The Virginian-Pilot | Sep 01, 2020 at 6:00 PM In July, more than 40 members of the Virginia General Assembly wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo regarding religious persecution in China. The letter urges action and public education about state-sponsored organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience. I’d like to applaud Virginia Beach Republican state legislators who co-signed the letter — state Sen. Jennifer A. Kiggans, Del. Robert S. Bloxom Jr. and Del. Jason Miyares — for speaking up for human rights. The letter, penned by state Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, and supported by signatories from both sides of the aisle, gives voice to torture victims now residing in Virginia as a result of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the Falun Gong meditation and spiritual practice. One person had been handcuffed and hung in extremely painful positions, subjected to electric shock and “violently force-fed.” This is not the first time Virginia spoke up. Last July the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to inform local residents about transplant abuse in China, allowing patients to make more informed decisions before traveling abroad to get a transplant. Democratic U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are two of more than 30 co-sponsors of U.S. Senate Res. 274, which condemns the practice of “non-consenting organ harvesting.” The actions of Virginia officials are commendable. Holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for organ harvesting is not only the right thing to do, it safeguards public health. Shawn Xiao, Virginia Beach Source: https://www.pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/vp-ed-lets-0902-20200901-vhz6t6a3pvg7lkxfvvy7nzeeiu-story.html
By CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT STAFF REPORT, August 28, 2020
Dozens of members of the Virginia General Assembly, both Democrats and Republicans, recently sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo asking for “forceful and sustained action by the United States” to help end the 21-year-long persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party.
BY NICOLE HAO August 10, 2020 Updated: August 10, 2020
This July marked 21 years of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s suppression of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice with meditative exercises and moral teachings based on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
In this Mental Health Awareness Month, I hope to help support our health providers and share how I found some stress relief myself.
May 28, 2020 12:44 am ET
On Apr 26, Dr. Lorna Breen, originally from Virginia and a top ER doctor working in a New York hospital treating COVID-19 patients, committed suicide. She was suffering from work related stress. Dr. Breen had also contracted COVID-19. After Breen's death, her sister set up a website drlornabreen.com to raise awareness and support medical providers. Breen's sister told NBC, "I know my sister felt like she …couldn't stop working. And she certainly couldn't tell anybody she was struggling. And that needs to be a conversation that changes. People need to be able to say they're suffering and to take a break."
October 31, 2019
UVA: First Human Rights Week a Success - Falun Dafa Association of Washington D.C. In her video message to the UVA Law community, Dean Goluboff introduced the school’s first ever Human Rights Week as a “great opportunity to learn about our program and also hear about cutting edge issues in human rights law.” And that it was. Over the course of last week, the Human Rights Program, led by the dynamic trio of Alex Karahalios ’21, Kunchok Dolma ’21, and Rachel Davidson Raycraft ’20, presented events on three pressing issues from around the globe: organ harvesting in China, hardships for minorities in India under Prime Minister Modi, and the impact of the United States’s “War on Drugs.”
August 02, 2019 | By Xia Yanchu
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia passed a motion on July 16, 2019, to alert local residents about traveling to China for organ transplant surgeries. Board members put forward the motion because Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China have become victims of forced organ harvesting, and the board felt that local Fairfax residents and local medical staff needed to become aware of that.
The motion was initiated by chairwoman Sharon Bulova along with board members John Cook, John Foust, and Pat Herrity. It was then passed unanimously by all members of the board.
BY EDITORIAL BOARD, THE EPOCH TIMES
History finds itself in repetition. Two thousand years ago, the Roman tyrant Nero set a fire in his imperial capital, attempting to pass blame on the Christians and eradicate their faith. Twenty centuries later, on July 20 of 1999, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin launched a persecution of Falun Gong and its tens of millions of adherents. A wave of terror engulfed the entire country.