On Wednesday and Thursday, California State Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) was joined by internationally recognized experts to give lectures at San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego, respectively, on China’s human organ trafficking.
The panelists included:
- Joel Anderson, State Senator and author of Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 10
- Dr. Shizong Chen, Human rights advocate
- Sophia [Last name removed for protection], Falun Gong practitioner
- Hon. David Kilgour, Canada’s former Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
- Grace Li, Falun Gong practitioner and Chinese labor camp survivor
- David Matas, International human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee
The lectures were inspired after a series of attempts by Anderson to pass SJR 10 in the state legislature. SJR 10 would condemn the Chinese Government’s human rights violations against Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners. The resolution was referred to the Senate Rules Committee at Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon’s request, the same day that the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco sent a letter to legislators of California warning them not to support Anderson’s SJR 10 or else risk the relationship between the two governments.
David Matas presented the evidence that the communist regime in China is responsible for organ harvesting and murdering innocent human beings throughout China and cremating their bodies after transplanting the desired organs for money. He said, “It’s important that the Chinese government knows that there’s consequences to the crimes against humanity, which they’ve been committing. They shouldn’t be granted impunity, and people shouldn’t be turning a blind eye to the people.”
Grace Li, a Falun Gong practitioner, helped the audience and panelists understand what it is like to be imprisoned and tortured for one’s beliefs. In her emotional speech, Li shared that because she was a Falun Gong practitioner, she was placed in a labor camp for three years. She worked 16-17 hours a day and witnessed violent abuse of other inmates that sometimes resulted in death. Li was a highly respected judge in China but when practicing Falun Gong was outlawed, she was arrested and sent to the labor camp without ever being charged with a crime or given any kind of trial.
Senator Anderson shared with approximately 300 lecture attendees, “I want legislators to unite and stand against this holocaust, as we have always come together to do against other genocides. I was shocked when Senate Leadership kowtowed to the Chinese Communist Party and stopped SJR 10 from being heard on the Senate floor.” Anderson encouraged attendees to sign his petition in support to SJR 10 to show his colleagues that Californians want their legislature to stand up to this genocide.
After each panelist spoke, both lectures were concluded with interactive Q & A session between the audience and the panelists.