If you’re just joining us, Black Lives Matter is in turmoil over, among other things, a $6 million mansion and its dubious family business finances.
George Floyd’s death triggered an outpouring of contributions to BLMGNF, and in October 2020, the organization received an infusion of $66.5 million from its fiscal sponsor — an intermediary commonly used by fledgling nonprofits to process donations. Two weeks later, a man named Dyane Pascall purchased the seven-bedroom house that would become known as Campus. According to California business-registration documents, Pascall is the financial manager for Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, an LLC run by Cullors and her spouse, Janaya Khan; Pascall is also the chief financial officer for Trap Heals, a nonprofit led by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’s only child.
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.
Paul Cullors, Patrisse’s brother, whose title is head of physical security, updated the group on the situation. Earlier entries in the Signal chat show him performing the same role for properties Cullors purchased with her own funds, which she has said came from book and media deals. Other internal records indicate Cullors’s mother was approved for a cleaning job at Campus and that Cullors’s sister signed the same kind of nondisclosure agreement as other employees at the property, although it’s not clear if the sister worked there.
Patrisse Cullors is responding with exactly the kind of crybullying gibberish that not all that long brought the country to its knees.
It is such a trip now to hear the term ‘990,’ Cullors said Friday during an event at the Vashon Center for the Arts. I’m, like, ugh. It’s, like, triggering.
I actually did not know what 990s were before all of this happened, Cullors said, an apparent reference to the Washington Examiner’s reporting in January about BLM’s lack of financial and leadership transparency that led multiple states, including California, to order the charity to cease raising funds until it discloses what it did with the $90 million it raised in 2020.
Cullors said activists suffer trauma and that their lives are put at risk when charities under their control are required to disclose publicly what they did with their tax-deductible donations.
This doesn’t seem safe for us, this 990 structure — this nonprofit system structure, Cullors said. This is, like, deeply unsafe. This is being literally weaponized against us, against the people we work with.
Not all that long ago, victimhood language like that would make everyone panic, but the BLM moment may have faded.
Even the bluest states slammed the brakes on BLM when it turned out that no one knew who was in charge of its $60 million kitty.
No one appears to have been in charge at Black Lives Matter for months. The address it lists on tax forms is wrong, and the charity’s two board members won’t say who controls its $60 million bankroll, a Washington Examiner investigation has found.
BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors appointed two activists to serve as the group’s senior directors following her resignation in May amid scrutiny over her personal finances. But both quietly announced in September that they never took the jobs due to disagreements with BLM. They told the Washington Examiner they don’t know who now leads the nation’s most influential social justice organization.
Even California refused to take that lying down.
The leaders of Black Lives Matter could be held personally liable if they fail to disclose financial records about the charity’s $60 million in donations within the next 60 days.
In a letter issued to BLM on Monday, the California Department of Justice accused the charity of failing to submit its annual financial reports and alleged it was in delinquent status.
‘An organization that is delinquent, suspended or revoked is not in good standing and is prohibited from engaging in conduct for which registration is required, including soliciting or disbursing charitable funds,’ the letter reads.
But here’s Cullors announcing that she has no idea how non-profits work.
I actually did not know what 990s were before all of this happened, Cullors said
Weaponized incompetence is the beating heart of crybullying where everything becomes the fault of systemic racism.
Cullors said she’s been approached by countless activists who are worried that they too will soon field requests from reporters demanding copies of their 990 forms, which charities are required by law to disclose to the public upon request.
People’s morale in an organization is so important. But if their organization and the people in it are being attacked and scrutinized at everything they do, that leads to deep burnout. that leads to deep, like, resistance and trauma, Cullors said.
Scrutinizing what a racist group is doing with $60 million is trauma.
Maybe giving the old Tumblr set the keys to the kingdom wasn’t the best plan.