Support Juba Coffeeshop

$24,476 of $27,000 goal

Raised by 569 people in 45 months
Colleen Berry
on behalf of Abdulaziz Moallin
 BOULDER, CO
This Somali-run coffeeshop had a Nazi hate symbol and a "Go home" message painted on it the day before a suspicious fire broke out. Let's show some support for our fellow Americans at a time when they really need it !
http://www.wdaz.com/news/3898748-overnight-fire-grand-forks-business
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Some people have asked why the restaurant hasn't reopened yet. I don't know why but I raised the money for the family to use as needed and I never stipulated that they had to use it to reopen. All of the family's income source was gone after the fire so they had nothing to live on. Also, having lost my own home in a fire, I know that insurance doesn't come close to covering everything. If things are out of code, for example, it only covers ten percent and they may not have had enough to cover the rest.
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Hi everyone,

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,
Colleen
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Hi everyone,

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,
Colleen
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Hi everyone,
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.

Colleen
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Oreja Ahmed
45 months ago

Thanks everyone Who is showing support in my sister's Resturant. It honestly means a lot. We were feeling like we didn't belong here at all. But since everyone is in here showing our family some love thank you!!!

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Mahamad Farateeb Canwayn
45 months ago

As Somali community memeber I want thank each one of you who is supporting this great family! They weren't threat To anyone's and they never will✌️

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Ash Johnson
45 months ago

The hateful actions of a few do not reflect the views of the many. Love will always win. ♡

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Chad Pearson
45 months ago

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.

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Sarah Kopp Heitkamp
45 months ago

"Donate to our own"? They are our own. ♥ #loveisloudergfk

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Chris Johnson
45 months ago
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https://www.facebook.com/events/209047482762317/ Please consider showing up today at 4:00 PM to show your support for our Somali neighbors.

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Colin Kennedy
45 months ago
6
6

It sickens me to the core to think of fascism rearing its ugly head in Grand Forks. These are our neighbors, our friends, our fellow Americans. I'm proud to stand with them.

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Colin Kennedy
45 months ago
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5

"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.

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Shelela Bee
45 months ago
4
4

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.

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Holly Nordvick Jessen
45 months ago
4
4

I'm so horribly sad that this happened in my community. It sickens me. I wish I had stopped in and eaten here before the fire. And when and if you get the business up and running again, I will!

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Pamela Froehlich Hammerschmidt
45 months ago
3
3

Shammie, if you are referring to the families of those killed in San Bernadino, the shooters were not Somalian.

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Lena Scheen
45 months ago
2
2

To all those saying "why not donating to our own": this is the whole point. These people ARE (y)our own. As long as you can't see that, nothing will change.

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Dan Fuka
45 months ago
2
2

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.

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Darcy McKnight
45 months ago
2
2

Love trumps hate EVERY TIME!

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Layla Alkire
45 months ago
2
2

@shammie - please tell me you are not referencing the violence in my home state of CA in the recent San Bernardino shooting.... because if so I really think you need to look into the facts ... those were Pakistanis that shot those people... not Somalians...

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Natasha Thomas
45 months ago
2
2

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 ♥

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Nick Hennen
45 months ago
2
2

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.

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Matt Burton-Kelly
45 months ago
2
2

@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. "

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Intiamiin Bin Bishir
44 months ago
1
1

Thanks everyone for the support that's my sisters restaurant I am really sorry that my sister had to go through this but the support is overwhelming thanks everyone

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Michelle Rydz
45 months ago
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1

Colleen thanks for organizing this and for staying engaged in the community!

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Raised by 569 people in 45 months
Created December 8, 2015
Colleen Berry
on behalf of Abdulaziz Moallin
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$10
Steven Bhardwaj
26 months ago

"God's peace be with you," from a Quaker family in Minot ND.

$100
Rebecca Bachmeier
43 months ago

I read about this today and it broke my heart. I hope you are able to rebuild soon. I wish for better success than you've had before and prosper for years to come.

$100
Anonymous
43 months ago
$50
Anonymous
43 months ago
$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
MD
$50
Mary Kay Dunne
43 months ago

I hope they rebuild!

$20
Heidi Hepola
44 months ago

In Honor of Colleen who has helped guide me to more understanding and compassion. Also, YUM COFFEE!

CW
$50
Carolyn Wanner
44 months ago

we hope your restaurant is up and running again soon.

MB
$25
Melissa Barlow
44 months ago

I'm ashamed that something like this would happen in our country. I'm so sorry. I hope you can re-build and that the cafe will be better than ever.

$50
Anonymous
44 months ago
Oreja Ahmed
45 months ago

Thanks everyone Who is showing support in my sister's Resturant. It honestly means a lot. We were feeling like we didn't belong here at all. But since everyone is in here showing our family some love thank you!!!

+ Read More
Mahamad Farateeb Canwayn
45 months ago

As Somali community memeber I want thank each one of you who is supporting this great family! They weren't threat To anyone's and they never will✌️

+ Read More
Ash Johnson
45 months ago

The hateful actions of a few do not reflect the views of the many. Love will always win. ♡

+ Read More
Chad Pearson
45 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Sarah Kopp Heitkamp
45 months ago

"Donate to our own"? They are our own. ♥ #loveisloudergfk

+ Read More
Chris Johnson
45 months ago
9
9

https://www.facebook.com/events/209047482762317/ Please consider showing up today at 4:00 PM to show your support for our Somali neighbors.

+ Read More
Colin Kennedy
45 months ago
6
6

It sickens me to the core to think of fascism rearing its ugly head in Grand Forks. These are our neighbors, our friends, our fellow Americans. I'm proud to stand with them.

+ Read More
Colin Kennedy
45 months ago
5
5

"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.

+ Read More
Shelela Bee
45 months ago
4
4

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.

+ Read More
Holly Nordvick Jessen
45 months ago
4
4

I'm so horribly sad that this happened in my community. It sickens me. I wish I had stopped in and eaten here before the fire. And when and if you get the business up and running again, I will!

+ Read More
Pamela Froehlich Hammerschmidt
45 months ago
3
3

Shammie, if you are referring to the families of those killed in San Bernadino, the shooters were not Somalian.

+ Read More
Lena Scheen
45 months ago
2
2

To all those saying "why not donating to our own": this is the whole point. These people ARE (y)our own. As long as you can't see that, nothing will change.

+ Read More
Dan Fuka
45 months ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Darcy McKnight
45 months ago
2
2

Love trumps hate EVERY TIME!

+ Read More
Layla Alkire
45 months ago
2
2

@shammie - please tell me you are not referencing the violence in my home state of CA in the recent San Bernardino shooting.... because if so I really think you need to look into the facts ... those were Pakistanis that shot those people... not Somalians...

+ Read More
Natasha Thomas
45 months ago
2
2

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 ♥

+ Read More
Nick Hennen
45 months ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Matt Burton-Kelly
45 months ago
2
2

@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. "

+ Read More
Intiamiin Bin Bishir
44 months ago
1
1

Thanks everyone for the support that's my sisters restaurant I am really sorry that my sister had to go through this but the support is overwhelming thanks everyone

+ Read More
Michelle Rydz
45 months ago
1
1

Colleen thanks for organizing this and for staying engaged in the community!

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