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A Call To Release Chinese Poet Zhu Yufu

Zhu Yufu

From Russell Streur

Many of you are aware of, and have participated in, the Saloon’s support for the imprisoned Chinese poet, Zhu Yufu.  It has been nearly two years since his arrest and incarceration.  Hopes for a general amnesty of cultural prisoners stemming from the recent change in Chinese leadership appear dim.  Zhu’s birthday is February 13.  To demonstrate a continued support for him, I request that each of you consider one or more of the following actions:

·         Send him a birthday card.  I do not know if Mr. Zhu speaks English or not.  It he does not, someone in the prison block might.  What I suggest is to send him a card with a positive image on it—a flower for instance, or a bird or rainbow.  A short message in English would be appropriate—“I am thinking of you” or “You are not forgotten” would work.  So would a direct “Best wishes on your birthday.”  Nothing complicated or lengthy, and nothing against the Chinese government or any message that could bring him trouble.  He may never receive the card—but the prison grapevine might bring him word of the envelope.  Pay attention to colors:  red means good fortune and joy; yellow represents good luck; green, health and prosperity. Include your name and return address on the envelope so the authorities know the breadth of his support.  Do not send money and do not expect a response.  The international postage will be less than the cost of the card.  At the end of January, the US Post Office will be selling Forever Global stamps for $1.10.  The address is:

Zhu Yufu

Zhejiang Provincial No.4 Prison

P.O. Box 50, Hangzhou City 311100

Zhejiang Province

P.R. China

·         Sign the petition for his freedom at http://freezhuyufu.blogspot.com/.  Many of you have already done this.  I ask everybody to, and to ask your friends to as well.  The petition was delivered to Chinese authorities last year following his conviction; it will be delivered again on this and all subsequent anniversaries of his arrest on  March 4.

·         Write the Chinese ambassador to your country expressing your request for his release. A source for embassy locations can be found here:  http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjb/zwjg/2490/

·         Submit a poem in his support in a separate and individual email to me ateditor.camelsaloon@gmail.com.  I will post it at The Bamboo Foresthttp://zhuyufu.blogspot.com/

Zhu Yufu is just one of hundreds of imprisoned writers around the world.  For more information, I recommend visits to these sites:

English PEN http://www.englishpen.org/

EveryOne Group http://everyonegroup.com/EveryOne/MainPage/MainPage.html

He is also just one of thousands of imprisoned Christians in China and around the world.  For more information, I recommend visits to these sites:

China Aid  http://www.chinaaid.org/

Human Rights in China http://www.hrichina.org/

Persecution  International Christian Concern http://www.persecution.org/

Thank you for your support, and all good blessings on your houses,

Russell Streur

Barkeep, The Camel Saloon

Groundskeeper, The Bamboo Forest

Visit Ryerss on Weekends This Autumn

Looking for something new to do on the weekend? Spend a few hours at Ryerss Museum and Library at Burholme Park. Ryerss is open Friday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and tours of the museum are free.

Visit Ryerss on line at http://ryerssmuseum.org/ 

After the tour enjoy Burholme Park !

Following a tour of the museum you can enjoy the picnic grove for an outdoor lunch, tour the west woodlands or visit the Burholme Miniature Golf Course, Driving Range and Batting Cages for family fun.