This site was founded in June 2012 to commemorate the peaceful overthrow of the Stalinist regime of Czechoslovakia in 1989. Led by students and dissidents, most notably playwright Vaclav Havel, the Velvet Revolution, as the movement came to be called, is an example of the power courage gives even the least of us to stand up to tyranny and oppression, if we only hold to our convictions. We seek to honor the deeds and the spirit of Vaclav Havel, Alexander Dubček, and all of the brave Czechs and Slovaks who seized freedom through non-violent protest.
The spirit of 1989 also calls us to honor those who fought and suffered, in the past and today, for freedom from tyranny wherever it may be found, from the famous, such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Cheng Guangcheng, to the faceless, such as the millions who suffer in the Lao Gai and in North Korea’s Gulag.
This site is in no way affiliated or associated with the American non-profit corporation known as “Velvet Revolution” run by Brad Friedman and Brett Kimberlin (a felon commonly known as “The Speedway Bomber” who was convicted of setting off multiple explosions in the town of Speedway, Indiana in 1978). This site is in no way endorsed by the American corporation known as “Velvet Revolution”. Anyone who says otherwise is itching for a fight.
In fact, we are convinced that the late Vaclav Havel would be appalled to learn that in the United States, the name of Czechoslovakia’s peaceful struggle against Stalinist despotism has been associated with that of a convicted terrorist such as Brett Kimberlin, who was found responsible by a jury of twelve citizens for the wrongful death of Carl DeLong in the Speedway bombings. We believe that it is a perversion to speak Kimberlin’s name in the same sentence as the innocent victims of Joseph Stalin, and the Czech quislings Klement Gottwald and Gustáv Husák.
Is that clear?