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Nike's for the Kids of Kenner, LA

$2,675 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 1 month
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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We have received Nike and Nike gear from some donors. Special thanks to Lee Frankel for your generosity!
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Kenner residents continue to keep the issue of racial injustice in the spotlight, as reported in The New Orleans Advocate on Sept. 20: “Protesters blast Kenner mayor at first city council meeting since now-rescinded Nike ban.” The story said in part:

On Thursday night, the Rev. Kaseem Short read a letter to Zahn.

"Faith leaders from the Kenner community were deeply saddened to learn of the memorandum issued by your office prohibiting the purchase of Nike," Short said. "Your reversal does not undo the hurt and pain experienced from our local and national community by your actions."

Kaepernick said he started kneeling to protest the killing of black men by police across the country, an issue that is personal for many black people in Kenner. In January 2017, Armond "Jairon" Brown was shot and killed by Kenner police after a confrontation.

Thursday's protest was planned before Zahn's policy drew national headlines, said Jacqueline Brown-Cockerham, a pastor and community activist.

"We just want to keep people conscious that the police officer that killed Jairon is still working," she said. "I will put life before a piece of cloth."

Read the full story here:

https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_612af59a-bcd3-11e8-b5cc-8f4bba3f8f5e.html
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We are very excited to announce that we will be working directly with Pastor Kaseem Short and the Thomas United Methodist Church, a mainstay of the Kenner community for 135 years, to help us distribute the shoes to children in need. We still would like to raise enough money to buy another 50 pairs of shoes. Please share with your friends. Thank you for the support!
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