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Help Drew Please

$13,983 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 605 people in 4 months
Created June 10, 2018
Team Help Drew

Millions of people across the world have seen the video of that shows a white woman who called the police on me (left, in photo) and a friend for #BBQingWhileBlack.  This week lots of you will probably see another video from Lake Merritt in Oakland that shows a man throwing a homeless man's belongings into the lake. 

That homeless man's name is Drew (he's in the middle in the pic) and he's lived at Lake Merritt for a long time. Like the thousands of other people in the Bay Area without homes, Drew is one of our neighbors. We're disgusted that someone thought it was ok to treat Drew this way and want to show him through our care that what happened to him is unacceptable. It's not ok to destroy someone's things just because they are homeless. Help us show Drew that his community is here for him and that we care.

All donations will go towards our goal of replacing everything that was thrown in the lake including: 

- clothing
- shoes
- food
- bedding
- other essential items. 

If we meet our goal, we'd also be able to get him a tent so he can sleep more peacefully and his belongings can be more protected. Drew told us that would help him feel more safe after this incident. 

Please donate today and help support Drew. No donation is too big or too small and all money will go directly to getting Drew what he needs. We'll also provide updates each time we do something for Drew. 

Let's show how Oakland really treats each other. 

Thank you for reading and please share!! 


- Kenzie Mouton, 2 Brothers At The Lake
(with support from Ashley Yates (@brownblaze) and the Oakland community)







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* Here's the video, in case you haven't seen what happened:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/232267431777/permalink/10155523062966778/

**Oakland, be on the lookout for this man, he's already committed another act of violence against a community organizer and stole his phone: https://www.facebook.com/matt.nelson.5494360/videos/10156311731972095/?hc_ref=ARQ0eypCPyJ2TJOB7ZdY6CkLaogcNa3o6xuL5-YdtmJMETbyVqnD9UdQnf7TpCynNnA
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We are sorry for the confusion but after our last update we were advised by GoFundMe that it is against their policy to provide options to donors in how the money is used. We will proceed with donating the full amount to local homeless rights organizations and update the page shortly with the organizations we have chosen to receive the funds. If you would like a refund, you can do so in the next 7 days through your GoFundMe settings. Please contact them directly if you need help doing this. Thank you for your patience!
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Thank you all for your generous donations towards Drew. There has been several ups and downs since launching this campaign and we appreciate your patience. Using the funds we were able to secure housing for Drew, but he has refused this offer several times and says Lake Merritt is his home. He does not have an ID or bank account and refused assistance from our social worker to help him get these items. Since we are not in a position to give him the money in cash, this leaves us with few options.

Since it is your money, we would like you to advise us on how you would like it spent. Please leave a comment with your answer A or B from the options below. The answer with the most votes in 48 hours is the option we will choose:

A) Refund the money to donors
B) Donate $10,000 to local homeless rights organization in Oakland and place remainder in an emergency fund for Drew
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Ladies and gentlemen. We are sorry that we have not posted any updates. We have been dealing with housing issues and we have been looking for drew an apartment. We think this week he will have one. We will be meeting with a landlord this week to see when will drew move in or will he be on the list to move in.
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$13,983 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 605 people in 4 months
Created June 10, 2018
Team Help Drew
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