Chinese Community in Brooklyn, New York Welcomes Falun Gong Parade

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

(Minghui.org) 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.


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New York Rally and Vigil Call for End to Persecution

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

(Minghui.org) 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).

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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.

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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.”

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Organ Harvesting Documentary Makes Profound Impact in New York

June 09, 2016

(Minghui.org) 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.

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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].”

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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.”

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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.

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Category: Organ Harvesting

New York City: 11 Elected Officials Proclaim World Falun Dafa Day

June 01, 2016

(Minghui.org) Recently, eleven New York City council members proclaimed World Falun Dafa Day, honoring Falun Dafa’s core principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance” and commending Falun Dafa practitioners for their contribution to the community.

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Mr. Mark Levine, representative of District 7, proclaims Mr. Li Hongzhi “Outstanding Citizen” for giving exemplary service to the communities.

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Letter from Mr. Paul Vallone, representative of District 19 (Queens) praises Falun Dafa practitioners for their contribution to the community.

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Mr. Daneek Miller, representative of District 27 (Queens) proclaims World Falun Dafa Day.

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Mr. Donovan Richards, representative of District 31 (Queens), proclaims World Falun Dafa Day.

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Mr. Eric Ulrich, representative of District 32, proclaims World Falun Dafa Day.

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Mr. Robert Cornegy, representative of District 36, proclaims World Falun Dafa Day.

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Mr. Rafael Espinal, representative of District 37, praises the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.”

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Mr. Brad Lander, representative of District 39, praises principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.”

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Mr. Jumaane D. Williams, representative of District 45 (Brooklyn), honors Falun Dafa Day.

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Mr. Alan Maisel, representative of District 46 (Brooklyn), proclaims World Falun Dafa Day.

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Mr. Joseph Borelli, representative of District 51 (Stanton), proclaims World Falun Dafa Day.

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Category: Dafa Day Recognition

New York State Senators Issue Proclamations to Falun Dafa

May 22, 2016 | By Cai Ju, Minghui correspondent in New York State

(Minghui.org) During the celebration of the 17th World Falun Dafa Day in May 2016, a total of 103 greetings and proclamations were received from government officials of different levels in the State of New York. They praised Falun Dafa’s universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, and the benefits the practice has brought to more than 100 million people around the world.

In addition to the NewYork State Senate Resolution 4090, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins, which proclaims May 13, 2016 as Falun Dafa Day, State Senators from the 3rd, the 4th, the 42nd and the 55th districts issued greeting letters and proclamations for the occasion.

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State Senator of the 3rd District, Thomas D. Croci, and his greeting letter

Senator Thomas D. Croci wrote in his greeting letter, “The guiding principles of this practice, truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, are universal human values bridging cultures, nationalities, race, gender, and age. Given the current atmosphere of strife and intolerance so prevalent in our world, it is especially important to pause and reflect on the values and truths which unite us. The practice and principles of Falun Dafa encourage people to be good, kind, and thoughtful of others at all times. Certainly these are words by which to live.”

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State Senator of the 4th District, Philip M. Boyle, and his proclamation

Senator Philip M. Boyle wrote in his proclamation, “For the past twenty four years, millions of people around the world have embraced the popular meditation and cultivation practices of Falun Dafa. Also known as Falun Gong, Falun Dafa is a peaceful spiritual practice rooted in traditional Chinese culture. It consists of meditation, exercise, and a philosophy centered on the values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Through their practice, people become healthier, happier, and more altruistic.”

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State Senator of the 42nd District, John J. Bonacic

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Proclamation issued by State Senator of the 42nd District, John J. Bonacic

Senator John J. Bonacic wrote in his proclamation, “The practice of Falun Dafa is simple; it consists of primarily of two components, self-improvement through study and the practice of five gentle exercises…

“Practitioners of Falun Dafa strive to live by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance in order to improve their moral nature, and in turn, to experience remarkable health benefits; and…

“To the people of China, Falun Dafa provides a source of strength in the face of oppression; although the practice is banned in the land of its origin, practitioners persevere in the pursuit of their spiritual beliefs, risking imprisonment or worse.”

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State Senator of the 55th District, Rich Funke and his proclamation

Senator Rich Funke recognized the week of May 9-16, 2016 as Falun Dafa Week in the State of New York. The proclamation says, “Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is a high level mind-body-spirit cultivation practice consisting of five gentle sets of exercises and teachings guided by the characteristics of the Universe – Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance…

“Falun Dafa practitioners all over the world, and throughout our great state, have dedicated countless hours to their communities in organizing free meditation classes, Chinese cultural productions of music and dance, and participating in local community events…

“Falun Dafa practitioners also actively work to bring about a peaceful resolution to the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and improve the future of the world’s most populous country.”

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Category: Dafa Day Recognition

Insights from a Few of the 10,000 Who Paraded in New York to Celebrate Falun Dafa Day

May 23, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents De Xiang and Li Xiao in New York

(Minghui.org) Nearly 10,000 Falun Dafa practitioners from over 50 countries paraded in New York City on May 13, 2016 to celebrate the 17th World Falun Dafa Day.

The Divine Land Marching Band led the three-and-a-half-hour parade across Manhattan’s 42nd Street, from the United Nations on the east side, through Times Square, to the Chinese Consulate on the west side.

The parade was comprised of three sections: introducing Falun Dafa, stopping the persecution in China, and supporting the 230 million who have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations.

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A middle-aged tourist from Beijing said he had watched the parade for a long time and was moved by its tremendous scale. Yet he had only seen part of the first section.

All the Answers are in Zhuan Falun

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Practitioner Jorge Gimeno from Spain said he found the answers to many questions about life in the book Zhuan Falun.

Jorge Gimeno has come to New York City every May since he took up the practice of Falun Dafa in 2010. He enjoys meeting so many fellow practitioners and hopes that more people will come to appreciate the beauty of Falun Dafa from the grand parade.

“My whole life changed after I practiced Falun Dafa,” Gimeno said. He had been wondering why some people have almost everything and are happy and many others have very little and are unhappy. He had been looking for happiness for years, and says that Falun Dafa gave him the answers he was looking for.

He noticed that many Chinese people still don’t know the truth about Falun Dafa because of the negative propaganda from Chinese state-controlled media. “If they open their hearts to embrace the truth about the practice and return to traditional culture, they will find peace in their hearts and experience the beauty of Falun Dafa,” he said.

Practicing Falun Dafa Lifted Me Out of Depression

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Ms. Barbro Plogander from Sweden

Swedish practitioner Barbro Plogander feels lucky that she encountered Falun Dafa 10 years ago. She had been experiencing a very difficult time in her life and had fallen into deep depression. Practicing the exercises brightened her life, lifted her out of depression and filled her heart with confidence and energy to deal with life and work.

“I am very happy to celebrate this special day with fellow practitioners today.” Ms. Plogander said, “Teacher has given me so much. I have to come here in person to thank Teacher. I have been happy in both life and work since I started practicing Falun Dafa. There are no words to describe how amazing it is.”

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Ms. Zheng Jon-bun and Kim Seon-ja from South Korea

Ms. Zheng heard of Falun Dafa and attended the experience sharing conference in Singapore in 1998 where she met Teacher Li Hongzhi.

Practicing Falun Dafa, she regained her health and let go of negative thoughts. She now regards it as her duty to participate in the parade to show the merits of Falun Dafa to the world.

She said that Falun Dafa changed her from fighting for personal gain to being considerate of others. “My name has the character ‘compassion’ in it.” She said. “My family said my personality changed for the better and has become gentler.”

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Ms. Amparo Ambia from Bolivia (left) and Ms. Minerva Cruz from Dominica

“Falun Dafa changed my life for the better. I feel very much alive now, completely different from the past,” said Amparo Ambia.

“Teacher taught us to look at life from a different angle, a higher level. I am very thankful,” she added.

Ms. Minerva Cruz is a finance clerk working for the Dominican government. Her younger brother received a Falun Dafa flier from someone on the street and took it home. She saw the flier and was very interested in it.

She later saw a Falun Dafa booth at a Book Expo and learned the exercises. Her family quickly noticed the changes in her because she used to be a very emotional person.

“My family supports me and my brother practicing Falun Dafa. My parents also help with some Dafa related projects, too,” said Minerva.

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Juan Pablo Boschi (left) and Merleders Gambini, a couple from Argentina.

Juan Pablo Boschi has practiced Falun Dafa for 6 years. He quit smoking and enjoyed improved health of both mind and body soon after starting.

“I know that many Chinese people live in a communist party culture and they have taken in much propaganda. I hope they can listen to what Falun Dafa practitioners say and read some materials about it,” said Boschi.

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Category: Dafa Day Celebrations

New Yorkers Learn Falun Dafa Exercises in Central Park

May 21, 2016

(Minghui.org) As a part of the celebration of Falun Dafa Day last week, groups of practitioners from all over the world did the Falun Dafa exercises in New York City’s parks, including Central Park, Bowling Green Park, Battery Park, and Cadman Plaza Park.

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Practitioners do the Falun Dafa exercises in Central Park, Manhattan.

The beautiful scene and peaceful energy interested many tourists and local citizens. Some people stopped and watched, some asked for more detailed information of the local exercise sites, and others learned the exercise movements.

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Marjoram Allen learned the Falun Dafa exercises in Central Park.

Marjoram Allen from California has been practicing Tai Chi. She saw practitioners doing the Falun Dafa exercises near an entrance of Central Park on 7th Ave.

“This practice is more gentle,” she said. “I like it very much. I can enjoy the peacefulness. The energy field is beneficial.” Marjoram says she wants to continue practicing once she gets home.

One woman was surprised to see practitioners doing the exercises everywhere in Central Park. She said she could feel the energy field and asked for detailed information. After a practitioner played a six-minute introductory video on a cell phone, the woman wanted to learn the exercise movements right away.

She said that her mind was occupied by the characters “Dafa” when learning the exercises. The practitioner who taught her the movements gave her a copy of Zhuan Falun(the main book of Falun Gong).

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Gaanthiligge’s family wishes practitioners good luck.

Gaanthiligge from France was traveling in New York with his wife and daughter. His family took many pictures of Falun Dafa exercise sites in Central Park. “I don’t practice Falun Gong, but the peacefulness it manifests is very impressive,” he said, “I know Falun Gong has been suppressed in China. People should pay attention to it. I am concerned about it, too.”

When he learned that about 100 million people in China used to practice Falun Dafa before the persecution started, he smiled, “Everything will be restored sooner or later.”

Rich, a college instructor, was impressed by the practitioners’ march in Manhattan on May 13. He saw groups of practitioners meditating in Central Park the next day, which drew his attention and made him want to learn more.

He said he likes the spiritual component of Falun Dafa and asked practitioners to demonstrate the exercises for him. He indicated that he would tell what he learned to his students.

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Category: Other Community Events