Thanks to your efforts, we have reached the $4000 mark! The amount of community support thus far has been incredible. Eli and Ivan are awed and so appreciative of your donations and messages of healing.
The money that has already come in has taken much of the initial, day-to-day stress off and has come as an enormous relief. Eli still does not know when she will be able to return to work and Ivan is also unable to work, since he is caring for Eli, looking for housing and pursuing their court case full-time. So it as important now to keep getting the word out so that our dear friends will be able to keep their day-to-day needs met until they can get back on their feet.
People, we hit $2,000! Thank you, thank you, thank you. (This is what community looks like.) Migueltzinta made a video which is now up on the site to help folks understand the impact of what happened. Please share it in your social networks if you are able and with anyone who might be interested in contributing.
Thank you so much everyone for your generous donations, your kind thoughts and the help offered in various forms. Because of your efforts, we reached the $1000 earlier today--still a long way to go but with a lot of faith we can get there. For those leaving messages for Eli and Ivan, know that even if there is not an immediate response they are being forwarded along and Eli will see them.
Around 1AM on 4/29, Eli Reyes and three other cyclists were cut off
in downtown Oakland by a driver. He then grabbed Eli
through the open window and dragged her before dropping her. When
she fell, the truck ran over her legs, breaking her femur and leaving
her covered in deep cuts and bruises.
While Eli is in a rehab center and recovering, this event has
been incredibly traumatic for her. The emotional work of healing
from such a act of extreme violence will take time, space, lots of
love and depend on her being able to reduce the stress as much as possible.
One of the biggest additional stressors for her right now is
financial. Our $15,000 goal is just an estimate and may only scratch
the surface of the medical costs. Reaching it, however, would help
take off the immediate pressure created by her inability to work for
the foreseeable future.
Some of the costs Eli and Ivan are looking at:
- Lost wages
from Eli, the primary earner, being unable to work - All medical
expenses that fall beyond the coverage of their insurance (Likely
greater than $15,000) - Cost of moving Eli into an accessible
home/increased rent from Eli and Ivan having to live in separate
places (~$2,000 ?/monthly) - Lost income from MOCO, which has remained closed as Eli
and Ivan deal with the aftermath of the attack - Mounting MOCO
rent debts (which Eli had been on the verge of paying off) - Lost
savings for their upcoming move to South America
Most of you probably know how much Eli and Ivan have given to
Oakland, to their community and to other young,
socially/politically-committed artists both locally and
internationally. In their time at MOCO, they have made it available
to pretty much anyone with an exciting idea who needed a place to put
it into action. They have hosted printmakers from San Diego,
up-and-coming noise bands who can't easily find venues, gender- and
history-bending performance artists, bilingual MCs, fierce spoken
word poets, visual documentarians of Oakland urban culture, sex toy
sculptors and more. Their space has prioritized international and
intercultural dialogues and has also given a new generation of Latin@
artists, female and male, queer and straight a place to exhibit and
experiment with work that mainstream galleries don't get.
MOCO has also been dedicated to community building and arts education, hosting free or small donation-based
drawing workshops (knitting, crocheting, sewing, drawing,
book-binding, creative writing or anything people want to share).
What a lot of people don't know about MOCO is that in addition to
blood, sweat and tears (and cheap wine. and cheap-and-delicious
snacks.) that Eli and Ivan have invested, there has also been a heck
of a lot of cold hard CA$HMONEY, much of which Eli has been working
her butt off to earn at her (non-walker accessible) day job.
Please consider giving to this fundraiser both to support Eli with
the hardest phase of her recovery and also as a way of giving back in
two wonderful human beings who have been working so hard for the last
year (to the day!) investing in us, their community and their city.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
"“ Friends of Eli Reyes
P.S. For those generously offering to share therapeutic, holistic healing, bodywork skills or needed supplies (like comfortable clothing, healthy, fresh food, etc.), you can email Eli at: firstname.lastname@example.org.