Sending Office: Honorable Dennis A. Ross
Sent By:
Melissa.Robel@mail.house.gov

Support the Victims of Communism and Become a Co-sponsor of H.Con.Res. 57

Dear Colleague,

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but communism did not. One hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution, one-fifth of the world’s population still lives under single-party communist regimes in China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. This is the ugly legacy
of communism.

From the famines, purges, and gulags of Soviet Russia to Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge—from the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre—to the Castro regime’s 2012 murder of Oswaldo Payá—communist regimes have killed more than
100 million people. Countless more suffered and suffer still such as the Cuban dissident Sirley Ávila León who was maimed in a 2015 attack. Shamefully, the free world has not demanded a moral reckoning for the crimes of these totalitarian regimes. Your co-sponsorship
helps end that today.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation was authorized in 1993 by a unanimous Act of Congress to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism. This mission culminates naturally in a Museum which
honors the memory of the victims of communism, the heroes who resisted communist tyranny, and America’s more than half a century of efforts resisting Soviet imperialism with blood and treasure.

According to CRS, in FY2010 the government spent $1.67 billion operating and maintaining underutilized federal buildings. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation seeks to ease this taxpayer burden
by acquiring underutilized federal property to be the home of a permanent Museum; they are not seeking Federal appropriations for the development of the Museum. In fact, they are including an endowment for the operation expenses of the Museum as part of their
total private capital fundraising campaign.

H.Con.Res. 57 expresses the sense of Congress that establishing a Museum in memory of the victims of communism is an important step in educating Americans about the human rights violations of these totalitarian regimes and telling the whole story of 20th
century history.

I hope that you can join me in support of this congressionally authorized and important cause.

Should you have any questions or wish to become a cosponsor, please contact Melissa Robel at 202-225-1252 or
Melissa.Robel@mail.house.gov.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dennis Ross
Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Foreign Affairs, Immigration
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.Con.Res.
Bill Number: 57
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