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BLM Administrator Accused of Money Grab

A rift within the Black Lives Matter movement landed in Los Angeles Superior Court with a lawsuit accusing the head of the non-profit organization that acts as BLM's administrative arm of siphoning off more than $10 million from donations, Courthouse News reports. The lawsuit, brought by Melina Abdullah, founder of BLM's Los Angeles chapter, and BLM Grassroots accused Shalomyah Bowers, board secretary of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, of using the organization as his "personal piggy bank." Bowers did not respond to an email requesting an interview. But a lengthy statement posted to the homepage of said, "the allegations of Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots (BLMGR) are false. They are slanderous and devoid of reality."

As cities across the country erupted into violent protests, donations poured into the Black Lives Matter organization. The group was not ready for such a windfall. After it was revealed that the group took in more than $90 million in 2020, local chapters of BLM, as well as families of victims of police shootings, wanted to know where all the money was going. Its executive director, Patrisse Cullors, who cofounded the organization, became the subject of intense scrutiny after it was revealed she owned a number of houses, collectively worth more than $3 million. BLM later disclosed that it had paid nearly $6 million for a home in Los Angeles. To better manage its finances and provide the public with greater transparency, Cullors helped set up the Global Network Foundation. Bowers, a consultant, was hired to run the new foundation.


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