On October 19th, activist and Yang Gang member Ben Song talks about his time with the protest movement in Hong Kong and how we can help in the United States. Next week, the Dallas Yang Gang is attending the Unknocked Blue Door event.
Another great coffee social on a sunny day in in Dallas, Texas. And what a turnout!
Two Weeks in Hong Kong
This week, our guest speaker was Ben Song. Ben shared his experience joining the protesters in Hong Kong and how people in the United States can help. You can watch a recording of the coffee social on our Facebook page. Here is what Ben wrote for those interesting in learning more and supporting the cause:
For my friends asking how to help Hong Kong, I made a guide:
1. Pay attention, get the Telegram app and join these English groups: t.me/hkprotestinfo
These are the best sources for staying plugged into the movement. Also, follow Hong Kong related hashtags on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Also, join HK Facebook groups:
2. Post, share, retweet. Encourage Hong Kong protestors you see on social media, send them love and encouragement. Spread the news and keep up the attention and support.
This is important for two reasons:
A. It’s mostly up to Hong Kong to stay strong and keep coming out until the fight is won. It’s unimaginably difficult. They’ve been protesting non-stop for 128 days, multiple hours multiple times a day. There are constant fear and danger of being shot in the eye, beaten, or arrested. Transportation has been shut down. Businesses have closed. Rent is high, and wages are low. People are burned out and exhausted. Tell them the world still cares, tell them you’re paying attention. Every protestor I met had so much relief and appreciation that even one foreigner cared.
B. The other side is to convince governments and corporations that their bread is buttered on the Hong Kong side. Some politicians have already jumped on to do everything they can for Hong Kong. Corporations are learning that people will make them pay the price for selling out to Chinese oppression. That pressure needs to be maintained, and social media presence is one of the best ways to do that.
Call, tweet, and email your political representatives, local, national, and international media, and also every corporation with relations in China (Blizzard, NBA, Vans, Starbucks, etc.) to tell them they must support Hong Kong and to express your thoughts. The fewer messages like these a person or organization is used to getting the more impact this may have.
3. There is no easy way to send money. The protesters are in constant danger from mass surveillance and unethical and out of control undercover police. Protestors operate in either large anonymous groups online or small closed-off protest-buddy groups.
Many people have donated to support the brave journalists on the front lines, many of whom have been beaten, shot, and detained. They at least have the freedom to operate and fundraiser openly for now. They are irreplaceable to the movement.
Also, check out Stand TV and Apple Daily TV (sites in traditional Chinese).
I am also fundraising; I am returning to Hong Kong in about one month for my second trip. I plan to bring more equipment to distribute for free and also offer financial assistance to anyone in my extended network that needs it.
(Warning: This will show up as “fundly protesting in Hong Kong” in your transactions; do not donate from an authoritarian country, China, HK, Spore, etc.)
Coinbase (Bitcoin): 3GmMkB5kiR8TtQqzHF6JBL3QmmqyHp1Jtt
4. Travel to Hong Kong!
You don’t need a visa as an American. Flights are $600-750 and hotels are dirt cheap. Marching in the streets and meeting the heroes on the ground has been incredibly rewarding. There are different levels of protesting you can do, and raising a non-local Englishext we voice can actually do a lot to support and also protect the movement. Bearing witness and recording first-hand accounts are also vital to keeping the worlds attention and protecting Hong Kong. Contact me if you need any help.
Next Saturday, we are attending the "Un-Knocked Blue Door" event
We will not be at La La Land Kind Cafe for our coffee social next Saturday (October 19th). We will be attending the "Un-Knocked Blue Door" event hosted by the North Texas Asian Democrats. Everyone is encouraged to attend! If you do plan on coming, please RSVP (see info below). We will resume our regularly scheduled coffee social the following Saturday 10am (November 2nd) at La La Land Kind Cafe. You can find more details about the Un-Knocked Blue Door on Facebook:
Learn how to reach the traditionally unreachable blue voters, analyze the 2018 blue wave in North Texas, get a 2020 Election preview and understand the political strategy of the 2020 Census. Any democrat or candidate interested in turning out the base that you didn't know you had in 2020 election should attend.
Our event is FREE but RSVP is requested. Please click on the link below to complete your registration for our event. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoLvQi-XzjUJzFASvzHG-xM_iTYtdVCx8Yb034FkPgzPLOvg/viewform?usp=pp_url
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 1981 N. Central Expwy, Richardson, TX 75080