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Don’t say you weren’t warned. Law Enforcement Today and a number of other outlets warned back in 2020 that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation was nothing more than a money laundering scheme to enrichen the founders.
Those warnings have been substantiated after revelations that co-founder Patrisse Cullors has vastly expanded her real estate portfolio as a result of his affiliation with BLM.
Now, the group and its board secretary are being sued for stealing over $10 million from donors who were shamed into donating to the group in the name of “racial justice.”
Black Lives Matter became the focus of individuals and corporations suffering from “white guilt” after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis.
While the officer who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s shoulder area was convicted of manslaughter, coroner’s reports show he had a deadly cocktail of fentanyl and meth in his system, along with being obese. Positional asphyxia was a primary cause of his death.
Black Lives Matter seized upon the video and fomented sometimes violent protests across the country, causing an estimated $2 billion in damage, taking countless lives and injuring thousands of police officers.
As violent rioters ran roughshod across the country, the violence was abided by people such as Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar and many, many others. And the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation cleaned up financially…big time.
In the wake of Floyd’s untimely demise, the BLM Global Network Foundation raked in over $90 million.
Last week, Black Lives Matter Grassroots, a nonprofit that represents local BLM chapters across the U.S. accused the BLM Global Network Foundation and its board secretary, Shalomyah Bowers of fraudulently appropriating over $10 million in so-called “fees” to Bowers’ consulting firm.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and says Bowers used the BLM Global Network Foundation as his “personal piggy bank,” while acting as a “rogue administrator” and “middle man turned usurper,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Bowers is a close friend of Cullors, who has since resigned from the organization after her sudden real estate riches were revealed.
Filing of the suit was announced last week at a press conference hosted by BLM-Los Angeles co-founder Melina Abdullah, who accused Bowers of removing her and other leaders out of social media accounts this past March.
According to Abdullah, she estimates BLM Global Network Foundation’s financial accounts to be in excess of $100 million. Among her accusations is that the board of directors was guilty of “engaging in self dealing, enriching themselves off of the backs of people who put their blood, sweat and tears into this movement.”
The lawsuit further accuses Bowers of putting the foundation in the position where they were subjected to “multiple investigations by the Internal Revenue Service and various state attorney generals, blazing a path of irreparable harm to BLM in less than eighteen months,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
It was the Washington Examiner which earlier this year unmasked the financial hijinks being engaged in by the BLM Global Network Foundation, exposing its “shocking lack of financial transparency.”
The “charity” has also caught the attention of CharityWatch, whose executive director, Laurie Styron told the Examiner last January that the organization is “like a giant ghost ship full of treasure drifting in the night with no captain, no discernible crew, and no clear direction.”
The lawsuit further alleges that the BLM Global Network Foundation has been shut out of funds held for it by the George Soros funded Tides Foundation, which was the charity’s fiscal sponsor during the second half of 2020 after it was revealed the original fiscal sponsor was ActBlue, a Democrat-party money funneling operation.
Earlier this year, the BLM Global Network Foundation announced that the Tides Foundation still held control over some $26 million of BLM’s funds as of the end of 2021.
In a May 4, 2022 email, Bowers demanded the Tides Foundation to release all of the funds to the BLM Global Network Foundation. Weeks later, Tides told the “charity” that it was pausing future distributions from the fund due to BLM Global Network Foundations failure to file tax documents in a timely manner, as well as numerous questions surrounding its purchase of a $6 million mansion in Los Angeles in 2020 with donated funds.
The Washington Examiner said they have reached out to Tides numerous times as to the status of its partnership with the “charity,” however has yet to hear back.
As expected, Bowers and the BLM Global Network Foundation deny the allegations, issuing a statement to the Los Angeles Times:
“They would rather take the same steps of [wait for it] our white suppressors and utilize the criminal legal system which is propped up by white supremacy (the same system they say they want to dismantle) to solve movement disputes.” [emphasis added]
Apparently, Bowers and the BLM Global Network Foundation think they are above the law and not subject to any scrutiny, so of course they accuse those who filed the lawsuit of basically being “Uncle Tom’s” because they believe they were getting screwed and were getting nowhere doing things the “nice” way. Besides, filing a civil lawsuit isn’t utilizing the criminal legal system. Nobody has ever accused these folks of being smart.
Bowers is one of three board members on the BLM Global Network Foundation.
Prior to being hired to work at the “charity,” Bowers and Cullors were business partners prior to his being hired to work at BLM in 2020 in a “fundraising” capacity. He acted as treasurer for a number of organizations run by Cullors, including Reform LA Jails and BLM PAC.
The two other members of BLM’s board—Cicley Gay and D’Zhane Parker—are also closely tied to Cullors, the Washington Examiner previously wrote. They both joined the BLM Global Network Foundation board this past April.
Both Gay and Parker received funds from Reform LA Jails in 2019, with Gay’s company “The Amplifiers” receiving $53,000 for “consulting services,” while Parker earned $20,500 as lead organizer for the group, according to filings.
In May 2021, Cullors left the BLM Global Network Foundation without a leader under a cloud, deciding to resign after intense scrutiny of her sudden real estate empire was revealed, in particular the $6 million Studio City mansion in Los Angeles.
Earlier this year, Cullors said the quiet part out loud when she claimed she “gets triggered” whenever she hears the term “IRS Form 990,” which is a document charities are required to file to the public every year disclosing their financial activities.
When you’re treading on the edges of possible illegal conduct, it isn’t a wonder you get “triggered.”
For more on Cullors real estate portfolio, we invite you to:
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Funny what happens when you get caught. Such is the case of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who according to BizPacReview has apparently had a “come to Jesus” moment and admits she may have skirted full disclosure by lying about the use of BLM’s $6 million Los Angeles mansion.
She admitted to the Associated Press (AP) that she had used the mansion in ways which had little to do with “social justice.”
During the interview, Cullors admitted that she had twice used the luxurious mansion for personal recreation.
BLM (aka Buying Large Mansions) purchased the mansion, located in Studio City and which features six bedrooms and bathrooms, a swimming pool, office space and a soundstage, in October 2020 using funds shaken down from corporations or donated by virtue-signaling liberals who apparently felt white guilt.
Those donations came in the wake of George Floyd’s overdose death in Minneapolis, which shakedown artist such as Cullors and crew used as a fundraising mechanism.
In the AP interview, Cullors admitted the first alleged recreational use of the mansion occurred in January 2021, when Cullors held a party there to celebrate the inauguration of Biden and Harris. Months later, she used the mansion to host a birthday party for her son.
“I look back at that and think, that probably wasn’t the best idea,” Cullors said, speaking to her decision to use the property for personal use.
Things got much worse for Cullors when she lied and said the mansion had never been used for personal gain.
Despite being outed as a fraud, Cullors still insists that BLM’s leaders, herself included, misused the tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars the group raked in after the Floyd incident and the so-called “summer of rage,” which led to billions in damage to American businesses, as well as scores of deaths.
“On paper, it looks crazy,” Cullors said while addressing the megabucks raked in by BLM after Floyd’s death. “We use this term in our movement a lot, which is we’re building the plane while flying it. I don’t believe in that anymore. The only regret I have with BLM is wishing that we could have paused for one to two years, to just not to any work and just focus on infrastructure.”
That of course would have affected Cullors’ real estate empire, consisting of at least three large expensive houses. She defended the group’s purchase of the LA mansion in late 2020.
“We really wanted to make sure that the global network foundation had an asset that wasn’t just financial resources,” Cullors said, “and we understood that not many black-led organizations have property. They don’t own their own property.”
Not all blacks share the sentiments shared by Cullors, noting that purchasing such an expensive piece of property in Los Angeles wasn’t a good look for the organization which has made money by claiming that blacks are oppressed in the United States, which they refer to as a “systemically racist” country.
It’s hard to make that case when you’re purchasing millions in property, a point not lost on Justin Hansford.
Hansford is the director for Howard University’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, who told the AP that purchases such as the mansion could seriously diminish the BLM movement, possibly leading potential donors to look elsewhere when seeking out black-led groups or organizations.
Cullors is nonplussed, however over the controversy, while denying misusing BLM funds as well as gaining any personal benefit from heading up the organization.
“The idea that [BLM] received millions of dollars and then I hid those dollars in my bank account is absolutely false,” Cullors claimed. “That’s a false narrative. It’s impacted me personally and professionally, that people would accuse me of stealing from black people.”
For more on the mansion purchase as well as the unhinged loons from MSNBC who called revelation a “right-wing conspiracy,” we invite you to:
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When it comes to having the most out-of-touch, inept, and clueless conga line of left-wing loons, it’s hard to beat Comcast’s cable trainwreck, otherwise known as MSNBC.
That network employs a host of insufferable wingnuts, such as Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow, and Nicolle Wallace. However when it comes to completely unhinged lunatics, it’s hard to beat Joy Reid and Tiffany Cross.
This past weekend, Cross, who would seem to be better served as a barista at Starbucks, took to her morning show, watched by dozens, to come to the rescue of Black Lives Matter.
Cross claimed that the “story” about alleged tax fraud and misuse of funds donated by people with white guilt and corporate executives fearful of being shaken down was a product of the “right.”
Cross seemed to completely disregard that the story wasn’t broken by Breitbart or Fox News. Rather it was a product of New York Magazine, a pretty far-left publication. All conservative outlets have done is cover the story, Newsbusters reported. In addition, the investigative reporter who wrote the piece—Sean Kevin Campbell—is black and not a black conservative.
Of course facts and MSNBC anchors are about as detached as oil and water, and Cross didn’t miss a beat.
“This story, that Black Lives Matter organization spent $6 million on what they call a creator’s house, and of course the right has taken that and run with it. As we see black bodies continue to be harmed. They’d rather talk about that.”
Cross is correct about black bodies being “harmed.” She simply ignores the fact that black bodies are being “harmed” primarily by other blacks.
Cross was interviewing one of the self-proclaimed “trained Marxists” who founded BLM, Alicia Garza, who believes that there is a “bigger context” to the so-called “attacks” on BLM.
“…there’s a bigger context here for a lot of us to understand in relationship to some of these stories and attacks that we see on the movement. While Patrisse was a leader in the Black Lives Matter Global Network as an organization has certainly been at the center of some of these stories, this is actually intended to do two things as it relates to the popularity and effectiveness of this movement. It’s intended to discredit this movement, and delegitimize this movement.”
Garza continued, “…and if we’re able to do that, right, then we’re able to do what the right has been trying to do for a long time. They’ve been trying to unravel a lot of the victories that we’ve won over the past two decades.”
That was when Cross took to her role as “defense” attorney for BLM, as expected and claimed the “right” took the fact that BLM spent $6 million on a house in LA and “had taken that and run with it.”
“Right. And I want to say, I see our lower-third saying it was a secret house. I’m not sure how secret it was. I think organizations sometimes, people, you know—depends on who you have running them—don’t always know how to properly file paperwork,” Cross said, apparently defending the fact that BLM has had some “issues” with filing paperwork. “One of my challenges around this story was just shoddy journalism, the way the story was written. You’re a journalist, you’ve done, you know, reporting like this, I wonder how much research went into this, quite frankly.”
“If you’re so quick to hop off the bandwagon at this point, I wonder: were you ever really down with Black Lives Matter in the first place? Were you looking for an excuse to escape? I have to say, there were two NPR reporters, Alicia and I talked about this a little bit, who apologized because: we just have to apologize to the Black Lives Matter movement as the story came out. They happened to be two black reporters.
“Now, Alicia and I were wondering: you’re apologizing on behalf of whom, and to who, and who asked you? How are you in a position to apologize on anything?
“So this story should not overshadow the fact that black bodies continue to be harmed, and fall.”
As a point of information, there was a 43% increase in murders of black Americans in 2020 compared to the prior 10-year average, according to Fox News.
Fox noted that based on FBI statistics, 7,484 blacks were murdered in 2019, while 9,941 were killed in 2020, an increase of 2,457 victims. Although blacks make up 13% of the US population, they account for an overwhelming majority of murder victims and perpetrators, the New York Post reported.
What exactly is Black Lives Matter doing again?
Cross’s statement poo-poohing the statement that it was a “secret” house also shows her complete and utter ignorance. Campbell actually laid out exactly how the purchase of the $6 million house came about, and it did seem a bit “cloak and dagger:’’
“A man named Dyane Pascall purchased the seven-bedroom house that would become known as Campus…Within a week, Pascall transferred ownership of the house to an LLC established in Delaware by the law firm Perkins Coie. The maneuver ensured that the ultimate identity of the property’s new owner was not disclosed to the public.”
If Perkins Coie sounds familiar, that is the law firm up to its eyeballs in the Russia collusion hoax the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hatched. It comes as no surprise that they’re involved with a shady organization such as BLM.
Tiffany Cross can try to spin this all she wants, but it just makes her look like more of a partisan hack than usual. And that’s saying something.
For more on MSNBC’s resident race-baiter, Joy Reid, we invite you to:
NEW YORK, NY – While some police departments across the nation were awarding turkeys instead of tickets for minor traffic infractions, MSNBC commentator Joy Reid was having none of it, claiming the incidents were “traumatizing.”
In several cities in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, various police departments handed out frozen turkeys as a surprise gift to unsuspecting motorists who were pulled over for minor traffic offenses.
For example, in Winston, Oregon, Chief of Police Brandon Sarti came up with the notion after browsing on Facebook, and he bought several turkeys for his officers to hand out.
Officers said Chief Brandon Sarti from the Winston Police Department "asked us to hand out turkeys instead of warnings and HE PAID FOR THEM. Officer Gomez had a fun day surprising those who were stopped, with a turkey." https://t.co/YOr9KnBPhs https://t.co/2r7yqwX6si
— KVAL News (@KVALnews) November 24, 2021
Telling KCBY News that “this is a way to give back to a community that supports law enforcement,” he added:
“I wanted to reward good behavior, but I also wanted to make sure that when we’re stopping vehicles, we’re doing the legal stop.”
“So, when we find a violation that’s a minor violation but if all their paperwork and everything is in order, then we shed out the turkey for them.”
Also for example, in Mesa, Arizona, Officer Jason Flam of the Mesa Police Department enjoyed surprising motorists with the department’s first “Turkeys not Tickets” experience.
Police pull over drivers to give turkeys, not tickets, for Thanksgivinghttps://t.co/0GApnVQaGs
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 25, 2021
Fox 10 News reported that the program was proposed by a Mesa Police commander “as another way to connect with the community,” and that it was a “timely, delicious, and very well-received idea.”
One motorist commented to Fox:
“I think it’s a nice gesture. I was totally surprised.”
Officer Flam noted to Fox that some stops actually became emotional ones. He said:
“One lady with this infectious laugh just started laughing, but the tears were coming down, and then this other gentleman just put his head down and and the tears just – I don’t think they could afford the turkey, so it worked out really good.”
Pleasantly surprised motorist Mike Ormerod commented:
“In fact I was just on my way to Costco to pick up some Thanksgiving fixins, so this saved me a few bucks.”
“I think it’s a great idea. I was telling the officer there that I think in the past few years police officers in general have gotten a pretty bad rap, and they have a tough job, and I think it’s important they get recognized for putting it out there every day.”
These “very well-received” gestures evidently did not sit well with MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid, who took to Twitter to voice her displeasure.
Linking to a Fox News article on the “Turkeys not Tickets” program in Arizona, Reid declared:
“Please stop doing this, officers, especially to Black people.
“It’s traumatizing, given the history of what happens to us in traffic stops.”
Reid continued by implying that people who could afford cars should not receive free turkeys, saying:
“And if someone is driving a car (in one of these cases to COSTCO, which requires a membership fee) they can buy a turkey.
“End of TED Talk.”
Please stop doing this, officers, especially to Black people. It’s traumatizing, given the history of what happens to us in traffic stops. And if someone is driving a car (in one of these cases to COSTCO, which requires a membership fee) they can buy a turkey. End of TED Talk. https://t.co/juTwxmXPNw
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) November 26, 2021
Many of Reid’s followers agreed with her.
“it’s very terrifying when many of us are pulled over and targeted for nothing. Damn the turkey, go to a community center if they want to do a giveaway. This ain’t it!”
💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯 it's very terrifying when many of us are pulled over and targeted for nothing. Damn the turkey, go to a community center if they want to do a giveaway. This ain't it!
— MindSTILLBLOWING (@MStillblowing) November 26, 2021
Another Twitter user said:
“ If they wanted to give out free turkeys, there’s better ways than pulling people over. Set up a table in a park somewhere. Donate them to a food bank. A homeless shelter.
“‘Sorry for traumatizing your community for money and kicks. Here’s a bird you didn’t ask for. Friends?’”
No. If they wanted to give out free turkeys, there's better ways than pulling people over. Set up a table in a park somewhere. Donate them to a food bank. A homeless shelter.
"Sorry for traumatizing your community for money and kicks. Here's a bird you didn't ask for. Friends?"
— 🇺🇦⏳💎💀VillainousChrisK 💀💎⏳🇺🇦 (@VillainChrisK) November 26, 2021
Others, however, took Reid to task over her objection.
Former newscaster George Brown wrote:
“So you think low income people, or people having a touch (sic) time, don’t have cars?
“Bigotry of low expectations I guess. How ridiculous.
“Costco has a fee, but you get money back and big savings. You probably have never been though.”
So you think low income people, or people having a touch time, don't have cars? Bigotry of low expectations I guess. How ridiculous. Costco has a fee, but you get money back and big savings. You probably have never been though
— George Brown (@georgebrownmem) November 27, 2021
Another Twitter user posted:
“So a damned if they do, damned if they don’t. LE is here trying to make an honest community service, doing a kind gesture to try and change public perception and they still get ridiculed by you and your followers.”
So a damned if they do, damned if they don’t. LE is here trying to make an honest community service, doing a kind gesture to try and change public perception and they still get ridiculed by you and your followers.
— 👑Raising3Kings👑 (@rn674) November 26, 2021
In a Mesa Police Department video, embedded below, it is quite clear that Mesa, AZ motorists of all demographics would disagree with Reid’s take on the “Turkeys not Tickets” interactions.
The police officers were greeted with smiles as well as grateful tears, and expressions of appreciation:
“Thank you for protecting us. May God watch over you and protect you for protecting us.”
“This was a huge shock, and I’m just very thankful for the police force, and I don’t think the police force gets enough credit for all that they do. Regardless of pulling me over or not, I’m very grateful for them out here.”
“Thank you for serving our community. You guys are doing a great job. And keep doing what you’re doing.”
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