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Pasadena Doo-Dah Parade 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 November 2017

ladiesinwhite.jpgWHERE:    Pasadena Doo-Dah Parade – FREE, see map below
                   We are one of the groups in the parade:
                   The Great Firewall of China Marching Brigade.

DATE:        Sunday, November 19, 2017
                  The parade starts at 11:00 a.m.

TIME:        Do join us and be part of the parade; please be there by 9:30 a.m.
                   to practice our skits.  No experience necessary

 Volunteers are needed: 
 Our aim to present the current situation in Cuba in a way that is readily understood by the general audience.
+(2) Men to dress as Castro Police (will provide medium size costumes)
+(1) Male dresses as Castro Police (will provide medium size costume) carrying a sonic device
+(3-4) Men/Women dressed in business suits and carrying briefcase that we will add a "US Embassy" sticker
+(the more the merrier) Ladies dressed all in white who will be given a gladiola to hold and march
+Others are welcomed to join in carrying signs on human rights for Cuba ( white T-shirt, dark pants.)

MEET:        Meet on Nina St, between Altadena Dr and Vindeo Ave in Pasadena

INFORMATION:  Visual Artists Guild, Ann Lau 310-433-0697,


The U.S. began normalization with Cuba in December 2014:

  • 53 political prisoners in Cuba were released in the beginning. 
  • However, many of those who refused to self exile themselves were soon re-arrested.
  • Prisoners are forced to work 12-hour days and punished if they do not meet production quotas.
  • The Ladies in White, a group of women who every Sunday after mass would silently march to press for the release of their loved ones have been routinely harassed, beaten and arrested.
  • Currently, the Cuban government used a new tactic against the Ladies in White by detaining them before Sunday mass and then release them a day or so later so as to prevent them from their Sunday silent protest.
  • Independent journalists, writers, academics and artists who expressed their thoughts are subject to arrests, smear campaign and termination of their jobs.
  • Even reporting on the weather has become dangerous.  Journalists Maykel Gonzalez Vivero and Carlos Alejandro Rodrigquez were detained on trying to report on the arrival of Hurricane Irma this year.  Last year, they and Elaine Diaz and four of her colleagues were detained for reporting on the damages from Hurricane Matthew with Vivero being imprisoned for three days.
  • Since late last year, U.S. diplomatic personnel and their family members have experienced "hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping" according to the U.S. State Department.  Although Cuba denied it, it is suspected that Cuba had used some type of sonic attacks on the U.S. diplomats and their family. 
. Visual Artists Guild's China Dream for China's 19th Communist Party Congress PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Press Release:  For Immediate Release.
Visual Artists Guild's China Dream for China's 19th Communist Party Congress
                As China starts its 19th Communist Party Congress on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Visual Artists Guild's China Dream is that the Communist Party Congress will begin to join the global village in implementing the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights of which China is a signator when the Peoples Republic of China signed the UN Charter in 1971.
                Wu Lihong, named by China's Peoples National Congress as an "Environmental Warrior", have already "being vacationed" by now.  After he was honored by the government in 2005, Mr. Wu later was sent to prison in 2007 when he refused to stop bringing attention to the pollution of Lake Tai, China's second largest fresh water lake.  Mr. Wu was released in 2010 but has been under surveillance since.  Visual Artists Guild honored Mr. Wu in 2013 but he was not allowed to come to the United States to accept the award.  Visual Artists Guild's China Dream is that Mr. Wu would be finally allowed to come to the United States to accept our award now that China has signed the Paris Accord and hopefully recognizes the importance of environmental pollution.
                Another of Visual Artists Guild's China Dream is that the human rights lawyers, Xie Yang 謝陽, Li Heping 李和平,Wang Quanzhang 王 全璋 and Jiang Tianyong 江天勇, who are either waiting on sentencing or trial will have all their sentences revoked.  The lawyers have defended environmentalist, political activists, underground Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, victims of land grabs, victims of forced evictions and other vulnerable groups.
              Visual Artists Guild is distressed by the information that some of the human rights lawyers have been fed drugs that caused them various health and mental problems and that the young children of Wang Quanzhang and Li Heping have been refused admissions to schools.  Such a policy of targeting children of dissidents harks back to the time of imperial China.  Even Mr. Wu's daughter was allowed to go to school after her father was imprisoned although she was watched by security personnel as a young child walking to school.
             In targeting universal values as one of the seven perils of the Communist Party, China's President Xi Jinping in his secret Document #9 has identified his fear of a more enlightened Chinese citizenry.  China's cyber security apparatus is now no longer satisfied with hiring the 50 Cents Party to comment on internet sites or delete offending words or phrases, it has gone on to make citizens as part of the cyber security as evidenced by Weibao's giving points to citizen "supervisors" to report on any violations of the government's taboo subjects.  Such frequent flyer points has brought the Chinese Communist Party's system of neighbors informing on neighbors to the 21st century.  Interestingly, while Twitter is not allowed to operate in China, China's government agencies have nevertheless embraced Twitter as their preferred cyber propaganda tool.
             The government of China during this 19th Party Congress should review China's history especially that of the fall of the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty when the Han people were only allowed a chopping knife for every ten households.  Oh, by the way, it has been declared in China a few days ago that shops are no longer allowed to sell knives until further notice.
Ann Lau
Chair, Visual Artists Guild
October 17, 2017
The passing of Nobel Peace Laureate, Liu Xiaobo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Event Tonight 8 p.m. Grand Park
           Visual Artists Guild mourns the passing of Nobel Peace Laureate, Liu Xiaobo today while still under the guard of the Chinese government in a hospital in China.
           Liu Xiaobo had spent a greater part of his life urging for political reform in China.  His 2008 manifesto, Charto 08 calls for democratic reform and resulted in his being sentenced on Christmas day 2009 to 11 years in prison.  In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.  During the Nobel award ceremony, an empty chair became the representation of Liu.  He is only the second Nobel Peace laureate who died in custody since the German Carl von Ossietzky who was awarded the peace prize in 1935 for opposing Nazism and died in 1938.
           Visual Artists Guild will remember what Liu Xiaobo said at his Final Statement, "I have no enemies and no hatred... Hatred only eats away at a person's intelligence and conscience and an enemy mentality can poison the spirit of an entire people (as the experience of our country during Mao era clearly shows.)
           As Visual Artists Guild's mission in championing the right of freedom of speech and expression, we will forever be guided by Liu Xiaobo's Final Statement, "Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth.  To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature, and to suppress truth."
           May Liu Xiaobo rest in peace.
           At this time we call on the government of China to release Liu Xia from house arrest, allow her to leave China if she so wishes.
Ann Lau
Chair, Visual Artists Guild

WHAT:  Candelight Memorial for Nobel Peace Laureate, Liu Xiaobo
WHEN: Today, July 13 2017 , 8 p.m.
              Grand Park,
              200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, 90012
              between Hill and Broadway, Metro Civic Center, Grand Park
              Hong Kong Forum Paul Ip 626-524-5685
              Los Angeles China Democracy Platform  Weiming Chen 702-750-6066
              Visual Artists Guild  Ann Lau 310-433-0697

           劉曉波一生推動中國的政治改革。他在2008年零八憲章 呼籲進行民主改革,導致他在2009年聖誕節被判處11年監禁。 2010年,他被授予諾貝爾和平獎。在諾貝爾獎頒獎典禮上,空椅成為他代表。自從1935授予和平獎的德國反對納粹主義的Dee Carl von Ossietzky在1938監禁期死亡, 劉曉波是第二位諾貝爾和平獎獲得者死於監禁中。
           視覺藝術家協會 不會忘記劉曉波在他"最後陳述"說的話,“我沒有敵人,也沒有仇恨...因為,仇恨會腐蝕一個人的智慧和良知,敵人意識將毒化一個民族的精神,煽動起你死 我活的殘酷鬥爭." (正如毛澤東時代那樣殘酷鬥爭.)
           視覺藝術家協會的使命捍衛言論表達自由的權利,我們將永遠以劉曉波的“最後陳述"為指導,“表達自由,人權之基,人性之本,真理之母。封殺言論自由,踐踏 人權,窒息人性,壓抑真理".
           在這個時候,我們呼籲中國政府釋放劉霞, 停止軟禁她,如果她願意的話讓她離開中國。

Tiananmen Commemoration and Memorial Dinner 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 April 2017
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Visual Artists Guild


Annual Awards Dinner


Commemoration of the 28th anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

  Saturday, May 27 2017 /5 P.M.


In the spring of 1989, Beijing erupted with the largest spontaneous demonstrations the Peoples’ Republic of China had witnessed in its 40-year history.  The pro-democracy movement quickly spread to over 30 cities around China before the world witnessed the horrors of the government’s brutal crackdown.  As the Chinese people fled from the tanks and guns, they asked the international press to let the world know the truth.

They asked the world not to forget.



Vietnam Human Rights Network
Mạng Lưới Nhân Quyền Việt Nam
20th Year in Defending and Promoting Human Rights & Civil Liberties for all Vietnamese citizens

Lam Wing Kee 林榮基
Hong Kong Bookseller, Victim of China's Forced Disappearance

China Human Rights Lawyers
Xie Yang 謝陽   Li Heping 李和平   Wang Quanzhang 王全璋   Jiang Tianyong 江天勇
Our Co-Sponsor : PEN Center




Saturday, May 27, 2017


5:00 p.m. Reception and Registration

6:00 p.m. Dinner


Golden Dragon Restaurant
960 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012  phone 213-626-2039



10 Course Chinese Banquet Dinner $35, $50, $100

Note: Ticket at door $40

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Background Information: For more information on the Tiananmen Pro-democracy movement and the Massacre, please click on and click on Tiananmen Story .

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