The Civics Alliance urges school boards around the country to adopt the Victims of Communism Memorial Day Resolution. The Resolution urges school districts to educate their students about the history of Communist regimes, which worldwide have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless others to the worst and widest spread human rights abuses known to history, with victims representing many different ethnicities, creeds, and backgrounds. The Resolution also urges school districts to adopt a Victims of Communism Memorial Day, during which students could learn about this important part of history and reflect on the importance of freedom and democracy.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Day Resolution:
- supports the designation of “Victims of Communism Memorial Day” to recognize the 100 million victims of Communist regimes;
- endorses and commends schools and schoolteachers in the school district to use educational resources including the Victims of Communism (VOC) Memorial Foundation’s VOC Online Curriculum, VOC Teacher Seminar Live 2023, VOC Teacher Seminar Online, VOC Witness Project, VOC Museum, and The Black Book of Communism; and
- encourages all members of the community of the school district to participate in these activities and to honor the memory of the victims of communism by promoting freedom, democracy, and human rights in our society.
A broad and bipartisan coalition of Americans already has convinced legislators in states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia either to establish or to introduce bills designating November 7 as “Victims of Communism Memorial Day” on an annual basis in their respective States.
We believe that school boards will act appropriately by conveying their commendation of these principles and educational resources to the administrations of the nation’s school districts.
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