BLM’s two newest board members share strong ties to Patrisse Cullors
JNational group Black Lives Matter elevated two activists with close ties to the charity’s beleaguered co-founder and former director Patrisse Cullors to its board in late April.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation said activists Cicley Gay and D’Zhane Parker will sit on its board alongside longtime member Shalomyah Bowers, who is also closely linked to Cullors. Notably absent from the charity announcement was any mention of Hillary Clinton ally Minyon Moore, who was identified as a BLM board member in documents the group submitted. to California in February.
The nominations suggest BLM is unwilling or unable to find leadership outside of Cullors’ circle of influence.
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It is unclear if Moore continues to serve on BLM’s board. The charity said in February that Moore was “required to cease all involvement in matters relating to her work with Black Lives Matter” while serving as an adviser to President Joe Biden during the judge’s confirmation process. Supreme Court Ketanji Brown Jackson in February.
Moore did not return requests for comment.
Gay, Parker and Bowers worked with a ballot initiative campaign led by Cullors in 2019.
Gay’s company, The Amplifiers, received $53,000 from the campaign, Reform LA Jails, for consulting services in 2019, according to campaign materials.
Gay has been chair of the BLM board since April, according to her LinkedIn page.
Parker earned $20,500 as the main organizer of Reform LA Jails in 2019, according to filings.
Also in 2019, Bowers Consulting Firm, the company run by Bowers, raised more than $280,000 from Reform LA Jails while the group was under Cullors’ control.
Reform LA Jails campaign materials from 2019 identified Cullors as the group’s “controller” and Bowers as its treasurer.
Cullors resigned from BLM in May 2021 amid scrutiny of his personal real estate purchases. In October 2020, while still in charge of the charity, BLM purchased a $6 million Los Angeles mansion in cash, then took steps to conceal the purchase from the public.
While Cullors has claimed to have no involvement with BLM since quitting the group, members of her immediate family, including her brother, mother and sister, work at the charity’s Los Angeles mansion. Angeles, according to internal communications obtained by New York magazine.
BLM has weathered a storm of scrutiny since the Washington Examiner reported in January that the charity had no known leader since Cullors resigned in May 2021. The two activists named by Cullors to replace her quietly announced in September that they had never accepted the posts due to disagreements with BLM.
In the wake of the Washington Examiner reports, states like California have made legal threats against BLM over its lack of financial transparency. BLM voluntarily shut down its fundraising ability in early February as it worked to resolve registration issues in several states.
As of Wednesday afternoon, BLM’s online fundraising streams remain closed.
BLM was originally expected to report by November a Form 990 disclosure to the IRS revealing what it did with the $90 million it raised in 2020 following the police killing of George Floyd in November . The charity has given itself a few more months to report on its finances by changing its fiscal year, a move that a charity described in Washington Examiner as “the worst transparency problem” she has ever seen.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita filed a lawsuit last week against BLM for failing to provide information about its finances.
Cullors said in April that the charity transparency laws were “triggering” as she came under scrutiny for BLM’s lack of financial transparency during her tenure as head of the charity. charity.
Cullors said activists suffer trauma and their lives are put at risk when charities under their control are required to publicly disclose what they have done with their tax-deductible donations.
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“It doesn’t seem safe to us, this 990 structure — this nonprofit system structure,” Cullors said. “It’s, like, deeply dangerous. It’s literally weaponized against us, against the people we work with.”