Friday, September 26, 2014


Susan and I are taking a train tour of the Canadian Rockies next week.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eastern Market

I have lived in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Capitol Hill now for 47 years.  I have never stopped loving the place.  The Market was totally restored after being gutted by fire seven years ago.  Eastern Market, built in 1873, is far more than a market. It is a community hub for the Capitol Hill neighborhood and a cultural destination for visitors from around the world.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hosting Helen Caldicott at National Press Club

NPC Newsmaker Program



TO: Daybooks/Calendar/Correspondents/Assignment Editors/Press Offices

FROM: Herb Perone, NPC Newsmakers Chairman, 301-512-7636,

Helen Caldicott:  Pediatrician, founding President Physicians for Social Responsibility-awarded1985 Nobel Peace Prize

  Outlook for the 2014 Congressional Election


The Ukraine Crisis:   Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?

Washington, DC   Dr Helen Caldicott will discuss the fact that not only has the Cold War returned but it has become Hot. For the first time in recent history Russia and the US are in a state of confrontation which could well morph into a nuclear exchange. Both nations have some 1000 hydrogen bombs on hair trigger alert with a 3 minute decision time to launch by either Putin or Obama, the nuclear exchange would be complete in one hour, and the combined effects of ozone depletion, radioactive contamination, massive fire storms, and nuclear winter inducing a short ice age would induce the elimination of most earthly species including homo sapiens.

Recently both the US and Russia conducted nuclear war games, and some reports suggest that the state of alert of the nuclear arsenals has been raised.  Mutual suspicion and anxiety reigns. The tragedy of World War 1 started almost by accident, could this be repeated? Within the last year over 70 USAF missile officers were fired because they failed to protect their missiles, they cheated on their tests or they were taking drugs. Russian early warning systems are dilapidated invoking a paranoid situation which is not conducive to rational behavior. I was told by Robert McNamara that we were minutes away from nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. Many other close calls have been recorded.

Even if there is no nuclear confrontation, the Ukraine hosts 15 nuclear power plants (Chernobyl was one of them) and conventional war could well cause several of them to melt down.

Military and political thinking and action must now urgently change if indeed we are to survive the nuclear age.

The event will is will be held in the Club’s Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045.


Tony Gallo NPC Newsmakers Event Host

Monday, September 22, 2014

Block Party

Yesterday, we had our annual block party.  I have been blessed with truly wonderful neighbors on this block. And have lived here 45 years now, much longer than anyone.  The party was a great success

Friday, September 19, 2014


My son and his girl friend are spending several weeks in Israel.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seventh Street Playhouse Upcoming Productions 2014 -15


Seventh Street Playhouse Upcoming Productions
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October 18 The Eaton Woman    Cosmos Theatre
October 27 Eugenio     Villa Rosa Stage
November 19 Eugenio      Arlington Mill Stage
November 24 The Last Days of King Solomon  Villa Rosa Stage

January 16 Eugenio     Dramatists Guild (NYC)
February  9 Paul     Lincolnia Stage
March 18  Paul      Arlington Mill Stage
April 6  Paul     Villa Rosa Stage
April 13  Paul     Ingleside  Rock Creek Stage
July 18-27  The Springfield Boys(Production) Greenbelt Arts Center
September 5 Lincoln and God( Musical)   Kennedy Center
September 5 Vandergrift (Musical    Kennedy Center
September 5  Paul      Kennedy Center

Monday, September 15, 2014

Washington Post Editorial

Today’s Washington Post Editorial following Gao Zhisheng's wife appearing as a newsmaker at the National Press Club.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NPC Newsmakers

Working on three National Press Club newsmakers on the Right to Carry Guns, the Hispanic Vote in 2014, and  Did the United States instigate the Ukraine crisis.  Interesting and provocative speakers.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Videos of National Press Club Programs

Fa Cheng spoke at the National Press club September 9.. Great Editorials Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
Richard Vedder, Director of the Center for College Affordability spoke at the National Press Club Today.

Read Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Editorials on Freeing Gao Zhisheng

Wall Street Journal  Editorial Page   September 9, 2014

Free Gao Zhisheng

Susan Rice completes a three-day visit to Beijing Tuesday, with the aim to strengthen cooperation amid bilateral tension and crises in the Middle East and Europe. A sign that the U.S. National Security Adviser has made progress would be Beijing's decision to allow human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng to leave China for medical treatment in the United States.

he Chinese government has punished Mr. Gao for nearly a decade for his legal work on behalf of factory workers, dispossessed land owners and especially religious minorities, including Christians and Falun Gong members. Released from Shaya prison in western China on Aug. 7, he is under house arrest without access to doctors.

Mr. Gao needs medical care after being confined from December 2011 until last month to a dark cell with no access to the outside world. The guards, who fed him one slice of bread and one piece of cabbage per day, refused to speak to him. His lawyers say he shed 50 pounds and lost teeth to malnutrition. Mr. Gao has written that in previous detentions he was burned with lit cigarettes, beaten with pistols and electrocuted. Torturers pierced his genitals with toothpicks.

From 2006-09, state security terrorized Mr. Gao's family by occupying their Beijing apartment and denying them any privacy. His wife and children fled in 2009 and received asylum in the United States—"our adopted country," says his wife Geng He, who has asked U.S. leaders to request her husband's release for medical care outside China. Such a request stands a decent chance now, as the U.S. and China are preparing a presidential summit on the sidelines of November's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing.

While Ms. Rice has plenty on her agenda, from the summit to maritime territorial disputes and cyber espionage, issues of political freedom and human rights deserve a prominent place. One is Hong Kong's fading freedoms. Another is Gao Zhisheng, a brave advocate whom Beijing has abused long enough.


Washington Post   

A Chinese activist: Out of prison but not free

Teng Biao is a human rights lawyer.  September 7, 2014

A month ago, the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng — my friend and colleague — limped out of Shaya Prison in northwestern China. According to relatives, Gao was pale as a ghost. He had spent the past five years — his sentence was for three — in solitary confinement, underfed and with no access to sunlight. For a long time, his wife and children, who fled to the United States to seek asylum, did not know his whereabouts or even whether he was alive or dead.

Gao grew up in an impoverished village in northern Shaanxi province, where as an adolescent he struggled for survival. He was not able to attend college, but he taught himself the law and succeeded in passing the bar exam to become a lawyer. He began practicing law in 1996, first in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, then in Beijing, and his work took him across China. With a deep sense of generosity, he made it a rule that a third of his practice would be pro bono service for the poor and downtrodden. In 2001, the Chinese Ministry of Justice named him one of China’s 10 best lawyers. I worked closely with him on some of his earliest rights defense cases.

But Gao’s career as a rights lawyer quickly hit the rocks, and failing to win cases for his clients was the least of it. In 2005, he wrote open letters to the National People’s Congress and then-leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao to detail the horrendous torture being inflicted upon practitioners of Falun Gong, a fast-growing meditation group facing brutal suppression. He quickly received his reply: 24-7 surveillance of his home, death threats, harassment of his wife and children, summonses, disbarment, disappearances, torture that included savage beatings, electric shocks and the piercing of his genitals with a toothpick, and, finally, solitary confinement in prison. This took place over the past nine years.


Friday, September 5, 2014

NPC Newsmaker

Wife of tortured Chinese human rights lawyer to plead for his release at Tuesday Newsmaker

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Invitation to hear and see wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident speak at the National Press Club on Tuesday September 10 at 10 AM

Invitation to hear and see wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident speak at the National Press Club on Tuesday September 10 at 10 AM
NPC Newsmaker Program
TO: Daybooks/Calendar/Correspondents/Assignment Editors/Press Offices...
FROM: Herb Perone, NPC Newsmakers Chairman, 301-512-7636,

Wife of Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng
To Plead For International Support for his Release to the U.S.
Washington, DC – The wife of renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhizheng will make a pubic appeal for her husband’s release to the United States at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Tuesday, September 9. He was released from prison on August 7 and his now staying with his wife’s sister in Xinjiang, under house arrest, and is being denied access to medical care.
Geng He will reveal previously unknown details of the torture her husband suffered at the hands of Chinese security officials during his four years of imprisonment. She will also ask the Chinese government and the international community to allow him to travel to California, where Geng He and their two children live, on an extraordinary humanitarian basis.
Appearing with Geng He will be their international lawyer Jared Genser and Human Rights Watch’s China Director Sophie Richardson.
This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday September 9 at 10 a.m. in the club’s ¬¬¬¬¬Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045.
Like all Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed press and NPC club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.
Tony Gallo NPC Newsmakers Event Host
202 -544-6973,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Seventh Street Playhouse staging of Folk Opera Lincoln and God by Gallo and Ward on August 30, 2014 at Kennedy Center

View YouTube video of Seventh Street Playhouse staging of Folk Opera Lincoln and God by Gallo and Ward on August 30, 2014 at Kennedy Center.

View YouTube video of Seventh Street Playhouse staging of Margherita on August 30, 2014 at Kennedy Center