PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On Dec. 5, 2016, Gregory McKelvey and Kat Stevens, two of Portland’s Resistance‘s founders and leaders, walked into the Urban Pantry in the Pearl to deliver a $2,450 check. The check was made to help the small business recover after — weeks earlier — Portland Resistance’s post-election march and rally, which was planned to be peaceful, turned into a riot, leading to 71 arrests.
The group raised over $55,000 on Go Fund me to help pay for damages to small businesses. The donation to Urban Pantry was the only publicized use of that money.
Now, McKelvey, one of the founders of Portland’s Resistance and an outspoken activist, is leaving Portland. He announced on Friday that he’s leaving for Atlanta where he’ll work for a housing nonprofit group.
Friends, it is with a heavy heart but also an excited spirit that I must let you know, we are leaving Portland. I have been offered and accepted the position of Director of Communications & Advocacy at Living Room ATL.— Gregory McKelvey (@GregoryMcKelvey) July 28, 2018
But before he left, KOIN 6 News asked McKelvey what happened to the rest of the funds.
“I don’t have the exact figures, but the vast majority was dispersed,” McKelvey said.
McKelvey said at least $50,000 was given out to business affected by the riot, but he didn’t disclose what businesses received the money due to privacy concerns.
“They didn’t want to be targeted by either end of the political spectrum in this city,” McKelvey said.
McKelvey did say that at least 25 businesses and individuals were paid out by the fundraiser.
Though McKelvey is leaving town, Portland’s Resistance will stay. They have a rally planned for noon on Tuesday along with showing up to counter a Patriot Prayer rally Saturday along Portland’s waterfront.