China is trying to censor the Houston Rockets (update: and now the ENTIRE NBA) because of Hong Kong. Wouldn't it be hilarious if on opening night in Staples Center the NBA fanbase made a collective demonstration against censorship by wearing "STAND WITH HONG KONG" T-Shirts?
The ruling party of China is trying to muzzle Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey and censor all appearances of the Rockets in China, because Morey had the temerity to express support for the HK protest movement. Right now the NBA in China has just 29 teams: the Rockets have been sent down the memory hole.
This heavy-handed top-down censorship is silly. So: wouldn't it be hilarious if on opening night in Staples Center, Lakers vs Clippers, Kawhi vs. Lebron, the NBA fanbase made a collective demonstration for free expression by wearing "STAND WITH HONG KONG" T-Shirts? Let's raise money to buy/print and distribute these T-Shirts outside Staples Center October 22. Any funds left over, if insufficient to keep buying more T-Shirts for later games, will be donated to Civil Human Rights Front, the NGO advocating for greater democratic development in Hong Kong.
$43,000??!! You are AMAZING. We have too much money! Donations are suspended for now. We have more than enough to fund our the Staples T-Shirt Giveaway.
We are well past our funding target and donations keep coming in. I am so grateful to all the support for this campaign. At this point we have enough money for a huge T-Shirt order, and also some left over for any other costs that may come up. Even though I do have plans for what to do with money in excess of what we need, I know that people are donating because they want to fund the T-Shirt campaign. So I want to avoid spending too much money on anything that's not directly connected to that purpose. As we start to incur expenses I will set up a publicly viewable google sheet to track where exactly campaign funds are going.
What about T-Shirt distributions in future games? For now I am going to focus on making the opening night T-Shirt giveaway as successful as possible. After that, we can review how it went and maybe re-open the campaign to take it on Tour to other NBA cities/games.
Also, stay tuned for how you can get your hands on a T-Shirt yourself. If you supported the campaign, I'm going to do my best to send a T-Shirt your way if at all possible, but again for the next weeks I will focus on the Staples giveaway.