project leader
Shannon D
location
Health Science Park and the Mississippi River Park
(Midtown and Downtown Memphis)
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Last Day to Give

the project

#Takeemdown901 aims to remove the glorified conferderate memorabilia from the public spaces of Memphis, TN prior to the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's murder. Our primary goal is to keep pressure on our elected officals and the TN Historical Commission to result in the removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in the Health Science Park and the Jefferson Davis statue in the Mississippi River Park. This campaign is for supporters of this effort. If you are seeking understanding, please read the following articles:

https://www.memphisflyer.com/NewsBlog/archives/2017/09/06/a-q-and-a-with-take-em-down-901-activist-tami-sawyer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/20/opinion/confederate-statues-american-history.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/06/memphis-parks-confederate-ku-klux-klan/1895549/

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nathan-Bedford-Forrest

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jefferson-Davis

the steps

Quiet Phase: We will make personal contact with supporters to raise initial funds prior to going public

Public Phase: We will broadcast the ioby link to all 350 supporters in the Takeemdown901 group and friends

Implementataion: There is a committee working on the art installation(s). They will submit a budget once they finalize the project and we will disburse the funds. Likewise, the Takeemdown901 leaders will determine validality of expenses and disburse funds as budgeted needs arise.

why we're doing it

We should not glorify men who fought a war to maintain slavery. These men are dipicted in positions of honor, not simply as historic characters. These statues were erected to keep black Memphians subservant and fearful of white power. As a community, we get to choose how our public spaces look and feel. Our public spaces must invite everyone in.

budget

DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 11.7.17):



Total raised on ioby was 2,825.00 
less ioby Platform Fee, $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%), $129.17
less Payment Processing Fee (3%), $77.50
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $2,583.33


  Budget
Court Costs and Bail 1583.33
Art Project 500.00
Refreshments 500.00
Total 2583.33

 

UPDATED BUDGET (as of 10/30/17):

500 for refreshments
500 for art installation
1500 for court costs and/or bail



SUBTOTAL = $2,500
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $75
TOTAL TO RAISE = $2,610

 

ORIGINAL BUDGET:

Art installation(s) to bring community awareness and understanding: $2,000

Water and refreshments for small and large scale meetings: $1,000

Bail for peaceful protestors who are arrested in the act of protest (7 were arrested at a recent protest and while we hope the city would not take that action again, we have no signs that they will not react in the same manner at future protests.): $2,000

Court Costs (Even when cases are dismissed, as 3 of the 7 have been thus far, there are court costs. A group of lawyers have stepped forward and are offering pro-bono representation): $2,000
 
PLEASE NOTE: If our efforts are successful to the point of not requiring the use of all the funds raised, a leadership group has been designated to determine how to apply the funds to the next social justice effort in Memphis, TN. This volunteer group is: Tami Sawyer (Lead Organizer of Takeemdown901), Shannon Dixon (ioby Project Leader), Dr. Charles McKinney (Takeemdown901 Historian), and Toof Brown (Takeemdown901 legal representative).
 
SUBTOTAL $7,000
 
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $350
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $210
 
TOTAL TO RAISE $7,595
 
 

updates

Last Day to Give

We are only $181 short of our goal and today is the last day to give. We thank you all so very much and request that you share with your like-minded friends.

1k raised in less than 24-hours

Thank you all for helping us get over $1 in less than 24-hours. We are still in a quiet phase (meaning we aren't posting this link publicly). We would like to raise $2,500 before posting publicly. Please send the link to your friends through private message, text, and email. You guys are the best!

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Toof Brown
  • Kathleen and Pete
  • Charles W McKinney
  • Earle F.
  • Sienna Nelson
  • Anna Traverse
  • Anonymous
  • Marti Tippens Murphy
  • Nate Smith
  • Katie McWeeney
  • Tami Sawyer
  • Neva
  • Myra Nunley
  • Carrie Hough
  • KalynaH
  • Alice Miller
  • Shannon M
  • Ian N.
  • Anonymous
  • Come&Grow Community, Inc.
  • Anonymous
  • Ward Archer
  • Aimee Lewis
  • Emily F
  • Christa G.
  • Melissa Whitby
  • Heather W.
  • Dan & Ashley Harper
  • Anonymous
  • Beverly D.
  • Ellen Roberds
  • Naomi Ragsdale
  • Anonymous
  • Kathleen F.
  • Carol & Dell Livingston
  • Katy Leopard
  • Janet Lo
  • Elizabeth Alley
  • Marilyn K.
  • Clay Combs
  • Betsy R.
  • Laura Harris
  • Laura G-B
  • Melissa Seay
  • Anonymous
  • Melissa D.
  • Lee Forbes-Belue
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Grace W.
  • Shannon Dixon