I apologize ahead of time to the faint of mind for the profanities but it’s hard not to curse when there’s so much fucked up happening to good people. As you can tell by the title, this is not going to be a piece that praises GoFundMe but one that chastises and hopefully enrages you to, to say “Go Fuck Yourself”.
I’ve previously written about my friend, Stacey Theis and her incredible efforts with the Cannabus. The bus is stuck in Michigan again, and in the midst of her fundraising campaign to get the bus up and running again, her account has been deleted. Not only was her account deleted but funds that raised in those few days it was open were returned to the donors.
One could only speculate as to why her account was deleted. One person pointed out that GofudgeMe has recently ramped up its efforts to remove white supremacist fundraisers and with the extra eyes scouring through various campaigns, the hippie with a huge heart and bus was some threat to our Nation’s interest and to that I say Go Fuck You, Go Fund Me.
Stacey had this to say on her FB post “Tell me that after 4 years of them taking their percentages that this isn’t some crazy ass Drug War Anti Cannabis BULLSHIT……… They returned 2 donations from yesterday, totaling 470 bucks!”
Her reply from GoFundMe via email was vague and cold
Subject: Your account doesn’t fit our Terms of Service
GoFundMe via WePay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It seems you’re using WePay for one or more of the activities prohibited by our Terms of Service. Unfortunately, you can’t use WePay to accept additional payments. Any pending payments will be canceled and you won’t be able to withdraw funds at this time.
Thank you for understanding and we apologize that we couldn’t offer a better solution.
I reached out and got the same machine like response
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The GoFundMe Team
This egregious act against cannabis activism is another example of how we still have a long way to go. When people who are involved with marijuana education don’t meet “Terms of Service” for a fundraising site that wants to be altruistic and help the good of the general public, then we have issues. I understand banning organizations devoted to seclusion, but when you stop an activist whose Uncle was murdered in the drug war, a woman devoted to inclusion, then we (cannabis consumers) all have an issue, and to this, I say “Go Fuck You, Go Fund Me.”
If you’re looking to fight the drug war in a grassroots effort, I urge you, I ask you to please contact Stacey via Facebook to find out how you can help.