(Clearwisdom.net) On April 5, 2002, the Mayor of the City of Urbana, Illinois proclaimed May 13, 2002 as Falun Dafa Day in the city.
Proclamation by the Mayor of the City of Urbana, Illinois
Whereas, Falun Gong, which is also known as Falun Dafa, is a peaceful and nonviolent form of personal belief and practice with millions of adherents in China and elsewhere; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa, an advanced Qigong system with an ancient Chinese heritage, offers self-refinement of both mind and body; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa started in China in 1992, and its activities of exercises and practices are based on the universal quality of Zhen-Shan-Ren, which means Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa is designed to help people improve their physical condition, cleanse their mind, uplift their moral standard, and rid bad habits; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa has helped to preserve human traditions such as honesty, courtesy, loyalty and unselfishness,
Whereas, Falun Gong practitioners should have the right to follow their beliefs in any country throughout the world, including the People's Republic of China,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tod Satterthwaite, Mayor of the City of Urbana, do hereby proclaim May 13, 2002, as
Falun Dafa Day
in the City of Urbana.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Urbana to be affixed this 5th day of April in the year of Our Lord, two thousand and two.
Tod Satterthwaite, Mayor