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Legal Defense Fundraiser for North Braddock Residents For Our Future
July 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDTFree
You may have read or heard about Merrion Oil & Gas’s proposed plans to site unconventional gas wells at Edgar Thomson Steel Works. Braddock residents have been working to prevent this from happening. You may know us as North Braddock Residents For Our Future. We are a grassroots community based group using all our power and might to determine the trajectory of the place we live.
Like many neighborhoods and municipalities in the region, we have uninvited petrocapitalists trying to storm down our door. And so to keep our valuables safe, we are putting them up for sale. Dishes, trinkets, cups, glasses, saucers, tchotchkes, home furnishings, one-of-a-kind objects, mass-produced vintage remains, sundries, vinyl records, books, baskets and anything we can’t use to barricade Braddock Avenue when the trucks try to arrive. You might describe it as a “fire sale,” but maybe it would be better to call it a “prevent the fire sale”.
We have been fortunate to receive funds to support our work from two organizations, but these monies cannot be used for legal fees. And since we’ve decided to traverse every path available to us, we have hired an attorney. The law firm has given us a greatly reduced and subsidized rate, but it still requires quite a bit of cash, approximately $10,000 to pursue the legal avenues that are viable.
Now, you might be thinking, we must have a warehouse of stuff to sell in order to raise this amount of money. We don’t. Like our self-determination in defining our community, this sale is just one tactic to come up with the dollars we need. And it is a modest one. There are no fancy graphics or catchy slogans to entice you to come out to North Braddock to support our cause. Just this polite request.The sale will go on rain or shine on the sidewalk, porch and/or inside at the above location. There will be light refreshments and handcrafted, delicious, home-brewed beer. Even if you don’t have money to spare, stop by to get caught up with what we have been doing.
Please share with others who care about the region’s air, water, health and future.