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With the Help of a Tea Party Group, This Ferguson Woman Is Rebuilding Her Shop. One Year Later, It Was Robbed After New Protests.

This week, on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, a familiar image came out of Ferguson, Mo., as protesters faced off against police in the city just as they did 12 months ago.

For one business owner, a night of rioting and looting disrupted a year of rebuilding not just her business, but a community.

Over the course of last year, Dellena Jones, owner of 911 Hair Salon on West Florissant Avenue, found an ally eager to help her rebuild: the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition.

But on Sunday, a group of young men shattered the left window of her beauty salon as protests flared once again in the St. Louis suburb.

Jones’ shop is located in the epicenter of where the protests occurred last year in Ferguson after Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, was killed by former police officer Darren Wilson.

The looters, who robbed the store after police shot and injured a young black man who allegedly fired several shots at officers, took beauty supplies such as scissors and curling irons and flipped over one of Jones’s hair dryers. It will likely cost hundreds of dollars to purchase a new hair dryer.

“I was hoping for the best and believing for the best,” Jones said in an interview with The Daily Signal of her expectations for the anniversary of Brown’s death. “We were expecting for things to be good, and if it weren’t, not [this] bad.”

For Jones, who worked for more than a decade at the salon before taking over as owner in 2012, the burglary came after a year of struggling to get her business back on its feet.

“It’s been very challenging,” Jones said. “I’ve been trying to keep up the bills here and at home. It’s proven to be very difficult and challenging and almost impossible.”

One year ago, as the nation turned to watch Ferguson following Brown’s death, Jones became a victim of the riots and looting that took place in its wake. Her store was one of more than 30 businesses looted and damaged. One business, a QuikTrip convenience store, was burned to the ground.

Jones estimated that in the last 12 months, the protests have caused her to lose roughly $75,000—a combination of lost revenue from a decrease in foot traffic along West Florissant Avenue and the cost of repairing her shop.

“You have all of these different protesters. They don’t pop into your business and say, ‘Hey, what do you need?’ or ‘Hey, are you all OK?’” Jones said. “It just seems like with the protests, it seems very selfish.”

After last year’s protests, the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition rallied volunteers to participate in “buycotts” of Ferguson businesses to show people that yes, the stores in the town were open for business, and yes, it’s safe to shop in the city.

And over the last few months, the group has also been helping Jones put her store back together.

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Volunteers with the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition gather with Dellena Jones outside her shop, 911 Hair Salon. The St. Louis Tea Party Coalition has been helping Jones rebuild after protests erupted in Ferguson, Mo., last year and again on Sunday. (Photo: Dottie McKenna Bailey)

Last night, the St. Louis Tea Party coalition solicited help from a group who offered to stand guard in the store. Four men sat inside Jones’ store to make sure it wasn’t disturbed and offered to stay again Tuesday night.

“It’s one thing after another,” Dottie McKenna Bailey, a member of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition, told The Daily Signal. “Literally, she’s in the wrong spot at the wrong time.”

Bailey, who is white, and Jones, who is black, have formed a tight bond in the wake of the protests sparked by racial tensions in the city. They are both single moms. Bailey even calls Jones her “kindred spirit.”

On Friday nights, Bailey will head down to Ferguson to sit in Jones’ shop, where they laugh, joke, and “love on each other.”

“She’s going to keep going,” Bailey said. “She has a positive attitude. She’s not blaming anybody. She’s not shouting racism. She’s just trying to love on people. I’m white. She’s black, and she loves on me like I’m her sister.”

Bailey started a GoFundMe, an online crowdfunding page, for Jones and hopes to raise enough money to redo the shop, rebrand the company, and help her hire other employees.

Such an overhaul, Jones said, would help remove the “invisible markings” left from last year’s protests and riots.

“A lot of times, people feel like they can intimidate you. They just come back and do more intimidation. If we as a people who are really loving—when these types of things happen, we have to stand up,” Jones said.

One of the biggest hurdles, the women agreed, is shaking the stigma that Ferguson may not be a safe place to visit and work. Jones said it’s been challenging to find people to work in the salon, but she and Bailey believe that the St. Louis suburb can get back on its feet.

All that’s needed is a little love.

“It’s a great community. It’s having its issues right now,” Bailey said. “But what I want to say to people is it all started in Ferguson, let’s end it in Ferguson and let it be done. What a great legacy Ferguson can have: the community came together, we loved on each other. Even the folks that were the rotten element—we welcomed them, we prayed for them, and we rebuilt our community so it’s stronger than ever. What a great message that would be to the rest of the world, so that it doesn’t have to go by the wayside.”

Bailey frequents the city’s stores to show support and makes a point to hold business lunches at the Ferguson Brewing Company. She’s become fiercely loyal toward Jones, and she noted how the “Black Lives Matter” movement leaves out important members of the black community: business owners like Jones working to provide a living for their families.

“I was thinking yesterday,” Bailey said, “she’s a black woman. Everybody’s like, ‘Black lives matter.’ And I’m thinking, do only some black lives matter? What about her life and her livelihood and her business that she’s built and her income for her family? Do her black children’s lives not matter?”

Jones, speaking in a separate interview, agreed.

“It’s just amazing to me. The biggest chant is ‘Black lives matter.’ So many black lives are being affected by this in such a big way,” Jones said. “I’m an African-American, I’m a single parent. I have two kids. I’m affected by this. It’s almost a little bit contradictory with the chants of ‘Black lives matter,’ but it seems that it’s only some black lives matter.”

http://dailysignal.com/2015/08/11/with-the-help-of-a-tea-party-group-this-ferguson-woman-is-rebuilding-her-shop-one-year-later-it-was-robbed-after-new-protests/

It’s just amazing to me. The biggest chant is ‘Black lives matter.’ So many black lives are being affected by this in such a big way,” Jones said. “I’m an African-American, I’m a single parent. I have two kids. I’m affected by this. It’s almost a little bit contradictory with the chants of ‘Black lives matter,’ but it seems that it’s only some black lives matter.”


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I'm sure the instigating Oath Keepers are really helping the situation. Nothing like more guns to calm things down. Ferguson Missouri should prove this correct!

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I'm sure the instigating Oath Keepers are really helping the situation. Nothing like more guns to calm things down. Ferguson Missouri should prove this correct!

What does the oath keepers have to do with this story ? It is about the tea party helping a person out that had her store looted and burned many times by the black lives matter crowd ,,, Trying to provide a living for herself and perhaps a few other black folks in the community . She is finding out that the # blacklivesmatter crowd is only about destroying .....Only some black lives matter. ... Her thoughts. The biggest question is when will she realize that the black community of Ferguson hates a person trying to get off the democratic plantation ..


If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig

Florida currently has more concealed-carry permit holders than any other state, with 1,269,021 issued as of May 14, 2014

The liberal elite ... know that the people simply cannot be trusted; that they are incapable of just and fair self-government; that left to their own devices, their society will be racist, sexist, homophobic, and inequitable -- and the liberal elite know how to fix things. They are going to help us live the good and just life, even if they have to lie to us and force us to do it. And they detest those who stand in their way."
- A Nation Of Cowards, by Jeffrey R. Snyder

Tavis Smiley: 'Black People Will Have Lost Ground in Every Single Economic Indicator' Under Obama

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Democrats>Socialists>Communists - Same goals, different speeds.

#DeplorableLivesMatter

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What does the oath keepers have to do with this story ? It is about the tea party helping a person out that had her store looted and burned many times by the black lives matter crowd ,,, Trying to provide a living for herself and perhaps a few other black folks in the community . She is finding out that the # blacklivesmatter crowd is only about destroying .....Only some black lives matter. ... Her thoughts. The biggest question is when will she realize that the black community of Ferguson hates a person trying to get off the democratic plantation ..

And here I thought it was going to be a boring day.

The stores were destroyed by criminals, not members of the BLM group. Unless you can provide a roster that shows who's who. If you can, please share with the rest of us. I highlighted your comments because I wanted to show you something.

Do you know who Zach Hammond is? He's a 19 year old who was unarmed and gunned down by police. Sounds familiar? Here's the curve ball. He's white. But no national outrage. No media coverage. Well, he wasn't getting media coverage, that was until a group of people started advocating an investigation into his death. It wasn't the @allllivesmatter group, they're too busy outraged about Cecil the lion to care about a teenager gunned down by police, even though they say all lives matter.(Even now they are just coming on board and it's still not a big deal to them) It wasn't his town, outside of his parents and the lawyer, many people seem oblivious to this young's man death.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zachary-hammond-police-killing_55c0e240e4b0c9fdc75dfda3

Many people in the Black Lives Matter movement have been saying this since the beginning, which is why, in the absence of much mainstream media coverage, black Twitter has taken the most active role in making sure Hammond's name and story are heard.

Google #ZacharyHammond (I know you won't) to see the number of black men and women who are calling out for justice Zach. Those are the members of BLM. And I want you to remember this the next time you fix your mouth to bad mouth members of this movement. Or black people in general, which I know will happen very soon.

Even when you disrespect us as a race of people, we got you, when no one else cares. :thumbs:


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

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It's never a boring day in the perennial fight against unawareness, misinformation and bigotry...

And here I thought it was going to be a boring day.

The stores were destroyed by criminals, not members of the BLM group. Unless you can provide a roster that shows who's who. If you can, please share with the rest of us. I highlighted your comments because I wanted to show you something.

Do you know who Zach Hammond is? He's a 19 year old who was unarmed and gunned down by police. Sounds familiar? Here's the curve ball. He's white. But no national outrage. No media coverage. Well, he wasn't getting media coverage, that was until a group of people started advocating an investigation into his death. It wasn't the @allllivesmatter group, they're too busy outraged about Cecil the lion to care about a teenager gunned down by police, even though they say all lives matter.(Even now they are just coming on board and it's still not a big deal to them) It wasn't his town, outside of his parents and the lawyer, many people seem oblivious to this young's man death.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zachary-hammond-police-killing_55c0e240e4b0c9fdc75dfda3

Many people in the Black Lives Matter movement have been saying this since the beginning, which is why, in the absence of much mainstream media coverage, black Twitter has taken the most active role in making sure Hammond's name and story are heard.

Google #ZacharyHammond (I know you won't) to see the number of black men and women who are calling out for justice Zach. Those are the members of BLM. And I want you to remember this the next time you fix your mouth to bad mouth members of this movement. Or black people in general, which I know will happen very soon.

Even when you disrespect us as a race of people, we got you, when no one else cares. :thumbs:


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It's never a boring day in the perennial fight against unawareness, misinformation and bigotry...

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/12/us/seneca-teen-dead-police-shooting/index.html

Looks like BLM and black twitter have caused enough buzz that the FBI is now getting involved.

It says something when the people who are called divisive and disruptive are the only folks in your corner fighting for your loved ones.


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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LIB - thanks for posting this (back at post #1)

after reading it 11 times,

I'll conclude -

it wasn't local Ferguson residents that caused the riots over the last 6 days - these miscreants were shipped in.

Now what I want to know is - who paid for their @#$@ing bus tickets?


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The left destroys.

The right rebuilds.


"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies."

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The left destroys.

The right rebuilds.

What has the right built for POC in this country?


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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