Wenyi Wang

Monday, May 08, 2006

Shouting Down A Tyrant. Chinese In Mainland Won't Be Able To See This Clip, Been Censored

  • Shouting Down a Tyrant. Chinese In Mainland Won't Be Able To See This Clip, Been Censored (video)





  • - The Washington Times - April 22, 2006

    Nobles: Dr. Wenyi Wang, for welcoming the Chinese president to America the democratic way.

    Interrupting a public speaker with shouts, insults or catcalls is generally frowned upon, and for good reason. In a democratic society, one is able to express an opposing viewpoint in a variety of ways without being rude about it. But in China those ways are shut. Which is why Dr. Wang's performance on Thursday is an exception to the usual rules of decorum and decency. Just as President Bush finished introducing Chinese President Hu Jintao during a ceremonial visit to the White House, she began her protest, shouted from the camera platform.

    "President Bush, stop him from persecuting Falun Gong."

    "President Bush, stop him from killing."

    "President Hu, your days are numbered."

    "No more time for china's ruling party."

    The verbal lashing went on for about three minutes before Secret Service agents could muzzle her. During that time, Mr. Hu continued his speech, though clearly he was upstaged by a common citizen - what would generally be considered a "loss of face" in Chinese society. Back in China, where the ceremony was televised live, albeit with a short time delay, the state-run media censored Dr. Wang's protest. More's the pity, but it's also the point. Dr. Wang was speaking for those who cannot. She has been charged with disorderly conduct, whereas in China such an outburst is a certain ticket to prison. For giving Mr. Hu a welcoming he'll never forget, Dr. Wang is the Noble of the week.

    - The Washington Times - April 22, 2006

    China Updates: Statement By Dr. Wenyi Wang On Why She Protested At The White House

  • China Updates: Christian Leaders Call For Bush Administration To Drop Charges Against Wenyi Wang, And A Statement By Dr. Wenyi Wang On Why She Protested At The White House (audio)




  • Wenyi Wang is facing up to six months in federal prison for protesting at a White House news conference with President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    At the White House event, Dr. Wenyi Wang shouted, "President Bush, stop him (President Hu) from persecuting Falun Gong" and, "President Bush, stop him from killing."

    Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "We are extremely disappointed that the Bush Administration is bringing charges against Dr. Wenyi Wang that may result in her spending six months in federal prison. Her crime? Shouting out for President Bush to help stop the killing and religious persecution of Falun Gong. We believe these federal charges are sending a horrible message to the worldwide community concerning America's commitment to protecting religious freedom and liberties.

    Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council, states, "With all due respect to President Bush, this incident demands leniency. This is an extraordinary case. Wenyi Wang was persecuted by one of the last totalitarian communist regimes left on Earth. Communist China is an enemy of the United States and Hu Jintao embodies one of the worst, most abusive and morally bankrupt regimes in the history of the human race. Wenyi Wang had proper press credentials to be where she was. Her only crime was to interrupt Chinese President Hu Jintao, the chief of this illegitimate, murderous, repressive and repugnant government.

    "The Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant church leaders of the National Clergy Council appeal to President Bush and federal prosecutors to drop these charges. The President should reinforce the inalienable God-give rights of Wenyi Wang, not accommodate the harsh ego of a cruel dictator."

    Dr. Wang Wenyi (The Epoch Times)I was released from the D.C. District Court on Friday, April 21. I think it is necessary for me to give the public an explanation for my protest during Hu Jintao's remarks Thursday morning on the south lawn of the White House.

    On March 9 The Epoch Times reported the large-scale organ removal from living Falun Gong practitioners in the Sujiatun District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province in northeastern China. After this story broke, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) quickly transferred the Falun Gong practitioners still held in the Sujiatun area, took other steps to cover up what had been done, and denied the incident. At this time, The Epoch Times assigned me to follow this story because I am a pathologist and have experience in organ transplan research.

    "I hope to immediately stop the crimes of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners and rescue those facing the danger of live organ removal." Initially our story was based on the accounts of two individuals from the Shenyang area with information about what had happened inside the hospitals in Sujiatun: "Peter," a Chinese national who had worked as a producer for a Japanese TV station in the Shenyang City area; and "Annie," who was a staff member at the Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine and the former wife of a surgeon who had performed organ harvesting at Sujiatun for several years.

    From the beginning of March, I have been accompanying these two sources to interviews with major international media, the members of the U.S. Congress, and governmental agencies. At the same time, we obtained information regarding large-scale organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners between 2001 and 2003 in major labor camps that detained Falun Gong practitioners.


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    Everyone associated with this scheme who withdraws from it puts his or her life at risk.

    Some patients who had gone to China for organ transplant operations told us that they were told prior to their going to China that the organ sources were Falun Gong practitioners. Some doctors who know the overall picture of the live organ harvesting scheme told us the cruelty and inhumanity is unthinkable, unspeakable and far beyond what has been reported in The Epoch Times. They told us that when the scheme was completely exposed, people around the world would be stunned.

    Although these people have been in close contact with The Epoch Times, they dare not step forward because they are afraid of being killed. They all closely follow the issue and in particular the stance of the U.S. government and the international media because they need a safe environment.

    I realized that it is very important for the U.S. government to know about this. I have been constantly providing contacts in the government updated information.


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    Patients require living healthy organs. In order to attract business, transplant doctors in China have openly admitted in tape-recorded phone calls that the organs are from living Falun Gong practitioners. In addition, almost all hospitals make public statements that the waiting time for suitable organs range from two weeks to a month. Sometimes it takes only a week to complete the process of finding an organ, blood and tissue matching and transplantation.

    The multi-language online advertisement of an organ transplant center in Shenyang even promised that in 3 weeks patients can go to China, complete organ transplantation and resume work happily. After the Sujiatun news broke, the Chinese Web page of this organ transplant was removed. As a doctor with a background in organ transplantation, I clearly know that there must be large-scale live-organ banks in many provinces in Mainland China. I feel great pain at the thought of this.

    We have tens of thousands of missing Falun Gong practitioners. Their families search for them, but have no clue at all as to their whereabouts.


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    I want to emphasize to the public what is happening right now. A lot of investigation, including recorded interviews with transplant doctors in China, indicates that major hospitals in China are performing operations at this very time to remove organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Our investigations also show that hospitals in China are hastening to perform these operations as quickly as possible.

    Soon after the news of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners came out, the CCP issued a new directive regarding organ transplantation. Although the directive appears to outlaw the organ harvesting that has been taking place, it does not go into effect until July 1. Meanwhile, many hospitals are urging patients to have organ transplantation done soon. They have said that the organ sources will be not so abundant after May 1. Recordings documenting these claims have been published online.

    It is obvious that the Chinese Communist Party is covering things up, and at the same time, rushing to complete organ transplants as quickly as possible. We know that every single day large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners are being sacrificed to provide the necessary organs.


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    I haven't had time for my children. I left them in New York. I have been visiting various governmental agencies and media. I hope to immediately stop the crimes of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners and to rescue those facing the danger of live organ removal.

    When I talked to the media, some media representatives told me that they believed organ removal from living human beings was true. However, because the media couldn't handle the pressure or didn't want to affect the bilateral relationship between their countries and China, they couldn't report on this.

    On April 19, the day before the meeting between President Bush and Hu Jintao, I went to a congressional hearing about human rights in China. However, the two witnesses who risked their lives to expose the organ removal from living Falun Gong practitioners were not allowed to explain what they knew. At the time, the two witnesses had only requested that they be allowed to testify in private before the Congressmen. After they saw that the hearing did not have any testimony about what they knew was true, they bravely decided to make their first public statements at a press conference held on April 21.

    After this Congressional hearing, I realized I had to do whatever I could to call attention to the organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. On April 20, I went to the White House to report. However, when I saw President Bush shake hands with Hu Jintao, I couldn't help but cry out.

    I cried out for those Falun Gong practitioners, for those who have been or are going to be dissected alive for their organs. I cried out for those who have been tortured and suffered genocidal persecution.

    I don't want the U.S. President and the international media to be deceived by the CCP any more. I hope that Hu Jintao does not follow Jiang Zemin in the persecution and genocide of Falun Gong.

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    Right before one interview with a major media company, the producer told me: do not mention organs. Information about organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners has been covered up these past six weeks. I have been trying to tell the facts of this persecution to our readers and the public. I have been attending and covering many international events. I believe the live organ removal is the most severe crime against humanity, the most severe and most large-scale genocide happening right now--right in front of our eyes.
    Live organ harvesting is a crime that all of humankind ought to join together to end. The information about this issue has been repeatedly covered up. I had no choice but to adopt this means to expose it.

    I acted in a way consistent with the American spirit. I also acted to protect the dignity of America and human kind.

    Afterwards, I was detained for a day. When I was released, I saw many media waiting for me in front of the courthouse. They all asked me, "Why?"

    Since released I have given interviews to the press. Right before one interview with a major international media company, in the elevator as we rode up together, the show's producer clearly told me not to mention organs. Information about large-scale organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners has been covered up these past six weeks.

    The press reported what I did at the White House, but did not report very much about the reason why I acted. However, why I acted is the key to the whole issue.

    America is America, because of its high respect for human rights. I think the massive organ removal from living Falun Gong practitioners touches and challenges the conscience of each one of us. It is a challenge for humankind. Such crimes and sins should not be allowed to continue.

    Friday, May 05, 2006

    Wikipedia - Rosa Parks and Wenyi Wang



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    Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks in 1955 (with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the background.)
    Born
    February 4, 1913
    Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
    Died
    October 24, 2005
    Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American seamstress and civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement".

    Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey a bus driver's demand that she give up her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for civil rights movements around the world.

    Contents [hide]
    1 The early years
    2 Civil rights activism
    2.1 Events leading up to boycott
    2.2 Bus protest and arrest
    2.2.1 Montgomery Bus Boycott
    2.3 Browder v. Gayle
    3 The later years
    3.1 Law suits
    4 Death and funeral
    5 Awards and honors
    6 Notes
    7 References
    8 See also
    9 External links
    9.1 Official
    9.2 Multimedia and interviews
    9.3 Others



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    The early years
    Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913. Born to James and Leona McCauley, a carpenter and a teacher. Small even as a child, she suffered poor health and had chronic tonsillitis. When her parents separated, she moved with her mother to Pine Level, Alabama, just outside Montgomery. There she grew up on a farm with her maternal grandparents, mother, and younger brother Sylvester, and began her lifelong membership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her mother Leona home schooled Rosa until she was eleven, when she enrolled in the Industrial School for Girls in Montgomery, where her aunt lived, and took academic and some vocational courses. Parks then went on to a laboratory school set up by the Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes for secondary education, but was forced to drop out to care for her grandmother, and later her mother after she grew ill.

    Under Jim Crow laws, black and white people were segregated in virtually every aspect of daily life in the South, including public transportation. Bus and train companies did not provide separate vehicles for different races, but enforced seating policies that allocated separate sections for blacks and whites. School bus transportation, however, was unavailable in any form for black schoolchildren in the South. Parks recalled going to elementary school in Pine Level, where school buses took white students to their new school and black students had to walk to their school: “I'd see the bus pass every day… But to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world.”

    Though Parks' autobiography recounts that some of her earliest memories are of the kindness of white strangers, her situation made it impossible to ignore racism. When the Ku Klux Klan marched down the street in front of her house, Parks recalls her grandfather guarding the front door with a shotgun. The Montgomery Industrial School, founded and staffed by white northerners for black children, was burned twice by arsonists, and its faculty was ostracized by the white community.

    In 1932, Rosa married Raymond Parks, a barber from Montgomery, at her mother's house. Raymond was a member of the NAACP, at the time collecting money to support the Scottsboro Boys, a group of black men falsely accused of raping two white women. After her marriage, Rosa took a number of jobs ranging from domestic worker to hospital aide. At her husband's urging, she finished her high school studies in 1933, at a time when less than 7 % of African Americans had a high school diploma. Despite the Jim Crow laws that made political participation by black people difficult, she succeeded in registering to vote on her third try.

    In December 1943, Parks became active in the Civil Rights Movement, joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, and was elected volunteer secretary to its president, Edgar Nixon. Of her position, she later said, “I was the only woman there, and they needed a secretary, and I was too timid to say no.” She would continue as secretary until 1957. In the 1940s, Parks and her husband were also members of the Voters' League. Sometime soon after 1944, she held a brief job at Maxwell Air Force Base, a federally owned area where racial segregation was not allowed, and rode on an integrated trolley. Speaking to her biographer, Parks noted, “You might just say Maxwell opened my eyes up.” Parks also worked as a housekeeper and seamstress for a white couple, Clifford and Virginia Durr. The politically liberal Durrs became her friends, and encouraged Parks to attend, and eventually helped sponsor her at the Highlander Folk School, an education center for workers' rights and racial equality in Monteagle, Tennessee, in the summer of 1955.

    Like many blacks, Parks was deeply moved by the brutal murder of Emmett Till in August 1955. On November 27, 1955 (only four days before she refused to give up her seat), she attended a mass meeting in Montgomery which focused on this case. The featured speaker at the meeting was T.R.M. Howard, a black civil rights leader from Mississippi, who headed the Regional Council of Negro Leadership.

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    Civil rights activism
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    Events leading up to boycott
    In 1944, athletic star Jackie Robinson took a similar stand in a confrontation with an Army officer in Fort Hood, Texas, refusing to move to the back of a bus. He was brought before a court-martial, which acquitted him.[1] The NAACP had accepted and litigated other cases before, such as that of Irene Morgan ten years earlier, which resulted in a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on Commerce Clause grounds. That victory, however, overturned state segregation laws only insofar as they applied to travel in interstate commerce, such as interstate bus travel. Black activists had begun to build a case around the arrest of a 15-year-old girl, Claudette Colvin, a student at Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery. On March 2, 1955, Colvin was handcuffed, arrested and forcibly removed from a public bus when she refused to give up her seat to a white man. She screamed that her constitutional rights were being violated. At the time, Colvin was active in the NAACP's Youth Council, a group to which Rosa Parks served as Advisor.


    Seat layout on the bus where Parks sat, December 1, 1955.Colvin recollected, "Mrs. Parks said, 'always do what was right.'" Parks was raising money for Colvin's defense, but when E.D. Nixon learned that Colvin was pregnant, it was decided that Colvin was an unsuitable symbol for their cause. Soon after her arrest she had been impregnated by a much older man, a moral transgression that scandalized the deeply religious black community. Strategists believed that the segregationist white press would use Colvin's pregnancy to undermine any boycott. Some historians have argued that civil rights leaders, who were predominantly middle class, were uneasy with Colvin's impoverished background. [citation needed] The NAACP also had considered, but rejected, earlier protesters deemed unable or unsuitable to withstand the pressures of cross-examination in a legal challenge to racial segregation laws. Colvin was also known to engage in verbal outbursts and cursing. Many of the legal charges against Colvin were dropped. A boycott and legal case never materialized from the Colvin case law, and legal strategists continued to seek a complainant beyond reproach.They didn't publicize Colvin's case because she was pregnant. [2]

    In Montgomery, Alabama, the first four rows of bus seats were reserved for white people. Buses had "colored" sections for black people—who made up more than 75 % of the bus system's riders—generally in the rear of the bus. These sections were not fixed in size, but were determined by the placement of a movable sign. Black people also could sit in the middle rows, until the white section was full. Then they had to move to seats in the rear, stand, or, if there was no room, leave the bus. Black people were not allowed to sit across the aisle from white people. The driver also could move the "colored" section sign, or remove it altogether. If white people were already sitting in the front, black people could board to pay the fare, but then had to disembark and reenter through the rear door. There were times when the bus departed before the black customers who had paid made it to the back entrance.

    For years, the black community had complained that the situation was unfair, and Parks was no exception: "My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest…I did a lot of walking in Montgomery." Parks had her first run-in on the public bus on a rainy day in 1943, when the bus driver, James Blake, demanded that she get off the bus and reenter through the back door. As she began to exit by the front door, she dropped her purse. Parks sat down for a moment in a seat for white passengers, apparently to pick up her purse. The bus driver was enraged and barely let her step off the bus before speeding off. Rosa walked more than five miles home in the rain.

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    Bus protest and arrest

    Fingerprint card of Rosa Parks.After a day at work at Montgomery Fair department store, Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus at around 6 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 1955, in downtown Montgomery. She paid her fare and sat in an empty seat in the first row of back seats reserved for blacks in the "colored" section, which was near the middle of the bus and directly behind the ten seats reserved for white passengers. Initially, she had not noticed that the bus driver was the same man, James F. Blake, who had left her in the rain in 1943. As the bus traveled along its regular route, all of the white-only seats in the bus filled up. The bus reached the third stop in front of the Empire Theater, and several white passengers boarded.

    In 1900, Montgomery had passed a city ordinance for the purpose of segregating passengers by race. Conductors were given the power to assign seats to accomplish that purpose; however, no passengers would be required to move or give up their seat and stand if the bus was crowded and no other seats were available. Over time and by custom, however, Montgomery bus drivers had adopted the practice of requiring black riders to move whenever there were no white only seats left.

    So, following standard practice, bus driver Blake noted that the front of the bus was filled with white passengers and there were two or three men standing, and thus moved the "colored" section sign behind Parks and demanded that four black people give up their seats in the middle section so that the white passengers could sit. Years later, in recalling the events of the day, Parks said, "When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night."

    By Parks' account, Blake said, "Y'all better make it light on yourselves and let me have those seats." [3] Three of them complied. Parks said, "The driver wanted us to stand up, the four of us. We didn't move at the beginning, but he says, 'Let me have these seats.' And the other three people moved, but I didn't." [4] The black man sitting next to her gave up his seat. Parks moved, but toward the window seat; she did not get up to move to the newly repositioned colored section.[5] Blake then said, "Why don't you stand up?" Parks responded, "I said I don't think I should have to stand up." Blake called the police to arrest Parks. When recalling the incident for Eyes on the Prize, a 1987 public television series on the Civil Rights Movement, Parks said, "When he saw me still sitting, he asked if I was going to stand up, and I said, 'No, I'm not.' And he said, 'Well, if you don't stand up, I'm going to have to call the police and have you arrested.' I said, 'You may do that.'"

    During a 1956 radio interview with Sydney Rogers in West Oakland several months after her arrest, when asked why she had decided not to vacate her bus seat, Parks said, "I would have to know for once and for all what rights I had as a human being and a citizen of Montgomery, Alabama."

    Parks also detailed her motivation in her autobiography, My Story[6]

    People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.


    Police report on Rosa Parks, December 1, 1955, page 1.When Parks refused to give up her seat, a police officer arrested her. As the officer took her away, she recalled that she asked, "Why do you push us around?" The officer's response as she remembered it was, "I don't know, but the law's the law, and you're under arrest." She later said, "I only knew that, as I was being arrested, that it was the very last time that I would ever ride in humiliation of this kind."

    Parks was charged with a violation of Chapter 6, Section 11 segregation law of the Montgomery City code, even though she technically had not taken up a white-only seat—she had been in a colored section. E.D. Nixon and Clifford Durr bailed Parks out of jail the evening of December 1. Nixon then persuaded her to allow her case to be used to challenge the city's bus segregation policy. That evening, Nixon conferred with Alabama State College professor Jo Ann Robinson about Parks' case. Nixon also consulted African American attorney Fred Gray. Together, they agreed that a long-term legal challenge of bus segregation should be underscored by a one-day boycott of the bus system. Nixon and Robinson went about setting the boycott into motion that evening. Nixon spent the late evening talking and drawing up a list of prominent black leaders from Montgomery for support.

    Four days later, Parks was tried on charges of disorderly conduct and violating a local ordinance. The trial lasted 30 minutes. Parks was found guilty and fined $10, plus $4 in court costs.[7] Parks appealed her conviction and formally challenged the legality of racial segregation. In a 1992 interview with National Public Radio's Lynn Neary, Parks recalled:

    I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for. It was just time... there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.


    Police report on Rosa Parks, December 1, 1955, page 2.On Monday, December 5, 1955, a group of 16 to 18 people gathered at the Mt. Zion AME Zion Church to discuss boycott strategies. The group agreed that a new organization was needed to lead the boycott effort if it were to continue. Rev. Ralph David Abernathy suggested the name "Montgomery Improvement Association" (MIA). The name was adopted, and the MIA was formed. Its members elected as their president a relative newcomer to Montgomery, a young and mostly unknown minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    That Monday night, 50 leaders of the African American community gathered to discuss the proper actions to be taken in response to Parks' arrest. E.D. Nixon said, "My God, look what segregation has put in my hands!" Parks was the ideal plaintiff for a test case against city and state segregation laws. While the 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, unwed and pregnant, had been deemed unacceptable to be the center of a civil rights mobilization, King stated that, "Mrs. Parks, on the other hand, was regarded as one of the finest citizens of Montgomery—not one of the finest Negro citizens, but one of the finest citizens of Montgomery." Parks was securely married and employed, possessed a quiet and dignified demeanor, and was politically savvy.

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    Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Deputy Sheriff D.H. Lackey fingerprints Parks on February 22, 1956 during the bus boycott arrests.The night of Friday, December 2, 1955, Jo Ann Robinson of the Women's Political Council (WPC) mimeographed over 35,000 handbills announcing a bus boycott. The WPC was the first group to officially endorse the boycott.

    On Sunday, December 4, 1955, plans for the Montgomery Bus Boycott were announced at black churches in the area, and a front-page article in The Montgomery Advertiser helped spread the word. At a church rally that night, attendees unanimously agreed to continue the boycott until they were treated with the level of courtesy they expected, until black drivers were hired, and until seating in the middle of the bus was handled on a first-come basis.

    The day of Parks' trial, Monday, December 5, 1955, the WPC distributed the 35,000 leaflets. The handbill read, "We are…asking every Negro to stay off the buses Monday in protest of the arrest and trial…. You can afford to stay out of school for one day. If you work, take a cab, or walk. But please, children and grown-ups, don't ride the bus at all on Monday. Please stay off the buses Monday."[8]

    It rained that day, but the black community persevered in their boycott. Some rode in carpools, while others traveled in black-operated cabs that charged the same fare as the bus, 10 cents. Most of the remainder of the 40,000 black commuters walked, some as far as 20 miles. In the end, the boycott lasted for 382 days. Dozens of public buses stood idle for months, severely damaging the bus transit company's finances, until the law requiring segregation on public buses was lifted.

    Segregationists retaliated with terrorism. Black churches were burned or dynamited. Martin Luther King's home was bombed in the early morning hours of January 30, 1956, and E.D. Nixon's home was also attacked. However, the black community's bus boycott marked one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation. It sparked many other protests, and it catapulted King to the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Through her role in sparking the boycott, Rosa Parks played an important part in internationalizing the awareness of the plight of African Americans and the civil rights struggle. King wrote in his 1958 book Stride Toward Freedom that Parks' arrest was the precipitating factor, rather than the cause, of the protest: "The cause lay deep in the record of similar injustices…. Actually, no one can understand the action of Mrs. Parks unless he realizes that eventually the cup of endurance runs over, and the human personality cries out, 'I can take it no longer.'"

    The Montgomery bus boycott was also the inspiration for the bus boycott in the township of Alexandria in South Africa which was one of the key events in the radicalization of the black majority of that country under the leadership of the African National Congress.

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    Browder v. Gayle

    The Montgomery Sheriff's Department's photo of Rosa Parks, taken when she was booked on February 22, 1956.Immediately after the initiation of the bus boycott, legal strategists began to discuss the need for a federal lawsuit to challenge city and state bus segregation laws, and approximately two months after the boycott began, they reconsidered Claudette Colvin's case. Attorneys Fred Gray, E.D. Nixon and Clifford Durr (a white lawyer who, with his wife, Virginia, was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement and a former employer of Parks) searched for the ideal case law to challenge the constitutional legitimacy of city and state bus segregation laws. Parks' case was not used as the basis for the federal lawsuit because, as a criminal case, it would have had to make its way through the state criminal appeals process before a federal appeal could have been filed. City and state officials could have delayed a final rendering for years. Furthermore, attorney Durr believed it possible that the outcome would merely have been the vacating of Parks' conviction, with no changes in segregation laws.[9]

    Gray researched for a better lawsuit, consulting with NAACP legal counsels Robert Carter and Thurgood Marshall, who would later become U.S. solicitor general and a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Gray approached Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, Claudette Colvin and Mary Louise Smith, all women who had had disputes involving the Montgomery bus system the previous year. They all agreed to become plaintiffs in a civil action law suit. Browder was a Montgomery housewife, Gayle the mayor of Montgomery. February 1, 1956, the case of Browder v. Gayle was filed in U.S. District Court by Fred Gray. It was Browder v. Gayle that brought segregation to an end on public buses.[10]

    June 19, 1956, the U.S. District Court's three-judge panel ruled that Section 301 (31a, 31b and 31c) of Title 48, Code of Alabama, 1940, as amended, and Sections 10 and 11 of Chapter 6 of the Code of the City of Montgomery, 1952, "deny and deprive plaintiffs and other Negro citizens similarly situated of the equal protection of the laws and due process of law secured by the Fourteenth Amendment" (Browder v. Gayle, 1956). The court essentially decided that the precedent of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) could be applied to Browder v. Gayle. November 13, 1956, the United States Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation on buses, deeming it unconstitutional. The court order arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, December 20, 1956, and the bus boycott ended the next day. However, more violence erupted following the court order, as snipers fired into buses and into King's home, and terrorists threw bombs into churches and into the homes of many church ministers.[11]

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    The later years

    Rosa Parks on a Montgomery bus on December 21, 1956, the day Montgomery's public transportation system was legally integrated. Behind Parks is Nicholas C. Chriss, a UPI reporter covering the event.After her arrest, Parks became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, but suffered hardships as a result. She lost her job at the department store, and her husband quit his job after his boss forbade him from talking about his wife or the legal case. Parks traveled and spoke extensively. In 1957, Raymond and Rosa Parks left Montgomery for Hampton, Virginia—mostly because she was unable to find work, but also because of disagreements with King and other leaders of Montgomery's struggling civil rights movement. In Hampton, she found a job as a hostess in an inn at black Hampton Institute. Later that year, after the urging of her younger brother Sylvester Parks, her husband Raymond, and her mother Leona McCauley, moved to Detroit, Michigan.

    Parks worked as a seamstress until 1965, when African-American U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) hired her as a secretary and receptionist for his congressional office in Detroit. She held this position until she retired in 1988.[10] In a telephone interview with CNN on October 24, 2005, Conyers recalled, "You treated her with deference because she was so quiet, so serene—just a very special person…. There is only one Rosa Parks." Later in life, Parks also served as a member of the Board of Advocates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

    Rosa Parks and Elaine Eason Steele co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in February 1987, in honor of Rosa's husband, who died from cancer in 1977. The institute runs the "Pathways to Freedom" bus tours, which introduce young people to important civil rights and Underground Railroad sites throughout the country. On a 1997 trip, the Pathways to Freedom bus drove into a river, resulting in the death of Adisa Foluke. Foluke, who was referred to as Parks' adopted grandson, also had been a chaperon on the bus. Several others were injured.


    Rosa Parks in 1964.In 1992, Parks published Rosa Parks: My Story, an autobiography aimed at younger readers which details her life leading up to her decision not to give up her seat. In 1995, she published her memoirs, titled Quiet Strength, which focuses on the role that her faith had played in her life.

    August 30, 1994, Joseph Skipper, an African-American drug addict, attacked the then 81-year-old Parks in her home. The incident sparked outrage throughout America. After his arrest, Skipper said that he had not known he was in Parks' home, but recognized her after entering. Skipper asked, "Hey, aren't you Rosa Parks?" to which she replied, "Yes." She handed him $3 when he demanded money, and an additional $50 when he demanded more. Before fleeing, Skipper struck Parks in the face.[12] Skipper was arrested and charged with various breaking and entering offenses against Parks and other neighborhood victims. He admitted guilt and, on August 8, 1995, was sentenced to eight to 15 years in prison.[13]

    A comedic scene in the 2002 film Barbershop featured a cantankerous barber, played by Cedric the Entertainer, arguing with co-workers and shop patrons that other African Americans before Parks had resisted giving up their seats in defiance of Jim Crow laws, and that she had received undeserved fame because of her status as an NAACP secretary. Activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton launched a boycott against the film, contending it was "disrespectful", but then-NAACP president Kweisi Mfume stated he thought the controversy was "overblown."[14] The scene also offended Parks, who boycotted the NAACP 2003 Image Awards ceremony, which Cedric hosted. "Barbershop" received nominations in four awards categories that, including a "Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture" nomination for Cedric. He did not win in that category, however, but won an award for his work as a supporting actor in the television series The Proud Family.

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    Law suits
    In March 1999, a lawsuit was filed on Parks' behalf against American hip-hop duo OutKast and LaFace Records, claiming that the group had illegally used Rosa Parks' name without her permission for the song "Rosa Parks", the most successful radio single of OutKast's 1998 album Aquemini. The song's chorus, which Parks' legal defense felt was disrespectful to Parks, is as follows: "Ah ha, hush that fuss / Everybody move to the back of the bus / Do you want to bump and slump with us / We the type of people make the club get crunk."

    The case was dismissed in November 1999 by US District Court Judge Barbara Hackett. In August 2000, Parks hired attorney Johnnie Cochran to help her appeal the district court's decision. Cochran argued that the song did not have First Amendment protection because, although its title carried Parks' name, its lyrics were not about her. However, U.S. District Judge Barbara Hackett upheld OutKast's right to use Parks' name in November 1999, and Parks took the case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where some charges were remanded for further trial.

    Parks' attorneys and caretaker, Elaine Steele, refiled in August 2004, and named BMG, Arista Records and LaFace Records as the defendants, along with several parties not directly connected to the song, including Barnes & Noble and Borders Group for selling the song, and Gregory Dark and Braddon Mendelson, the director and producer, respectively, of the 1998 music video, asking for $5 billion in damages.

    In October 2004, U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh appointed Dennis Archer, a former mayor of Detroit and Michigan Supreme Court justice, as guardian of legal matters for Parks after her family expressed concerns that her caretakers and her lawyers were pursuing the case based on their own financial interest.[15] "My auntie would never, ever go to this length to hurt some young artists trying to make it in the world," Parks' niece Rhea McCauley said in an Associated Press interview. "As a family, our fear is that during her last days Auntie Rosa will be surrounded by strangers trying to make money off of her name."[16]

    The lawsuit was settled April 15, 2005. In the settlement agreement, OutKast and their producers and record labels paid Parks an undisclosed cash settlement and agreed to work with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in creating educational programs about the life of Rosa Parks. The record labels and OutKast admitted to no wrongdoing. It is not known whether Parks' legal fees were paid for from her settlement money or by the record companies.[17]

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    Death and funeral
    October 25, 2005, edition of The Montgomery Advertiser after Rosa Parks' death.Rosa Parks resided in Detroit until she died at the age of 92 on October 24, 2005, at about 19:00 EDT, in her apartment on the east side of the city. She had been diagnosed with progressive dementia in 2004.

    City officials in Montgomery and Detroit announced on October 27 that the front seats of their city buses would be reserved with black ribbons in honor of Parks until her funeral. Parks' coffin was flown to Montgomery, Alabama and taken in a horse-drawn hearse to the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, where she lay in repose at the altar, dressed in the uniform of a church deaconess, on October 29. A memorial service was held there the following morning, and one of the speakers, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said that if it were not for Rosa Parks, she would probably have never become the Secretary of State. In the evening the casket was transported to Washington, D.C. and taken, aboard a bus similar to the one in which she made her protest, to lay in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda (making her the first woman and second African American ever to receive this honor). An estimated 50,000 people viewed the casket there, and the event was broadcast on television on October 31. This was followed by another memorial service at a different St. Paul AME church in Washington on the afternoon of October 31. For two days, she lay in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

    The funeral was held on Wednesday, November 2, at the Greater Grace Temple Church. After the funeral service, an honor guard from the Michigan National Guard laid the U.S. flag over the casket and carried it to a horse-drawn hearse, which had been intended to carry it, in daylight, to the cemetery. As the hearse passed the thousands of people who had turned out to view the procession, many clapped and released white balloons. Rosa was interred between her husband and mother at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery in the chapel's mausoleum. (The chapel was renamed the Rosa L. Parks Freedom Chapel just after her death.)[18] Parks had previously prepared and placed a headstone on the selected location with the inscription "Rosa L. Parks, wife, 1913–".

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    Awards and honors

    Rosa Parks with the NAACP's highest award, the Spingarn Medal, in 1979.
    The Rosa Parks Congressional Gold Medal bears the legend "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement".Parks received most of her national accolades very late in life, with relatively few awards and honors being given to her until many decades after the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In 1979, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People awarded Parks the Spingarn Medal, its highest honor, and she received the Martin Luther King Sr. Award the next year. She was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1983 for her achievements in civil rights. In 1990, she was called at the last moment to be part of the group welcoming Nelson Mandela, who had just been released from his imprisonment in South Africa. Upon spotting her in the reception line, Mandela called out her name and, hugging her, said, "You sustained me while I was in prison all those years." [19]

    Parks received the Rosa Parks Peace Prize in 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden. On September 9, 1996, President Bill Clinton presented Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given by the U.S. executive branch. In 1998, she became the first recipient of the International Freedom Conductor Award given by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The next year, Parks was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award given by the U.S. legislative branch and also received the Detroit-Windsor International Freedom Festival Freedom Award. Parks was a guest of President Bill Clinton during his 1999 State of the Union Address. Also that year, Time magazine named Parks one of the 20 most influential and iconic figures of the twentieth century.[20] In 2000, her home state awarded her the Alabama Academy of Honor, as well as the first Governor's Medal of Honor for Extraordinary Courage. She was also awarded two dozen honorary doctorates from universities worldwide, and was made an honorary member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.


    Rosa Parks and U.S. President Bill ClintonThe Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, was dedicated to her in November 2001. It is located on the corner where Parks boarded the famed bus. The most popular item in the museum is a sculpture of Parks sitting on a bus bench. The documentary "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks" received a 2002 nomination for Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. She also collaborated that year in a TV movie of her life starring Angela Bassett.

    The United States Senate passed a resolution on October 27, 2005 to honor Parks by allowing her body to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The House of Representatives approved the resolution on October 28. Since the founding of the practice of lying in state in the Rotunda in 1852, Parks was the 31st person, the first woman, the first American who had not been a U.S. government official, and the second non-government official (after Frenchman Pierre L'Enfant). She was also the second black person to lie in state, after Jacob Chestnut, one of the two United States Capitol Police officers who were fatally shot by Russell Eugene Weston Jr. on July 24, 1998. Former President Ronald Reagan was the last person to lie in state in the Rotunda, in 2004.

    On October 30, President George W. Bush issued a Proclamation ordering that all flags on US public areas both within the country and abroad be flown at half-staff on the day of Park's funeral.


    The No. 2857 (GM serial number 1132, coach ID #2857) bus, which Rosa Parks was riding on before she was arrested, is now a museum exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.Metro Transit in King County, Washington placed stickers[21] dedicating the first forward-facing seat of all its buses in Parks' memory shortly after her death, and the American Public Transportation Association declared December 1, 2005, the 50th anniversary of her arrest, to be a "National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day". [22] On that anniversary, President George W. Bush signed H. R. 4145, directing that a statue of Parks be placed in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. In signing the resolution directing the Joint Commission on the Library to do so, the President stated:

    By placing her statue in the heart of the nation's Capitol, we commemorate her work for a more perfect union, and we commit ourselves to continue to struggle for justice for every American. [23]

    On February 5, 2006, at Super Bowl XL, played at Detroit's Ford Field, the late Coretta Scott King and Parks, who had been a long-time resident of "The Motor City", were remembered and honored by a moment of silence. It was noted that the honor was to show respect for two women who had "helped make the nation as a whole great."




    Doctor Wang Wenyi (Chinese: 王文怡; Pinyin: Wáng Wényí; born October 26, 1958 in Jilin) is a pathologist[1] and journalist for the Falun Gong-affiliated newspaper The Epoch Times. Wang Wenyi is a Chinese national who has lived in the United States for 20 years of her life. Wang was trained in China as a medical doctor, holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Chicago[1], and recently completed her residency as a pathologist at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.[1]

    On April 20, 2006, during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States, she got a valid journalist pass that gave her access to the ceremony and loudly shouted for about 45 seconds during a speech given by Mr. Hu [2].

    Her shouts in Chinese and English were also directed toward American President George W. Bush with comments such as "President Bush, stop him from killing" and "President Bush, stop him from persecuting the Falun Gong." Chinese audiences in mainland China will not see images of Wang Wenyi's protest through their state-run TV. According to the AFP, “CNN television said Chinese authorities blocked the transmission of its pictures of the protest in China.”[3]

    "Wang is a naturalized U.S. citizen who works as a journalist for the Epoch Times." according to CNN [4]. Her U.S. citizenship was approved according to a CNN's interview with her. [5] She has multiple roles as shown in archived newspaper articles: Epoch Times Vice President according to an article in September 2005 [6]; Medical Professionals according to an article in April 2006 [7] and Chief Editor of Medical Life Journal according to an interview by John Batchelor in April 2006 [8].

    "Wang helped research the recent Epoch Times articles on organ harvesting and was "very overstressed"," The Epoch Times spokewoman Terry Wu said, "When she saw Bush shake the hand of the Chinese leader, she felt obligated to speak out".[9]

    What Wang Wenyi was protesting was the persecution [10] of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Since July 1999 when the Chinese government banned the practice of Falun Gong, it has been alleged that hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally detained as prisoners in labour camps for refusing to recant their beliefs. They are routinely beaten, tortured, raped, and injected with mind-altering drugs. [2] And recently, it was alleged that there are 36 concentration camps in China which harvest the organs of thousands of live Falun Gong practitioners.[11][12][13]

    On April 21, 2006, Wang Wenyi was charged in federal court with a misdemeanor of willfully intimidating, coercing, threatening and harassing a foreign official.[14] After waiting overnight in jail, Wang was formally charged with "knowingly and willfully intimidating, coercing, threatening or harassing … a foreign official performing his duties," a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of $5,000.[1] Then Wang read a prepared statement to reporters. "What I did was say just a few words at a moment in history. It was an act of conscience and an act of civil disobedience."[15] "I've devoted much of my time trying to stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China, especially the harvesting of organs," she said[16]. She could not work in China since her entry to China was denied even when her father living in China passed away in 2005.[17] She was released without bail pending further proceedings.[18]

    She was charged with disorderly conduct [19]. The Epoch Times is known to use such language to describe Chinese government officials [citation needed], and called for the overthrow of the Chinese communist government via its "Resign from CCP" campaign [20]. But Wang's defense attorney, John Bos pointed that "Before the Secret Service escorted Wang from the media platform, a cameraman pulled the banner from her hands and tried to quiet her by placing his hands on her mouth[21]. Bos said that, rather than Wang's shouts, could have caused Hu to pause in his remarks."[22]

    In 2001, she penetrated a security cordon in Malta during a visit of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and got into an argument with him.[1]

    Falun Gong Demonstrator Speaks Out On Chinese Government's Ghoulish Organ Harvesting

  • Prison Planet TV Interviews Wenyi Wang (audio)















  • Falun Gong Demonstrator Speaks Out On Chinese Government's Ghoulish Organ Harvesting
    Strikes back at secret service, media rebuke of her protest

    Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison Planet.com | April 25 2006

    Dr Wang Wenyi, the brave demonstrator who was arrested by the secret service and rebuked by the US media for protesting the visit of brutal despot Hu Jintao, has spoken out against her treatment and further highlighted the Chinese government's persecution and live organ harvesting of Falun Gong members.

    Talking to The Alex Jones Show, Dr. Wenyi said that in the media translation of her words from Chinese, the intended meaning of what she said during her protest had been completely distorted, leading to an erroneous charge of threatening a foreign official for which she faces 6 months in jail.

    "I want to make it clear that this is not a threat because I just want to call urgently upon the people's help because there's an atrocity going on," said Wenyi, bringing attention to Falun Gong practitioners being abducted to concentration camps and having their organs harvested.

    "I said that if you continue to persecute Falun Gong then your days be numbered, that means that your time is running out, the time in your office," said Wenyi, questioning how one person could intimidate a head of state with a million man army behind him.

    Wenyi described how, despite censorship attempts by the Chinese government supported by US corporations like Yahoo and Google, the Internet was lighting the touch paper for an underground revolution in China.

    "I think people now have more of a connection with the outside world. Before it was closed up and now they have, even though they try and censor the information....the Internet....so now they realize in what kind of situation they live and they want more freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and belief."

    Wenyi mentioned the website, China International Transplantation Center (http://en.zoukiishoku.com), which promises customers organ transplants on demand within two weeks.

    On a sub page of the website, the organization thanks the support of the Chinese government, stating, "The Supreme Demotic Court, Supreme Demotic Law-officer, Police, Judiciary, Department of Health and Civil Administration have enacted a law together to make sure that organ donations are supported."

    "As a physician I know it is not simple to do the transplantation. Not only do you need a blood type match, most importantly you have to match your tissue....so if in the United States someone wants their kidney out they have to wait for years," said Wenyi.

    Organs are put up for sale on the Chinese market so frequently because of the regular supply from persecuted political dissidents who are killed for their organs during ghoulish live operations. The Chinese government even advertises the speed of its transplantation process yet the media still reports the entire subject as speculation on the part of Falun Gong.

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    Wenyi discussed cases she had personally investigated and reported on for the Epoch Times in which Falun Gong practitioners were tortured to death and had their organs removed. A heart is worth $200,000 and a kidney $62,000 on the international organ trade market.

    Stories of organ harvesting from political prisoners and Falun Gong members are widespread and confirmed by multiple mainstream sources, including last week the esteemed British Transplantation Society, yet the State Department, even contradicting it's own reports, suggested that it is an "urban myth."

    Wenyi said that the Chinese Communist dictatorship were afraid of Falun Gong, a conscience enhancing spiritual form of exercise practiced by Tibetan Monks, because it was outside the Communist ideology and it could make Chinese citizens self-aware and more individualistic.

    Wenyi said that the persecution of Falun Gong was clearly not working for Hu Jintao's regime as Falun Gong's numbers more than double those of new members of the Communist Party every year.

    Wenyi highlighted the comments of Chinese General Zhu Chenghu, who threatened to attack 200 American cities with nuclear weapons if the US got involved in a Sino confrontation with Taiwan.

    The US media continues to soft-peddle and make apologies for the tyrannical dictatorship of China, blindly following its cue from the Bush administration, who have continued the Clintonian legacy of lowering the gates for the rampaging Chinese dragon in anticipation of a future stage-managed conflict.

    Thursday, May 04, 2006

    Christian Leaders Call For Bush Administration To Drop Charges Against Wenyi Wang













    Christian Leaders Call for Bush Administration to Drop Charges Against Falun Gong Activist Wenyi Wang at Georgetown University News Conference

    To: National Desk

    Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, 202-547-1735, 540-538-4741 cell; Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council, 703-447-7686 cell

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /Christian Wire Service/ -- Wenyi Wang is facing up to six months in federal prison for protesting at a White House news conference with President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    At the White House event, Dr. Wenyi Wang shouted, "President Bush, stop him (President Hu) from persecuting Falun Gong" and, "President Bush, stop him from killing."

    News Conference Details---

    When: Wednesday, April 26th, at 11:00 A.M.

    Where: Georgetown University. The news conference will be held, outside, in the area of the university called Red Square during a three day conference on religious freedom and tolerance at Georgetown.

    Who: Christian Defense and the National Clergy Council

    Why: The Christian Defense and the National Clergy Council will issue their call for the charges against Wenyi Wang to be dropped

    Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "We are extremely disappointed that the Bush Administration is bringing charges against Dr. Wenyi Wang that may result in her spending six months in federal prison. Her crime? Shouting out for President Bush to help stop the killing and religious persecution of Falun Gong. We believe these federal charges are sending a horrible message to the worldwide community concerning America's commitment to protecting religious freedom and liberties.

    "It is seems extremely hypocritical for the White House to roll out the red carpet for a world leader whose government supports the trampling and crushing of human rights. And, at the same time pursue prison time for a women fighting to end religious persecution and violence. Our message is clear; President Bush, support religious freedom and the First Amendment, and drop all charges against Dr. Wang."

    Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council, states, "With all due respect to President Bush, this incident demands leniency. This is an extraordinary case. Wenyi Wang was persecuted by one of the last totalitarian communist regimes left on Earth. Communist China is an enemy of the United States and Hu Jintao embodies one of the worst, most abusive and morally bankrupt regimes in the history of the human race. Wenyi Wang had proper press credentials to be where she was. Her only crime was to interrupt Chinese President Hu Jintao, the chief of this illegitimate, murderous, repressive and repugnant government.

    "The Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant church leaders of the National Clergy Council appeal to President Bush and federal prosecutors to drop these charges. The President should reinforce the inalienable God-give rights of Wenyi Wang, not accommodate the harsh ego of a cruel dictator."

    Falun Gong Demonstrator Embarrasses Global Mafia










    Falun Gong Demonstrator Embarrasses Global Mafia
    Thursday April 20th 2006, 3:02 pm

    Derek Mitchell, a former Asia adviser at the Pentagon and now an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a neolib “private organization,” told CNN how he feels about free speech, even when it disrupts a confab between dictators (or meeting between global Mafia dons). China “must know that this Bush administration is good at controlling crowds for themselves, and the fact that they couldn’t control this is going to play to their worse fears and suspicions about the United States, into mistrust about American intentions toward China.” Mitchell made the remark after a Chinese woman, reportedly a member of Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa), a persecuted religious group in the slave labor gulag of China, “began shouting from the top of a camera stand that was located directly in front” of the dictator of the United States and his counterpart from China, Hu Jintao.

    Indeed, as Mitchell proudly admitted, the “Bush administration is good at controlling crowds,” even sweeping potential disagreers (in opposition to the decider dictator) from public street corners before Bush comes to town. Such “crowds,” believers in the First Amendment of the Constitution, have for years now been shuffled off to Orwellian doublespeak “free speech zones” that are little more than temporary concentration camps. In China, they are shot, sent off to a labor camp, or have their internal organs harvested.

    How dare this woman interrupt our court-appointed and Diebold voting machine selected monarch and his guest, a “communist” (no relation to Karl Marx and the dictatorship of the proles) described as “a pragmatist and hard-liner as far as any effort of political reform is concerned,” in other words he has no problem killing people who disagree with his dictatorial rule (in China, if you dare speak out against the government, you are sent packing to a Laogai forced labor camp and the fruit of your coerced labor is then imported to America where thankful and semi-somnolent bargain hunters crowd like rats in a maze at Wal-Mart and other “free trade” emporiums).

    Members of Falun Gong are especially outraged because the sadists ruling China have set up the Sujiatun Death Camp especially for them and then harvest their organs and sell them off to rich foreigners. According to the Integrated Committee to Investigate the Secret Sujiatun Concentration Camp and the Facts of the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, since “2001, concentration camps similar to the one in Sujiatun have been set up in multiple provinces to detain large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners. In those camps, the authorities perform organ harvesting from live practitioners for sale and then cremate the remains to destroy the evidence. The atrocities were exposed to the international community in the beginning of March. Within three weeks, the underground concentration camp in Sujiatun was quickly relocated. Meanwhile, some hospitals and transplant centers in China are rushing to perform a large number of transplant operations: A slaughter to destroy witnesses/victims of the concentration camps is happening, and we urgently call upon the international community to initiate rescue programs to stop this new genocide.”

    For less threatening dissidents, psychiatric hospitals, part of “China’s notorious Ankang system,” suffice. According to Human Rights Watch, political dissidents are diagnosed with an odd malady called “political monomania,” a condition “not found in any internationally recognized list of psychiatric illnesses,” and forcibly drugged and electroshocked. “The Communists are cruel. Inside the Ankang, there is nothing but terror and fear,” Qiu Jinyou told Die Zeit magazine (see previous link). “Not even the murderers there were treated as harshly as inmates of my category—people who had filed complaints or petitions with the authorities. During my time in the Ankang, I was tortured three to four times a week. I thought I was going to die there.” Meng Xiaoxia describes a “system of punishment and forced medication in the Xi’an Ankang. She was forcibly held there for altogether 10 years, without even once receiving a medical or psychiatric examination. She was given electric shock treatment, with electrodes placed on her forehead, on three occasions, and she was also subjected to insulin coma therapy—a treatment that is elsewhere almost unknown today due to its dangerous side effects. More generally, Ms. Meng described everyday life in the Ankang as being one where inmates endured severe punishments on an almost routine basis, creating an atmosphere of constant fear and anguish among them.”

    Instead of asking the “pragmatist and hard-liner” Hu Jintao why he condones torture and organ harvesting of dissidents, “Bush, standing next to Hu, leaned over and whispered to Hu, ‘You’re OK,’ indicating the Chinese leader should proceed with his opening remarks…. expected to focus on trade, human rights and the diplomatic standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.”

    Jintao and Bush are OK, but the rest of us are screwed. In addition to our globalist rulers selling out the country to China in return for low-interest loans (newspaper op-ed scribes like to call this “fiscal irresponsibility”) and flooding our multinational and mega-corporate chainstores and strip malls with cheap products manufactured by slaves and political prisoners, it is obvious to those of us who pay attention the United States under the rule of the neoliberal and neocon elite is in the process of transforming itself into a totalitarian state that will one day (and sooner before later) become as brutal and sadistic as China. Government—unchecked, unbalanced, and left to its own devices—always becomes a tyrannical leviathan.

    Pro-Torture, Pro-Tyranny Media Rebukes Brave Falun Gong Protester Woman Who Told Mass Murdering Dictator Hu 'Your Days Are Numbered'.













    Pro-Torture, Pro-Tyranny Media Rebukes Brave Falun Gong Protester
    Woman who told mass murdering dictator Hu "your days are numbered" grabbed and arrested by secret service

    Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison Planet.com | April 21 2006

    The courageous and awe-inspiring actions of the Falun Gong member who warned China's imperial festering slug dictator Hu Jintao that his "day's were numbered" were met with a reaction that foretells the collapse of America into the exact same style of tyrannical despotism mastered by the absolute rulers of China.

    Wang Wenyi, a reporter for The Epoch Times, admonished President Bush to stop Hu from persecuting the Falun Gong and after a couple of minutes was grabbed by secret service agents who are now trying to charge her with intimidating a foreign official.

    A foreign official who rules over a Communist jackboot society in which any dissent is crushed by the iron fist of the state.

    After listening to talk radio in the hours after the incident, we were sickened to hear radio hosts and callers attacking the demonstrator for daring to interrupt President Bush, claiming that it sent the wrong message to China in that the US was not able to manage geopolitical events smoothly.

    They were actually insinuating that it was an American virtue to silence free speech and dissent and that the demonstrator made the country look weak to the visiting Chinese despots.

    This was echoed by news anchors across the nation. Watch the video and notice how the CNN presenters express relief when the secret service finally grabs and drags her away.

    The Drudge Report picked up stories about how not only Chinese TV but also CNN International had tried to censor the protester.

    "On China TV: As Hu was speaking when yells of protesters became audible, the screen went black. When the feed came back the screen once again went black when woman was again heard. During CNN International's post-speech commentary, at mention of south lawn heckler, the screen also went black again. The CNN feed returned when the incident ended."

    Derek Mitchell, a former Pentagon advisor told the Associated Press that the spectacle was an embarrassment because China, "must know that this Bush administration is good at controlling crowds for themselves, and the fact that they couldn't control this is going to play to their worse fears and suspicions about the United States, into mistrust about American intentions toward China."



    The only embarrassment is Mitchell - he is an embarrassment to what it means to be an American. How dare this boot-licking pond scum piece of trash equate the image of America with crowd control and the wholesale abolition of free speech? The Bush administration's taste for staged-managed public town hall meetings and "free-speech zones" would sit perfectly with the Chinese dictatorship as shining examples of how to create the false perception that dissent is only confined to the fringes of society.

    If the Bush administration was really devoted to encouraging freedom around the world then why is it cosying up to and making apologies for the most mechanized and tyrannical police state on planet earth?

    US officials involved in Hu's visit were quoted by Reuters expressing their anger that it took more than two minutes to grab Wenyi and worried about how it would reflect on Hu's team of traveling bottom feeding power prostitutes.

    The reaction from Bush was to be expected. His apology was not offered to Falun Gong or the millions of other persecuted and tortured for his failure to demand answers from Hu, but to Hu himself for the unfortunate embarrassment it caused.

    Are we surprised that a President who has presided over a global torture policy and declared himself to be above the law finds common ground with a sniveling disgusting puss filled worm in the shape of Hu Jintao?

    Wang Wenyi, Hu Jintao, And George Bush At White House April 20, 2006



  • Wang Wenyi, Hu Jintao, and George Bush At White House April 20, 2006(video)





  • Banned in China. Chinese audiences will not see images of Wang Wenyi, the protester at the White House today. According to the AFP, “CNN television said Chinese authorities blocked the transmission of its pictures of the protest in China.”

    UPDATE: Wang will likely be charged by U.S. officials with “attempting to intimidate, coerce, threaten or harrass a foreign official” and may receive up to six months in prison. April 20, 2006 7:41 pm | Comment (40)

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    Surprised by the censorship?

    Both countries outwardly do it and flaunt it.

    Comment by Max-1 — April 20, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

    manipulating the press, eh? I’ll say it again: Bush and Hu are like two snowpeas in a pod…

    Comment by Pete Bogs — April 20, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

    They’ll see it on the internets! Somehow, they’ll see it.

    Comment by Zookeeper — April 20, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

    To any chinese reading , after the heckler Hu immediately turned to Bush and tounge kissed , but that also was censured .

    Comment by Michdem — April 20, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

    Google, Yahoo, and CNN all cave to China at the drop of a hat. Murdoch has been a good toady for years.

    Tomorrow China is going to make MSNBC do a little dance. Just for kicks.

    Comment by Laszlo Panaflex — April 20, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

    And this surprises, who? Bueller, Bueller, anyone?

    Comment by Theresa — April 20, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

    Who’s Wang Wenyi?
    Our news didn’t cover any Wang Wenyi…did they?

    Comment by Silly Little American Boy — April 20, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

    CNN International, which is available in many parts of China, carried the protest.

    Comment by Badmoodman — April 20, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    To George a “Free Speech Zone” is the answer to this remark he made “Their ought to be limits to Freedom”

    No George, thats Communism, How many times does Condi have to remind you?

    Comment by one eye buck tooth [X^B — April 20, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    #6 - ’nuff said. Yet we import billions of dollars of goods from China - with Wal-Mart being the largest importer, unless I’m mistaken. The ironic part of this is that we allow such imports from China, but how dare you try to import Cuban cigars…. go figure! Why is Cuba such a “bad” country (dictator) when China is a “good” country? (aka Wal-Mart)

    Comment by MrTimPA — April 20, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

    I am sure China won’t show the pictures of tanks squashing pro-democracy protesters in America after Bush voids the 2006 elections in a declared state of emergency.

    -GSD

    Bush and Hu, one pea, one pud.

    Comment by GSD — April 20, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

    George W. Bush is a God-damned Communist! Can we outsource Bush to China? Can we?

    Comment by Matthew J. Price — April 20, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    Did anyone see last week’s Frontline involving the student protests in China back in 89′? And the guy who stood in front of the tanks? Why can’t Google and CNN be
    as brave as that guy?

    Comment by JIMBO — April 20, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

    Let’s see…1.2 BILLION people in China…yep you can hide this protest story from everyone of them……sureeeeeeeeeee you can.

    Comment by wisedup — April 20, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

    For a religious guy, he doesn’t press very hard on that matter. I mean, he says he brought it up, freedom of worship … somewhere between the photo ops and the screaming, and then when the little disturbance is over and the protester for freedom of religion was dragged out, he apologized as I suppose a host must. What a bad position to be in, eh?
    Heh heh.
    Lie down with dogs… fleas.

    Comment by Solitaire — April 21, 2006 @ 12:55 am

    Before they went into the oval comminstic office ,bush the jerk off turn to hu the jerk off and said,I’m sorry that you had to see that.

    bush can say I’m sorry to communistic leader but won’t say I’m sorry to our families that have lost their sons and daughters to this bas$$$td war of profits! he won’t say I Lied To Go to War For Big Oil and Big Corps. I say Tar and Feather The Jerk Face in the Middle Of a Cow Pie In Crawford Texas!

    Yes Free Speech Zones is Communism its suppressing the Voice Of Free Speech.

    Comment by Thot's — April 21, 2006 @ 7:06 am

    Wang will likely be charged by U.S. officials with “attempting to intimidate, coerce, threaten or harrass a foreign official” and may receive up to six months in prison.

    Very logical. She was outside of a “free speech zone”. /sarcasm off.

    But you all really think yet that your country is a free one?

    Comment by Evil Spaniard — April 21, 2006 @ 8:18 am

    And upon conviction, Wang will be whisked off to Gitmo where she will fester with hundreds of other threats to the Lyin King’s reign.

    Comment by Curlew — April 21, 2006 @ 8:20 am

    It’s like deja-vu all over again - Yogi Berra

    War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery
    Ignorance is Strength

    Comment by columbo — April 21, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    But you all really think yet that your country is a free one?

    Comment by Evil Spaniard — April 21, 2006 @ 8:18 am

    Not those of us in here. We know we aren’t free. We haven’t been in a number of years. Maybe we are still freer than some, but no where near as free as we once were. I still think it will take a Revolution down the road to fix the problem.

    Comment by unbelievable — April 21, 2006 @ 8:40 am

    same media tactics as america deniging Falluja for months then

    Comment by Tom the Republican — April 21, 2006 @ 8:41 am

    Yikes. That’s pretty bad. Who’s running the investigation, Chinese secret agenbts or something–six months for protesting? Come on!
    Oh, wait. The Bush Admin. does the same thing to those protesting against GWB. Maybe they ARE in charge.

    www.lcoliberal.blogspot.com
    MO Rep Jo An Emerson (GOP) thinks her constituents are ***holes. (No, really)
    Right now on LCL

    www.sunstateactivist.org

    Comment by LC Liberal — April 21, 2006 @ 8:59 am

    Let me get this straight…she’s likely to get up to 6 months in prison (not a local jail, but PRISON) for doing nothing more than disturbing a speech by a visiting dignitary, yet here in NE TN we have people still driving the streets that have multiple DUI convictions. Not long ago one of these idiots caused an accident due to…you guessed it…DUI. He had 6 prior DUI convictions on his record and still had is license.

    Amazing. Sad. Pathetic.

    Comment by WC — April 21, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    Maybe she’ll be “renditioned” to China.

    Comment by Publicus — April 21, 2006 @ 9:38 am

    Redefining freedom one day at a time.

    She’ll be lucky to avoid being declared a terrorist & shipped off to Guantanamo.

    Comment by kindness — April 21, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    She must have thought she was in Iraq with the free people.

    Comment by Heynow — April 21, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    bush can join her in prison

    Comment by wisedup — April 21, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    When Wang started her protest, Bush said to Hu that you are ok.
    OK for what?

    “Wang will likely be charged by U.S. officials with “attempting to intimidate, coerce, threaten or harrass a foreign official” and may receive up to six months in prison.
    Don’t get it!

    Why Wang proested?
    Because the comminist cut people’s bodies alive, pull our their livers, kidness and
    hearts for sale and making bloody money.

    Also Wang

    Comment by wang — April 21, 2006 @ 10:16 am

    #16 I agree this ***holes priorities are wack. He’s ‘PSYCHO THE DECIDER. You’ll never here from her again, this guy is such a narcissist he’ll have her deported back to China. Its reaching a bit but with his new powers he’s given himself he can pretty much DECIDE to do what ever he wants. He pisses all over the constitution and nobody does a damn thing about it.
    Something needs to be done about this grave injustice that he has brought upon the people of this country. November will be the time to make it right. The Republican controlled government is a freaking disaster they have done nothing but rape this country and shit all over the constitution, and after they touted it so much against Clinton. Their hypocrisy is amazing. The lunatics are running the asylum, Iran is next
    on the hit list and being the great decider he is he just might suspend the constitution. I would not be surprised…

    Comment by TM — April 21, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    Now let me see if I got this straight. So, “attempting to intimidate, coerce, threaten or harrass a foreign official” is a crime, but sending an army in to a country to remove a foreign official from power without international sanction isn’t?

    Comment by Wayne A. Schneider — April 21, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    We have fallen through the looking glass. Americans are arrested for speaking. The decider lectures someone else about human rights violations. Because of the decider, China owns a great deal of American debt and the decider thinks he can convince China to be nicer to us about the trade deficit which the decider himself is responsible for. Alice, where are you?

    Comment by Dick (no, not that one) — April 21, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    #30

    But…but….but…we had a “coalition of the willing.” Isn’t that the same???

    (sarcasm intended)

    Comment by WC — April 21, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    Given the non-action on the democracy movement in Nepal, it’s no surprise that Bush has no thoughts for democracy in China. He makes a lot of noise about freedom and democracy, but when someone speaks up about the lack of freedom, Bush is on the wrong sde of the argument - backing the tyrant and having the voice for democracy hauled off.

    No one’s buying it anymore - everyone knows Bush speaks for money, not freedom.


    http://griperblade.blogspot.com - grumblings from the heartland

    Comment by Wisco — April 21, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    Yesterday, while speaking outdoors at the White House, Chinese President Hu Jintao was heckled. Try as I might, I have been unable to find a guide book for the proper etiquette of a heckler. I decided I would come up with my own list of the do’s and don’ts of heckling. I’ve also provided some novel suggestions.

    Don’ts:

    1. When you determine it is time to begin heckling, do not raise your hand in hopes of being called upon.

    2. Do not begin your heckling with, “sir, excuse me…may I say something?”

    3. Do not ask security for a copy of the speech so you can find a point in the speech to cue your heckling.

    4. Unlike with the exit row in an airplane, do not ask those seated next to you if they feel comfortable with their role of being seated next to the heckler.

    5. Do not ask those seated at either end of the aisle if they mind tripping security when they race to remove you from the room.

    6. If asked for your press credentials at the door, do not say, “Oh, I’m just here to heckle.”

    Do’s:

    1. You must yell and screech in a shrill and inaudible voice…otherwise your incoherent message may be understood.

    2. Check with all the cameramen in the room to assure they have had time to get a preliminary focus for your seat…your time will be limited and you don’t want to miss out on a good photo-op.

    3. Provide your credentials and a brief synopsis of your rant to the press in advance so you will not be misquoted.

    4. You must appear outraged and emotional…if you are having trouble getting prepared, ask the person seated next to you to administer several bitch slaps.

    5. Once captured, continue to yell but be sure to look back at the person you are yelling at…it’s rude to avoid eye contact.

    6. Whenever possible, speak in a foreign language…it heightens the curiosity of the media.

    read full handbook here:

    www.thoughttheater.com

    Comment by Daniel DiRito — April 21, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    Posted in the Chicago Tribune by Mark Silva:

    “Freedom is never having to say you’re sorry”

    Good article.

    Comment by columbo — April 21, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    We’re imprisoning them HERE, so they don’t have to do it over THERE.

    Comment by Hit_Escape — April 21, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

    Freedom of Speech has a condition?! No way! Hu is a killer. His cover has to be revealed by someone in public. Bravo, WangYi!!!

    Comment by Lidia Cheng — April 21, 2006 @ 4:19 pm

    […] Chinese audiences will not see images of Wang Wenyi, the protester at the White House today. According to the AFP, “CNN television said Chinese authorities blocked the transmission of its pictures of the protest in China. Full story… […]

    Pingback by AlterMedia International » Banned in China and arrested in the US! — April 22, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    So, according to the story, the President of the United States apologized to the Chinese leader for an act of “free speech” on United States soil! Furthermore this use of the First Amendment could get her 6 months! Now I know my country is in deep shit with this administration!!

    Comment by ken — April 23, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

    Where is she coming from? Is she from somewhere people consume human flesh? Did I get it right? I can’t believe it. It says in her native on-line news (not state-run).
    Of course she can speak up. This is a war of righteous v.s. evil. hey hey hey. well done, Wenyi.

    Comment by you'd better believe it — April 24, 2006 @ 3:07 am