Support Juba Coffeeshop
I have just transferred the money that all of you have so generously contributed to the owners of Juba Coffee & Restaurant. In addition to all the restaurant equipment and supplies they lost, the family and everyone who works there is suddenly out of an income from the shop so these funds, I'm sure, will be needed and greatly appreciated.
Thank you all again, each one of you, for the support you are giving our neighbors and friends at Juba. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
With a huge amount of appreciation,
I'm sorry it has taken so long to get your contributions to the owners of the coffee shop. It should happen this week. Thank you for your patience and I will make an announcement once everything is in place.
Again, thank you all for your support and contributions. It is just wonderful to see how hatred and intolerance can be counteracted with our participation.
Warmest wishes to all of you,
I have had a number of people write to me questioning whether I am who I say I am or where the funds are really going. If you have any reservations, and it's good to be skeptical when you don't know the person, then I would encourage you to either talk to people at UND where I taught for nine years or give to a registered charity like the Global Friends Coalition that works with refugees in Grand Forks.
I don't take any of these questions personally or take offense. I know there are scams out there.
Thank you all for caring and whatever you decide, I hope you will help in whatever way you feel comfortable with.
Anyone who says the owners wouldn't serve white people is a miserable liar. I am a customer, and I am about as white as a white guy can be. Whether a person donates to this or not, is his or her own business. But, don't spread hatred and ignorance by lying about the business and its owners.
"How about donating to our own? There are many that could use the help." Shammie, this isn't an either/or option. No-one is forcing you to contribute to this effort, just as no-one has forced those of us who've given already. By all means, if you wish to donate to "our own" (who, as it happens, includes the people involved with Juba), then perhaps you can be at the vanguard of in-town fundraising efforts for those whom you designate worthy.
Wow Shammie. They are "our own". You make allegations, how convenient. Inuendo is so easy when you don't have to back it up with facts. I don't know this particular family but worked with and volunteered with many Somali families when they first arrived. I have to say, they were some of the kindest, hardest working people I met in that state. Maybe YOU should hold your little snide comments to yourself until after the investigation. Libel and slander are real things for which people can and should be held legally liable.
I am so ashamed of the Americans that did this horrible act to your business. Fear, racism, ignorance and hate make them who they are. They do not represent America, they defile it. Best wishes to you and best of luck with your business. May you be successful beyond your imagination.
Just sharing an update from Cynthia Shabb with global friends: GFPD will not be finished processing the site until around 5:00, so the gathering there to show support will not actually be starting until 5:30, though folks are welcome to gather before then! NDDC will be providing candles for once it gets dark ♥
DATELINE: Grand Forks, North Dakota: People starting arson rumors (all they are until we know otherwise) are a part of the original problem. They are also saying bad things about the gofund me organizer -- which are not true. It was set up by a former UND professor (Colleen Berry) who just happens to be a very kind and generous person. Please, don't believe everything you hear.
@Layla, from the Herald article: "A gofundme page has also been established in support of the business, by J. Coleen Berry, a former UND associate professor of Chinese studies who currently is associate faculty director and an instructor in the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. "