BLM co-founder sends letter to Biden-Harris transition team: “We want something for our vote”

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Election Day 2020 has passed and now Black Lives Matter is demanding “payback” for its support of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris (D-CA).

According to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) website:

“We worked long and hard to ensure we did all we could to vote Donald Trump out of the White House. We succeeded….but the truth is, getting Trump out of office was not the end all, be all. The work is just beginning.”

It added:

“We want something for our vote. Black people cannot and will not live through the indifference of a Democrat-controlled government refusing to wrestle with the most egregious and damnable shame of not delivering for black people, especially when black people are their most consistent and reliable base.”

BLM’s statement was accompanied by an open letter in which the organization’s co-founder Patrisse Cullors addressed both Biden and Harris, calling for a “meeting” with the two to discuss the “expectations” they have for this administration. The letter, in part, said:

“We are requesting a meeting with you both to discuss the expectations that we have for your administration and the commitments that must be made to black people…we want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized.”

According to reports, Cullors claimed that black people had single-handedly won the 2020 presidential election for Biden and Harris, despite the major fact that the election has not yet been independently certified.

Not to mention, the fact that President Donald Trump had actually gained support among black voters, increasing his share of the black male vote from roughly 13 percent to 18 percent. Cullors said:

“Without the resounding support of black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome. In short, black people won this election.”

In her letter to Biden and Harris, she said:

“Both of you discussed addressing systemic racism as central to your election campaigns. Both of you also expressed regrets regarding your record on issues impacting black people. The best way that you remedy past missteps and work towards a more just future for black people and by extension all people, is to take your direction from black root organizers.”

Cullors concluded by stating she looks forward to meeting with Biden and Harris so that they can “begin the immediate work of black liberation.” Cullors also stated that they would like to be “actively engaged” in the Biden/Harris transition team’s planning and policy work.

During his speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden shouted out at his black supporters and thanks them for their vote. He said:

“The African American community stood up again for me. They always have my back and I’ll have yours. I said from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America and I think we did that. Now, that’s what I want the administration to look like.”

Over the course of the 2020 campaign season, Biden had to explain and attempt to apologize for his positions for a myriad of issues, including his support of the 1994 crime bill, his opposition to federally mandated housing, and his praise for two U.S. senators who identified as segregationists.

He was also widely criticized for what he said during an interview with African American influencer Charlamagne tha God in late May:

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Harris as well faced her own criticism over her record as a federal prosecutor, some saying she was too slow or even at times “mum” on criminal justice reform. 

A spokesperson for Cullors said they have not heard back from the Biden-Harris transition team.

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BELLEVUE, WA – The Black Lives Matter and black bloc adorning crowd were at it again, in terms of causing a scene and holding a “protest” in Bellevue, Washington on the evening of October 24th.

With the intent of just being obnoxious when having organized this days prior, the group of “protesters” were there to apparently harass locals due to being envious of it being a nice neighborhood.

The entire debacle was organized by a group that calls themselves “ENDDSeattle,” which the “ENDD” portion is an acronym standing for “Every Night Direct Demonstration.”

When promoting the protest, ENDDSeattle wrote the following on Twitter on October 19th:

“For good reason, we’ve spent a lot of time applying pressure in Seattle – it is a hub of capitalist profiteering & inequality, not to mention SPD, amirite? However, in doing so, we’ve been neglecting our equally evil, capitalist cousins to the east! Bellevue, here we come!”

The group followed that tweet up with directions to “bloc up,” which is a direction for people to dress in all black and conceal their identities.

From there, ENDDSeattle proceeded to tag numerous other pro-socialism, BLM and various protest groups in the post in hopes of attaining a large crowd when hitting the city of Bellevue on the 24th.

Considering that these tweets were publicly available, people tagged the Bellevue Police Department about the planned protest, which the BPD responded to the post noting that they were going to take necessary precautions.

In the interest of playing it safe, Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson declared a civil emergency on the evening of the 24th, which the order prohibited the “possession of items that can be used as weapons, with the intent to harm persons or property, in the downtown area.”

Apparently, Mayor Robinson is quite hip to how some of these “protests” devolve into riots, and the weapons used by miscreants present within them.

So, when the order from the mayor was put into effect, the weapons ban portion noted:

“All persons are prohibited from possessing any weapon (with the exception of firearms), including but not limited to, rocks, bottles, pipes, bats, clubs, chains, sharpened objects, shields, gas, flares, torches, paint balls, light bulbs, any incendiary devices, pry-bars, skateboards, liquid filled balloons, lumber, or any other objects which can be used for infliction of bodily harm or damage to property.”

The antics present during the protest were boisterous in nature, with the BLM flag-waving crowd making incoherent noises and trying to antagonize the pro-police crowd that had gathered outside to support the cops maintaining order.

Videos captured throughout the evening showcased some verbal conflict here and there from the BLM protesters and the pro-police individuals throughout the street.

While there were some insults traded back and forth, there were no reports of anything escalating to severe violence against persons or property.

Reportedly, a press member had a hat stolen during the display, while the BLM folks were chanting about gentrification in the streets.

Once again, that resulted in some traded insults and general verbal conflict, but it appears the police presence helped keep things under relative control in the area.

When commenting on the circulating video of some intoxicated women randomly joining in on the BLM march, one Twitter user pointed out that this is proof positive that there’s no longer a “coherent purpose or message” to any of these protests:

“This video is demonstrative of how this has evolved. These people no longer have a coherent purpose or message.  This has turned into entertainment for the young.  They are on the streets each night for no real purpose except for fun.  

“This needs to end.”

Just before 11:00 p.m. that evening, Mayor Robinson lifted the order pertaining to the civil emergency after the crowd dispersed.

Reportedly only one person from the demonstration was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

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However, what happened in San Bernardino, California on October 23rd was not as well contained as the Bellevue display. 

Here’s that report. 

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Dozens of protesters filled the streets on Friday, October 23rd to demonstrate against a recent officer-involved shooting of a black man in Southern California.

Fox News reported that the protesters marched down a street, blocking traffic at an intersection near where the officer-involved shooting incident took place. According to videos circulating social media, they yelled and screamed, shouting, “Abolish the police!” and “F- the police!.”

At one point during the violent protest, a BLM demonstrator punched a female driver in the face while another BLM demonstrator keyed her car. 

The officer-involved shooting incident was captured on video by a bystander, showing that the officer discharged his duty weapon on a man who wrestled with the officer, and then drew a gun on him. In response to this shooting, Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioted and shut down an intersection in San Bernardino. 

According to authorities, they received a disturbance call at the King Tut Liquor store near the intersection of Baseline Street and Waterman Avenue around 11:30 p.m..

San Bernardino police Sgt. John Echevarria said in a statement:

“There was a man jumping on vehicles in the parking lot location.”

Audio from the 911 call made before officers arrived on scene supports that statement. The female who called mentions a man jumping on top of cars and can be heard saying, “he’s just going crazy.” Within minutes, an officer was on scene and immediately called for backup as he ordered the man down.

Echevarria said:

“The suspect refused to follow those commands and attempted to walk inside the store behind me. The store was occupied by employees and citizens.”

The responding officer’s body camera was on and filming as he approached the man. A few moments later, the camera goes black as they wrestled to the ground. The audio kept recording and the officer can be heard saying, “Stop fighting, dude.”

The suspect was later identified as 35-year-old Mark Matthew Bender Jr., of San Bernardino. Bender had previously been arrested for domestic violence, theft, drug possession, DUI, possession of a firearm, and an arrest for attempted murder.

After the incident, police confirmed that Bender had a gun, which was found at the scene. Authorities also confirmed that the gun was not registered. Echevarria said that the officer spotted the gun during the fight.

He said:

“The officer saw the weapon and during the struggle was able to disengage during the fight for control of that suspect and was able to back away and protect himself by discharging his weapon.”

Back in September, violent protests erupted in Lancaster, PA., following an officer-involved shooting. In a statement following the fatal shooting, the Lancaster District Attorney’s office said that the man, who was identified as Ricardo Munoz, was armed with a knife when the officer had discharged his duty weapon.

The encounter was captured on the officer’s body camera and released by the Lancaster Bureau of Police shortly after the incident took place. Hours after the shooting, protesters gathered outside of the police station. Police said that a group in excess of 100 people gathered on the access ramp on the west side of the station.

The statement said:

“A public address system was used to provide several warnings that if the group did not move from the ramp, that chemical munitions would be deployed. The group failed to follow the instructions and chemical agents were used to disperse the crowd.”

In addition, violent protesters damaged a county vehicle that was parked in front of the police station and glass bottles and rocks were thrown at officers. Doors and windows at the police station were shattered and several arrests were made into the early morning hours.

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