Posted: Feb 14, 2006 12:59 am
I'm sure there is no criminal intent here, but I can't write off a charitable donation to a group that doesn't exist. Dee, has cleared that up...they are unable at this time, to accept donations. When they are able to, I'm sure she'll post a message here and that it will be on the detourmemphis site. cool.
problem is, as you can read in her posts, she's being just a little disingenuous about where any current donations go. A show under the banner of "Save Libertyland" that is soliciting donations (5$ minimum according to the website) might possibly mislead people into thinking that the money they pay at the door is going to a charitable organization, or at least into an escrow account for future organizing expenses. Many people, I'm sure, with an interest in preserving famous local landmarks, might be interested in supporting a charitable/activist organization, but not be interested in funding a commercial documentary or paying for a bands expenses. There are local churches, youthgroups, communitty associations etc that might be interested in saving Libertyland, but they probably won't want to get involved without the proper paperwork.
When the Katrina debacle was/is going on many Gonerboard types rushed to help, and Eric and Zac learned pretty fast about the legalities of collecting and distributing money. Ask them.
IMO a free (since they can't legally accept any donations) show to promote/encourage awareness of the Save Libertyland organization, complete with written literature (to explain the groups position, progress, plans and financial needs), representatives of the group to answer questions and of course good music/entertainment, would really help the cause. As has been said here before, if the local musicians believe in your cause, I'm positive you could find lots who would gladly donate their time.
The organization has done a lot to raise awareness of this issue allready, and it's not impossible for more heavies to get involved. Sadly, the save libertyland spokesman could have gotten alot of good advice from Sherman, (who incidentally knows a little somethin about dealing with the city to salvage a landmark) but she chose to make fun of his mother instead. As can be observed, Sherman is pretty straightforward and calls it like he sees it, but SaveLibertyland will come in contact with many more opinionated than Sherman, as this progresses. There is a lot of other usefull advice in this thread as well, it seems most folks just want a clear-er understanding of the organization.
I'm not the "hater", I just don't want an almost good idea to go to shit because the organizers give the appearance of being too selfserving. And at this point, I really don't see it any other way. Be glad to change my mind in the future though, if they can get their shit together.