Thursday, November 4, 2010

Down to the wire for April Harrington.

We are down to the wire to help April Harrington survive the vicious attack by the ODOT bureaucracy on her business.  In a typical misallocation of resources, as we are heading into the peak oil era, ODOT is widening a road and will destroy her market-bakery building, one of the "greenest" buildings in the state.  This impacts her business -- which in turn impacts her employees and the other local producers who rent her bakery to make their products in a health-dept-certified kitchen.  Times are bad all over, and what is ODOT doing? Destroying jobs in rural Oklahoma. 

Anyway, she is trying to raise $25,000 to put a smaller, cheaper building on part of her property that will not be taken by ODOT.  These are not good times for local food entrepreneurs to be going to banks, and thus April embarked on a non-traditional fundraising campaign using the "Kickstart" program, which invites people to fund ventures like April's that also have broad social and environmental impacts with gifts of capital that can make a difference between success and failure.

This is a time-limited campaign, and we are down to the wire.  As of 10 AM on Thursday, November 4th, we have 32 hours left for people to commit to help April.  We are only about one-third of the way towards the goal, so there is a lot to be done.
April has worked hard and does not deserve what the State of Oklahoma is doing to her in our name.  Let's vote against the craziness of ODOT and help April in this time of grave need.  Make a pledge today!  Tomorrow will be too late.

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