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A John Kusumi appeal for the China Support Network

The China Support Network can build upon the 'people power' victory in Hong Kong -- with your help.

John P. Kusumi


The 18-year-old in 1984's race for U.S.

Right at home in cyberspace--

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July 11, 2003

Dear Friend,

You may have heard of the miracle
victory for people power in Hong Kong. This week, leaders of Hong Kong withdrew
their noxious bill, called Article 23, or in my pithy-but-accurate phrase "Maoism for Hong
Kong." Passage of that bill had been slated to occur on Wednesday of this
week. It would have removed civil liberties, and installed
tyranny and persecution in its place. The hand of Beijing was behind this bill,
and yet people of Hong Kong bravely stood up against it.

They stood up -- a half-million people
marched in the streets -- and in the result, we have a victory for the forces of
freedom and Chinese democracy. The butchers of Beijing are now in a bind; their
man in Hong Kong could not deliver the tyranny they wanted, and now he (Chief
Executive Tung Chee Hwa of Hong Kong) has also lost face and credibility with
the people of Hong Kong, who are very angry about Article 23 and other aspects
of his leadership.

Did I have something to do with this
scene? Yes, in fact, my China Support Network was an early and vocal opponent of
Article 23. We can find that I interviewed, gave speeches, and did other things
to roust and marshal opposition to Article 23. Further, my counterparts at the
Free China Movement were also early, active, and vigorous opponents of this
legislation. These two organizations specialize in lobbying and pressuring for
Chinese democracy, including the issues of freedom for Hong Kong, Tibet, and

At this time I am making this urgent
appeal for your financial support. The scene in Hong Kong is a special occasion,
that may turn the tide of history. Right now, my cause should be building upon
that victory, to make it clear that "people power" includes an agenda
to make China completely free and democratic. Last week, we worried about Maoism
coming into Hong Kong. This week, Beijing can worry about freedom coming the
other way!

I have issued a joint statement, along
with the Free China Movement, where together we expressed this new agenda. It
says specifically that we want to reverse the persecution or endangerment of
Falun Gong, Tibet, Taiwan, and the students of 1989 -- the victims of Tiananmen
Square's massacre. (To read that statement in full, see our web site at

The statement is there, and a road to
freedom exists. Now, I ask that you join us on that road to freedom by backing
this cause with a generous financial gift. Did you know, that every time it
collects $400, the China Support Network can produce one miracle? That amount
might cover the costs of a rally, or a press conference, or travel for
appearances. People who give us $40 fund 10% of a miracle, and people who give
us $100 fund 25% of a miracle.

Trust me, we are very happy each time
we get $40, and happy to have .1 (10%) of a miracle. Even better is if you get
nine friends to do likewise -- then, you are truly a miracle worker!

This cause is turning into a hot issue
right now. For a selection of what is said in the press, read any of the
following articles--

BBC: Hong
Kong protests spread

BBC: China's
concern at HK protests

NY Times: Hong
Kong Bombshell for Beijing

NY Times: Hong
Kong Protesters Demand Free Elections

Christian Science Monitor: Hong
Kong's rallies test China's 'two systems' policy

Economist: People

Because of the timeliness of this
issue, it is increasingly appropriate that I bring you my concerns and ask for
your help. The China Support Network has made it easier than ever to give by
allowing donations online. You can click around, with your credit card, and feel
miraculously involved immediately. See our options to donate at this

Without your help, this
might be just a flash in the pan. With your help, the Chinese democracy movement
will guide this cause to further victories. Add your own power to widen the
'people power' phenomenon! I thank you in advance for your support.

Best wishes,

/s./ John P. Kusumi

Founder / Executive Director,

The China Support Network


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