GoFundMe donates to GoFundMe that’s trolling another GoFundMe

GoFundMe donates to GoFundMe that’s trolling another GoFundMe

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We forgive you if you’re feeling a bit confused. 

GoFundMe, the company, just donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign set up to both counter and troll yet another GoFundMe campaign. But wait, it gets even weirder. In this convoluted battle of the GoFundMes, the tech company comes down on the humane side. 

Welcome to San Francisco, 2019, where nothing makes sense, but you can still count on the city to collectively thumb its nose at some cartoonishly awful jerks. 

According to SF Weekly, this all started with a group of wealthy San Francisco residents uniting to oppose the construction of a Navigation Center — think of it as a more comprehensive homeless shelter that offers services and counseling as well as a place to sleep — in their mostly fancy neighborhood.  Read more…

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Pearl Jam’s benefit concerts will do more than just raise millions for Seattle homelessness crisis

Pearl Jam’s benefit concerts will do more than just raise millions for Seattle homelessness crisis

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You might know Pearl Jam as the world’s most famous grunge band, or the soundtrack of your adolescent angst, or a group of talented yet totally reluctant rock stars. But Pearl Jam is also famous for taking a stand — and it’s doing exactly that in Seattle this week. 

The group is currently leveraging its star power to draw attention to the city’s homelessness crisis. With a pair of benefit concerts dubbed the Home Shows, a day of volunteerism between the performances on Aug. 8 and 10, and a successful effort to raise at least $10 million for the community, advocates say Pearl Jam has galvanized Seattleites in unprecedented ways.  Read more…

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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has become all about homelessness

How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has become all about homelessness

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It probably isn’t what the bride and groom had planned for their big day.

But one man’s tweet about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and homelessness has snowballed into a national debate. And it threatens to play itself out on the very, very international stage of the royal wedding. 

So as it stands now, in attendance at the wedding will be 1,200 members of the public and 1,440 others — and potentially thousands of activists hoping to draw attention to the issue of homelessness.

It all started when Simon Dudley, the Conservative councillor for the area that includes Windsor Castle (the venue for said wedding), tweeted that the police should “deal with” rough sleepers in the area ahead of the #RoyalWedding on 19 May. He followed up with tweets and replies saying he believes that some people are “choosing” to beg on the streets and aren’t involuntarily homeless. Read more…

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