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first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: 713-348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Rice, Iowa State biologists search for ‘half-fusion’ Study shows illusive ‘hemifusion’ state can precede membrane merger Every living cell is surrounded by a membrane, a thin barrier that separates the genetic machinery of life from the non-living world outside. Though barriers, membranes are not impervious. Cells use a complex hierarchy of proteins that work in concert to allow cell membranes to fuse — with other cells or with membrane-encased packages of proteins and other chemicals that the cell needs to take in or release. Though well-studied, the molecular details of membrane fusion remain mysterious. In particular, scientists don’t understand how holes form between two membranes, but a new study by biochemists at Rice University and Iowa State University offers intriguing new clues about the nature of this process. The study is published in this month’s issue of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. ”Membrane fusion is one of the most basic processes of life,” said James McNew, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice University. ”It begins at fertilization and occurs billions of times a second in our bodies, and if it ever stops, we die.” For example, inside the cells in our brains, spines and nerves, membranes are used to seal up and transport tiny packets of signaling chemicals from the center of the cell to the outer cell membrane. These packets, or vesicles, wait just inside the cell membrane for the appropriate signal, and once they receive it, they fuse with the membrane and eject their contents into the surrounding tissue, causing an immediate chain reaction that keeps our hearts beating and allows us to move our muscles. Membrane fusion is also used to initiate disease. ”Some invading organisms like enveloped viruses use the fusion process to infect the cell,” McNew said. To understand membrane fusion, it helps to envision the basic structure of membranes. Just five billionths of meter across, membranes are bilayers, meaning they contain two separate layers, or sheets of fatty acids. Each of these sheets has a one side that is strongly attracted to water and one side that strongly repels it. The water-hating sides of the sheets stick tightly to one another, sealing out water on either side of the bilayer. Additionally, all biological membranes are dotted with proteins, and some of these are called transmembrane proteins, meaning parts of them penetrate through the membrane like a needle through cloth. A large body of evidence suggests that a class of transmembrane proteins called SNAREs are responsible for driving membrane fusion during normal cellular activity. Exactly how they do this is unknown, but previous studies have suggested two possibilities. One model proposes that the portion of the SNARE protein that crosses the membrane forms a pore-like connection that mixes both layers of the membrane in one step.   The other theory suggests that the SNARE proteins mix the two separate layers of a membrane one at a time, generating an intermediate stated called ”hemifusion” or half-fusion.   During hemifusion, the outer, water-loving sides of two membranes become connected, and the inner water-loving layers do not. In this state, the combining cells or vesicles could transfer proteins and other material stuck to their outside layers, but they do not exchange any material that’s locked inside. Hemifusion has been observed in non-biological membranes containing no proteins, but has been difficult to detect with SNARE proteins. McNew and his Iowa State colleagues, Yeon-Kyun Shin, Zengliu Su, Fan Zhang and Yibin Xu, developed an ingenious method of tagging both inner and outer portions of the synthetic membranes with fluorescent dyes so they could use fluorescence spectroscopy to assay mixing of the inner and outer layers.   McNew and colleagues sought to find out if hemifusion was an intermediate fusion state in biological systems, so they created a test system that contained a lipid bilayer studed with SNARE proteins taken from bakers yeast. Using both normal SNAREs and a mutant variety, they were able to show that membrane fusion catalyzed by the SNARE machinery mixes the outer layer of the membrane separately from the inner layer — a hallmark of hemifusion — suggesting that a hemifusion intermediate can exist in biological systems and may well be the mechanism that all living cells utilize. Preliminary data from follow-up studies indicate that these results are also generalizable to SNARE proteins from animals. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Welch Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. ### last_img read more

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduInternational business scholar Peter Rodriguez named dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of BusinessHOUSTON – (Jan. 28, 2016) – Peter Rodriguez, currently senior associate dean for degree programs and chief diversity officer  at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, has been named dean of Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.PETER RODRIGUEZHe will join Rice as dean of the Jones School on July 1. In addition to being dean of the business school, Rodriguez will serve on the Jones School faculty.“Peter Rodriguez’s exceptional talent as a leader is evident from his broad impact at the Darden School,” said Rice Provost Marie Lynn Miranda. “As an accomplished scholar and educator, with a unique ability to connect with the many Jones School constituencies, Peter is exceptionally well positioned to lead the Jones School. We are both extremely grateful to current Dean Bill Glick for his service and leadership and very excited to welcome Peter to the Rice community.”Rodriguez is a Princeton-educated economist and specializes in the study of international business and trade, with an emphasis on understanding and alleviating the effects of corruption on economic development.“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Rice as both a faculty member and as part of the leadership team at one of the country’s top business schools in one of its top cities,” Rodriguez said. “Rice is an outstanding university with a clear commitment to excellence in research, teaching and outreach at all levels.”He said he looks forward to working with the Jones School Council of Overseers and the Houston business community to identify areas where the business school can best serve the community while also strengthening its global engagement and stature.“I’m delighted that Peter is joining the senior leadership team at the university,” said Rice President David Leebron. “He brings an extraordinary breadth of experience and accomplishment. He is well positioned to lead the school to new heights in scholarly reputation, teaching excellence, global engagement and online programs.”Rodriguez has served in his current position at the University of Virginia since 2011, where he leads the MBA programs at the Darden School and its global, online and diversity strategies. In this role, he helped lead Darden to the No. 2 spot in the Economist’s 2015 global ranking of full-time MBA programs, which was the highest ranking in the school’s history. For the fifth consecutive year, the Economist also named Darden the No. 1 education experience in the world. As part of this, Rodriguez was able to lead strategies for online initiatives and new Global MBA programs. He also prioritized faculty development, especially for junior faculty, and fostered a culture of leading-edge research and a deep commitment to teaching excellence.He teaches classes on comparative economic growth and development, international business and international macroeconomics. His research publications include theoretical explorations of international trade policies and firm behavior and empirical and practice-based studies of issues in international business and management.Before joining the Darden faculty, Rodriguez was on the faculty of Mays Business School and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He also previously taught at Princeton University. In addition, he worked for several years as an associate in the Global Energy Group at JPMorgan Chase. Rodriguez has received numerous awards for teaching excellence in classes such as international macroeconomics and business-government relations.As dean, Rodriguez will oversee a school that is distinguished by its strong foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and management with areas of substantive excellence in energy, entrepreneurship, and health care. Degreed programs include the Rice MBA, MBA for Executives and MBA for Professionals, as well as joint MBAs in medicine, engineering, and professional science, and a Ph.D. in business. The Jones School has also played an increasingly important role in undergraduate education at Rice.A native of Kilgore, Texas, Rodriguez has a B.S. in economics from Texas A&M University, where he graduated cum laude, and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.Rodriguez succeeds Glick, who led the Jones School’s growth in enrollment and programming and increased national and international reputation for the past 11 years. Glick will return to the faculty.“During Bill Glick’s term as dean, the Jones School experienced exceptional growth,” Miranda said. “We are grateful to Bill for his remarkable record of accomplishment over the past decade, which reflects extraordinary dedication to the Jones School and to Rice.”-30-Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @RiceMBA.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

first_imgShare1EXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on Tunisia’s first municipal elections HOUSTON – (May 4, 2018) – For the first time, Tunisia will hold municipal elections May 6, and these elections will also be the first of their kind in North Africa. The polls will give remote corners of the country representation for the first time and include diversity quotas for female, young and disabled candidates.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityA.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss with the media the elections and their ramifications for a country that was the cradle of the revolutions that swept the Arab world in 2011, a period known as the Arab Spring.The Baker Institute this week published a collection of issue briefs Yildirim edited which examine the future of the country’s oldest Islamist group, Ennahdha, and its place in Tunisia’s evolving political landscape. The briefs pay particular attention to shifts in the relationship between religion and politics. They are based on discussions at a workshop on “Islam and Politics in Post-2011 Tunisia,” which was held in Tunis Feb. 12.“The relationship between religion and politics has been one of the defining elements of post-revolutionary Tunisia,” Yildirim wrote in his introduction to the collection. “What makes the country’s transitional phase all the more intriguing is the fact that religion and religious actors were largely excluded from Tunisia’s political system prior to the overthrow of the Ben Ali regime in January 2011. In the current democratization phase, religion and religious actors have assumed a political significance that Tunisia has not experienced in recent memory.”Yildirim’s main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East and Turkish politics.Yildirim is currently traveling in the Middle East; media can contact him at ay18@rice.edu.-30-Related materials:Yildirim biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/a-kadir-yildirim.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

first_img The Fourth of July holiday is on Tuesday, and a number of people want to know the hours for fast food restaurants. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   What restaurants are open on 4th of July? By Jack Phillips July 4, 2017 Updated: July 4, 2017 US Are Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC, Subway, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell open or closed on 4th of July? (Petr Svab/Epoch Times) Most popular fast food places will be open on July 4th—as the holiday is one of the biggest days out of the year for some restaurants. Note that some restaurants are franchises and have different hours and days off.Starbucks is usually open, but check hours and listings. Dunkin’ Donuts is usually open but check hours and listings.  Krispy Kreme is usually open but check hours and listings. McDonald’s is usually open but check hours. Burger King is usually open but check hours. Domino’s Pizza is open but some locations open later in the day–sometimes as late as 4 p.m. Check listings. Taco Bell is usually open but check hours. Subway is usually open but check hours. KFC is usually open but check hours. Pizza Hut is usually open but check hours. Wendy’s is usually open. Check hours.Panera Bread varies on location. Check hours.Jack in the Box is usually open. Check hours.Here’s a comprehensive of ideas of fast food chains in the U.S., click here. Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgThe Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird is displayed at the Smithsonian Institute’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia. on Aug. 23, 2006. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images) The design is similar to the SR-72 that Lockheed Martin is working on, meaning the race is on to be the first to market.“It’s a really hard problem to develop an aircraft that takes off and accelerates through Mach 1 all the way to Mach 5 and beyond,” Kevin Bowcutt, Boeing chief scientist for hypersonics, told Aviation Week.Boeing needs the plane to be able to take off, accelerate, slow down, and land by itself—just like the original SR-71 from 1964.The company plans to use a conventional turbojet to bring the plane up to Mach 3, then switch to a different system to boost it beyond Mach 5.“The specific impulse of an air breathing engine goes down with increasing velocity, so you have to make the engine bigger to get to Mach 5,” said Bowcutt.“But doing that means a bigger inlet and a bigger nozzle, and trying to get that through Mach 1 is harder,” he said.Meanwhile, Lockheed has been working on the SR-72 since the early 2000s. It will also be a hypersonic strike and reconnaissance plane but it will fly faster than Mach 6. It is expected to be in the skies late in the 2020s.“Although I can’t go into specifics, let us just say the Skunk Works team in Palmdale, California, is doubling down on our commitment to speed,” Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of aeronautics at Lockheed Martin, told the SAE International Aerotech Congress and Exhibition, reported the Daily Mail.“Simply put, I believe the United States is on the verge of a hypersonics revolution.” The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, which flew at an altitude of 80,000 ft, pictured on Aug. 31, 1974.(Keystone/Getty Images)The original SR-71 was so fast it could outrun surface-to-air missiles. It set a speed record of 2,193.2 mph—a record it still holds today.It traveled at around 85,000 feet, or about 16 miles above the earth, close to the edge of space, requiring pilots to wear special protective pressurized suits.Boeing hasn’t announced when they expect to have a sky-ready model of their ‘Son of Blackbird’ yet. Boeing Unveils ‘Son of Blackbird’ Hypersonic Aircraft That Could Go Five Times the Speed of Sound By John Smithies, Epoch Times January 16, 2018 Updated: January 16, 2018 “Son of Blackbird”: Boeing reveals hypersonic concept that could replace SR-71 https://t.co/x9xyHslyzO pic.twitter.com/pquw8YC9z5— Popular Mechanics (@PopMech) January 13, 2018 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Follow John on Twitter: @jdsmithies US News Boeing has revealed a potential successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane and the company says it could travel at over five times the speed of sound.The plane, which some have nicknamed ‘Son of Blackbird’, would travel at such velocity that enemies would have no time to react.It is designed to travel at speeds faster than Mach 5. Mach 1, the speed of sound, is around 767 mph, so for it to hit Mach 5 it would need to travel faster than 3,836 mph.The concept was unveiled at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando, Florida. Share @Boeing takes wraps off Mach 5+ hypersonic ‘son of Blackbird’ contender at #AIAASciTech pic.twitter.com/P9fkfq5Xgx— Guy Norris (@AvWeekGuy) January 10, 2018 Share this article Recommended Video: Thrilling GoPro journey down a deep well to check out reports of limestone caveslast_img read more

first_img Share this article Recommended Video:What You Need to Know About Earth’s Poles Shift 2018[/eet_video] Australia Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share A U.S. Marines MV-22 Osprey Aircraft flies over a jet before landing on the deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship off the coast of Sydney, Australia June 29, 2017. (Reuters/Jason Reed/File Photo) SYDNEY—The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defence minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese government aggression in the region.Payne said 1,587 U.S. Marines will spend six months training in Australia’s remote north, an increase of nearly 27 percent on its 2017 rotation for the program known as the Force Posture Initiatives.“The U.S. military plays a vital role in underwriting security and stability across the Indo-Pacific, and the Force Posture Initiatives will be an essential component in preserving stability and security over the coming decades,” Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.The deployment, first introduced in 2011 as part of a U.S. “pivot” to Asia, has emerged as a key indicator of Washington’s commitment to the region under President Donald Trump and his willingness to counter the Chinese communist regime’s influence in a region where tensions have spiked amid disputes over the South China Sea.The U.S. Marines will train with personnel from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand—several nations that also have claims in the South China Sea.“China will monitor whatever the U.S. does and it would prefer that the United States not work with the Asian countries included in these exercises,” said Euan Graham, director of the international security program at Australian think tank the Lowy Institute. “Beijing would like to deal one-on-one with Southeast Asia nations that have counter claims,” he said.Australia, a staunch U.S. ally with no claim to the South China Sea, has so far maintained a neutral position in the dispute to protect its economic relationship with China.But bilateral relations have soured in recent months after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said China was improperly interfering in Canberra’s affairs, an accusation that triggered a rare protest from Beijing.By Colin Packham Record Number of US Marines to Train in Australia in Symbolic Challenge to China By Reuters March 23, 2018 Updated: March 28, 2018last_img read more

first_imgUS News A father in Tennessee hopes the story of his daughter’s death will not be in vain.David Zint remembers all too well coming home earlier this month and finding his 14-year-old daughter Zoey passed out on the floor.The father stuck his fingers down Zoey’s throat to prompt regurgitation, reported the Amarillo Globe-News.“She started talking a little bit,” he said. “I looked at her and said, ‘Zoey what are you doing, girl? Why would you want to leave me?’”He said that she said “I’m sorry, Daddy,” over and over again. She later died at the hospital.David Zint said they later learned that their daughter had taken a cocktail of pills that night, which he and his wife believe was the result of a painful day that started with a fight between Zoey and her friends. The group was called into the counselor’s office to try to deal with the issue but the argument was revived at a track meet that afternoon. “While at the track meet, one of the young ladies had gotten Zoey’s phone—she already knew the password and hacked into Zoey’s Instagram. She posted a whole bunch of bad stuff about herself … and then went around to everybody … and showed them the Instagram posts saying, ‘Look what Zoey posted about me,’” David Zint said.“It just rolled downhill and everybody was against Zoey … and it devastated her.”According to Stop Bullying, a government group, 28 percent of students in the United States have experienced bullying while 70 percent of youth have seen bullying at school.The teenager went home and cried to her mother saying “Everybody hates me.” The mother believed that she had successfully calmed her daughter down, but Zoey went upstairs and took the pills.Zint said he believes his daughter didn’t really know what she was doing.He’s sharing the story in the hopes that another family doesn’t have to deal with what he and his family have dealt with.“I don’t want any other child to have their life ruined over this, either. I’m not looking to get that kind of justice,” Zint said. “I want everybody to be aware of and know the dangers of password protection, giving your phone out to people and teaching our kids to stop hating each other and acting like you’re best friends the next day.”Zint added, “We as a society have got to come together and stop this hate. We have to lead by example. It starts with the parents, then the kids, then the teachers and the community. It’s how we’re raising our kids … they need to choose their words—we used to say wisely—I say kindly.”Friends of the family are holding a fundraiser for the family at Elks Amarillo on March 24.“David, DeLee and Lexie Zint lost their precious Zoey to a senseless act of cyberbullying,” the organizers said. “We cannot bring her back to them but what we can do, as a community, is try to help this family by offering up our time and support… and hopefully raising awareness of the crisis that our youth is faced with daily.”From NTD.tv  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Tennessee Father Hopes Daughter’s Tragic Story Will Not Be in Vain By Zachary Stieber March 23, 2018 Updated: March 23, 2018 Share this article Show Discussion Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Recommended Video: Timelapse Video Captures ‘Ocean’ of Clouds Over Vancouver, British Columbialast_img read more

first_img Share this article Falun Gong  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The Tian Guo Marching Band heads down Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington on June 20, 2018. Tian Guo means “celestial.” (Edward Dye/Epoch Times) Sharecenter_img WASHINGTON—Cansin Goldring traveled 10,000 miles to join a march in Washington on June 20. It’s an annual pilgrimage for her and one she is happy to spend vacation time on by flying over from Melbourne, Australia. Goldring, a native of Turkey, started learning the spiritual practice of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) in 2001 after moving Down Under.“Meditation was unknown to me, but I kind of knew there was something more to life,” she said. “I saw Falun Dafa as something very genuine and very honest.”Goldring’s inoperable heart condition, which she had been diagnosed with when she was 17, disappeared less than three weeks after she read the main text of the practice, “Zhuan Falun.” Cansin Goldring traveled from Melbourne, Australia, to join the Falun Dafa march in Washington on June 20, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)“Every night, I was always up and walking around because of my heart palpitations,” she said. “But after reading the book, I slept through the night one night—I woke up and thought I had died because it was so abnormal.” Ever since Goldring took up the practice, she has also worked to spread awareness of its persecution in China. The Chinese Communist Party was initially supportive of Falun Dafa, but it grew so popular that, in 1999, then-Party leader Jiang Zemin felt threatened and vowed to eradicate it. He launched a nationwide campaign to round up practitioners en masse and built brainwashing centers and labor camps to try to force them to renounce their beliefs. “That I can do something so freely, yet those in China can’t, makes it so important for me to do these activities,” Goldring said. “No one should have the right to stop anyone to believe what they want to believe.”The march, which organizers said had up to 5,000 people, started at Capitol Hill and wound along Pennsylvania Avenue, past the White House, to finish at the Washington Monument.A New MessageThis year, the march has taken on a special meaning, said Frank Lee, spokesman for the event organizer, Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C. Aside from being a platform to showcase Falun Dafa and call out the Chinese regime, this year the march is calling out communism itself. Falun Gong practitioners march down Pennsylvania Ave. on June 20, 2018, in Washington. (Edward Dye/Epoch Times)“We’d like to point out that communism really wants to destroy the human race,” Lee said. “In what sense? Well, they want people to not believe in god, they want to drag down moral values, they want to people to give up traditional values and morals and how to be a decent human, basically.”Lee’s words are corroborated by a statement in the “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, which reads, “Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality.”Communism’s SpreadLee and other Falun Dafa practitioners who hail from China are well versed on how communist ideology can destroy a culture.Now, he says, it has permeated the whole world, but in a more invisible, insidious way than the violent revolution used in China. A grand march of 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners walks down Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington on June 20, 2018. (Edward Dye/Epoch Times)“If you look at the Western world, the free world, including the United States, people are believing less and less, becoming atheist, and they are abandoning their traditional values,” Lee said. “It’s more invisible and that’s the scary thing, because it’s implanting in people’s minds, and people are being conditioned.”He said political correctness is a prime example of how communism can take hold. He said anyone who lived through the Cultural Revolution in China (1966–1976) is very familiar with how political correctness can overtake a society. “It’s really a way of controlling people from thinking and speaking freely and independently—a set of guidelines of what to say and what not to say,” he said. Chris Cheng joins the Falun Dafa march in Washington on June 20, 2018. (Nan Su/The Epoch Times)Chris Cheng, a business development manager in Minneapolis, moved to the United States from China in 2001. He said he notices the influence of communism in the United States. “High tax, high welfare, et cetera, sometimes sound good, but these policies actually don’t encourage people to study hard and work hard to make a better life for themselves,” Cheng said. “Communism makes people think everyone is equal, but the result is that people in communist countries eventually lose everything.”Walter Reissmann, a psychotherapist from Germany, said he believes the core of communism is to destroy religion. “Communism is destroying religion and spirituality,” he said. “It’s intolerant, it wants to be the only religion on the world, in my understanding, and that’s a real big problem.” Walter Reissmann joins the Falun Dafa march in Washington on June 20, 2018. (May Ning/The Epoch Times)Reversing CourseLee said the antidote to communism is to return to morality and tradition. “Morality and tradition, in many ways, teach people how to be human, and therefore we can understand the teachings from the divine,” he said. “If you destroy all that, morality will decline, and with it, a person’s soul. If you destroy someone’s soul, then you destroy that person forever. So in that sense, it’s important to have traditional values and morality because that’s how the human race has hope.”Joel Chipkar, who traveled from Toronto to join the march, started practicing Falun Dafa 20 years ago, before the Chinese regime started persecuting it. He agreed with Lee, saying morality is “everything.”“Morality is the foundation of human beings. If we don’t have morality, then we’re just animals,” Chipkar said.   Joel Chipkar attends the Falun Dafa march in Washington on June 20, 2018, with his mother, Connie. (May Ning/The Epoch Times)Lee said the strong anti-communist messages in the parade don’t mean Falun Dafa has turned into a political movement. “No, absolutely not. Our purpose is always to stop the persecution,” he said. “But in the process of exposing the communist regime, obviously it involves the regime’s persecution policies. But the practice, Falun Dafa, it’s not about politics at all.”He said he hopes the march helped people learn about the atrocities happening in China as well as the evils of communism in general. “If you’re not able to do anything to directly help stop the persecution, at least you can tell the people around you about this terrible, horrible persecution that’s happening in China,” he said.With reporting by Paula Liu, May Ning, and Nan Su. Falun Gong practitioners hold pictures of those who have been killed by the Chinese Communist Party through torture, during a march in Washington on June 20, 2018. (Edward Dye/Epoch Times) Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Falun Gong March in Washington Delivers Message of Hope By Charlotte Cuthbertson June 20, 2018 Updated: June 21, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more