Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


On Events Remembering Tiananmen

June 1, 1999


On the 10th Anniversary of the Massacre in Tiananmen Square, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calls attention to the following events that have been organized to remember the brutality of June 4, 1989, highlight the plight of Chinese prisoners of conscience, and consider the future of U.S.-China relations:

Legislation

On May 25, a Pelosi resolution (H.Res.178), Remembering Tiananmen, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by 418-0. Two days later, a Senate version of the Pelosi resolution, sponsored by Tim Hutchinson (R-AK), passed by unanimous consent. The resolution closely parallels the Global Campaign for the Anniversary of June 4, initiated by Wang Dan, a leading Chinese dissident. The Pelosi resolution has been criticized by the Chinese government as "interference."

Spotlighting the Dissidents

As co-chair of the Congressional Working Group on China, Pelosi invited prominent dissident Wei Jingsheng on May 25 to discuss U.S.-China relationships with other Members of Congress.

At 5:30 p.m. on June 3, Freedom Forum will dedicate a replica of the Goddess of Democracy. The mold was made by Steve Krochman at San Francisco's Academy of Art College from a goddess found in the local Chinatown. Speakers: Bette Bao Lord, author and China expert; and Li Lu, a student leader at Tiananmen. Location: Freedom Park, Rosslyn, Arlington, VA.

Harvard Conference

On June 2-3, Harvard University will host "Reflecting on Tiananmen: Ten Years Later," a memorial service and panel discussions sponsored by the Democracy for China Fund, Harvard's Program on Constitutional Government, and the Tiananmen Generation Association, led by Wang Dan. Joining Chinese dissidents and exiles will be Coretta Scott King, Gary Bauer, representatives of the Dalai Lama and Czech President Vaclav Haval, and academic and political experts. Congresswoman Pelosi will speak at a panel on the democratic future of China.

Memorials and Candlelight Vigils

In addition to the memorial service at Harvard, solemn rituals will take place at several locations across the United States.

In San Francisco at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of June 4, Congresswoman Pelosi will join the San Francisco Bay Area June 4th Tenth Anniversary Preparation Committee for a Memorial Ceremony at Portsmouth Square.

In Washington on the evening of June 4, from 7:00-10:00 p.m., there will be a candlelight vigil at the Chinese Embassy organized by the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars.

Art and Photography Exhibits

On June 5, Amnesty International's U.S. Campaign on Human Rights and the Reality Room Art Gallery will launch an exhibit entitled "The Art of Democracy," which will future the art work of John Lennon and Miles Davis. The date for the opening was specifically chosen to remember Tiananmen. Representative Pelosi will speak at the event, to be held 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the art gallery in Georgetown, DC.

On June 8, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., Representatives Frank Wolf and Nancy Pelosi will honor the sacrifices and courage of the Chinese citizens who demonstrated peacefully for democratic reforms in Tiananmen Square a decade ago by holding a reception for Members of Congress and exhibiting photographs of the events surrounding June 4, 1989. In the Rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building, Members will share reflection on Tiananmen and its current ramifications.


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