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Help Mohammed keep his business

$25,322 of $24,200 goal

Raised by 674 people in 6 months
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UPDATE:

THANK YOU!

Because of all generous donations and support, we have been able to reach our goal! Mohammed sends his message of gratitude as well this morning, "Extend my sincere thanks to all the donors. God bless you."

Last night we also received word from Mohammed's attorney that his court case has been adjourned for a latter date (TBD) due to an attorney scheduling conflict. We will let you know as soon as we find out the revised court date. We will leave donations open, as anything donated above the original goal will go towards the purchasing of the hardware store and relieve some of the cost from Mohammed's investors.

Thank you to all of the media outlets who shared this story and to Equality for Flatbush who helped the campaign in its final hours immensely. Our hearts are warmed and we have restored faith that we can fight gentrification and rise above this together!

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This fund has been made to help our neighbor Mr. Mohammed Kamara keep his business in our community. Mr. Kamara owns and operates “American Star Hardware Store” on St Johns pl and has served the neighborhood with care and dedication for more than 20 years. Recently the executor of the building has put the the property up for sale and Mohammed is in risk of being permanently evicted.

After a year of lenghty legal disputes to try to keep his place of business, Mr. Kamara was offered the rights to the selling contract if he manages to pay all taxation fines first.

If we gather $23,400 by the next court day on February 13th 2018, Mr. Kamara could have first access to the selling contract and avoid eviction.  The goal amount listed here covers the GoFundMe processing fees. 


Mohammed Kamara is a cherished member of this local community and he is the father of six children. Even if you do not know him directly, his plight is that of every small business owner being displaced in a rapidly gentrified city. If we stand in solidarity in cases like this we can help decide the future of our neighborhoods and keep our communities together. When unjust displacement happens it affects the security of the whole neighborhood and breaks up longstanding relationships in a community that go beyond quick profit.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration, anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated and goes to a stronger, more united Brooklyn. All donations will be deposited directly to Mr. Kamara.
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ACTION NEEDED!

Thank you so much for your continued support in the fight to save Mohammed’s business. His court date continues to get rescheduled by the overbooked Brooklyn courts (now scheduled for May 10th) and there is a long path ahead. Mohammed still needs your help and this is how...

NEXT STEPS:

1) SIGN AND SHARE this petition to help SAVE AMERICAN STAR!
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/991/733/345/

2) ATTEND THE RALLY Sunday, April 8th followed by a Goodwill Silent Vigil to help save Mohammed’s business, details below.

Our friends at Equality4Flatbush have organized a rally! If you live in the New York area, please continue your support by attending!

COME OUT to a Community Rally to #SAVEAmericanStar
on Sunday, April 8th 1pm-3pm
1386 St Johns Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for Mr. Kamara & all small businesses fighting displacement in Brooklyn
March to Faith Gospel Assembly Baptist Church for "A Goodwill Silent Vigil"

For over a year Mr. Mohammed Kamara, a small business owner has been in a legal battle with his landlord, Pastor Denzil Vaughn, who is a trustee of Lanney Leonard Shand to stop the eviction and displacement of his store. American Star Hardware has been located at 1386 St Johns Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for over 20 years. Pastor Denzil Vaughn presides over the congregation at Faith Gospel Assembly Baptist Church.

In February 2018, 674 people throughout New York City and across the country came together to raise $25,322 to help Mr. Mohammed Kamara, buy the building and save his business. Despite this tremendous community effort from all of YOU and securing a financial investor, Mr. Kamara's landlords, Pastor Denzil Vaughan and Lanney Leonard Shand Trust are refusing to allow Mr. Kamara to buy the building and save his business from displacement.


To endorse the rally: Please contact us at: B4G@equalityforflatbush.org or call /text (646)820-6039

To RSVP and share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964162896991891/


Thank you and we hope to see you on April 8th!
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THANK YOU!

Because of YOU we have been able to reach our goal! Mohammed sends his message of gratitude as well this morning, "Extend my sincere thanks to all the donors. God bless you."

Last night we also received word from Mohammed's attorney that his court case has been adjourned for a latter date (TBD) due to an attorney scheduling conflict. We will let you know as soon as we find out the revised court date. We will leave donations open, as anything donated above the original goal will go towards the purchasing of the hardware store and relieve some of the cost from Mohammed's investors.

Thank you to all of the media outlets who shared this story and to Equality for Flatbush who helped the campaign in its final hours immensely. Our hearts are warmed and we have restored faith that we can fight gentrification and rise above this together!
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Mohammed's court date is only 4 days away! Please share this page around all of your social media today!

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, now we ask you to keep helping in another way. We still have a long way to go and ask that you please continue to share the story with friends and family so we can help to save this community business. To lose American Star Inc. would be devastating to Mohammed and to the surrounding community.


In addition,

Thank you to all of the local news sources that have been reporting on Mohammed's story!

Pix 11
http://pix11.com/2018/02/06/brooklyn-neighborhood-works-to-save-mom-and-pop-hardware-store/

New 12 Brooklyn
http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/37465209/crown-heights-community-raises-money-to-keep-hardware-store-open
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We're running out of time so please help us by sharing Mohammed's story! Another local source is spreading the word. Thank you, Brooklyn Eagle!

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/2/2/neighbors-campaign-save-threatened-crown-heights-hardware-store

Thank you to those who have already donated, you can continue to help by making sure the word gets out and is heard all around. Links on this page to share via Facebook and Twitter. Sharing goes a long way!
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