SF Mission District stores damaged in rampage get help on WePay

Help to the mission dustrict.

By Christopher Clark
|  Friday, May 4, 2012  |  Updated 10:54 AM PDT
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SF Stores to Get Help Through WePay

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OAKLAND, CA - MAY 01: Occupy protesters attempt to block a street on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. Occupy Wall Street groups across the country have joined with unions during the May Day protests, a traditional day of global protests in sympathy with unions and leftist politics. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón tried to steer help on Friday to Mission Street merchants whose businesses were hit by the reckless vandalism stemming from the May Day protests.

Gascón  will visit Mission district merchants and encourage members of the public to donate the WePay donation site created by Facebook designer Ben Blumenfeld to  help them recover from vandalism.

Since its creation, about 140 people have donated and as of Thursday afternoon, raised more than $6,400. The goal is to raise $10,000.
 Business owners in San Francisco's Mission district are still cleaning up after Monday night's pre-May Day demonstrations turned violent.

Twenty businesses and more than 17 car were damaged along Valencia Street after a group of 100 demonstrators broke off from a peaceful protest and began vandalizing stores, restaurants and a Mission police substation.

Business owners and neighbors were outraged by the vandalism, which is lined with mostly independent and small businesses.

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