Truth On Tour was happy to sponsor Ride2Freedom on their journey across the United States. The young riders inspired many, showing a true commitment to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong, and help put a stop to it. – Truth On Tour
In that lonely stretch of the country—the middle of the Mojave Desert—darkness engulfed the moon. As the arid colors and tumbleweeds faded from view it would have been a silent place, if it weren’t for the low hum of a portable generator. A few teenagers huddled there, typing with fervor.
They stayed up late into the night, posting selfies, writing blog posts, and thinking of clever hashtags. The bright lights from their laptops cast a startling glow into the desert.
There were 26 youths and seven adults there. Although most of them were trying to ignore the computer lights and sleep, they did not tell the teens to turn their laptops off.
They knew that for the hundreds of thousands of prisoners of conscience in Chinese prisons, labor camps, and brainwashing and detention centers, the light from their monitors was hope.
The group of people resting in the middle of the desert were on a 3,000-mile bike ride from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the Chinese regime’s persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual meditation practice that teaches truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
More than 3,800 deaths are confirmed as a result of persecution. But researchers estimate the actual death toll to be in the tens of thousands; the Chinese Communist Party is not exactly transparent about its human rights abuses.
Amnesty International estimates that at least 250,000 Falun Gong practitioners are currently imprisoned in China.
The cyclists who rode for this cause were young, the youngest being 11. They called their project Ride2Freedom.