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Fairfax Co. students clean up, reach $15K ‘Soap For Hope’ goal

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Students in Fairfax County’s Lake Braddock Secondary School have raised more than $15,000 with their “Soap for Hope” fundraiser. (Courtesy David Kelly)

The group of Fairfax County eighth-grade students at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke set a high goal of raising $15,000 to help 15 schoolmates who had a parent who lost a job because of the pandemic, by making and selling handmade soap.

“What’s exciting is that we’ve reached our goal,” science teacher David Kelly told WTOP Friday morning. “I’m not going to lie, it seemed a little far-fetched.”

This week, the “Soap For Hope” GoFundMe page passed $15,000, with more than 460 donors.

While the main goal was to help local families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kelly said his students will continue to reap the benefits.

“Not only did we use our chemistry skills that we developed of the year to make soap, and research the chemical properties of how soap destroys viruses, but they also learned marketing and communicating.” Kelly said. “And they learned how hard work actually pays off.”

Kelly said the project will end next week, and he’s discussing with the school system the logistics of distributing the money equally among the families who were contacted early in the process.

While “it would be so great to go in person to deliver it,” Kelly said the privacy of the families receiving the money must be respected.

“All the students’ hard work, the way the community has come together, how the school district has supported us, it has been such an amazing process.”

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DC-area pastry chef sweetens the day for front-line workers

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Front-line workers at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital pose with their treat box. (Courtesy Samantha Arita)

When you make desserts for events, a stay-at-home order effectively puts the brakes on your business. One Fairfax, Virginia, business owner, is still making treat boxes, this time for the workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

Farozan Jivraj, a pastry chef and owner of Cupcake Novelties, packed decorative treat boxes with her specialties, such as vanilla and chocolate strawberry cupcakes, snickerdoodle brownies, Oreo jewels and even rainbow pretzel bark.

“I thought this would be a good way to show some kind of appreciation to all these people working so hard on the front lines,” Jivraj said.

Jivraj has made the special deliveries to Inova Fairfax, Sentara in Woodbridge, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. She also delivered boxes to several doctors in the D.C. area.

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“I’ve had some people tell me it brought some sunshine and positivity into their day, so that was really like a gratifying part,” Jivraj said.

Jivraj hopes to continue this on a weekly basis, and she added that she’d like to organize a drop-off for first responders as well. Jivraj said generous donors have pitched in to help, many of them contributing to a GoFundMe campaign she set up that she calls #treatsforfrontliners.

In addition to delivering to workers in the D.C. area, she hopes to also begin sending treat boxes to front-line heroes across the nation.

Although Jivraj hopes her business picks up once social distancing measures are loosened, she said she doesn’t intend to stop doing the treat boxes anytime soon.

“I just want to continue doing this for as long as I can,” Jivraj said.

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Jammin Java and Union Stage raise nearly $15,000 for employees

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(Left) Jon Weiss is the talent booker for Union Stage, Pearl Street Warehouse, Pie Shop, The Miracle Theatre, and Daniel Brindley (right) is the co-owner of Jammin Java and Union Stage. Both venues are closed, with all concerts canceled, until further notice. (Photo by Jonathan Timmes)

During these unnerving and uncertain times, we’ve watched countless businesses shutter their doors to try and weather the storm that is COVID-19. 

Local concert venues have watched their calendars clear and their employees go home, with no shows to watch or drinks to serve. In order to lighten the load of employees affected by the lack of work at Jammin Java in Vienna and Union Stage in Washington, DC, the company moved to start a GoFundMe page on March 17, in an email newsletter. 

“We have always said that our staff is the ‘secret sauce’ that sets our clubs apart,” wrote Luke, Jonathan and Daniel Brindley on the GoFundMe page. “We are now asking the Jammin Java and Union Stage community to ensure our staff has a job to come back to after this terrible pandemic passes.” 

Three days later, after only a handful of shares on social media, and the aforementioned email announcement, the fundraiser has raised nearly $15,000 out of its $20,000 goal, with 296 donors. As of publication, the total reached $14,660. 

According to the page, every cent goes back to the staff, and the founder/owners will be matching every donation up to $20,000 to ensure their employees are well taken care of during the both venues hiatus. 

Comments on the page read, “We’ve spent so many happy hours at Jammin Java, giving a bit back to its wonderful staff is the least we can do. Be well all,” and, “Great people, great venue. Hope you’re back in business very soon!” // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave E., Vienna and  Union Stage: 740 Water St. SW, Washington, DC

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BREAKING: Andrew McCabe Drops His Lawsuit Against the DOJ

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There’s noway this is a coincidence. The day after news breaks that Bill Barr and John Durham have elevated their probe into the Russia investigation into a criminal investigation, Andrew McCabe has now filed a motion to dismiss his lawsuit.

This smells like him not wanting to keep kicking the hornets nest. He’s unlikely to get any leniency in his coming prosecution (which has reported as coming last month) if he’s suing the DOJ.

I can’t imagine the suckers who handed this guy over $500,000 through a GoFundMe feel too good about their investment. It’ll now be used to defend him in criminal court, not to teach Bill Barr a lesson in civil court.

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GoFundMe Partnership With Planned Parenthood Proves Abortion Doesn’t Need Government Funding

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With the abortion industry taking some heavy blows in the face of pro-life legislation and states turning on abortion organizations with gusto, celebrities, activists, and politicians have been pulling out all the stops to keep the practice of taking life in the womb alive and well.

This also includes various businesses, with the fundraising site “GoFundMe” throwing its hat into the ring, and directly partnering with Planned Parenthood to raise funds in order to fight back against pro-life causes.

GoFundMe sent out a tweet from their account telling everyone that they have partnered with Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Network of Abortion Funds to donate money to organizations that will fight to keep abortion alive in states where it’s being restricted.

The fundraiser, titled “Fight Back: Protect Abortion Access,” centers on the idea that the attack on abortion by various states isn’t just a threat to abortion in those states, but everywhere across America, and that people should give to the fundraiser if they wish to keep it alive:

We’re teaming up to fuel the fight against these bans – and make sure that every person who needs abortion care can actually get it, without delay.

The ‘Fight Back’ campaign is a centralized fundraiser enabling each donor to fund legal battles in court, provide critical services all across the country, join the movement to protect access to safe, legal abortion, and encourage legislative bodies to take steps to protect reproductive rights  — all with a single donation.

The fundraiser promises to do three things with the money:

-Remove the many financial and logistical barriers to abortion access – including offsetting the cost of transportation, childcare, lodging, and abortion procedures – that too many patients face;

-Fuel the fight in the courts to protect access for EVERY patient, and keep health center doors open for patients who need care; and,

-Help continue on-the-ground organizing in states to protect access, build the movement, and ensure elected officials everywhere support comprehensive reproductive health care.

It also notes that 25 percent will be going to the NNAF, 37.5 percent to Planned Parenthood organizations, and 37.5 percent to the ACLU.

I want to point out something that all of these organizations may have overlooked, and that’s the fact that they’re proving that organizations like Planned Parenthood don’t need government funding. It can raise funds for the practice all on its own.

At this time, Planned Parenthood receives approximately $500 million a year, with taxpayers footing the bill. This does not include the various donations they receive from celebrity-backed donation drives or fundraising efforts like the kind we see above.

Hilariously, the abortion industry’s attempts at fundraising may not be as popular as it had hoped. At the time of this writing, the fundraiser has been live for six days and has only received over $40,000 worth donations from 306 people. Compared to the swiftness with which some GoFundMe campaigns receive donations. For comparison, the GoFundMe for the border wall is 616 times that amount with well over $24 million in donations that are still rolling in by the minute. This is pretty sad for Planned Parenthood.

I will make note that the wall fundraiser has been active for six months, not six days, but the difference is still very striking. It would appear that abortion isn’t as popular as some of these groups may have hoped.

What’s more, the announcement on Twitter didn’t seem to go as well as they hoped, with Twitter users expressing anger at the company for partnering with abortion causes, and some swearing they’ll never participate in a GoFundMe campaign again.

 

 

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Whatever happened to that “We Build the Wall” GoFundMe?

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When Brian Kolfage kicked off his GoFundMe campaign to help Donald Trump build the wall on the southern border, the buzz grew quickly. In a short period of time, he had raised roughly twenty million dollars with a huge wave of support on social media. That was last year, however, and the plan quickly started to evolve. Simply giving the money to the federal government for the specific purpose of wall construction somehow turned out to be more complicated than anticipated. (A bill aiming to have the Treasury Department set up a fund to receive such donations was reintroduced in January, but it’s been blocked by Democrats.)

Next, Kolfage said that the money would be used to construct sections of the wall on private land along the border. But months have passed and thus far there’s been no sign of any new wall construction. So where is all the money and what’s going to become of it? Some of the donors are growing suspicious. (Daily Beast)

Back in December, Washington state Trump supporter Joshua Greene donated a small amount of money to the crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the southern U.S. border. He wasn’t alone. The GoFundMe page to build the wall, to which he’d donated, was a sensation on the right in late 2018 and raised more than $20 million.

Organized by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage, the campaign eventually morphed into a nonprofit called We Build the Wall, which promised to build portions of the wall on private land using the money it raised.

Months later, there’s no evidence that any construction has started, despite claims from Kolfage and his allies that construction would start in April. And now Greene is wondering what ever happened to that wall he was promised his dollars would fund?

“The lack of updates is very concerning,” Greene wrote in an email to Right Richter.

To be fair, it’s not as if there haven’t been any updates from Kolfage. Back in March, he said that construction was expected to begin “next month.” But April has come and gone with no new construction activity. More recently, he declared that construction was going to begin “very soon.” But he couldn’t reveal the details of precisely where and when because liberals would seek to block the effort before it began.

Personally, I think it’s too soon to hit the panic button. While I understand that there’s some natural skepticism about Kolfage’s integrity (having been involved in some scams in the past), there are a lot of people watching him very closely and we’re talking about a ton of money. If he had the audacity to try to abscond with it he would very likely wind up doing a significant amount of time in prison. So I very much hope that he’s acting in good faith here.

It’s also easy to see how complicated the situation is. While a noble goal, private citizens can’t just show up at any random spot on the border with bulldozers and cement trucks and start building something. Much of the border, particularly in Arizona, sits on federal land. Nothing is getting built there without the government being involved. And finding private land that’s either available for sale or owned by people willing to allow you to build has to be tricky.

You also need to find a significant stretch of land if you’re going to have any positive impact on the illegal immigration situation. Putting up a section of wall only stretching for a mile or so would be nothing more than a symbolic effort and a waste of the donors’ money. Nothing like this was ever going to be easy so it was bound to take time. Hopefully, Kolfage will remain good to his word and find a workable solution. In the meantime, more regular updates would be helpful in order to maintain the confidence of his supporters.

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Arson suspect faces hate crime charges over Louisiana church fires

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A man named Holden Matthews has been charged with burning down three historically black churches in Louisiana over a span of 10 days. Yesterday, hate crime charges were added. From CBS News:

Testifying in court, [Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch] Browning outlined a litany of evidence, including some new details of the investigation that he said tied Matthews to the torching of the three churches over 10 days.

“The evidence we have was unequivocal,” Browning said. Later he added: “He has clearly demonstrated the characteristics of a pathological fire setter.”

The fire marshal described cellphone records placing Matthews at the fire locations, and he said images on the phone showed all three churches burning before law enforcement arrived and showed Matthews “claiming responsibility” for the fires.

Matthews, who had no previous criminal record, was arrested Wednesday on three charges of arson of a religious building. Prosecutors filed documents Monday adding three more charges, accusing Matthews of violating Louisiana’s hate crime law, confirming that they believe the fires were racially motivated, a link authorities had previously stopped short of making…

Matthews’ arrest came a little more than two weeks after the first blaze at the St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26 in Port Barre, a town just outside of Opelousas. Days later, the Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas were burned. Each was more than 100 years old.

The evidence in the case includes photos on Matthews phone which show the churches burning before authorities arrived at the scenes and statements in which he took credit for the fires. He was denied bail. Matthews isn’t your garden variety racist. He appears to have been motivated by his hatred for Christianity and his support for pre-Christian, pagan religions. There’s some suggestion from authorities that he may have taken on some of his beliefs from the black metal scene. From CNN:

Four days before his arrest in connection with the three Louisiana Baptist church fires, Holden Matthews expressed disgust with Baptist beliefs on Facebook, CNN has learned.

Responding to a post about “afrikan spirituality,” Matthews, posting under the name Noctis Matthews, said he cannot “stand all these baptists around here, bunch of brainwashed people trying to find happiness in a religion that was forced on their ancestors just as it was on mine.”

In the posting, Matthews said he wished that, “more blacks [sic] people would look into ancient beliefs of pre Christian Africa.”

An acquaintance, Nygyl Bryyn, confirmed to CNN the profile and alias is that of Holden Matthews. He says his friend is not racist and believes the churches were, “victims of circumstances.”…

While the motive is still under investigation, authorities said that Matthews’ interest in black metal music may have influenced his behavior.

During the 1990s, black metal musicians were responsible for a string of church arsons in Norway. There have been several documentaries and one recent feature film about black metal and the arson and murder connected to it.

On a brighter note, a GoFundMe account was created to help the three churches rebuild. In the wake of the fire at Notre Dame in Paris yesterday, reporter Yashar Ali has been trying to help raise money for the fund:

Ben Shapiro joined in:

A short time ago, Hillary Clinton joined in as well. This might actually be that rare instance where there is something positive that unites Americans across party lines.

In about two hours, nearly $200,000 has been raised (in addition to the money that had already been raised) and this is now the top campaign in the world because of all the attention it has received. Here’s a video posted recently by one of the pastors who lost his church thanking everyone for the help:

Finally, here’s a news report on the arson spree:

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Woman in homeless man’s GoFundMe scam learns her fate

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When John covered the sentencing of Jonny Bobbitt in the homeless veteran GoFundMe scam, we knew that there would be more court dates coming for the three defendants over the next several months. As you likely recall, Bobbitt was originally hailed as a down-on-his-luck veteran who gave up his last twenty dollars to motorist Katie McClure when she ran out of gas. McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, raised nearly half a million dollars to supposedly help out the good Samaritan, but the whole story later unraveled and was shown to be a scam.

Now the next phase of the sentencing has taken place (at the state level, anyway) and we’ve learned many more details as to what happened, at least as claimed by one of the conspirators. Katie McClure entered a guilty plea on charges of theft by deception yesterday. (NPR)

A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty Monday to theft by deception for perpetrating what began as a story of redemption that was revealed to be a ruse.

Katelyn McClure appeared in New Jersey Superior Court, admitting to her role in duping thousands of people out of $400,000 through a fictionalized GoFundMe page purporting to benefit a homeless veteran said to have bought her gas.

McClure, 29, will serve a four-year term in a New Jersey state prison under the plea, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. Sentencing is set for June 3.

So McClure was given four years as part of a plea deal, but her attorneys are pushing for an “Intensive Supervision” program that would allow her to be released in as little as four months or less. That doesn’t take into account the federal charges of wire fraud that she already pleaded guilty to and will be sentenced for in June. (That could result in twenty years and a quarter million dollar fine.)

Most of the generosity McClure is receiving from the courts is based on her willingness to turn state’s evidence against her former boyfriend, Mark D’Amico. You can click through and read the details in the NPR piece above, but it truly sounds like a case of rats fleeing a sinking ship and turning on each other to cut a more favorable deal. Bobbitt admits to having been in on the scheme and never even giving McClure the twenty bucks but says that after that he was in the dark and only sued the couple when they failed to give him more than a pittance from the GoFundMe money.

McClure similarly claims to have been involved initially, but that D’Amico was the mastermind and she was just along for the ride. She’s also sticking to the claim that she was genuinely trying to help someone, at least initially. But the tales of her big spending and vacation trips leave me rather dubious of her claims. In any event, both McClure and Bobbitt have agreed to testify against D’Amico, so he’s either the master villain in this tale or he’s the fall guy. You can each make up your own mind on that count.

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