cordially invites you to an

Annual Awards Dinner


Tiananmen Commemoration

In the spring of 1989, Beijing erupted with the largest spontaneous demonstrations the Peoples' Republic of China had witnessed in its 40-year history since its founding in 1949.  The pro-democracy movement quickly spread to over 30 cities around China before the world witnessed the horrors of the overnment'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.

Please join us in honoring the following with the

Spirit of Tiananmen Awardees
To the people of Pasadena who have shown tremendous support in
pointing out the human rights violations in China and
questioning the wisdom of the City of Pasadena
in hosting the Beijing Olympic Rose for the 2008 Rose Parade.

Pasadena Former Mayor Bill Paparian

Pasadena Commission on Human Relations,
on their Commission Report which urged the City of Pasadena to
make a strong statement
about the human rights situations in China.

Chair, Ken Hardy  Commissioner Milena Albert, Terrie Allen, Michelle Bailey, Felipe O. Infante

Pasadena NAACP president Joe Brown
Pasadena Our Lady Assumption Catholic Church Father Gerard O'Brien

Excellence in Journalism Awardees
The following journalists covered the issue of human rights
regarding the opposition to the Beijing Olympics Rose Parade float
with insightful and balanced reporting.

Appo Jabarian (USA Armenian News Magazine)

Dean Lee ( Mountain View Courier)
James McPherson (Pasadena Now)
Terry Miller (Pasadena Independent)

Joe Piasecki (Pasadena Weekly)

Todd Ruiz (Pasadena Star News)

Honoring Champion for Freedom of Speech Awardee

Hu Jia (imprisoned) Zeng Jinyan (in house arrest)

Zeng Jinyan, Time Magazine's 100 most influencial people in 2007 and her husband
Hu Jia are activists who brought attention to China's dismal records in human rights
especially about AIDS and the environment.
Hu Jia was sentenced to three and half years in jail
after he published an article "The Real China and Olympics."

Date :        Saturday, May 24, 2008                      
        6:00 p.m. registration, dinner 6:30 p.m.
Place:        Golden Dragon Restaurant

                960  North Broadway, LA Chinatown,
Cost:            D
inner Ticket: $25  Donor ticket: $50

Dinner is 9 course Chinese banquet style, vegetarian table available
For information and reservation please call 310-539-0234 or
e-mail to
Please mail check payable to Visual Artists Guild, P.O. Box 861132, L.A., Ca. 90086-1132 
Postmarked by May 19, 2008

Number of tickets __________@ $25.00                        $____________   Vegetarian_______
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I cannot attend, enclosed is my donation for $__________________         

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

Visual Artists Guild is a non-profit organization as qualified under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue code.  This is an all volunteers' organization.