Chinese Community in Brooklyn, New York Welcomes Falun Gong Parade

November 16, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Shaquan in New York, U.S.A

( Falun Gong practitioners in New York held a parade through the Chinese community in Brooklyn on November 11, 2016.

Led by the Tian Guo Marching Band, the 500-person procession highlighted the health and mental benefits of the spiritual practice and raised awareness of the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong in China. Their musical performances and banners attracted a large crowd.

New York Rally and Vigil Call for End to Persecution

July 24, 2016 | By Cai Ju, a Minghui correspondent in New York

( More than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Consulate General of China in New York on July 20, 2016, to call for an end to the 17 years of persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).



More than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Consulate General of China in New York.

Ms. Yi Rong, president of the Tuidang Center, gave a speech at the rally. She called the past 17 years of Falun Gong persecution a rampant trampling of humanity, universal values, and five-thousand-years of civilization. She said, “Facing the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal persecution, the Falun Gong group stood firmly on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Practitioners have peacefully and rationally helped 244 million people withdraw from the communist organizations.”

Dr. Li Tianxiao, a political analyst, said during his speech, that instead of yielding, Falun Gong practitioners had exposed the persecution to people in all circles of life using various means around the world. Their banners and activities have been visible in places from Tiananmen Square, to the Chinese embassies and consulates, to every country, and that their seemingly ordinary appeals have shown unprecedented bravery.

Dr. Li stressed that Falun Gong has miraculously displayed a peaceful resistance to the persecution, and behind the miracle was a simple word, faith. He said it was the faith of practitioners that made them able to endure torture, to turn the hardest situation around, and to free hundreds of millions of people from the CCP, and that their strong faith in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance made them invincible.

Dr. Wang Zhiyuan, president of World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), spoke at the rally. He said, “The CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong is genocide and a crime against humanity under the direction of Jiang Zemin. Organ harvesting from living practitioners, and tortures using psychiatric means, are the most evil crimes in history.” Dr. Wang also pointed out that many of the chief perpetrators have been arrested, one after another, and the same ending is approaching Jiang Zemin, Zeng Qinghong, and Luo Gan. He warned that the countdown to the day of the CCP’s collapse has started.

Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Tang Zhiheng, Ms. Li Dianqin, and Mr. Yang Xiaoping recounted the persecution they personally experienced in China. Mr. Tang has been arrested eight times, thrown into a forced labor camp for two years, and prison for four and an half years. Ms. Li was tortured in mental hospitals twice, imprisoned in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp for a year, and in the Women’s Prison of Liaoning Province for three years. Mr. Yang was arrested twice for appealing for Falun Gong. He was also imprisoned, and his home was searched by police.

Falun Gong practitioners’ candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in New York marks 17 years of peaceful resistance to the CCP’s brutal persecution.

As it turned dark, practitioners in yellow T-shirts lit candles, and sat solemnly along the Hudson River, mourning their fellow practitioners in China who paid with their lives due to the persecution. Their banners stood out amidst the silence, stating, “Falun Dafa Is Good,” “Stop Persecuting Falun Gong,” and “Bring Jiang to Justice.”

Chinese version available

Category: Rallies & Protests

Organ Harvesting Documentary Makes Profound Impact in New York

June 09, 2016

( The award-winning documentary Hard to Believe, which exposes the state-sanctioned organ harvesting of persecuted Falun Gong practitioners in China, premiered at the Hoboken International Film Festival in New York City on June 4.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Ken Stone, this in-depth investigation made a profound impact on the audience at the Paramount Theatre.

After the screening, people talk to the producer, asking for more information about the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

According to one of the documentary’s producers, Kay Rubacek, the response from the VIP screening on June 3 was enthusiastic, and the public screening the next day was so well attended that the theater had to add extra seats.

Audience Moved to Tears

Ms. Rubacek explained the reason for making the film: “This is such a serious crime that the world hasn’t been paying enough attention to. In the film, we don’t only investigate the crime to prove that it is happening […], we investigate the next step, which is why so few people are paying attention, and that is even more shocking.

“This has been going on for so long. [audience members] have been crying after watching the film.” She added that some viewers have expressed remorse for ignoring Falun Gong practitioners who hand out flyers on the street to raise awareness of the brutality of the persecution.

Oriana D’Agostino, assistant director of the Hoboken International Film Festival, noted, “This documentary Hard to Believe is brilliant. It really touched my heart. I just can’t believe the pain and the suffering that the Chinese people have suffered during their lifetime. This issue is very disheartening, but at the same time, it makes me want to stand up [and take action].”

Oriana D’Agostino welcomed the documentary to the film festival and hopes that it will be instrumental in raising awareness of the persecution

“This human rights violation is among the greatest of atrocities. The people who are doing this are evil doctors. It’s like the Nazis; I can’t believe what I just saw on the big screen. I want to join the campaign and spread the word and help make a difference,” said Ms. D’Agostino.

Comparison to Nazi Crimes

Penny Stoil, founder of Projects Plus, Inc. which has raised funds for more than 800 charities since 1972, remarked, “I think the documentary is powerful, is beautifully and truthfully presented, and is very moving.”

Penny Stoil (second from left) compared the persecution of Falun Gong to Nazi crimes.

“Everything (in the documentary) shocked me, but I never understood that they actually took these organs while people are still alive. That is the most unbearable to me,” Ms. Stoil said. “It’s shocking that we haven’t paid more attention in this country. We pay attention to world democracy and attention to this symbol of human rights, but not the facts about them.”

People from All Walks of Life Shaken by Organ Harvesting Crimes

Audience members of all ages and backgrounds were stunned by the crimes taking place in China. Many of them signed the petition calling for the end of forced organ harvesting, and some talked to Falun Gong practitioners after the screening for more information on the persecution.

Deb Wendolousky from Rhode Island commented that it was an outrage for 65,000 people within a year to have their organs harvested while they were still alive.

She called on those who need transplants not to obtain organs from China. “All lives are equally important, and one should not be killed to save another,” she said.

Chinese version available

Category: Organ Harvesting