The VSSDM has developed to be a strong non-governmental organization (NGO) in Metro Vancouver. In the last 30 years, VSSDM has assisted and sponsored many Chinese democracy dissidents and activists such as LU Decheng to apply for permanent residence in Canada. VSSDM has also arranged the visit of many democracy leaders, including WUER Kaixi, WANG Dan, WEI Jingsheng, LIU Binyan, YAN Jiaqi, RUAN Ming, SU Xiaokang, CHEN Yizi and WANG Ruowang. SZETO Wah and Martin LEE, the heart and soul of the democracy movement in Hong Kong, also visited Metro Vancouver various times to lend support to the work of VSSDM.
In the face of the CPC’s consistent, brutal and senseless persecution of Chinese democracy leaders and civil rights activists, over the years VSSDM has held many protests in front of the Chinese Consulate General in Vancouver. More recent ones included the protest against the CPC’s persecution against Nobel laureate LIU Xiaobo. On top of many protests, VSSDM organizes seminars and public forums, and invites people from all walks of life to gather and discuss the future of the pro-democracy movement in China.
VSSDM publishes a bi-monthly newsletter “The Eternal Flame”, to raise awareness on the democracy and human rights issues in China. VSSDM also devotes much time and efforts to organize cultural and educational activities such as “Twelve Years Ago in My Old Home”, a variety show in 2001; “Broken Dream”, a play in 2002 and “Homecoming”, a play in 2010.
In 2013 and 2014, VSSDM created a June 4 Memorial Museum, which lasted for weeks and was visited by hundreds of people. It was the only June 4 Museum ever put on outside Hong Kong.