The good news is that the lawsuits are 97% peaceful.
This gets confusing because Black Lives Matter is a bunch of loosely intersecting hate groups, umbrella networks, chapters and assorted scams. Here’s who’s currently suing and being accused of using the drug overdose death of George Floyd and those of assorted drug dealers, junkies and thugs for their own power and profit.
The leader of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has been accused by former colleagues of stealing more than $10 million in donations from the organization for his own personal use, according to a lawsuit filed in court this week.
“His actions have lead (sic) (Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation) into 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 suit claims. “While BLM leaders and movement workers were on the street risking their lives, Mr. Bowers remained in his cushy offices devising a scheme of fraud and misrepresentation to break the implied-in-fact contract between donors and BLM.”
The suit, filed by Black Lives Matter Grassroots, was light on details of Bowers’ alleged theft of funds, but delved into the fissures within the network of Black Lives Matter groups, charting changes in leadership and power that left Bowers with tight control of the organization.
Bowers was hired by Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors in 2020 to help raise and distribute money to groups within the foundation.
But he instead engaged in self-dealing, giving grants to his own consultant firm and charging exorbitant fees reaching eight figures, according to attorney Walter Mosley, representing the plaintiffs in the case.
You may recall Cullors and much of the founding leadership stepping away in disgrace while everyone tried to figure out the scope and status of all the BLM cash.
This lawsuit is being advanced by Melina Abdullah, an antisemitic LA BLM activist whose hate rally led to a pogrom against local Jewish communities and synagogues, and whose stunt helped oust local DA Jackie Lacey, replacing her with pro-crime white leftist George Gascon.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is firing back at Abdullah.
BLMGNF leadership received other similar red flags, which resulted in the termination of discussions around transitioning the organization to Melina Abdullah and BLMGR.
The soundness in the decision not to transfer further assets of BLMGNF — beyond the $7 million Melina Abdullah and BLMGR already received this year — was reinforced when BLMGNF learned that BLMGR leaders were giving themselves $10,000 monthly stipends while claiming they were “volunteer leaders,” instead of allotting those resources to either further developing their own Grassroots infrastructure or redirecting those funds to local organizers and families they purport to support.
Melina Abdullah ranted that the Global Network Foundation’s board of directors “are engaging in self dealing, enriching themselves off of the backs of people who put their blood, sweat and tears into this movement.”
Who can forget when Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Race, denounced Melina Abdullah for doing just that.
Samaria Rice and Lisa Simpson, mothers of Tamir Rice and Richard Risher respectively, are slamming civil rights activists, attorneys and organizations for allegedly exploiting the deaths of their sons. They asked Tamika D. Mallory, Shaun King, Benjamin Crump, Lee Merritt, Patrisse Cullors, Melina Abdullah and the Black Lives Matter Global Network to step down and “stop monopolizing and capitalizing” on their “fight for justice and human rights.”
“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones murdered by the police,” both mothers said in a joint statement. “The ‘activists’ have events in our cities and have not given us anything substantial for using our loved ones’ images and names on their flyers.” Rice added,
Both mothers made six major demands, which include activists and attorneys stepping out of the spotlight and not doing anymore interviews or holding press conferences involving their children. They also want BLM L.A. to pay Simpson the $5,000 they allegedly raised for his funeral. Simpson says she never received a cent.
Hey, BLM leaders had houses to buy.
Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are dismissing allegations that they mismanaged millions of dollars after a scathing New York Magazine report revealed that they had purchased a $6 million home in Southern California with donated funds.
Patrisse Cullors, co-founder and former executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, and Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM Los Angeles and co-director of BLM Grassroots, spoke to reporters Monday during a closed roundtable discussion, dismissing recent articles about the organization’s finances as media attacks and “misinformation and disinformation,” and claiming that any lack of transparency about the multimillion dollar property was out of concern for the leaders’ safety.
The renowned scholar, writer and activist Angela Davis joined the discussion Monday and admitted that she was “not aware of all of the details” regarding allegations of mismanaged funds. Still, she equated the latest controversy with “attacks to discredit the movement” that have historically plagued Black movements.
Melina Abdullah responded to criticisms from Tamir Rice’s mothers and others by suggesting that they were working for the government.