Congress of the United States

House of Representative

Washington, DC 20515-0506

October 16, 2002

To My California Falun Dafa Friends:

Although I cannot join you today at the first celebration ceremony for California Falun Dafa Month, it is a pleasure to recognize the commitment of Falun Gong practitioners to improving health in body, mind and spirit.

Emphasizing the understanding of the life through health and harmony, Falun Dafa has helped people from varied ethnic, religious, social, educational and economic backgrounds all over the world, sometimes despite persecution and repression.

It is important to remember that the response of the U.S. to the crimes committed overseas against Falun Gong practitioners speaks as much to the character of America as it does to the character of China, Democracy and human rights are a priority in America, and freedom of speech is an unalienable right, no matter what country you call home.

I commend you for your accomplishments in the community through the principles of Falun Dafa.


Lynn Woolsey

Member of Congress