On July 20, 2001, The Houston Chronicle published a piece on people demonstrating outside the Chinese consulate in Houston who "are calmly drawing attention to the Chinese government's persecution of
the Falun Gong spiritual movement...The Chinese government has sent
thousands of Falun Gong followers to prison or labor camps...As long as the United States nourishes liberty and China's
rulers war against it, relations between the two nations will not and cannot be
On July 9, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "a small but growing number of immigrant [Chinese] parents [in the U.S.] say [the meditation and exercise practice called Falun Gong] is helping
kids stay out of trouble...Children are receiving instruction in small, informal groups at a Howard
County park." Parents fear "the permissive [American] culture will lead their children astray."
On July 4, 2001, The Boston Globe reported
that "Falun Gong practitioners are in the middle of a march to Washington, D.C.,
to express solidarity with the spiritual group human rights activists say is
persecuted in its native China...Falun
Gong advocates a mix of meditative exercises and moral
precepts and was banned in China as a cult in
1999." About 200 local Falun Gong practitioners are
in the Boston area, most of whom are Chinese immigrants.