Florida House Bill 395

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Florida House Bill 395, officially Victims of Communism Day, is a bill that was signed and approved by Governor Ron DeSantis on May 9, 2022.[1]


The bill was filed on October 21, 2021, and passed by the House with a resounding 115-0 in the Florida House of Representatives on February 24, 2022, and passed by the Florida Legislature 38-0 on March 2, 2022. The bill was presented to the governor on May 5, and approved on May 9.[2] The public signing took place in Miami, a city with a large Cuban population which knows the evils of Communism firsthand.


The bill annually proclaims November 7 of each year as "Victims of Communism Day", which honours the 100,000,000 people who perished under communism, as well as the destructive effects it has reaped throughout the world. It requires the day to be observed in public schools & by public exercise and requires high school students to receive specified instruction on the evils of communism. The bill vows to "include topics such as Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Joseph Stalin and the Soviet system, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, Vladimir Lenin and the Russian Revolution, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and Nicolás Maduro and the Chavismo movement, and how victims suffered under these regimes through poverty, starvation, migration, systemic lethal violence, and suppression of speech".


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