House Representative

Oliverson, Tom


Rep. Oliverson Files Resolution Recognizing the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Austin, Texas - State Representative Tom Oliverson, MD (Cypress) filed House Resolution 24, legislation that will designate November 7, in 2019 as Victims of Communism Memorial Day.

The year 2017 marked the 100 year anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which resulted in the world's first communist regime under Vladimir Lenin, and led to decades of oppression and violence under communist regimes throughout the world.

Communism, a political theory derived from the philosophies of Karl Marx, has proven inconsistent with the ideals of liberty, prosperity, and dignity of human life. Communist regimes have committed gross atrocities under the leaderships of infamous totalitarian dictators such as Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Castro brothers, and the Kim Dynasty. These regimes, under the guise of legality, have killed more than 100 million people worldwide and committed some of the cruelest human rights violations in recorded history.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is an educational and human rights nonprofit organization authorized by a unanimous Congressional Act in December of 1993. The Foundation is dedicated to educating new generations about communism and ensuring that those who suffered under communist regimes are never forgotten.

According to polling from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 52% of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist (46%) or a communist (6%) country than a capitalist one. The Foundation envisions a world free from the false hope of communism and engages in education efforts to that end. If not educated about the perils of communism, the United States could fall into the same trap as so many other countries.

House Resolution 24 aims to honor the victims of communist regimes and promote the education of new generations about the atrocities committed by these regimes.

For any questions or concerns contact Eiman Siddiqui at Eiman.Siddiqui@House.Texas.Gov or 512.463.0661.