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Full Rebuttal in the Matter of the Divine Land Marching Band

{Editor’s Comment: In 2016, the Divine Land Marching Band, a group of Falun Gong practitioners, was scheduled to participate in the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade. At the last minute, they were rejected from the parade. They signed a complaint of discrimination against the organizer, Sakura Matsuri, Inc. with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Case Name:            Rui Wang v. Sukura Natsuri, Inc.

Docket Number:  FY-17-12C-030

The Full Rebuttal to the allegations follows:}

Dear Respectful Rebecca Oyama,

Thank you for being an investigator on the matter between the Respondent and us.

As you can easily perceive, the two parties have discrepancies on what was said and done in regards to how the Respondent handled our applications to and participation in the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade (NCCBFGP).

To prevent this matter from spiraling down into a “he said vs. he said” dispute, we will format our rebuttal into two parts. We will show in the “summary arguments” that the Respondent’s best effort of white-washing its disparate treatment of us not only in and of itself constitutes an admission of unfair treatment, but also cannot stand up to a cross examination of surrounding facts of the NCCBFGP. We will then make a point-to-point rebuttal of the Respondent’s response in the second part.

We will also provide a fact sheet and other supporting documents as reference material.

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People’s Daily: CCDI Completed Inspection of 80 Percent of State Owned Enterprises and Financial Institutions

On October 24, People’s Daily, published an article discussing a notice that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) issued. The CCDI reported that, in 2016, it had sped up the pace of inspections in a number of regions. The number inspected grew from 20 locations in 2013, 40 locations in 2014, 83 locations in 2015, and 64 locations in 2016. It has completed its inspection of 80 percent of the state owned enterprises and financial institutions. The inspection results revealed that, overall, Party leadership is weak, Party development is lacking, and Party management is loose. The article noted that over 80 percent of the units were found to have violations of Party discipline and of clean government regulations. The article also observed that the inspections have created an intimidating and warning effect. In addition, the inspection team drafted reports and provided recommendations on how to fix certain issues.

Source: People’s Daily, October 24, 2016                                                                               


Attorney’s Treatment Gives Hint of Jiang Zemin’s Fate

<Editor’s Note: Zheng Enchong (鄭恩寵) is an attorney from Shanghai. He represented or advised around 500 families who received little or no compensation from the authorities when they were evicted from their homes during the urban redevelopment of Shanghai.>

In 2003, a group of those residents tried to file a lawsuit against the authorities because they did not receive adequate compensation, alleging the officials were corrupt. The officials involved included former Shanghai Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Chief Huang Ju (黃菊), then Shanghai Party Chief Chen Liangyu (陳良宇), and then Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng (韓正). Zheng Enchong also claimed that sons of former CCP top leader Jiang Zemin (江澤民) were involved and were extremely corrupt.

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