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United to Support Falun Gong Practitioners' Freedom of Belief
United to Support Falun Gong Practitioners' Freedom of Belief

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Are you a student who can draw, or know someone who wants to be a part of something incredible? Friends of Falun Gong is proud to announce the 2016 Poster Design Competition, awarding the winner with $1000. This is an opportunity for anyone to use his or her creativity and design skills for a good cause: To raise awareness of the brutal persecution of the peaceful spiritual discipline of Falun Gong in China. You will submit poster designs to be printed and showcased in Washington DC as part of events to inspire people to speak out for humanity and demand an end to this huge human rights violation. We would love for you to encourage professors to offer assignment credit if this contest fulfills curriculum requirements, and forward the news onto the student body, academic departments, and clubs. The deadline for submissions is June 15. Contest rules and FAQs can be found on fofg.org/act-now #falungong #falundafa #art #drawing #design #love #painting #student #contest #graphicdesign #illustrator #posterdesign #designforhumanity
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NEW YORK—On May 13, around 10,000 practitioners of the spiritual discipline #FalunGong, or #FalunDafa, from 53 countries strolled down 42nd Street in a grand parade, the centerpiece event of World Falun Dafa Day celebrations this week. New Yorkers and tourists observing the event expressed admiration and support for the practice, and condemned the Chinese regime’s brutal persecution campaign. #free2meditate
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(Minghui.org) Nearly 10,000 practitioners attended the recent #NewYork #FalunDafa Experience Sharing Conference. Thirteen practitioners spoke at the conference and explained how they applied Falun Dafa principles, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, at work and in daily life to improve themselves as well raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Dafa.
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Southern Taiwan Practitioners Celebrate Falun Dafa’s Public Introduction
(Minghui.org) May 13 this year marks the 17th World Falun Dafa Day and the 24th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction in China, as well as the 65th birthday of its founder Mr Li Hongzhi.
Over 1500 practitioners in southern Taiwan got together on May 1 to celebrate this special day. Together they formed large characters that said “513 Falun Dafa” and “Zhen-Shan-Ren,” meaning Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the central teaching of the practice.
#falungong #falundafa
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Paris: Tourists and Residents Learn About Falun Dafa at Trocadero Square
(Minghui.org) May Day (May 1) is a traditional holiday in France. As tourists from various regions in France and other countries visited tourist sites, such as the Eiffel Tower, many were happy to learn the facts about Falun Dafa at nearby Trocadero Square.
One French couple, who had lived in China for ten years, had just returned. The husband said, “We have heard about this before, but we did not know the details.”
The couple talked with one practitioner in Chinese, and all their questions were soon addressed. They both signed a petition to support practitioners, and expressed hope that the persecution would soon end.
Accountant Alain Dchanga also signed a petition. He said he knew that Falun Dafa helped to improve one's physical health and mind nature, but nonetheless, the Communist Party decided to ban the peaceful mediation. He said he was glad to help practitioners by signing the petition.
A large number of the tourists and residents were shocked by the torture practitioners had suffered.
One commented, “This is insane. How could one kill others to sell their organs?”
Another said, “It's too vicious. This [organ harvesting] is not something a human being would do.”
Many people encouraged practitioners to continue the efforts, and some began to learn the exercises or asked where they could obtain a copy of the book Zhuan Falun.
Chinese tourists also chatted with Falun Dafa practitioners, seeking more information. Some agreed to renounce their memberships in the Communist Party, and some took Falun Dafa materials to bring back to China.
Practitioners have maintained a presence at the square since 1999, when Jiang Zemin ordered the suppression of Falun Dafa in China. It is a location also known as Human Rights Plaza. The practitioners talk to visitors to raise awareness about the brutality in China.
#falungong #falundafa #free2meditate
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Practitioners in Houston went to the Chinese consulate at 9 a.m. on April 25 to raise awareness of the suppression in China. Many passersby stopped to learn more, and some signed petitions to support the practitioners.
Two pedestrians in their 60s said that they had heard about the persecution before and were glad to help. Several drivers also stopped at the intersection to get information materials.
Two men asked a practitioner to help them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organizations. The older one thanked the practitioner, “Glad to talk with you today. Each of us has to follow his or her own conscience.”
Hard to Believe, an award-winning documentary on the forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China, was screened at a meeting room of Southwest National Bank two days earlier.
After watching the film, one of audience, Mr. Li, said he was severely disturbed by the heinous crimes committed by the CCP. Another audience member, who used to work in China as a medical professional, said, “I believe what we have seen in the film. What we saw is hideous, but does happen in China.”
(Minghui.org) #falungong #falundafa
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Friends of Falun Gong is proud to announce the 2016 Poster Design Competition. The winner is awarded with $1000.
This is an opportunity for anyone to use his or her creativity and design skills for a good cause: To raise awareness of the brutal persecution of the peaceful spiritual discipline of Falun Gong in China. You will submit poster designs to be printed and showcased in Washington DC as part of events to inspire people to speak out for humanity and demand an end to this huge human rights violation.
We would love for you to encourage professors to offer assignment credit if this contest fulfills curriculum requirements, and forward the news onto the student body, academic departments, and clubs.
The deadline for submissions is June 15. Contest rules and FAQs can be found on fofg.org/act-now #falungong #falundafa #free2meditate
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With banners reading “Stop persecuting Falun Gong” and “Falun Dafa teaches Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance”, Chicago practitioners gathered by the street across from the Chinese Consulate at 5 p.m. on April 23.
Practitioners Ding Xiangyu and Andy Darin recalled the peaceful appeal 17 years ago. Yang Sen, coordinator of the Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association, said the incident had historical significance. “The firm belief of Falun Gong practitioners, based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, is safeguarding the spirit and core values for both China and the entire human civilization.”
“We believe that truth will bring the defamatory propaganda to an end. And we believe more Chinese will act upon their conscience to support justice. By supporting Falun Gong practitioners, and by supporting the common good, they are walking towards a better future, for themselves and for the nation.”
Through the years, many young practitioners in China have suffered tremendously, just like adults. Sun Xinyu, a 23-year-old engineer working in Springfield, began to practice Falun Gong at the age of four. “Falun Gong taught me to be nice to others.” By knowing what is right and what is wrong, it was easy for him to stay away from bad habits and other temptations.
The harsh suppression was nonetheless a major challenge that Xinyu had to face every day when he was China. “Although Falun Gong taught us to be better people, the slanderous propaganda in China misled my classmates and teachers. They could not understand me and treated me badly.” Despite the huge pressure, Xinyu said he did not give up his belief.
The event included a candlelight vigil at dusk. Many people learned about the persecution in China. Two Spanish tourists listened attentively as a practitioner explained to them what Falun Gong is and how practitioners have been mistreated in China for their belief.
“Thank you for telling us these things,” Christian said to the practitioner, “We'd never heard about it before. But this is very important.” He said that he would forward the pictures he took about event to El Mundo, the second largest newspaper in Spain.
(Minghui.org) #falungong #falundafa
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“I See the Hope of China”--March in New York's Chinatown Commemorates April 25 Peaceful Protest
(Minghui.org) Nearly one thousand Falun Gong practitioners from New York put on a grand march in Flushing, New York’s Chinatown, on Saturday April 23, 2016, commemorating the 17th anniversary of the April 25 Peaceful Protest.
The grand march consisted of three teams. The theme of the first team introducing Falun Gong to the public. The second theme was exposing the persecution of Falun Gong in China, specifically the state-sanctioned organ harvesting. The third theme was supporting the 230 million Chinese people who have quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations.
Crowds of Chinese people on Main Street watched the march, which was led by large banners reading, “Falun Dafa” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
Main Street was packed with Chinese people during the march. Some had recently arrived in the U.S. from China, and had never seen such a large-scale event featuring Falun Gong. One Chinese gentleman said, “The performances in the march are amazing. It is so exciting to see Falun Gong here in New York.”
Many Chinese expressed support for Falun Gong's peaceful resistance to the persecution.
Mr. Liang said, “Of course I support Falun Gong, because it is supporting justice and the positive side of humanity.”
Ms. Zhao said, “I just like Falun Gong, because they speak the truth. I like honest people. The Communist Party has created numerous lies and propaganda. I've lived in America for two decades, and I've learned a lot about the Party’s evil history. I was totally deceived by the Party when I was in China.”
Mr. Wang said he had heard about the April 25 Peaceful Protest. “I was amazed that after a large protest with ten thousand people, there was no trash left on the ground. Falun Gong practitioners even picked up police officers’ cigarette butts.”
Ms. Wang said, “People have a right to voice their concerns. The protest was peaceful, and the persecution is definitely wrong.”
Ms. Li said, "...It is impressive that the Falun Gong have persevered in their belief for so many years. Looking at them, I feel that I see the hope of China.”
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