Records: Black Lives Matter gave $200,000 to group that advocated burning down minority-owned businesses in Minneapolis

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CHICAGO, IL- Well, apparently Black Lives Matter didn’t spend all the money they shook down from white guilt sufferers and virtue signaling corporations on real estate and enriching friends and relatives of the founders. According to Post Millennial, they also support groups which are anti-police. No surprise there.

Richard Wallace, an anti-police black activist runs a group cleverly named Equity and Transformation (EAT). Cute acronym. Wallace calls police officers “bastards” and publicly supports such “all stars” as JoAnne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, a former Black Liberation Army member, who shot and killed  New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster in 1973.

Oh, and Wallace also thinks blacks in the United States are entitled to reparations for allegedly being oppressed by whites.

According to BLM tax filings, EAT was given a cash grant in the amount of $200,000 in 2021, a portion of some $90 million raised by the group after it used the overdose death of George Floyd to guilt trip whites and large corporations into opening their wallets in the name of “racial justice.”

On it’s website, EAT’s “About Us” page reads:

“Equity and Transformation (EAT) is a non-profit, community-led organization founded by and for post-incarcerated people. EAT was established in 2018 with the mission to uplift the voices and power of black Chicagoans engaged in the informal economy: the diversified set of economic activities, enterprises, jobs, and workers that are not regulated or protected by the state.”

Wallace has claimed in the past that police officers, whom he “affectionately’ refers to as “pigs,” are “hunting” down black people and “use any excuse to up a pole and end our life.” He then called for defunding of the police.

Wallace also shared a number of posts celebrating the destruction of sections of Minneapolis in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, the Daily Mail reported, destruction by the way which sources say adversely impacted numerous businesses owned by blacks and Latinos. Even infamous race-baiter Al Sharpton spoke out against the wanton destruction that had a significant impact on minority businesses.

Wallace shared a poll on Twitter that showed 54 percent of Americans believed the destruction of a police precinct in downtown Minneapolis was justified, with him saying “only 54%??”

In yet another Twitter post, Wallace praised Chesimard, who after being convicted of Foerster’s murder escaped from prison in 1979 and was granted asylum in Cuba five years later.

“Assata Becomes First woman on FBI most wanted and Malcolm Shabazz is found dead. They want to silent our Heroes!” he wrote on Twitter.

Clearly a grammatical genius.

He also has shared post that mentions the son of civil rights leader Malcolm X, Malcolm Shabazz, who killed his grandmother by burning her to death in her apartment while she slept.

Clearly a class act.

Of course, Wallace isn’t the only unhinged radical to support Chesimard. In a since-deleted Facebook post, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors praised Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, writing, “Assata Shakur we love you. Fight for you and because of you. On this day and everyday [sic].”

Shakur apparently cried on Instagram last week after being approached for an interview by conservative and founder of Blexit Candace Owens of the Daily Wire at the $6 million Los Angeles property purchased by BLM for “professional business.”

She had posted another since-deleted post propping Shakur:

“Over the past year we have seen the movement and people at large elevating Assata worldwide chanting the expert from her letter and proudly wearing Assata Taught Me sweatshirts,” Cullors wrote.

“Today…we ask that people take a moment to uplift our sister Assata Shakur by posting on social media how Assata has inspired them and why she is important to the current Black Lives Matter movement.”

Cullors recently whined to MSNBC that the “charity” wasn’t ready for such a large influx of what she referred to as “white guilt money” donated after Floyd’s overdose death.

“I should have taken a salary from Black Lives Matter because it would be less confusing for people and I regret that I didn’t,” Cullors said. “Some of my mistakes are being weaponized against me and also the entire movement, and that’s truly disappointing to see us fall into that as well.”

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USA- Feeling played yet oh sufferers of white guilt? How about you CEOs of major corporations who rushed to donate millions in the name of “racial justice?”

We are of course talking about those who rushed to donate to Black Lives Matter, an organization with a name that suggests they care about black lives, however what they really care about is enriching their founders and those connected to their founders.

IRS filings show that one of BLM’s co-founders—Patrisse Cullors—used funds raised by the “charity” to enrich her brother and the father of her child for allegedly providing “services” to the organization, the New York Post reports.

For example, Cullors’ brother, Paul Cullors, received $840,000 for providing “security services” to BLM, tax documents reviewed by the Post showed.

Moreover, BLM paid the company owned by Damon Turner, the baby daddy with whom Cullors shares a child nearly $1 million to assist in the production of “live events” as well as a number of other “creative services.”

According to the Daily Mail, BLM leaders have been scrambling to justify the payments to Paul Cullors’ security firm by claiming they didn’t trust former police officers, who typically run security or protection firms, to protect them because the movement is known for being obsessively anti-police.

Aside from Paul Cullors and Turner, BLM also paid a consulting firm run by BLM’s board secretary, Shalomyah Bowers, over $2.1 million for providing “operational support,” which ostensibly included staffing, fundraising and other “key” services.

Cullors left the organization last year in the midst of increasing scrutiny over how the “charity” spends its money. Despite acquiring a tidy real estate portfolio for herself, Cullors has denied taking money from BLM for the purchase of homes across the U.S.

In addition, the organization has come under scrutiny for hiding the purchase of a $6 million home in Los Angeles dubbed “Studio City” which has been used on a personal basis by Cullors. Cullors forked over a “whopping” $390 to BLM as reimbursement for using the 6,500 square foot LA mansion for personal use.

The IRS filings also show that Cullors reimbursed BLM $73,523 for a charter flight for “foundation-related travel,” which BLM claims Cullors took in 2021 due to concerns over “security threats” and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In FY 2020-2021, BLM retained a sum of $42 million in assets.

Ironically, BLM was founded in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s shooting death by George Zimmerman. The New York Post reports that Turner was paid nearly five times the amount BLM donated to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

According to the IRS filings, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation paid the Florida-based Trayvon Martin Foundation a whole $200,000. According to its website, the foundation was set up by Martin’s parents to “provide emotional and financial support to families who have lost a child to gun violence.”

Out of all the payouts, the largest one ended up at Bowers Consulting Firm, which would appear on its face to be a clear conflict of interest, according to charity experts.

Concerning “Cullors Protection LLC,” owned by Cullors’ eldest brother Paul, that company was set up in California in 2020, state records show. The money paid to that company was directed for “professional security services,” although according to the Post, they were unable to determine exactly how much security experience, if any, Paul Cullors possessed. He is listed as the head of security for Cullors’ personal property as well as the Los Angeles mansion, reports say. The Post reached out to him for comment, however he ignored it.

According to Tom Anderson, director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center, a Virginia-based charity watchdog group, the filing “shows huge dollar amounts going to family members and close associates of Cullors, eclipsing money to charities like the Trayvon Martin Foundation.”

“We now know why Patrisse Cullors stepped down,” Anderson said.

She was the only board member listed in the 2020 IRS filing. Only one month after the New York Post revealed her $3.2 million real estate spending extravaganza, she resigned from BLM, She has however denied that BLM charity funds were used to purchase her personal residential properties in Georgia and California. Those properties are not addressed in the IRS filing.

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“The charity had no whistleblower policy, no document destruction and retention policy, and only one board member during the financial reporting period,” said Laurie Styron, executive director of Charity Watch, a non-profit that monitors charities. “It reports having and regularly monitoring and enforcing a written conflict of interest policy, but…one person can’t monitor and enforce a conflict of interest policy over themselves. It’s frightening, isn’t it, to consider that this much taxpayer-subsidized money was being overseen by only one person?”

The filing showed a number of other firms that showed up as being the “highest compensated independent contractors.” Those include Dewey Square Group, a Washington, DC-based organization that raked in $709,190 for “communications, IT, and digital,” as well as Sadler Strategic Media, an LA-based company which realized $696,364 for “media planning and placement,” filings showed. Finally, Resistance Labs based in Oakland, CA., provided “tech support” for BLM and took in $504,000.

While a lot of people related to the founders and other companies made money in the cumulative millions of dollars from BLMGNF, charities which in fact do help in communities of color aren’t seeing a dime of money from the charity.

For example, Pastor Corey Brooks founded New Beginnings Church of Chicago and is CEO of Project H.O.O.D. Communities Development Corporation, and is a leader in the fight against violence on Chicago’s South Side. Brooks said he reached out a number of times to BLM and all he got back was crickets.

“We never received one dime from Black Lives Matter,” Brooks told the Post. “It’s unfortunate and very disheartening that they haven’t given to grassroots organizations serving the black communities.”

He noted that thus far in 2022, 85 children have been shot in the Windy City with 25 of those succumbing to their wounds.

“We’re facing an epidemic of crime and young black people all over Chicago are being displaced and having nothing to do and that leads to a lot of the unbridled crime here,” Brooks said. “The situation is dire. They have nowhere to go and no places to support them. We have construction school programs for former gang members and entrepreneurial programs, among others. They would really have benefited from a BLM donation.”

For the 2020 filing, BLM invested nearly a third of the $90 million it raked in into the stock market, amounting to $32 million. They claim that investment will become an “endowment” to ensure the foundation’s work in the future, according to organizers.

The fact Cullors was the only person shown on the IRS filing raises a major red flag, showing Cullors as the board’s sole member and never held board meetings. No wonder Cullors thought the Form 990 amounted to “harassment.”

“This 990 reveals that (the BLM foundation) is the largest black abolitionist nonprofit organization that has ever existed in the nation’s history. What we’re doing has never been done before,” said Bowers.

No argument there. No other organization has preyed upon a nation’s white guilt and corporation virtue signaling to shake the country down for tens of millions of dollars.

“We needed to get dollars out to grassroots organizations doing the work of abolition, doing the work that would shift the moral tide of this world towards one that does not have or believe in police, prisons, jails, or violence,” she added.

Not to mention make its founders and their families very, very wealthy.

BLM has claimed they will launch a “transparency and accountability center” on its website to unmask its documents so they are available for public inspection, the Post said.

“We are decolonizing philanthropy,” Cicley Gay, named as one of three new members of BLM’s board of directors in May said. “We, as a board, are charged with disrupting traditional standards of what grant-making in philanthropy looks like. It means investing in black communities, trusting them with their dollars.”

The IRS filing showed that $26 million was written off as grants to organizations and families in the last fiscal year.

“Transparency and accountability is so important to us,” but so is trust,” Gay continued. “Presenting (donor) names after the fact, at this point, would likely be a betrayal of that trust.”

Congratulations America…you’ve been played.


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