On April 9th, 2007, Mr. Kevin M. Jackson, Mayor and the Governing Body of the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Proclaimed April 11th, 2007 as Falun Dafa Day in appreciation of the New Mexico practitioner's commitment to community service and raising awareness of these atrocities that cannot be ignored.
Office of the Mayor
City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Falun Dafa Day
April 11th, 2007
Whereas, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, was introduced to the public in China by founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, in 1992 and is currently practised in over 80 countries by over 100 million practitioners; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese self-cultivation practice, based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance that attracts millions of people of all ages and backgrounds; and
Whereas, volunteers have worked diligently throughout New Mexico to educate the community and residents of the many benefits to be obtained through Falun Dafa, and the practice has benefited our communities and society as a whole in keeping with New Mexico's diverse culture and optimum quality of life, and
Whereas, since July 1999, the unelected leadership of the Chinese Communist Party implemented a brutal persecution against Falun Dafa, with more than 3,000 practitioners persecuted to death, hundreds of thousands arrested and tens of thousands forced into slave labour camps; and
Whereas, the U. S. Congress has begun investigating the serious allegations that Chinese concentration camps are harvesting organs of Falun Gong practitioners while they are still alive; and the largest concentration camp in China is purported to have over 120,00 people, and,
Whereas, the Chinese Communist Party is accused of selling the organs of camp prisoners for profit and/or cremating the remains of Falun Gong practitioners to destroy evidence and making an attempt to hide this atrocity from the world; and
Whereas, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China has been formed in North America, Europe and Asia to investigate the activity of these underground concentration camps; and
Whereas, Former Canadian Secretary of State, David Kilgour, and renowned human rights lawyer, David Matas, have conducted an independent investigation which strongly supports these allegations; and
Whereas, Falun Gong practitioners from New Mexico visited the City of Rio Rancho on April 6th, 2007 to inform local citizens of the benevolent and peaceful nature of Falun Gong and the ongoing atrocities committed against it by the Chinese Communist Regime, and
Whereas, the great compassion and tolerance demonstrated by Falun Dafa practitioners in upholding the principles of their practice under the most severe environments has touched the hearts of people throughout our city, state, nation and world, and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kevin M. Jackson, Mayor and the Governing Body of the City of Rio Rancho do hereby proclaim April 11th, 2007 "FALUN DAFA DAY" in appreciation of the New Mexico practitioner's commitment to community service and raising awareness of these atrocities that cannot be ignored.
Signed: Kevin M. Jackson, Mayor
Date: April 9th, 2007
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