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Beyond Lennon Walls: Ways to support the Hong Kong protests from afar

Setting up a Lennon Wall or joining in a rally may be the most visible way to help the Hong Kong protests from abroad, but it isn't necessarily the best. Below are some other ideas on how to support the protest from afar.

Last updated 19 September 2019. Based on anonymous submissions. Maintained by Jason Li and Lokman Tsui.


This document in other languages: 繁體中文, Português, Italiano, Español, Deutsch, Français, Русский, 日本語, 한국어, Nederlands


💰 Donate

Donate to groups that are supporting protestors on the ground:

Donate to groups supporting journalists on the ground:

Donate to these non-profit, independent news organizations so they can continue to provide coverage of Hong Kong:

Donate to these civil society research organizations:

Pitch in for supplies that protect people during police operations:

🧓🏻 Organize within your community

If you’re part of a community group, association or organization, publish a statement in support of the protestors. If possible, band together with other groups to sign a joint statement.

Hold discussions within your diaspora communities, with folks who are on the fence or self-identified centrists. But approach with caution if folks are already staunchly against the protests.

🇺🇸 For US residents/citizens

Call your representatives (find their number on callmycongress.com):

  • Tell them you are very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong.
  • Ask them to support the call to suspend future sales of munitions and crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong police.
  • Ask them to support passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (H.R. 3289) (S. 1838).
  • Ask them to support passage of the PROTECT Hong Kong Act when it comes up for a vote.

Alternately:

  • Use this Action Network link to automatically find your representatives based on your address and provide an editable letter that asks them to co-sponsor the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.

References:

🇨🇦 For Canadian residents/citizens

Contact your current MP and MP candidates (find the former here):

  • Tell them you are very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong.
  • Ask them to introduce a motion in Parliament in support of the Hong Kong protests.
  • Ask them to introduce legislation similar to US's Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

Sign these petitions:

If you live abroad, remember you can still register to vote.

🇬🇧 For UK residents/citizens

Contact your representatives (WriteToThem helps you look who yours is):

Alternately, use Stand with HK to send an pre-written email to your MP that asks them to uphold the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

🇪🇺 For EU residents/citizens

Contact your representatives:

🇨🇭 For Swiss residents/citizens

Contact the EDA or Ignazio Cassius, or your representatives in the National Council or Council of States:

  • Tell them you are very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong.
  • Urge them to make a statement in support of the protesters in Hong Kong and against the excessive police violence there.

🇯🇵 For Japanese residents/citizens

Sign these petitions:

🇰🇷 For South Korean residents/citizens

Contact members of the parliament to express concern about and solidarity with the protesters of Hong Kong:

Post a petition to the Blue House.

🇦🇺 For Australian residents/citizens

  • Sign this petition, asking Parliament to add a Human Rights Clause to the Trade Agreement with HK. (Petition closes October 9th.)

🇹🇼 For Taiwanese residents/citizens

Contact your legislator (find them using this or this website):

  • Tell them you are very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong.
  • Urge them to make a statement that they will protect Hong Kong's political offenders and protesters.

Donate supplies to Fridays for the Future, PCT (contact them) that has been batch mailing them to Hong Kong.

(Taiwan information via chihao & co.).

🇳🇱 For Dutch residents/citizens

Contact politicians to express your concerns and ask for support and solidarity. Ask for political support from the government for the protests in the form of a motion:

🤳🏼 Spread the word on social media

Some tips on spreading the word on social media:

  • Don't post unverified information.
  • Post trigger warnings before revealing images of blood and violence.
  • Think about your audience: Do your friends really want to read seven heavily-captioned posts, or do they prefer a single post summary?
  • Engage carefully with friends & family: Sometimes it's best to agree to disagree and move on for now.
  • Engage carefully (or not at all) with the trolls: Do you really need to win that argument on the internet with someone you don't know?

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