Entry for March 27, 2006

Above is a picture of Lech Walesa, whom  Min and I are going to hear speak at 7:30 tonight on  “Democracy:  The Never-Ending Battle” at Roanoke College’s Bast Center.

In 1980, Walesa led the 10 million-member Solidarity trade union.   He won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for these dfforts.  In 1990, Walesa was elected president of Poland.   In 1995, he created a foundaton for the following purposes:

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Safeguarding of the national heritage, tradition of independence and solidarity,
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Promoting Poland and Poles abroad,
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Consolidating democracy and implementing the free market economy in Poland,
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Reinforcing the power decentralization process and the development of self-government in Poland,
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Promoting moral values in politics and public activity,
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Conducting research and studies on the most recent history of Poland,

  In 1998, Time Magazine named him one of the top 100 movers of the 20th century.

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