Blog: On the Ground in Portland, OR July 2020




crying emojiThis week Facebook took down the fundraiser and refunded everything that was in it. The fundraiser stayed up a few days after September 19th because money was still being donated. The wonderfully hardworking and completely LEGITIMATE crew that put on this fundraiser was told that Facebook took issue with the gift cards that were donated (for example, an AirBnB stay and a night at the Jupiter Hotel). Facebook prohibits the selling of gift cards for a future service, and although these cards were not "sold" in the traditional sense (highest bidders were asked to put their winning bid amount in the donation fund), it didn't matter to Facebook.

So, where do we go from here?

Facebook pays out fundraiser donations in chunks. The first eight of those deposits DID go through and are in the hands of the theater. If you donated during the first few days of the fundraiser, which started on September 1st, your donation has been processed and is, thankfully, in our bank account ready to be used for rent, utilities, insurance, etc.--our monthly expenses average around $4,000. The amount we received was $5700, which is about one third of the amount raised. We are checking and double-checking to see if any additional pending deposits go through. We want to be as transparent as possible.

We humbly ask the following of those that donated:

Facebook has indicated they will be refunding some, if not most, of the donations received after the first week of the fundraiser. If you have received a refund, we ask that you please re-direct it to the Clinton Street Theater donation page.

If you have not received a refund yet, please stay tuned. It may take several days for a refund to be issued to you. When you are credited with the refund, kindly consider donating to us once again so that we can meet our ongoing obligations.  We want to be here when we have the leadership in place that can meet this crisis with a coordinated national strategy. We want to remain forever the "Official Clubhouse of the Anarchist Jurisdiction."
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As we know more information, we will post more updates.

Sadly, we are closed indefinitely due to Coronavirus Pandemic. Unfortunately, we still need to pay the rent and other monthly expenses in order to stay afloat until it's safe for us to open once again.

So, in the meantime, you can support us in a few different ways:

The Faux Film Festival Pandemic Edition (until September 30)

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2020 POW Film Fest - Local Edition

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Invite a MAGICIAN to VIST (Virtually, of course)!!


Make a Donation!!!

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Watch the CST CoVideothon Channel and make a Donation!

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Visit our Virtual Cinema.

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Watch a film at home and part of the proceeds benefit the Clinton.


Purchase merchandise at the CST store.

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