by Travis Mateer
As Americans unquestioningly consume war propaganda while getting bent over and violated at the pump, around 200 stupid/generous Missoula liberals showed up at a local brewery to rain money on a “non-profit” headed by this dude:
What is the World Central Kitchen, you ask? It’s an organization that exists to suck money out of the pockets of stupid/generous liberals during times of crisis, but not every partnering group has been satisfied with this group’s performance. From the link:
In April, World Central Kitchen, founded by chef José Andrés, announced Chefs for America, a program to provide 1 million free meals to those experiencing food insecurity. The nonprofit organization, which is known for feeding people in need following natural disasters, would partner with over 1,000 restaurants and subsidize a pre-set number of $10 meals, which WCK would help distribute in various U.S. neighborhoods. The plan was twofold: Feed the hungry, and pay struggling restaurants to help them stay in business. But at least one restaurant has chosen to end its partnership with WCK: La Morada — a Oaxacan restaurant in the Bronx, New York, that’s owned by undocumented immigrants — recently announced it would no longer be working with WCK, citing the organization’s affiliation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and its “ties to gentrifying forces.”
The $9,000 dollars generated by stupid/generous Missoulians got an assist from Mary Poole and Soft Landing, who organized this event. Also present to sing the praises of this organization was Eamon Fahey. Here’s an excerpt from the Missoulian article:
Eamon Fahey, director of the International Rescue Committee in Missoula, anticipates that while Montana won’t see any Ukrainian refugees in the immediate future, he said it’s likely Ukrainians may be sent to Missoula for resettlement at some point down the road.
“I encourage everyone to stay involved, to contribute to all of these fine organizations that do really important work,” Fahey said.
Clearwater Credit Union also donated $1,000.
So, how did the World Central Kitchen get on the radar to receive this stupid/generous loot? You can thank local influencers like Ellie Hill/Smith/Boldman and ED of United Way, Susan Hay Patrick, for being so damn memorable in 2011 when World Central Kitchen board member, Robert Egger, visited our humble town.
Since I was working at the Poverello Center at the time, I remember when Robert Egger showed up and spoke. Our local influences were VERY excited. Here’s Egger recalling his time in Missoula (emphasis mine):
Missoula is awash in great programs and dynamic leadership who treated me like kin and proudly showed me every corner of their community. I visited the Peas Farm, hit the North Missoula Community Development Center’s new Co-Op, talked about plans for a community kitchen and how it could develop food products that could empower dozens of new businesses, run by men and women who could have those businesses financed by a micro-credit program run by the United Way, which, to my surprise, is now being ably led by Susan Patrick Hay, an old DC colleague.
Isn’t that nice?
I’m sure Ukraine will benefit mightily from these caring, liberal-minded organizations adeptly monetizing liberal guilt. And if doing caring things isn’t your style, BIG TECH is there for you to make sure urging violence against Russia and Putin is made allowable on their platforms.
Facebook and Instagram users in some countries will be allowed to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, after parent company Meta made a temporary change to its hate speech policy.
The company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to its content moderators.
If you’re maintaining your humanity amidst this powerful propaganda campaign and the resulting madness it’s creating, I commend you. It’s not easy.
And if you want to donate money to something TRULY local, my GoFundMe page is waiting for your generosity.
Thanks for reading.