Oregon brothers create anti-occupation campaign, tell Bundy to 'Go Home'
A pair of Oregon brothers say they have created a way for Oregonians against the Oregon occupation to tell Ammon Bundy and his camp they want them to leave.
Oregon natives, Jake and Zach Klonoski, created the website "Go Home Malheur." "Go Home," they explain, is an acronym for "Getting Occupiers of the Historic Oregon Malheur Evicted"
The website allows people to pledge a per-day amount. The numbers of days are tied to the length of the occupation.
"Really, they end up funding groups that they likely despise the longer they stay," Zach Klonoski, who lives in Portland, said.
The kicker, they say, is where the money goes.
Once the occupation has ended, the money will go to four different organizations; Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Americans for Responsible Solutions, a non-profit started by Tucson shooting survivor and former Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly to combat gun violence, The Burns Paiute Tribe and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which according to their website, works to fight hate and bigotry.
According to the brothers, prior to setting up the website, they contacted each organization who, they say, subsequently gave them the O.K.
"Most of us can't really get there to vocalize our displeasure and so were really hoping - you know - they're obviously on social media a lot and we're hoping that they will take note of the fact there's a lot of people out there voicing discontent and putting their money where their mouth is," Jake Klonoski said while speaking with KATU News via FaceTime from his Denver, Colorado home.
They first played with the idea last Tuesday. By Sunday morning, the website was live and hundreds of pledges were rolling in. As of Sunday night, the pledge total was over $13,000.
Jake and his younger brother Zach say they can not take credit from the pledge idea. It goes back to Nazi Germany. A year or so ago, Jake came across an article detailing how residents of a small German town decided to turn an annual neo-Nazi march into a walk-a-thon. During the walk-a-thon, people pledged money so the more the Nazi sympathizers walked, the more money went to neo-Nazi recovery groups.
"It's obviously not a rancher issue alone. I mean, the Bundy's are obviously good at trying to divide people from one another, but it's an Oregon issue and an American issue, because in the end it's public land that they're trying to take away," Jake said. "You don't have to be a rancher to appreciate how magical a place it is."
"It allows all Oregonians to come together with one loud voice and tell them that they need to go home," Zach continued.
The pledges do not add up automatically. Jake manually adds each pledge to ensure they filter out any prank pledges. Once the occupations comes to an end, they will collect the pledges which will then be given to the four organizations.