Lawsuit filed against BLM Global Network Foundation alleges the organization is being used as a slush fund – HotAir

Credit score to Jeryl Bier who noticed this at this time. In line with this Courthouse Information Service story, a lawsuit has been filed which alleges that Shalomyah Bowers has been utilizing the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation as a slush fund.

The lawsuit says that Shalomyah Bowers, the board secretary of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the non-profit organization that acts as the motion’s administrative arm, used Black Lives Matter, or BLM, as his “private piggy financial institution,” and of “betray[ing] the public belief by self-dealing and breaching his fiduciary duties.”

Bowers has taken management of Black Lives Matter’s monetary accounts and social media accounts, shutting out its founders and most outstanding organizers, like Melina Abdullah. Abdullah, who based BLM’s Los Angeles Chapter and in addition heads its grassroots wing, estimates that the Global Network Foundation’s monetary accounts maintain “over $100 million.”

The Global Network Foundation’s board of administrators, Abdullah mentioned, “are partaking in self dealing, enriching themselves off of the backs of people that put their blood, sweat and tears into this motion.”

The lawsuit was apparently introduced yesterday at a press convention however this photograph is the solely media I can discover. There doesn’t look like a YouTube video of the press convention obtainable.

The particular person behind the lawsuit seems to be Melina Abdullah, the founding father of BLM Los Angeles and the one that runs a group referred to as BLM Grassroots. She has been a critic of BLM Global Network Foundation which is the administrative entity created by Patrisse Cullors to simply accept donations. Yesterday Abdullah retweeted that tweet above and in addition mentioned this about the press convention.

BLM GNF took in about $90 million {dollars} after the loss of life of George Floyd. What precisely occurred to all of that cash isn’t clear however we do know that BLM GNF gave tens of millions of it to BLM Canada which purchased a massive constructing in Toronto for $8.1 million.

We additionally know that about $6 million went towards the buy of a massive dwelling in Los Angeles. BLM claimed that dwelling was purchased to be used as a artistic house for black artists however in the first 18 months the group owned it, the solely individuals who used it have been Patrisse Cullors (who filmed a some private YouTube movies there) and a few different individuals in the organization’s management.

The revelation about the $6 million home got here a few months after the Washington Examiner regarded into BLM GNF and located it had no workplace and no identified director. Charity Watch Govt Director Laurie Styron described BLM Global Network Foundation as “a large ghost ship filled with treasure drifting in the night time with no captain, no discernible crew, and no clear route.”

In line with the lawsuit, Shalomyah Bowers took over the organization instantly after Patrisse Cullors left.

Bowers, a advisor, was employed to run the new basis. In line with the lawsuit, Cullors defined to everybody “that Bowers would simply serve in the administrative capability and help Ms. Cullors,” and that he “didn’t have the ambition to ‘take over and run’ BLM.” After the transition was full, Cullors resigned.

“Inside months,” the lawsuit claims, “Bowers had run [two] well-respected advocates out of the organization. By way of a collection of misrepresentations and unauthorized backroom dealings, Mr. Bowers managed to steal management over GNF as the sole Board member and officer.”

“There was actually no system of checks and balances that would maintain him to account,” mentioned Abdullah, who mentioned Bowers is “motivated by cash and never the motion.”

Yesterday, BLM printed a response to the allegations on their web site. Of their view, Melina Abdullah is placing soiled laundry out in public in an effort to grab management of the organization:

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) is right here to present gentle and battle for Black liberation. Make no mistake, the allegations of Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots (BLMGR) are false. They’re slanderous and devoid of actuality…

We, the Board, have zero curiosity in taking vital time away from our work in direction of constructing a stable, trusted Foundation. We’re targeted on the future and have been deeply engaged with and dedicated to Black liberation work. BLMGNF is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to managing its present belongings transparently and with accountability below its new management staff. We have now no want and little time to place non-public enterprise out in the avenue. Nevertheless, Melina Abdullah, BLMGR, and its management appear intent on combating publicly about their want to regulate the entirety of Black Lives Matter.

The assertion goes on to accuse Abdullah of appearing white through the use of the courtroom system “which is propped up by white supremacy” to attempt to resolve her points with the group.

The BLMGNF Board requested – on over ten events – non-public mediation or conferences with Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots, together with and relating to social media insurance policies. We did so with a purpose to keep true to ideas of abolition — resolving points by battle mediation somewhat than falling sufferer to the carceral logic and social violence that fuels the authorized system. However Melina Abdullah and BLMGR ignored or refused our presents. To the opposite, they might somewhat take the identical steps of our white oppressors and make the most of the felony authorized system which is propped up by white supremacy (the identical system they are saying they wish to dismantle) to resolve motion disputes. Specifically, Melina Abdullah and BLMGR’s storytelling regarding the present BLMGNF Board is dangerous, divisive, and false. It solely provides fodder to right-wing media’s clear agenda of sowing mistrust and division amongst Black people, and it is in deep distinction to abolitionist values and the battle for Black liberation…

Since Patrisse’s departure, Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots have despatched threatening letters and attacked the livelihood of BLMGNF’s Board members immediately. Not solely have they demanded the resignation of present BLMGNF management in efforts to grab the monetary sources of BLMGNF through intimidation techniques, however they’ve fairly actually pressured the firing of a BLMGNF Board member from her job, threatening her livelihood, and eliminated her from her activist neighborhood. Melina Abdullah has tried to bully the BLMGNF Board into submission to her will. This press convention is its newest try to say a false model of occasions and create enemies out of fellow motion leaders and impacted relations.

The assertion says BLM GNF had thought of handing extra money over to Abdullah and her BLM Grassroots organization however in January 2022 they bought a letter warning them about Abdullah’s conduct. The assertion additionally alleges monetary mismanagement by Abdullah:

The soundness in the resolution to not switch additional belongings of BLMGNF — past the $7 million Melina Abdullah and BLMGR already acquired this yr — was strengthened when BLMGNF discovered that BLMGR leaders have been giving themselves $10,000 month-to-month stipends whereas claiming they have been “volunteer leaders,” as an alternative of allotting these sources to both additional growing their very own Grassroots infrastructure or redirecting these funds to native organizers and households they purport to assist.

In fact, they’ll say virtually something in a letter. Now that this seems to be headed to courtroom we could ultimately discover out who is telling the fact. Till this is sorted out, it seems BLM is dealing with the identical type of inside fractures and infighting that Ryan Grim reported have been plaguing virtually each main establishment on the left lately.

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