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    A former Black Lives Matter leader admitted the charity was not prepared to handle the influx of 'white guilt money' donated after the murder of George Floyd and argues mistakes made with the funds are now being 'weaponized against her.'  Patrisse Cullors, who co-founded the charity in 2013, said BLM saw an unexpected 'tsunami of funding' - to the tune of $90 million - after Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police in 2020 and argued the charity did not have the infrastructure to support the donations. 'It was a major shock,' she told MSNBC's Into America podcast Monday. 'You know, contrary to what, you know, has been reported, much of the funding that came in was from individual donors. That was a lot of white guilt money. There's a lot of white folks being like, 'We just got to put the money.'' Cullors, who resigned from BLM last year after it was revealed she amassed a $3.2 million property portfolio, argues that her biggest mistake in regard to her financials was not drawing a salary from the foundation.  'I should have...
    Black Lives Matter spent more than $12 million on luxury properties in Los Angeles and in Toronto - including a $6.3 million 10,000-square-foot property in Canada that was purchased as part of a $8M 'out of country grant.' The Toronto property was bought with grant money that was meant for 'activities to educate and support black communities, and to purchase and renovate property for charitable use.'  The group had said it was planning to use the property as main headquarters in Canada, and it has now been named the Wilseed Center for Arts and Activism. In January, it was revealed that BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors transferred millions from the organization to a charity run by her wife, Janaya Khan, to purchase the property.  The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation on Tuesday released a 63-page Form 990, covering the fiscal year from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, at which point the group had $42 million in net assets.  This is BLM foundation's first public accounting of its finances since incorporating in 2017.  The tax filing shows that nearly $6...
    The foundation started by organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement spent more than $1.2 million lobbying members of Congress last year, including a push to impeach Donald Trump a second time, new tax filings show. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation on Tuesday released a 63-page Form 990, covering the fiscal year from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, at which point the group had $42 million in net assets.  The filing shows that the group's lobbying spending was devoted in part to 'lobby member[s] of Congress to vote in favor of impeachment.'  Trump was impeached by the House for a second time on January 13, 2021, a week before his term expired, on charges related to the US Capitol riot. He was acquitted in a Senate trial. Other lobbying priorities listed in the new tax filing included campaigning against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which BLM organizers argued did not go far enough in reforming policing. The group also lobbied in favor of the more sweeping BREATHE Act, which would abolish the Drug Enforcement Agency and end...
    Black Lives Matter says it has no executive director and no in-house staff despite receiving $90 million in donations after widespread protests against police violence in 2020. Experts say the nonprofit is operating more like a scrappy startup than a leading charity as questions about how its funds are managed continue to mount. The organization has already been criticized for quietly spending $6 million on a lavish Los Angeles mansion that co-founder Patrisse Cullors used for parties, including her school-aged son's birthday celebration. Now, newly unveiled tax records show the BLM foundation paid millions of dollars to Cullors' friends and family for services like event production, security and 'consulting' services.  This is the first public accounting of the group's finances since it incorporated in 2017. It was under the sponsorship of a well-established charity and wasn't required to publicly disclose its financials until it became an independent nonprofit in December 2020.  The organization claims to have no direct employees despite finishing the last fiscal year with $42 million in net assets, after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor activated...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The foundation started by organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement is still worth tens of millions of dollars, after spending more than $37 million on grants, real estate, consultants, and other expenses, according to tax documents filed with the IRS. In a new, 63-page Form 990 shared exclusively with The Associated Press, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation Inc. reports that it invested $32 million in stocks from the $90 million it received as donations amid racial justice protests in 2020. That investment is expected to become an endowment to ensure the foundation’s work continues in the future, organizers say. It ended its last fiscal year – from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 – with nearly $42 million in net assets. The foundation had an operating budget of about $4 million, according to a board member. The tax filing shows that nearly $6 million was spent on a Los Angeles-area compound. The Studio City property, which includes a home with six bedrooms and bathrooms, a swimming pool, a soundstage and office space,...
    Black Lives Matter PAC burned through nearly all of its $116,000 cash reserves in just the first three months of 2022 - paying the most significant chunk to a firm owned by a BLM board member. Bowers Consulting Firm, a company run by BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers, was the highest-paid BLM PAC vendor during the first quarter of 2022, having received $45,000 from the PAC for 'strategic consulting services,' the Washington Examiner reported.    Two additional law firms also received a large portion of the funds. Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, received $8,000 for legal services and the Perkins Coie law firm received $8,350 for compliance services. By the end of the first quarter in March, BLM PAC had just $19,750 in the bank, the Washington Examiner reported. This was after raising $80,000 and spending $116,000 during that time, according to a filing submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.  BLM PAC is affiliated with the BLM Global Network Foundation, the national BLM group under months of mounting criticism over its use of charitable funds, its lack of financial transparency and most recently, using...
    Demonstrators picket in front of a school board office protesting segregation of students. Rev. C. Herbert Oliver was a civil rights leader, a force against police brutality, and a champion for Black students in segregated school systems that did not serve them fairly. He was on a porch across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, when four Black girls were killed in a bombing of the spiritual place on Sept. 15, 1963, according to The New York Times. “Women seeing the covered bodies being brought from the church cried and screamed without restraint,” he wrote in one of his many letters to public officials, bringing to light violence against Black people. “I could not bring my mind to believe what my eyes saw. It still seems like a tale from some distant land where people know nothing about freedom and democracy.” Freedom and democracy: They are Oliver’s legacy. He died on Nov. 30 in Brooklyn at the age of 96 about a week after he was hospitalized for respiratory issues, his daughter confirmed to the Times.  “Rev. C. Herbert...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board is calling for disciplinary action against dozens of NYPD officers accused of misconduct during the Black Lives Matter protests last year. The watchdog agency released new data on 313 complaints, and say they completed 127 full investigations. The board recommends charges and the highest level of discipline for 37 officers. “Thanks to the thorough work of our investigators, we will start to get accountability for the hundreds of New Yorkers who were mistreated last year,” said Fred Davie, CCRB chair. “It is important for all misconduct to be taken seriously and all officers who commit misconduct must be held accountable.”
                        A reference to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been removed from the Sarasota County School District’s fifth-grade curriculum in accordance with the Florida Department of Education’s ban on Critical Race Theory (CRT) that was passed in June. Sarasota parents of fifth-grade students received a letter from the FDOE this week discussing the change of a “reading passage” in the students’ textbook, but did not directly mention Black Lives Matter as the subject of removal. While the letter itself did not mention Black Lives Matter, Sarasota County School District spokeswoman Kelsey Whealy wrote to WUSF on Thursday, revealing that the described passage “referred to a Black Lives Matter protest.” She then explained that the new passage replaces the BLM protest with a general protest march during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, specifically in 1963. She also highlights that the decision to change the passage was made in a joint effort by the elementary curriculum department, along with the executive director, chief academic officer, superintendent, and...
    "I don't believe in Black Lives Matter. If anything I think they are the true racists trying to stir up things to make this country going [sic] to socialism or even communism potentially," Wu continued later on in the email. "That would be truly sad. I am a patriot. I appreciate all this country has given me, and believe it is a place where meritocracy thrive which is why it is such a great country. I don't appreciate those who try to weaken it by undermining the meritocracy principles and try to stick to some race quota," she explained. She also said the decision about celebrating Juneteenth was not hers to make. On Tuesday, VF Corporation said in a statement that Wu had stepped down from its board. "Wu's decision to step down from the Board was not the result of any disagreement with VF on any matter relating to VF's operations, policies or practices," said the company. VF Corporation owns many apparel brands including Vans, North Face, and Timberland.
    Newberg, Oregon’s school board voted Tuesday to prohibit all broadly “political” signs, flags, and clothing, including those depicting LGBTQ pride and Black Lives Matter messaging, from district buildings. The school board voted 4-3 in favor of a ban following a virtual evening meeting during which parents and officials debated the measure. “Black students and other kids of color are under attack in Newberg schools,” parent Tai Harden-Moore stated. “I know this to be true because my son was called a n**ger at school.” “Research shows an affirming school environment improves behavioral, academic, and mental health outcomes for all students,” said a wife of a Newberg teacher. Those in support of the measure, including school board director and vice chair Brian Shannon, argued that overtly political symbols harm racial relations, not improve them. “The main goal of this is to get political symbols and divisive symbols out of our schools so we can focus on the already difficult task of educating our students in the core subjects,” Shannon said. “The BLM and LGBTQ ideology and curriculum are shattering the innocence of children, promoting racial divide...
    An Oregon school board voted to ban pride flags and Black Lives Matter flags from classrooms. The decision was made with a 4-3 vote, taking effect in the Newberg School District, which has roughly 5,000 children. School Board Director Brian Shannon urged his colleagues to do away with political references in the classroom so they "can focus on the already difficult task of educating our students in the core subjects." Not all faculty were on board with the decision, with some saying the Black Lives Matter and pride flags were symbols of "love and support." ARIZONA AUDITORS COMPLETE THIRD BALLOT RECOUNT AND SHIP MATERIALS BACK TO MARICOPA COUNTY "They are messages of love and support," said teacher Stacey Dalton. "White and or heteronormative students, the majority, see their own validation consistently in the curriculum Newberg school districts have adopted and therefore do not need extra messages of support." "Research shows an affirming school environment improves behavioral, academic, and mental health outcomes for all students," said Caitlin Collins, a wife of a teacher. The...
                      by Debra Heine  A Democrat Denver School Board director and Black Lives Matter organizer has been accused of sexually assaulting over 60 undocumented students—some as young as 14-years-old. The alleged predator, Tay Anderson, denied the accusations over the weekend, while announcing that he will step back from everyday board duties during the investigation. Statement from Director Anderson: pic.twitter.com/8jW598INWu — Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) May 31, 2021 The allegations came out during legislative testimony last week, when a parent claimed that a person employed by the district was sexually assaulting and targeting undocumented teens, CBSDenver reported. Mary Brooks Fleming, a mother of three students within the Denver Public School district, testified before the state House Judiciary Committee that some of the children were “violently raped” by the employee and, in some case, forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Brooks Fleming appeared before the committee to testify in support of legislation that would make it easier for victims to sue institutions who employ child sexual abusers. The mother is a volunteer at a local...
    A local public school in Minnesota unanimously voted to designate “Black Lives Matter” — including other slogans and images — as “government speech,” which shields its schools from legal liability for their endorsement of such messages while simultaneously disallowing others. The Rochester Public Schools (RPS) board designated the following messages as “government speech”: “Black Lives Matter, “Brown Lives Matter,” “Indigenous Lives Matter,” “All Are Welcome Here,” “Stop Asian Hate.” Also added as “government speech” is a six-colored (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet) rainbow pattern and flag, which it said is the “pride flag.” The school board described its decision on April 27 as part of a “inclusive” pursuit of  “equity” targeting “historically underserved/marginalized students [who have been] disadvantaged because of their race, ethnicity, English language proficiency, national origin, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, non-dominant identity, dis/ability or geographic location.” “Recent national and local events that have called attention to racist attitudes and actions, xenophobia, discrimination, bias, societal race-based disparities, and other forms of systemic racism that have persisted for centuries,” the school board declared in its official...
    NORTH READING (CBS) – Voters in North Reading are upset someone is circulating anonymous campaign fliers targeting the town’s select board and school committee elections next week. One of the fliers challenges what is being taught in the town’s classrooms and it advocates to vote for write-in candidates who will focus less on Black Lives Matter. READ MORE: Cape Cod Businesses Struggling To Find Workers To Meet Surge In Demand “I think it’s really hateful,” said North Reading resident Jackson James Looper. “They’re trying to say that because of this poster, this Black Lives Matter poster, that kids aren’t learning real American history.” Another flier highlights the phrase “fact-based critical thinking”. Right next to it says “not critical race theory.” One of the anonymous fliers being spread around in North Reading.(WBZ-TV) “It’s the fear-based messaging,” said Looper. Select Board Member Steve O’Leary says the fliers are going to registered Republicans. READ MORE: When Can Kids Get COVID Vaccines? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Questions “Phone calls that I’ve been getting from people who have received the fliers, again who are...
    CHESTERTON, Ind. (WLS) -- A colorful show of inclusive support filled the sidewalk outside Chesterton Middle School Monday night.Students, flanked by parents and the community, showed up draped in rainbow flags in a deliberate protest to teachers being forced to remove Pride flags and a Black Lives Matter poster from their classrooms.Now, dozens of people let their voices be heard at a school board meeting Monday night in Chesterton, Indiana, and the school district is also responding."People like me are obviously outraged by it because this is, like, who we are and it kind of feels like a personal attack," said Elsa Estridge, an 8th grader at Chesterton middle school.In a statement, the northwest Indiana school district explained:"The Duneland School Corporation is committed to ensuring safe, collaborative and accountable learning environments...Last week, students and parents at Chesterton Middle School expressed concerns regarding items in three classrooms that conflicted with their personal social and/or political beliefs... it was determined the items were not directly related to the curriculum for those respective classrooms... the items were asked to be removed.""Once that was...
    Two large shareholders of Maven, the company that publishes Sports Illustrated (SI), filed papers last week to fire five of the company’s seven directors, with the aim of replacing the board with one that better “reflects the ‘new’ Maven,” according to documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission. “The board members under attack joined the company under former CEO James Heckman, who was replaced earlier this year amid controversy over major staff cuts at SI and the company’s hosting of a Blue Lives Matter website on its ad platform following the killing of George Floyd,” the New York Post reported. Earlier this year, Maven staffers were upset at the company’s continued affiliation with Defense Maven, a website also known as Blue Lives Matter, and called the website “’embarrassing,’ ‘a disgrace,’ and ‘horrible,’ saying many of the comments were overtly racist ‘with no monitoring,’ and noting how the site’s loose editorial restrictions allow factually incorrect information to go unchecked,” the Daily Beast said in June “Except, there were no examples of racist comments offered,” Breitbart News’ John Nolte said at the time. “One Maven Media...
    Black Lives Matter protesters succeeded in disrupting and shutting down a local school board meeting in Wisconsin after they angrily confronted board members over an anti-racist curriculum. The chaos unfolded at a meeting of the Burlington Area School District Board of Education in Burlington. The protesters were angry about racist comments made on social media against a fourth-grade teacher in the school district that had taught a lesson many thought was political propaganda related to the Black Lives Matter protests. "I'm sick of each and every one of you being silent!" said one mother to the board after speaking about racism against her son. Protesters were allowed to publicly comment for about an hour but when board members tried to move on to other topics, they began chanting, "Black Lives Matter!" and "Shut it down!" Image Source: YouTube screenshot In a video of the incident posted by The Journal Times, protesters can be seen screaming and yelling at other members of the audience and getting in the faces of the school...
    The November 2020 Allure Beauty Box: See All the Product Samples You Could Get This Month 4 Bakery Chains Quietly Vanishing This Year Town hall that doubles as an Election Day polling site ordered to remove Black Lives Matter flags A town hall in North Carolina may lose its polling site status over the flying of Black Lives Matter flags. © Julia Wall/The News & Observer/AP Black Lives Matter flags are displayed outside the Carrboro Town Hall in North Carolina. The town hall of Carrboro, located just outside Chapel Hill, was ordered by the North Carolina State Board of Elections to remove several Black Lives Matter flags that were hanging outside, following complaints from voters, a statement released Monday by the board says. Load Error "We asked the town of Carrboro in Orange County to remove flags from an early voting site as a result of numerous complaints from voters," the statement, provided to CNN by board spokesman Patrick Gannon, says. The complaints came in during the state's early voting period, Gannon told CNN. The statement...
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