Source: UIC News Center
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) January 28, 2017
Originally, he created the Crowdrise fundraiser for only $2,500 January 28, but in less than 11 minutes he had already reached the goal. He continued to raise the donation goal, and now it is over $800,000. The campaign story said:
“We are better than the hateful people who tell us we don’t belong in our own country, that America can’t be a beacon of freedom and hope for refugees from around the world. We will turn their bigotry, along with the President’s, into love.”
Over 20,000 people have joined to help donate the money.
Penn’s real name is Kalpen Suresh Modi. He was born and raised in New Jersey when his parents immigrated from India. He went on to study film and sociology at UCLA.
In 2009, he was appointed a position by Barack Obama as an associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.