"Thank you everybody for your overwhelming support and love. I truly feel I am not alone." - Marco
Marco Senghor has served his community (both in Oakland and San Francisco) for 20+ years. His restaurant, Bissap Baobab, serves as a dance hall, and a gathering space where people can hold classes and host fundraisers and is one of the longest standing community establishments left in the Mission. Marco is well respected and a friend to so many, and we're now asking the people he loves so much to support him during this nightmare time as Marco is currently facing the very real threat of deportation back to Senegal.
Please, give what you can to Marco's legal defense fund. We anticipate his legal fees to reach six figures, but are launching with a modest goal of $50,000 which we hope to surpass and increase. We believe in the force of the people to fight injustice and we believe that we will win!
In his own words:
Dear Friends of Bissap Baobab -
I must share with you the difficult news that two weeks ago I was arrested and charged with illegally obtaining my citizenship in this country. I am going to plead not guilty and fight these charges. I’ve hired a top defense attorney to represent me and I look forward to my day in court.
The future of the Bissap Baobab Village that we have built together is uncertain, but I am dedicated to preserving it. I will keep you informed as my case moves forward.
Meanwhile I seek your good wishes, moral encouragement, and financial support.
I will be setting up a special account to receive donations for my defense.
Please accept my enormous gratitude for joining me in this 20-year cultural and culinary adventure. Long Live Bissap Baobab! ~ Marco
A trusted friend of Marco has created a bank account specifically for these funds. The fees will be withdrawn on Marco's behalf and delivered directly to him to cover his legal fees. We are working with the Go Fund Me team and following their protocol to insure that we are entirely transparent with the disbursement plan.