“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,
but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
― Albert Einstein
Recap of Coffee and Sweet Treats for HK at Grand Central Station
Through our Coffee and Sweet Treats for HK held at Grand Central Station in July, many volunteers and I gave out flyers and explained the dire urgency of the ongoing protests and escalating police brutality in Hong Kong to New Yorkers, with a distribution of the people's poetry from Tree Hollow Pacific, bringing the protestors' voices all the way to New York.
Many many many thanks for friends as well as people who found out about the event online came to support. Each event takes a lot of time and resources to do. Special shout out to Fiona and Sally who designed and printed all the flyers for me, Cafe Grumpy being a super supportive business partner, a dear friend sent me donations all the way from Seattle and all the volunteers at the event. You have all made my first attempt to do something to help Hong Kong a very successful one.
Proceeds from the event were donated to 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund (612人道支援基金). The fund provides humanitarian support, including legal and medical assistance to people who were injured and arrested during the pro-democracy movement.
Upcoming Event in NYC to support the Hong Kong democracy movement
While people in Hong Kong continue to fight for democracy, a small group of New Yorkers with ties to Hong Kong are finding ways to do what we can to raise awareness of the democracy movement and to urge people in NYC to take action on this matter.
Ocka Treats is proud to support a movie screening of Ten Years on September 19, 2019 at the Scandinavian House. Get your tickets now here to help support this effort. Seating is limited, so please sign up to support the cause.
“Best Film” of the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards, Ten Years is a harrowing, dystopian fiction film. It is 2025, and Cantonese cuisine and language are dying, "youth guards" report people using banned words such as "local", and a national security law looms large. Five brilliantly crafted segments, each by a different director, make up this dark and brilliant political satire.
Proceeds from the sales of cookies and bliss bars from Ocka Treats at the event will be donated to Hong Kong Free Press, The Standard News and 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund (612人道支援基金). The 612 fund provides humanitarian support, including legal and medical assistance to people who were injured and arrested during the pro-democracy movement.
Meanwhile, action you can take to protect Hong Kong's freedom, US interests in Hong Kong, and to defend against Chinese Communist hegemony in the world: https://www.freehongkong.org/
Update About Hong Kong:
On September 4, 2019, the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam announced a withdrawal of the extradition bill amendment. (Please note that this is just a MOTION to withdraw the bill)
Some believe this is a victory for the protesters. But Hong Kong people have not really “won” anything. They are still under the Chinese Communist Party’s totalitarian grip, including the suppression of Hongkongers’ civil liberties and human rights, the erosion of Hong Kong’s rule of law and democratic development, the political persecution of protesters, and the baleful influences on press and academic freedoms.
Hong Kong has already become a police state that is full of white terror as well as real terror in the past 80-ish days. Hong Kongers continues to pay a very hefty price to fight for their freedom.
Over the past two and a half months, the police force has been colluding with the triad gangs. The police has been using extreme violence and excessive force, including weapons like pistol, expired tear gas, bean bag rounds, and rubber bullet against the protesters, journalists, and even first aiders, all merely have surgical masks, construction helmets and umbrellas to protect themselves. The police beating up civilians, especially youth is just an everyday news.
Among all the blood and tears shed this past summer, 9 lives had been lost, over 1,200 people were arrested and charged with riot crime with the youngest being just 13 years old. They could possibly face a sentence of 10-12 years. The arrested were tortured before an oral statement was taken. There were numerous cases of bone fractures, losing consciousness, sexual assaults reported and countless injuries caused by the police. This is a complete violation of normal police protocol and human rights.
Under these circumstances, the social movement is still far from an end. Instead, the gesture of (motion to) “formally withdrawal” would serve as a delusion to the international community that the Hong Kong government has already fulfilled the protestors’ demand.
There are still four of the five demands being unaddressed:
Withdrawal of the "riot" description used about the protests
Amnesty for all arrested protesters
An independent inquiry into alleged police brutality
Universal suffrage for the elections of the chief executive and Legislative Council, Hong Kong's parliament.
When Hong Kong people are still fighting for justice and freedom. I urge you to please stay with Hong Kong and support Hong Kong in any way that you could think of.
No action is too small.