What you can do

Showing solidarity to the Tiananmen Mothers and other human rights defenders and advocates in China is essential, especially during this period of social control. In the increasingly restrictive domestic environment in China, direct contact with foreigners, receipt of funds from international sources, and other common methods of support are risky and difficult. However, public messages of support are effective.

  • Write a public message to the Tiananmen Mothers using the form provided on this page.
    • We will share the messages with the mothers in safe and secure ways
  • Text or email the link to The Unforgotten to your family, friends, and coworkers.
  • Use social media to show your support:
    • Write your own post on social media about The Unforgotten.
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    • Don’t forget hashtags: #unforgotten #remember64 #June4 #Tiananmen64 #拒绝遗忘 #纪念六四 #六四 #天安门六四
  • Organize a screening to watch the 2009 documentary Portraits of Loss, available for free on HRIC’s website.
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List of Activities

United States

June 1, San Francisco: Seminar on the Tiananmen Massacre, 2-5pm, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (旧金山国父纪念馆), 2121, 836 Stockton Street, 94108.

June 1, San Francisco; Candlelight Vigil, 7pm, Chinatown Portsmouth Square (旧金山中国城花园角).

June 1, Washington D.C.: Candlelight Vigil, 6:30-9:30pm, hosted by Huang Ciping, International Park, across from the Chinese Embassy (3505 International Pl NW).

June 2, Chicago: “Eternal Spring” Tiananmen 30th Anniversary Memorial Concert, hosted by Yang Fengshi (杨逢时),4:40pm, University of Chicago, Wentz Hall.

  • A memorial concert whose themes center on the June 4th. Intended both to remember the massacre as well as bring it to the attention of new audiences through music.

June 3, Yermo, California: Tank Man Sculpture Inauguration Ceremony, hosted by Humanitarian China 人道中国, 5pm, 37570 Yermo Rd, Yermo, CA 92398 (美国加州自由雕塑公园).

  • An inauguration of a new sculpture depicting the famous “tank man” held on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre.

June 3, New York: ChinaFile Presents: Erasing History — Why Remember Tiananmen, hosted by Chinafile, 6:30-8pm, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10021.

  • Speakers: Nicholas Kristof (Columnist for The New York Times and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner), Zha Jianying (writer, journalist, and cultural commentator in both English and Chinese), and Orville Schell (Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society) as they reflect on China’s collective ability to grapple with its past, and make progress towards its future, in light of its historical amnesia over events like Tiananmen.

June 3, Washington D.C.: China’s Repression Model: Tiananmen, Today, Tomorrow, hosted by National Endowment for Democracy, 12-2:30pm, 1025 F St NW Ste 800.

  • In commemoration of June 4th, policy makers, activists, and experts join together to discuss the need to confront and counter the persecution of China’s disenfranchised minority groups as well as challenge its model of repression. On-site registration is available as well as a live stream.

June 3, Washington D.C.: Tiananmen Square Massacre Candlelight Vigil, hosted by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 8:30-9:30pm, 300 New Jersey Ave NW at Victims of Communism Memorial (corner of New Jersey and Massachusetts Avenues NW, 20001).

  • Speakers will include witnesses of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989.

June 3-4, Washington D.C.: “Suggested Readings” Government Floor Remarks, hosted by US Congress, evening June 3 into June 4, House and Senate Floors; Parliaments around the World.

  • Readings include a letter from the Tiananmen Mothers, Charter 08, and Liu Xiaobo’s essay: “I have no enemies: My Final Statement.”

June 4, Washington D.C.: Tiananmen Photo and Art Exhibit, hosted by Huang Ciping, 2:30-4:30, Rayburn House Office Building, Foyer (45 Independence Ave SW).

  • Guest speakers include speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Wei Jingsheng, Antoine Ripoll, Wang Dan, Wang Juntao, Ilshat Kokbore, Bob Fu, and Marion Smith.

June 4, Washington D.C.: Congressional Hearing, Tiananmen at 30: Examining the Evolution of Repression in China, organized by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, hosted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, 10am-12pm, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building (45 Independence Ave SW).

  • Witnesses: Wu’er Kaixi (Tiananmen student leader and Founder, Friends of Liu Xiaobo), Fengsuo Zhou (Tiananmen student leader and Co-Founder and president, Humanitarian China), Mi Ling Tsui (Communications Director, Human Rights in China), Carl Minzner (Professor of Law at Fordham Law School), and Shanthi Kalathil (Director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy).

June 4, Washington D.C.: 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre Rally of Remembrance, hosted by The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 1:30-3pm, US Capitol West Lawn First Street SW & 1st Street NW Washington, DC 20004.

  • Features the premiere exhibit of the Tiananmen Mothers Portraits. Speakers: witnesses to the massacre, activists, and policymakers, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman Chris Smith, Congressman Andy Levin, and Senator Marco Rubio.

June 4, Washington D.C.: 2019 NED Annual Democracy Awards Reception, hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy, 5-7pm, United States Capitol Building, Room HC-5 (First St SE).

  • The event will honor the efforts of various organizations that are confronting the Chinese regime’s authoritarian practices and, through these efforts, empowering Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Chinese Christians to defend their rights.

June 5, Washington D.C.: “Rule By Fear: 30 Years After Tiananmen Square” Hearing, hosted by the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 10am-12pm, Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-419 (50 Constitution Ave NE, 20002).

 

Canada

June 2, Burnaby: Wreath laying Ceremony At the Statue of the Goddess of Democracy, hosted by the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement (溫哥華支援民主運動聯合會), 10-10:30am, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 3789 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby, BC V5G 3M1.

June 2, Vancouver: Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Statue of the Goddess of Democracy, hosted by the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement (溫哥華支援民主運動聯合會), 12-12:30pm, Statute of Goddess of Democracy, Student Union Bldg, 6138 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B9.

June 4, Vancouver: Democracy Walk, hosted by the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement (溫哥華支援民主運動聯合會), 7:15-8pm, Granville Street at West 6th Avenue, 2200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 4H7.

  • The walk will start at 7:30 pm on the SE corner of West 6th Ave. and Granville St.

June 4, Vancouver: Candlelight Vigil, hosted by the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement (溫哥華支援民主運動聯合會), 8-9:30pm, Chinese Consulate, Granville Street at West 16th Avenue, 3380 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 3K3.

June 4, Toronto: AWW Free School Final: 6/4/89, hosted by the Gardiner Museum and the AWW Free School, 6:30-8pm, Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7.

  • An onstage conversation with journalists and activists reflecting on the impact of the Tiananmen Square protests. Presenters and panelists will include Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson and core member of the Toronto Association of Democracy on China, labor activist Winnie Ng, and journalists Doug Saunders and Jan Wong.

 

Hong Kong

May 31: Re-learning the ’89 Democratic Movement (許sir開講:六四三十,重新認識八九民運), hosted by Hong Kong In-Media, 7-9pm, 365 Hennessy Rd Wan Chai Hong Kong (灣仔軒尼詩道365號富德樓9樓).

  • “Who should be held responsible for June 4th” is the final lesson in a four-part sequence on the history of the Tiananmen Massacre and surrounding events brought to us by Mr. Hui Wai-Heng, a secondary school teacher who has read over 100 books about the massacre and written a book on the subject titled “六四十问,” to be published in May 2019.

June 2: Anniversary of the June-Fourth Incident Forum, hosted by the Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions, 6-10:00pm, Platform outside Haking Wong Building, Hong Kong University.

  • Participants include: Hong Kong Alliance Vice-chairperson Chow Hang and Hong Kong independence activists Wayne Chan, Tony Chung, and Baggio Leung.

June 4: “Vindicate June 4” March, organized by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, 3pm, from the Southorn Playground to the China Liaison Office.

June 4: Candlelight Vigil (六四,三十周年燭光悼念集會), organized by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, 8pm, Victoria Park Soccer Pitch.

June 4: Candlelight Vigil (六四,三十周年燭光悼念集會), 8:30pm, Kowloon, Freedom Fighter Monument at the Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

  • Will feature as speakers Hong Kong activists who have been targeted by local authorities. Police assembly approval and use of the venue is pending.

 

Taipei

June 4: Candlelight Vigil (中國六四屠殺30週年燭光晚會), 華人民主書院et al., 7-9pm, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – Freedom Square (中正紀念堂-自由广场).

 

Europe

June 4, London, United Kingdom: Remember/Resist: June 4th Massacre after 30 Years, organized by UK Committee to Commemorate June 4th Massacre, 8-10pm, in front of Chinese Embassy, 49-59 Portland Place, London W1B 1QJ.

  • A candlelight vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Democracy Movement and June Fourth.

 

Australia

June 2, Brisbane: Candlelight Vigil for the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, 7:00-9:00pm, The Commemorating Badge of Tiananmen Square Massacre (on the grass in front of Great Court in University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4067.