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Nike's for the Kids of Kenner, LA

$1,615 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 6 months
The Mayor of Kenner, Louisiana has banned Nike’s from Booster Clubs in the city, as publicized in a leaked memo.  I do not kneel during the national anthem, however I love this country and I particularly love every one’s right to freedom of speech, to question wrongs and to strive for a more perfect union.  I want to support Colin Kaepernick and I also want to support Nike for standing with him and for doing what they think is right despite the possible financial backlash.  Most of all I support our Constitution and every freedom it provides us.

With all this in mind I want to raise money to provide Nike shoes to low income children and teenagers in Kenner, Louisiana.  If you feel like I do please make a donation. The Mayor of Kenner used his position of power to punish Nike.  We believe this effort is rooted in hatred and lack of empathy.  We have decided to counter that hatred with an act of love.

Please give $30-$50 for a pair of shoes.  We will document each and every distribution.  If you have shoe connections or want to help please let us know. If you feel that Nike is wrong in their support of Colin Kaepernick’s freedom of speech,  I respect that as well.  God bless!

The Pastor Kaseem Short and the Thomas United Methodist Church, a mainstay of the Kenner community for 135 years, have agreed to help us distribute the shoes to children in need.
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Thank you to everyone who contributed to this campaign, who sent shoes, who provided encouragement, and a very special thanks to Renee Rinn for helping to organize the campaign. I had the incredible experience of visiting the Kenner Community during the MLK weekend. The mayor has not previously attended the Martin Luther King events, but had committed to march and speak this year. I was excited to meet him and speak to him, however he did not show up. The people who were there represented the majority of the Kenner community (The black community and the hispanic community). While over 60% of the community is black and hispanic 90% of the city council is white and male. The people I met told me stories of systemic discrimination. While we provided Nike Shoes for the entire youth members at the Buddy Lawson Rec Center (100 Kids/$4,000) this was really just an introduction to this community and all of the issues they face. The shoes will be distributed on the third Sunday in February at the Thomas Methodist Church.

When the Mayor of Kenner, in the shadows, wrote a secret memo banning Nike from the taxpayer funded community centers, created for the community, he used his power for hatred, a hatred directed towards the people he was hired to serve. I know our little campaign did not change the world, but we did more than just provide shoes for children. We also told these children that the world is watching and freedom of speech is not a selective freedom for the rich and powerful. We showed this community that you can respond to hatred with love. You can react to anger and discrimination with generosity.

Thank you everyone and please watch and support Pastor Kaseem Short and Thomas Methodist Church as they strive to be a voice for an American community that struggles for equity and justice every single day.
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I will be traveling to Kenner, LA this weekend to fund and distribute Nike Shoes to kids at the local Rec Center (The same place the Mayor originally banned Nike Shoes). I am working with Pastor Kaseem Short of the Thomas United Methodist Church. Kaseem is a voice for equality in the community and has been a leading voice against the ban nationally. Thank you all for your support. Resist!
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We have received Nike and Nike gear from some donors. Special thanks to Lee Frankel for your generosity!
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