Anatoly Marchenko: An Advocate for Human Rights

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Anatoly Marchenko

Ana Docoito-Nelson serves as property manager for New York’s Gramatan Management Inc. In this role, Ana Docoito-Nelson oversees the daily operations of the property and actively works to enhance its value. Outside of work, Ana Docoito-Nelson enjoys reading, and was particularly impacted by My Testimony, written by Anatoly Marchenko.

A Soviet dissident and author, Anatoly Marchenko actively campaigned for human rights in the post-Stalin Soviet Union. His radical views led to his arrest. He became widely known after the publication of his book, My Testimony, an autobiographical account of his time in prison and Soviet labor camps.

Following the publication of his book in 1969, Marchenko became very active in the human rights movement in the Soviet Union. Along with Yuri Orlor, Elena Bonner, and others, he became a founding member of the Moscow Helsinki Group. The group appealed to other nations and eventually started an international movement that advocated for human rights issues. His protests, appeals, and writings continued, leading to more time in prison.

He died at the age of 48 in a Soviet prison following a three-month hunger strike demanding the release of all Soviet political prisoners. Throughout his life, he spent nearly 20 years in prison and exile. Shortly after his death in 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev began releasing several political prisoners as international pressure intensified.


Create a Chapter of Food Not Bombs in Seven Steps

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Food Not Bombs

Ana Docoito-Nelson is a property manager with Gramatan Management Inc., in New Rochelle, New York. In her time away from work, Ana Docoito-Nelson volunteers with Food Not Bombs (FNB).

FNB is a global grassroots movement that works to reclaim food that would have been needlessly discarded or wasted. The organization was founded in 1980 by a group of college students who were protesting a nuclear power station in New Hampshire. When one of the founders was arrested at the protest, the bake sales held to raise money for his legal fees quickly took on a goal of social change. Today, FNB has chapters all over the world and looks to inspire the general public to curb food wastefulness and address widespread issues of poverty and hunger.

FNB provides those interested in supporting the cause locally a seven-step process to creating a local chapter. The steps are simple, and are as follows:

1. Establish yourself. Set up a phone number/email/etc. so interested people can contact you.
2. Let others know you exist. Put up flyers, make Facebook events, talk to local organizations; do whatever you can.
3. Obtain a vehicle. Whether by rental or by asking a friend, you’ll need this to transport food.
4. Look for sources of food. Oftentimes, these are restaurants, hotels, schools, and other businesses which provide meals, because these places throw out a lot of food.
5. Deliver your food to local shelters, food kitchens, and other charities. Get to know these people.
6. Once you have a good amount of food coming in, start to set some aside for future events where you can share your literature and mission.
7. Once you have a presence in your community, think of hosting a weekly food sharing with those who are hungry and homeless. And that’s it. The rest is up to you.