for a rally to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and to highlight the continued oppression of the Chinese people by the Chinese Communist Party. Speakers will include witnesses of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, activists, and policymakers, including VOC Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Co-Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA). The premiere exhibit of the Tiananmen Mothers Portraits will be featured.

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Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Presentation Ceremony Honoring Cardinal Zen
Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Presentation Ceremony Honoring Cardinal Zen

  • Rayburn House Office Building 2043 (map)
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Joseph Zen is a retired cardinal of the Catholic Church and a vocal proponent of human rights in Hong Kong and China. Called the “New Conscience of Hong Kong,” he has criticized the Communist Party’s crackdown of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and the brutal treatment of the Falun Gong spiritualist movement. Zen remains an influential voice for freedom in China and has led pro-democracy protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong since 2002. He received his licentiate of theology and doctorate of philosophy at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. Please join us for this special event. Reserve your tickets here.

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Triumph of Liberty Conference & Gala Dinner
Nov
13
to Nov 14

Triumph of Liberty Conference & Gala Dinner

  • The Willard Intercontinental Hotel (map)
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Welcome Reception

Tuesday, November 13

7:00 p.m.

The Willard InterContinental, Washington, D.C.

Attendance by invitation or sponsorship only.

Triumph of Liberty Conference

Wednesday, November 14

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Willard InterContinental, Washington, D.C.

Open to the public, registration required.

Triumph of Liberty Gala Dinner & Presentation of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Wednesday, November 14

Union Station, Washington, D.C.

6:00 p.m.        Reception

7:00 p.m.         Dinner Program

TriumphofLiberty.com

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China Forum
Sep
27
to Sep 28

China Forum

China Forum is an annual conference in Washington, D.C. convening top scholars, experts and policy makers in the areas of trade and economics, foreign policy and security, and human rights and political development. The goal of China Forum is to help Americans understand the nature of the Chinese Communist Party and chart a path for reformed US-China relations.

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An Evening With Violinists Jana Kubánková & Wuilly Arteaga
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Violinists Jana Kubánková & Wuilly Arteaga

Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for the finale event of the Free2Be exhibition at Dupont Underground. A concert will be performed by Czech violinist Jana Kubánková and Venezuelan violinist Wuilly Arteaga. The musicians will end their performance with a duet finale of an original composition by Ms. Kubankova, composed specifically for the Free2Be concert.

The Free2Be exhibition at Dupont Underground will feature VOC’s Witness Project Series and selections from The Gulag Collection, paintings by Nikolai Getman, which are dedicated to the memory of those who survived the Gulag and those who did not.

Cash bar available.

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Wuilly Arteaga

Wuilly Moisés Arteaga is a 24-year-old Venezuelan violinist and freedom advocate who became an icon of the movement standing up to the abuses of the Maduro regime in Caracas. Wuilly gained worldwide attention in May of 2017 when he joined the chaotic street protests that claimed at least 163 lives, including that of his friend and fellow violinist Armando Cañizales.

“I went out to protest with my only weapon,” he told The Washington Post, referring to his violin. At times protected by fellow protesters with shields, at times overwhelmed by tear gas, Wuilly remains focused on using his music to bring hope to the Venezuelan people as they struggle for freedom.

Jana Kubánková

Jana Kubánková is a violinist, free artist, and coach. At age 12, Kubánková debuted as a soloist next to the maestro Josef Suk at Vivaldi double concerto. She appeared as a soloist with eminent Czech orchestras such as Prague Philharmonia and was part of The Czech Chamber Orchestra. She graduated from Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and also studied at the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music in the U.S.

At the age of twenty, Kubánková became a violinist in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and she performed with them for seven years. Today, Kubánková concentrates on the presentation of contemporary music in her performances. She also appears as a leader of the unique Berg group, a group specializing in contemporary music performances.

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An Evening With Albanian Classical Pianist, Dr. Elida Dakoli
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Albanian Classical Pianist, Dr. Elida Dakoli

Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for the opening of the Free2Be exhibition at Dupont Underground. Albanian classical pianist Dr. Elida Dakoli will speak about the impact communism had on the creative development of her life and will give a live piano performance.

The Free2Be exhibition at Dupont Underground will feature VOC’s Witness Project Series and selections from The Gulag Collection, paintings by Nikolai Getman, which are dedicated to the memory of those who survived the Gulag and those who did not.

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Cash bar available.

Dr. Elida Dakoli

Born in Albania, Elida Dakoli started playing piano at the age of six. By the age of 12, she had performed her first solo recital, followed by concerts throughout the nation’s cities.

At age 16, Ms. Dakoli received a Diploma at the National Piano Competition “Pianisti i Ri”, performing contemporary music. She studied at the University of Music, Tirana, Albania where she earned a Bachelor of Music. At 22, Ms. Dakoli launched her first international tour across Europe. After her debut tour, she began working at her alma mater as a professor of music.

Ms. Dakoli studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Baylor University, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University. Ms. Dakoli is a Mason & Hamlin Artist as well as the face and recording artist for PianoDisc.

She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious “Artiste e Talentuar” grant from the Albanian Ministry of Culture, first prize at the International Piano Competition “Music World” in La Spezia, Italy and grants from Pro Helvetia, the Soros Foundation, Austrian Airlines, and the Austrian Embassy.

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Free2Be
Jun
12
to Jun 26

Free2Be

DuPont Underground will feature VOC’s Witness Project Series and selections from The Gulag Collection, paintings by Nikolai Getman, which are dedicated to the memory of those who survived the Gulag and those who did not.


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Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony and Presentation of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony and Presentation of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

On Friday, June 8, 2018, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will join with embassies, representatives of captive nations, and human rights organizations for the 11th annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony and Presentation of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill. Please join us for this special event.


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Exploring the Contested History of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre
Jun
5
11:45 AM11:45

Exploring the Contested History of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Featuring the presentation of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Human Rights Award to Fang Zheng, survivor of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
 
The briefing will also feature remarks by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims of Communism Caucus and Commissioner of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. 

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A Transatlantic Forum for Freedom in Cuba and Venezuela
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

A Transatlantic Forum for Freedom in Cuba and Venezuela

The United States and the European Union must work together to support the freedom of the people of Latin America and to combat the egregious human rights violations of the region’s outlier regimes. To this end, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy will host A Transatlantic Forum for Freedom in Cuba and Venezuela. We hope you will join us for this private roundtable discussion bringing together representatives from the governments of the United States and the European Union, opposition leaders from Cuba and Venezuela, and regional experts.

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Cuba's Free Future
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Cuba's Free Future

Leading up the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is hosting a civil society event in coordination with Cuba Decide, Freedom House, and the Latin America Youth Network for Democracy. The event will feature a screening of the newest episode of Witness Project, which tells the story of Oswaldo Payá. The screening will be followed by remarks from Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, as well as Rosa María Payá, Dr. Carlos Ponce, and Marion Smith.

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El futuro será de Cuba libre
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

El futuro será de Cuba libre

Jueves 12 de abril: En el marco de la Cumbre de las Américas en Lima, Perú, la Fundación Memorial Víctimas del Comunismo, Freedom House y Red Latinoamericana Jóvenes por la Democracia, en solidaridad con la plataforma ciudadana Cuba Decide, lo invitan al evento de lanzamiento del nuevo episodio de Proyecto Testigo. Un mini-documental de 9 minutos sobre la vida y muerte del líder cívico cubano Oswaldo Paya. Organizan el conversatorio Gen. Sec. Luis Almagro, Rosa María Payá, Carlos Ponce y Marion Smith.

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