Tampa Bay activists and businesses team up for weekend fundraiser benefiting St. Pete's protester bail fund

The businesses are offering discounts and other deals in exchange for donations.

click to enlarge Tampa Bay activists and businesses team up for weekend fundraiser benefiting St. Pete's protester bail fund
Marlo Miller

Arrested St. Petersburg protesters looking for a boost are getting just that this weekend.

A Saturday fundraiser has been organized to help add money to a local bailout fund that’s currently at $12,500. The fund, organized by activists Jeremy Reeves and Sammie Stitcher, will assist jailed peaceful St. Petersburg protesters.

The fundraiser, happening on June 13, is collecting $25 donations; in exchange, those who donate will get a Black Lives Matter wristband and a list featuring Black-owned businesses.

What’s more is that other local businesses which support the Black Lives Matter have offered free food and drinks or discounts for anyone who donates (see list at bottom of this post).

More merch will be available for purchase on Saturday at The Independent Bar—located at 1049 Central Ave.—from noon to 2 p.m.

Created on June 3, the bail fund assisting peaceful protesters in St. Petersburg will donate its surplus directly to Black Lives Matter, according to its GoFundMe page. The bail fund will exclusively use Nick of Time Bail Bonds, which has agreed to match its total donations.

Reeves, the 30-year-old fundraiser organizer, was compelled to create the bailout fund on June 2 after returning home before dark from a protest and seeing his close friends shot with non lethal rounds, smoke bombs and arrested. Reeves realized that St. Petersburg did not have a bail fund, so instead of waiting, he initiated one.

“Creating the fund was my way of helping more, every day I wake up I want to be better and do more, so that’s what I did,” he told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. 

Participating businesses honoring the special Black Lives Matter wristband:

  • Ashe Couture Boutique BOGO 30% off everything
  • Atlas Body + Home 20% off everything
  • Bishops Salon $10 off any service
  • Blo Blow Dry Bar $29 blowouts
  • Brutique 15% off clothes and BOGO drinks
  • Buya Ramen a free cocktail
  • Central Melt BOGO 50% classic melts 
  • Chief’s Creole Cafe 20% off everything (Black-owned)
  • Copa 10% off everything
  • Custom Beauty Spa 20% off everything
  • The Galley & The Ship's Hold free appetizer
  • The Independent Bar full day’s tips will be donated to the bail fund
  • Intermezzo 20% off everything
  • Italy Bottega free coffee
  • Lorene’s Fish House 20% off (Black-owned)
  • The Lure 25% off everything
  • Matter of Fact BOGO 30% off everything
  • Night Flow 10% off everything (Black-owned)
  • Pizza Box 25% off everything
  • Poppo’s Taqueria two free tacos
  • Three Dogs Bakery free treats with purchase 

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Christopher Cann

Christopher is a current journalism student at the University of Florida. His past work can be seen at Ears to Feed, The Independent Florida Alligator and Cigar City Management. 

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