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Gong Min Walk 2008 – Yang’s Speech: The 19th Anniversary commemoration of the massacre at Tiananmen Square – D.C.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 in Gong Min Walk 2008, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Gong Min Walk 2008 – Yang’s Speech: The 19th Anniversary commemoration of the massacre at Tiananmen Square – D.C.

Today, I have arrived in the great city of Washington, D.C., the final destination of the GongMin Walk. I can tell you, both from mathematical calculation and experience, Washington DC is 1,408,000 steps from Boston. When I started this walk in Boston, Washington, D.C. was my goal. But I knew I could only reach Washington by taking one step, followed by another step, followed by another step. So it is with our pro-democracy movement; no matter how great and noble our goal is, no matter how clear it is in our heart and vision, we can only achieve our goal by moving step by step. Tenacity and audacity is the spirit we seek for this larger GongMin Walk towards democracy in China. More than one hundred years ago, the Chinese people started a GongMin Walk towards democracy. And nineteen...

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Gong Min Walk 2008 – Day 29 Yang Jianli Speech: Freedom is not free. It’s earned. – Chicago

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 in Gong Min Walk 2008, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Gong Min Walk 2008 – Day 29 Yang Jianli Speech: Freedom is not free. It’s earned. – Chicago

(Speech at the 19th Anniversary Memorial Concert and Lecture, June 1, 2008, Chicago) Today we gather, once again, to remember those who, on this date, 19 years ago in Tiananmen Square, gave up their young lives for freedom. In remembering so many young lives crushed and lost, we must recall that freedom is not free. Freedom must be earned. It was not free for those who paid with their lives. It is certainly not free for those of us who, while still blessed with our lives, have yet to complete the mission for which these brave students gave their lives and their freedom. In the movie Saving Private Ryan, Captain Miller led a platoon of soldiers to find a soldier called Private Ryan to get him out of harms way. Most of the platoon, including Captain Miller, was killed...

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Gong Min Walk 2008 – Yang’s Speech on Day 22 in Philadelphia

Posted on May 25, 2008 in Gong Min Walk 2008, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Gong Min Walk 2008 – Yang’s Speech on Day 22 in Philadelphia

Good afternoon and God bless you all. As many of you know, I am walking the 500 mile Gongmin walk from Boston to Washington, DC. Gongmin in Chinese means citizen. As I pass the 300 mile mark on my 500 mile journey, I am happy to stop here in Philadelphia, the birthplace of liberty, of the Bill of Rights, on this Memorial Day weekend to pause, remember and reflect with you. We pause and remember the great sacrifices that generation after generation of Americans have made and continue to make to preserve and protect Freedom around the world. I think the best way to remember and appreciate the value of these hard won freedoms is to consider what the world would be like without these freedoms. Consider what this country would be like without the Bill of Rights to...

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Gong Min Walk 2008 – Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech In New York City

Posted on May 18, 2008 in Gong Min Walk 2008, News, Publications | Comments Off on Gong Min Walk 2008 – Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech In New York City

Good afternoon and God bless to you all. As some of you know, I have a passing acquaintance with mathematics. So, I can tell you very truthfully that both from theory and experience that New York is 704000 steps from Boston! I cannot begin to tell you the many wonderful people, such as yourselves, who have given me shelter, food, and spiritual encouragement on this GongMin Walk to Washington D.C. This truly has been a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. So, this afternoon my spirits should be high. However the events of the past week regarding the earthquake centered in Sichuan, China leaves me shocked and worried. Over 8000 of my countrymen are now dead. Tens of Thousands are homeless, and the news, I fear, will only get worse in the coming days. Please join me...

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Gong Min Walk 2008 – Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech in New Haven City Hall Press Conference

Posted on May 14, 2008 in Gong Min Walk 2008, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Gong Min Walk 2008 – Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech in New Haven City Hall Press Conference

In a speech given at a press conference at City Hall, New Haven, CT, Dr. Yang Jianli calls for a democratic system of checks and balances to monitor earthquake aid. He outlines 4 specific actions. May 14, 2008 Dear Friends, I cannot begin to tell you the many wonderful people who have given me shelter, food, and spiritual encouragement on this GongMin Walk from Boston to Washington D.C. This truly has been a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. I am walking with deep love for my homeland and my compatriots. The events of the past 48 hours regarding the earthquake centered in Sichuan, China leaves me shocked and worried. Over 12,000 of my countrymen are now dead. Tens of Thousands are homeless, and the news, I fear, will only get worse in the coming days. My...

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Message from the Dalai Lama Regarding Gong Min Walk

Posted on May 8, 2008 in Gong Min Walk 2008, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tibet | Comments Off on Message from the Dalai Lama Regarding Gong Min Walk

I applaud Dr. Yang Jianli for leading a march from Boston to Washington, D.C., culminating on June 4, 2008 – the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement. As a Tibetan, one of the most encouraging, moving and hopeful events in recent Chinese history has been the democracy movement of 1989. Chinese brothers and sisters displayed, openly and peacefully, their yearning for freedom, democracy, and human dignity. They embraced non-violence in a most impressive way, reflecting the value for which the movement stood. I maintain that the Chinese leadership’s response to the peaceful demonstrations of 1989 was most unfortunate. It is my basic belief that brute force, no matter how powerful, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom, whether it is that of the Chinese democrats and the farmers, or the Tibetan people. On the other...

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