McKelvey: Money to rebuild Pearl District coming soon

Portland's Resistance raised more than $55,000 through GoFundMe

#NotMyPresident rioters broke windows in the Pearl District, November 10, 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For 3 weeks, people have been donating to a GoFundMe account set up by Portland’s Resistance to help rebuild the Pearl District in the wake of the anti-Trump riots.

Greg McKelvey, the leader of Portland’s Resistance, said the group released a statement that the $55,000 raised so far will go into a shared credit union account held by their executive committee members.

He also told KOIN 6 News the GoFundMe account was frozen for a time as GoFundMe officials had questions about where the money was going. McKelvey said that was all worked out by Thursday afternoon.

GoFundMe officials told KOIN 6 News they watch over organizations that raise money on their site and tries to ensure the money is used for what is intended.

McKelvey said he plans on getting checks out to some businesses and individuals next Monday.

Karen Page, the owner of Urban Pantry in the Pearl District, December 1, 2016 (KOIN)
Karen Page, the owner of Urban Pantry in the Pearl District, December 1, 2016 (KOIN)

Businesses damaged by the rioters smashing windows with baseball bats are still undergoing repairs. Some have submitted insurance information and damage reports.

Karen Page, the owner of a small deli and take-out dinner shop on NW Lovejoy called Urban Pantry, is out $1700 in deductibles for broken windows and a door replacement. Page told KOIN 6 News she hopes to see some of the money that was raised.

“My business has just enough money to pay for what it needs,” Page said. “When I’m out that, I’m out a paycheck, my rent is short, that kind of thing.”

Page said she immediately sent in her paperwork to Portland’s Resistance organizers. After a couple weeks, she wrote them again.

“They thanked me and said they got a lawyer to take care of the funds and bank account,” Page said. “Since then, I have been waiting.”

She said when her customers would come in and ask how to donate, she referred them to the GoFundMe page.

McKelvey confirmed Urban Pantry is on their list to get a check.