Nearly $85,000 in donations has been raised for the woman who was fired after a photo went viral of her flipping off President Trump’s motorcade while bicycling on the same road.
Juli Briskman lost her marketing and communications job at government contractor Akima LLC after they saw the photo, which she posted as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.
Akima said they decided to fire Briskman because her action violated their social media policy and could hurt their business.
The company called the gesture “lewd” and “obscene.”
After her firing, a GoFundMe page was set up to “thank” her for serving as an “inspiration to us all.”
“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all,” the page description reads. “This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights. You can show your support by donating here.”
Briskman sent a message to the creators of the page and the people who have donated thus far, saying that she feels “buoyed” by their support.
The letter reads,
After I was terminated from my job on October, 31, I was driving home and as you can imagine, my thoughts were racing. I never imagined that my ‘one-finger salute’ to the Presidential motorcade and its occupant would cost me my job. The actions of my company were swift and unexpected.
I was shocked and worried about many things:
How and when to tell my children? (my daughter's birthday was days away and of course I wanted her to have a happy one)
How would I pay for healthcare?
How much money do I have in my savings to cover our mortgage and general living expenses in Northern Virginia and how long will it last?
How long will it take to land another job?
This is the short list.
Through your very generous donations, many of those heavy burdens have been lifted.
I am not sure what the future holds, but I am buoyed by your support. For now, I can just say THANK YOU and promise to be a good steward of these funds.
In eight days, the page has raised $84,708 in donations from 3,632 people. The page has a goal of $100,000.
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