" Wonderful Future"
                                                                        Concert Successfully Held in Boston
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                                                                                              April 27, 2002....Mickey's Birthday.
                                                                                            { by - Timothy Camire, Photographer)


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On the evening of April 27, 2002 Friends of Falun Gong successfully held a not-for-profit concert called "Wonderful Future" at the Berklee Performance Cente, Boston, Massachusetts,r to celebrate the spread of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance throughout the world, to thank all the friends who support Falun Gong for their kindness and help, to show the diversified Chinese culture to the audience, and Falun Gong practitioners' gracefulness and peacefulness.

The concert presented a varied and interesting program. The show was hosted by Michael Mahonen, a renowned actor  The concert started with a lion dance introduction by the Wahlum Kunfu Academy. The tiger in red and yellow jumped  around amidst strong rhythms. After eating a toad demon, a yellow Falun Dafa Hao banner came out of the tiger's  mouth, which won warm applause from the audience. Then the representatives of Friends of Falun Gong gave the opening remarks:

"Chinese culture has a recorded history of about 5,000 years and is one of the richest in the world. Some of the finest  arts have come from the East. Falun Gong is an ancient meditation practice based on nurturing the principles of Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance, and it remains a deep part of Chinese tradition. Its gentle nature reflects a part of  human culture that people around the world are coming to rediscover. With this concert we are hoping to give a  performance that truly reflects the tranquility and wonder that Chinese culture and Falun Gong have brought out in these  performers. There will be a number of performances ranging from martial arts and music to dance and opera.

"Through this concert, we would like to give thanks to all the kind-hearted people who have supported us in our efforts to  end the over two-year persecution of Falun Gong in China, and to all those who strive to live according to Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance at all times and under all circumstances to give us a wonderful future."

After the introduction, the performance formally started. During the performance, a representative of the Secretary of  State of Massachusetts, William Galvin, appeared and presented a proclamation to Falun Gong in honor of World Falun Dafa Day. The  performances included a martial arts demonstration and vocal and instrumental performances. Miss Sara Effner's vocal
performance of De Du in both Chinese and English brought people to tears. She was among the practitioners who went  to Tiananmen Square to appeal for Falun Gong. Her singing of De Du (Be Saved) touched the hearts of the Chinese  police. The concert concluded with the songs of Guan Guimin, who was honored as "China's Pavarotti." He sang O Sole  Mio, That is Me and The Fa Rectifies Heaven and Earth.

    Michael Mahonen, ended the concert with this quote from Shakespeare....
                                                        "All the world's a stage,
                                                         And all the men and women merely players;
                                                         They have their exits and their entrances;
                                                         And one man in his time plays many parts..."



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                                                                        The concert gave the audience an unforgettable evening.
Original article date: 4/30/2002


Over 1,000 Rally on Capitol Hill: Together to End the Persecution of Falun Gong Concert at Constitution Hall Celebrates Chinese Tradition and the Hope and Spirit of Falun Gong (7/25/2002 11:09)

WASHINGTON DC, July 25, 2002 (Falun Dafa Information Center) -- Over 1,000 supporters and practitioners of Falun Gong rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday calling for the world's support in putting an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. The rally marks three years since the Chinese regime outlawed Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. The resulting campaign to destroy Falun Gong has since devastated millions of innocent lives and families, but practitioners of the spiritual practice all over the world continue to peacefully but staunchly resist the oppression.

The gathering at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. followed a weekend of cultural events and demonstrations, including performances of traditional Chinese music and dance in the Constitution Concert Hall.

Rally Welcomed by Bipartisan Support from the House

Former U.S. Ambassador Mark Palmer hosted the rally, introducing supporters from congress and human rights groups, and others. Tuesday's rally began in the mid afternoon heat after more than one thousand Falun Gong practitioners completed a symbolic march from the Chinese (PRC) Embassy to the West Lawn of the Capitol building. They carried banners reading, "Together we end the persecution," and "America: We thank you for your support."

Former US Ambassador Mark Palmer, Vice-Chairman of the Board of the human rights organization Freedom House, hosted the rally, which included speeches and statements from several congresspersons, dignitaries, and representatives of non-governmental religious and human rights organizations.

Representative Benjamin Gilman (R-NY), who is also Chairman Emeritus of the House International Relations Committee, received a standing ovation from the crowd for his long-term support. "China's suppression of Falun Gong is systematic and thorough. They wish to destroy the religion and the practitioners; the Chinese regime fears the popular appeal of your movement," he said to the crowd. He continued, "If the regime in Beijing wants to take its place among civilized nations, it must end the repression and persecution the Falun Gong and other religions, and end it now."

Practitioners from around the world demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises during Tuesday's rally. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, was another who received a rousing welcome from the Falun Gong practitioners in attendance as she is the representative who had initiated Resolution 188 in the House, calling on the Beijing regime to stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. The resolution was co-sponsored by 100 offices when it went before the House Tuesday. During the rally, Ros-Lehtinen addressed onlookers, saying, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing. Therefore, I call on my colleagues to render their support to the Falun Gong."

The next day, Wednesday July 24th, the resolution passed by a 420-0 vote.

Spokesperson for Falun Dafa, Gail Rachlin, said during the rally: "To those of you who are here with us today, on behalf of the millions of Falun Gong practitioners the world over, and the many millions in China who suffer as we speak, I would like to thank you. And thank you deeply. Your support has been simply remarkable. As United States representatives, civic leaders, and leading non-governmental institutions, you have taken a stand for justice, and we are grateful. You, too, have faced pressure and difficulty. And you, too, have touched our hearts. You have given us hope and strength, just as you have given the same to the people of China."

Among those representing NGO's were Yuri Mantilla of the Family Research Council (FRC), Reverend Clark Lobestine of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC), Olga Vives of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism who is also former Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Similar rallies and events to mark the third year of the persecution against Falun Gong were held in cities around the world, including Paris, London, Munich, Brussels, Dublin, Seoul, Taipei, Canberra, Melbourne, Auckland, Ottawa, as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Most notably, a rally was also held in Hong Kong, where many human freedoms are currently under threat from pressure from Beijing. Hong Kong officially reverted from British rule to Chinese rule five years ago, but is legally bound to be governed under "one country, two systems" for another 45 years. Hong Kong residents have expressed dismay at the mounting pressure from the Mainland's leaders to adopt the policy of repression toward Falun Gong and other spiritual groups.

"Sounds of Brilliance and Promise" Concert

An evening of traditional Chinese music and dance welcomed attendees to Monday evening's "Sounds of Brilliance and Promise" concert at the Constitution Concert Hall. Performances included traditional Chinese instruments such as erhu and guzhen (a kind of Chinese zither), graceful dances, and traditional costumes.

Traditional Chinese dancers perform in the "Sounds of Brilliance and Promise" concert at the Constitution Hall. One of the highlights of the concert was a song by a dozen Western Falun Dafa practitioners who had traveled to Tiananmen Square in Beijing to appeal to the Chinese regime to stop its persecution. The song, sung in Chinese, was a heartfelt plea to the people of China not to miss this chance to uphold something so beneficial to China, to embrace something that reflects China's rich heritage, and to support Falun Dafa, just as the rest of the world supports Falun Dafa.

Host Michael Mahonen explained the idea behind the concert: "We wanted to give people in Washington [DC] a chance to enjoy the rich culture from the homeland country in which Falun Gong originated." Monday's performers, some professional, others amateur, all have one thing in common: they engage in the spiritual practice of Falun Gong.

Ms. Ying Chen directs an orchestral ensemble that includes her parents, who were decorated with China's highest recognition for their musical achievement. Ying and her parents practice Falun Gong in the U.S., but her brother was detained in a labor camp in China for two years for his beliefs. The evening concluded with a rousing rendition of the song Falun Dafa Hao (Falun Dafa is Good), echoing the very same words written on banners routinely displayed by peaceful appealers on Tiananmen Square. In China, however, that same song would likely land the singers in a prison labor camp without trial.

(Background information)

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a practice of meditation and exercises with teachings based on the universal principle of "Truthfulness -Compassion- Tolerance." It is a practice that was taught in private for thousands of years before being made public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. Falun Gong has roots in traditional Chinese culture, but it is distinct and separate from other practices such as the religions of Buddhism and Taoism. Since its introduction in 1992, it quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China, and is now practiced in over 50 countries.

With government estimates of as many as 100 million practicing Falun Gong, China's President Jiang Zemin outlawed the peaceful practice in July 1999, fearful of anything touching the hearts and minds of more citizens than the Communist Party. Unable to crush the spirit of millions who had experienced improved health and positive life changes from Falun Gong, Jiang's regime has intensified its propaganda campaign to turn public opinion against the practice while quietly imprisoning, torturing and even murdering those who practice it.

The Falun Dafa Information Center has verified details of 438 deaths since the persecution of Falun Gong in China began in 1999. Government officials inside China, however, report that the actual death toll is well over 1,600. Over 100,000 have been detained, with more than 20,000 being sentenced to forced labor camps without trial.



Toronto Sun: Letter to the editor.... September 15, 2001

      I would like to thank you for the article written by Brad Honywill on Sept. 8, "Falun Gong supporters  head to Hill." I am a resident of Toronto and a practitioner of Falun Gong. The ongoing persecution of  Falun Gong practitioners in China is barbarism at its worst. Truthful press that brings to light this   unconscionable undertaking by the [party's name omitted] government of China is greatly appreciated.  Falun Gong practitioners in China continue to courageously and peacefully step out into the public to  voice their constitutional right to pursue their beliefs, knowingly risking the potential of being abducted  by state police, tortured, murdered, raped, beaten, incarcerated in labor camps and forced into slave  labor or forced into psychiatric institutions where they are drugged against their will. In larger contexts,  their sacrifice is a sacrifice for us all.

             Michael Mahonen Toronto
(Will they be let out of prison in time for the Olympics?)

              http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoSun/editorial.html#letters
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Watered down protest
    I would like to thank you for Stuart Duncan's report (NOW,  September 27-October 3) on the latest efforts by the Chinese  consulate on St. George to force Falun Gong practitioners to end their peaceful protest.

    One may ask why the Chinese consulate is resorting to tactics  like soaking peaceful protestors with their water sprinklers and constructing a plywood wall around the consulate for some vaguely described construction or landscaping project.

    This Small Wall of China is yet another indication that the Chinese government is feeling uncomfortable. If, as they say,
they have nothing to feel guilty about, why would they be resorting to these tactics?

  Michael Mahonen, Toronto

 http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2001-11-08/letters.html
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Toronto Sun : Lettre à l'éditeur

 15 septembre 2001

 Je voudrais vous remercier pour l'article écrit le 8 septembre part Brad Honywill, "Les supporters du Falun Gong arrive à Hill."  Je suis un résident de Toronto et un pratiquant du Falun Gong. La persécution des pratiquants du Falun Gong en Chine est du  barbarisme à son pire. La presse honnête qui a mis en lumière cette entreprise immorale par le [nom du parti omis] du  gouvernement de Chine est grandement apprécié. Les pratiquants du Falun Gong en Chine continue courageusement et  pacifiquement à faire entrendre leur voix au publique sur leur droit constitutionnel de poursuivre leur croyance, risquant  sciemment de voir leur être enlevé par la police d'état, torturé, assassiné, enlevé, battu, incarcéré dans un camps de travail et  forcé à travailler ou interné de force dans des institutions psychiatrique où ils sont drogués contre leur volonté. Dans un  contexte plus vaste, leur sacrifice est un sacrifice pour nous tous.

 Michael Mahonen   Toronto (Seront-ils sortis à temps de prison pour les jeux olympiques ?)


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