The little entrepreneur harassed in the #PermitPatty incident is getting her due, with a giant donation and a big public tribute Saturday in Oakland. The youngster who was hassled for selling bottled water will be able to sell all the water likes at a Saturday celebration and fundraiser from Noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Merritt — ironically, the site of May’s infamous BBQ Becky affair.
And a handful of cannabis companies have stepped up with $8,000 in donations to an educational fund being set up for the enterprising young lady Jordan (above, middle). You can add to that total by coming to Saturday’s public celebration, where she’ll be setting up a stand and selling water, beverages, and snacks.
“All of the revenue from Saturday’s event will go directly to Jordan,” says event organizer Galen Pallas, founder and CEO of cannabis purchasing organization Kind Culture. His company, S.F. dispensary The Apothecarium, and Magnolia Oakland have also kicked in thousands to a fund that hopes to pay for Jordan’s first year of college.
Saturday’s event will also feature the taco truck stylings of Mamasota Eats, live music from Blac Marc and Filmore Mike, and the star of show, eight-year-old Jordan, operating her biggest water and snack stand ever.
Jordan’s mother Erin Austin says in a statement that “Jordan and our entire family are so excited about the outpouring of support we’ve received from the local cannabis community and the public at large.”
Cannabis companies were horrified at the association of an industry CEO calling the police on an African-American child, and hope to change Jordan’s experience of the last three weeks into a positive.
“I grew up in Oakland, and during the summers my brother and I would sell slushees and drinks on our block,” Pallas tells SF Weekly. “No one ever did anything other than encourage us and reward us for being practicing entrepreneurs at a young age.”
He also hopes to see cannabis become a force for racial justice instead of injustice. “We as an industry feel responsibility to the community at large — especially to people of color — that if someone in our industry does something inappropriate, we step up and take accountability for that to change,” Pallas says.
Saturday’s celebration for Jordan aspires to bring closure to a nasty incident, and give this story a more positive ending than simply some executive losing their job. Hopefully the young bottled water merchant gets a big turnout, and raises enough money to really blow us out of the water.
Fundraiser for Eight-Year-Old Girl Involved in #PermitPatty Incident, Saturday, July 14, 12-4 p.m., The Pergola at Lake Merritt, Oakland