Friends, they have already lost. There's nothing they can do to take Hong Kong out of China. At this point, the best way to help is to figure out how to get them out. There's probably quite a few dissidents who, at a time too late, found out that their internet activity is being tracked by their government. A couple hundred may be on the chopping block, and they need passports, they need plane tickets, and they need to get out right now if any of them are gonna live.
I've seen plenty of people editing pictures. I've seen people get angry at Blizzard, NBA and Tiffany & Co. I've seen plenty of petitions against the Hong Kong government.
I've even seen people discussing how they're trying to get guns into Hong Kong.
What I haven't seen, from any petition websites, any right wing pundits, any forum posters, is a plan to get people out. Now, I'm sure plenty of you reading this have thought about it for a couple seconds only to dismiss it. Of course, since it is a former British colony, quite a few know English, but that only slightly makes things easier. Just about everyone on the right knows that categorizing people as "refugees" is seriously open to exploitation. We are sick of Europe letting in anyone as long as they have brown skin, and we are sick of US democrats prioritizing free housing and healthcare for illegal immigrants. To top it off, there's no easy way to make sure any money put into the operation gets used properly.
And this leaves us with what we're currently doing. All of you are spreading memes and news around like you're actually helping people. This isn't helping people, and I'm not really sure what will. There's no telling how these people's lives are supposed to go on after leaving. The question gets even more complicated since, as you saw above, minors are not exempt from "suicide". In the comments, I want people to discuss how we can actually help people and how to make it practical and as exploitation-proof as possible.