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I (heart) Ferguson

I (heart) Ferguson

From the Following up : People, places and ideas from Ferguson series
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The nonprofit I Love Ferguson started in the back of a coffee shop just days after Michael Brown’s death, selling yard signs, coffee mugs and T-shirts to raise civic pride and money for businesses damaged by riots. Within two months, the group had donated $50,000.

Now, I Love Ferguson has a storefront, sells $1 “I ♥ Ferguson” bracelets, $30 “I ♥ Ferguson” hoodies, and has raised $160,000 for area businesses, day camps and schools. Chairman Brian Fletcher said the nonprofit has sent merchandise to 50 states and 48 countries.

In April, Fletcher, a former Ferguson mayor, was elected to city council. Still, he said he can’t see an end to I Love Ferguson, at least not while demand remains.

As for the man who claimed copyright on the “I ♥ Ferguson” logo? “I haven't heard from Douglas Lewis in six months,” Fletcher said. “The attorneys, I guess, scared him off.”

— David Hunn

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