Giveaway “The North Stand With Hong Kong” T-Shirts, NBA Opening Night Toronto
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Enlightened by Sun Lared’s campaign in LA, together with last year’s NBA Championship Toronto Raptors, Toronto has more NBA fans than ever. On Oct 22, Toronto Raptors will have its first home game at Scotiabank Arena for the opening night in the regular season of 2019/20. We would like to give away some “The North Stand With Hong Kong” T-Shirts to the Raptors fans to show the world that we share the same values and we stand with Hong Kong.
As you may know by now, China is trying to censor the entire NBA because Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted a “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong” photo to support Hong Kong. For those who didn’t follow what is going on, you might ask “why?” It all started with a proposed amendment on an extradition law that would jeopardise the autonomy of Hong Kong and Hongkongers don’t like it.
People in Hong Kong have been in pro-democracy protests since June, and continue to face increasing police brutality. While you may hear news from Hong Kong more frequently, in the People’s Republic of China, all these news is censored, and all the people in mainland China were told: people in Hong Kong are demanding independence from China. The truth is, all we want is to keep Hong Kong’s status quo as a global financial hub.
Canada is actually another battleground to fight against China. In Canada, Pro-Beijing nationalists gathered to disrupt Pro-Democracy events across the country. In addition to deep-rooted historical ties, there are 300,000 Canadians currently working and living in Hong Kong. Canada and Hong Kong share universal values such as the rule of law, individual freedoms and human rights.
Two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are still being detained in China since December, and have been charged with spying, which is just arbitrary. Michael Kovrig was a former Canadian diplomat. The detention of Kovrig, as well as fellow Canadian Michael Spavor, are obviously a retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. China had also ceased the import of Canadian pork, beef and canola on bogus health concerns (seriously, what kind of country has citizens that don’t trust their own food and have to flee out to get formula for their babies?!). With that said, our government has yet to come up with any concrete strategies to combat with China. Canada must stand up against the corrosive effects of authoritarianism before it is too late.
China has the second largest economy in the world, and is flexing its economic muscle. Other than censoring all voices opposing it, many organizations, companies and individuals would bow down to China and self censor in hopes of the continuous access to the so called market size of 1.4 billion people.
We may have a new government by the time this NBA match happens, showing the Canadian government how much we stand with Hong Kong will definitely set a tone on the China policy for the new administration.
How Funds Will be Used:
- T shirts printing
- promotional material printing
- bank fees
- others (misc)
Since the Torontonian HongKongers Action Group is not a registered organization, the fundraised amount will be going into Mimi Lee’s personal account first.
We hope to be able to acquire as many "The North Stand With Hong Kong" T-Shirts as possible for somewhere around $5 each plus other cost listed but not limited to the above.
The target is set at $28,000 including payment processing fee, we believe that would be sufficient for printing and distributing 5000 T-shirts, which should have significant impact as it will cover about 1/4 of the capacity of the arena (19,800 in total for basketball game at Scotiabank Arena). If there are any funds in excess, we will first consider printing more T-shirts to make a bigger impact and then donate the rest to local non-profits which are running events and initiatives for causes for Hong Kong. If we don’t meet the goal, we’ll reduce our order which will drive up the unit cost of the production of the T-shirts. For local organizations and groups please refer to https://www.standwithhk.org/CA.
We plan to distribute the t-shirts outside the Scotiabank Arena, so that the fans heading in will be able to get them, in hopes they will wear them inside the arena, during the game.
Mimi Lee is one of the main organizers of Torontonian HongKongers Action Group , which the group has been organizing different events since June this year in Toronto to raise awareness and support the current pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong started by the extradition to China bill fiasco. Since 2012, she has been awakened by the Moral and National Education controversy in Hong Kong, and realized that Hong Kong has been going downhill for so many years since the handover in 1997. After the Umbrella Movement in 2014, it has encouraged her to do a lot more than just supporting Hong Kong, but actually involved in different initiatives raising awareness of the situation of Hong Kong.