Fully customized, rare, casino/professional quality, 305 dsm litho printed playing cards.
Manufactured in the U.S. by a company that supplies professional casino cards to several Las Vegas venues.
Customized box with plastic shrink wrap.
100% original artwork from 3 different designers around the world with amazing detail.
All the nuances of a professional deck ( one-eyed royals, suicide kings, etc).
Detailed messages and phrases incorporated into the face cards that reference the specific prisoners cause.
Includes 2 customized jokers, Ace of Spades, and 2-10s each featuring a unique prisoner.
13 political prisoners in total: Liu Xiaobo, Gao Zhisheng, Ni Yulan, Tan Zuoren, Shi Tao, and others.
Designed for playability: reciprocal images, no need to turn cards in your hand.
All peaceful dissidents.
Tan Zuoren ( Jacks): Tan Zouren is a hero. What makes him so special is he is an ordinary citizen, yet there is nothing ordinary about how he has changed the world. He gave a voice and memory to thousands of little kids who were killed in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. He created an archive of the victims known as the 5/12/2008 Student Archive and posted it online because they were completely forgotten by the authorities. His crime is nothing more than petitioning his own government for answers about a terrible tragedy and requesting an investigation. He was detained in 2009 after publishing the preliminary results of his own investigation.
Ni Yulan ( Queens): In China, eminent domain is a ruthless process. Ni Yulan is a passionate human rights lawyer who represented those who were forced out onto the streets when China began demolishing and acquiring property in order to build for the 2008 Olympics. To make things worse, she was intimidated and severely beaten by police prior to her arrest resulting in her being confined to a wheelchair. Her official charge is “creating a disturbance” and she is incarcerated along with her husband.
Gao Zhisheng ( Kings): China is not a safe place to practice religion. Gao has taken upon himself to provide legal counsel to groups that are very unpopular with the regime, particularly the House Church Christians and Falun Gong adherents. He has exposed the torture of Falun Gong followers by the Chinese government and was sentenced for “inciting subversion of state power.” He is one of the great Weiquan lawyers. His law firm was closed by the government and he has been subjected to torture while in custody.
Ace of Spades: Liu Xiaobo: Winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Liu is a signor and champion of the Charter 08, a manifesto signed by numerous Chinese human rights activists demanding reforms within the Chinese government. He was taken into custody prior to the release of Charter 08 and is currently serving a prison sentence.
2′s through 10′s
2′s: Zhiwen Wang – Imprisoned for practicing Falun Gong. Crime=practicing religion.
3’s: Kong Youping – Sentenced to a labor camp for pro-democracy blogging. Freelance writer. Crime= “subversion of state power”
4’s: Gulmira Imin – Website administrator sentenced to prison for “splittism, leaking state secrets and organizing an illegal demonstration”
5’s: Chen Xi – Veteran dissident, democracy and human rights activist. Sentenced for “inciting subversion of state power” for essays written.
6’s: Zhu Yufu – Writer and pro-democracy advocate. Accused of inciting people to subvert state power and slandering the country.
7’s: Alimujiang Yimiti – Uyghur church leader accused of “inciting separatism” and “leaking state secrets”.
8’s: Chen Wei – Democracy advocate imprisoned several times. Crimes include “inciting subversion of state power”, participating in the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations, and spreading “counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement.”
9’s: Hada - Advocate for self determination and democracy. Tibetan Buddhist. Former chairman of the Southern Mongolian Democratic Alliance. Crimes include “splittism” and “espionage.” Hada has been imprisoned since 1996 despite the fact that his sentence officially expired in 2010.
10s: Shi Tao – Journalist and poet sentenced to 10 years in 2005 for disclosing state secrets to foreigners. Yahoo! China provided information to the Chinese Government that led to his arrest. Yahoo was later rebuked by the U.S. Congress and settled out of court with Shi’s family.
Hu Jintao: Former President of the People’s Republic of China. Under his rule, the internal security budget has exceeded the military budget. He is a technocratic ruler who has done little to reform China.
Xi Jinping: What will Xi do next? He has the chance to be the most influential person in history if he can reform China so that the talents, dreams, and voices of the citizens can finally be heard.