The Black Lives Matter movement appears to still be getting screwed over by disgraced co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and her homegirls.
As previously reported, Cullors resigned from her perch atop BLM’s official organization, the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation Network, after she was exposed in May for using all the contributions that the supposed “charity” had collected to purchase lavish homes.
Months later, new evidence suggests that the disgraced self-described Marxist may have perhaps continued her scam even after her resignation, albeit this time through her Canadian spouse, Janaya Khan, who just happens to be the founder of BLM’s Canadian chapter, M4BJ.
According to the Washington Examiner, two months after Cullors’ resignation, M4BJ purchased a 10,000 square foot property in Toronto worth $8.1 million using money that had been forwarded to it from BLMGNF.
News of this purchase just surfaced this month after two Canadian BLM members who’re actually committed to the group’s cause of supposed “racial justice” began complaining about it publicly.
“For BLM Canada to take money from BLM Global Network [Foundation] for a building without consulting the community was unethical. For BLM Canada to refuse to answer questions from young Black organizers goes against the spirit of movement-building,” activists Sarah Jama and Sahra Soudi reportedly said in a statement.
We know that liberation comes from the power of the people and not through institutions or organizations that are complicit. We will continue to organize on the ground and with people who are the most impacted.
— Sah Ra (@bolshevikbaddie) January 19, 2022
The Examiner notes that the two resigned from BLM’s Toronto chapter “after the leaders of BLM Canada refused to answer any questions about the purchase and tried to get them to sign exploitative nondisclosure agreements.”
“In other words, the NDA was designed as a constant threat of legal action against us, even though we were volunteering our time to a cause we believed in,” the two reportedly said.
Other activists have complained as well:
We have seen the announcement about the Wildseed Centre. While we take great inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, we have serious concerns about BLM Canada’s funding partnership with the City of Toronto and relationship with Black Lives Matter Global Network. pic.twitter.com/btlxtWDdTN
— No Pride In Policing Coalition (@NoPolicing) July 16, 2021
Regarding the purchased property, it turns out to be the the Communist Party of Canada’s former headquarters, now renamed the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism.
At the time of the property’s purchase, BLM Canada chair Sandy Hudson penned an op-ed for Spring, a socialist magazine, touting the property as “a living history of resistance” and arguing that it would be the perfect spot “to support and nurture explicitly liberatory black creation, community-buildiing, and power.”
“This will be a space rooted in disability justice, Black transfeminist politics and an Afroglobal orientation that will house political education programs, skills-sharing programs, and mutual aid initiatives. Black artists can create unapologetically political pieces in the spirit of Butler’s speculative fiction teachings,” Hudson wrote.
“Butler” was a reference to now-deceased black science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler.
I wrote abt the politics of space for @springmagca. Space is of the most critical resources we can harness in building radical power–which is why space is so critical for on-the-ground organizers frm the Black Panthers to the Black Visions Collective…https://t.co/NlkaBTOFyw
— Sandy Hudson (@sandela) July 22, 2021
The Examiner notes that Hudson has her own history of alleged financial fraud.
“Hudson was sued in 2015 by her former employer, the University of Toronto Student Union, for allegedly approving $247,726 in overtime payments for work she never completed,” according to the outlet.
“All parties in the lawsuit settled the matter in 2017. The University of Toronto Student Union issued a statement saying there was no evidence that Hudson committed fraud. However, the statement added she agreed to pay back a portion of the overtime payments in question.”
While the evidence in the current case is a bit thin at the moment and clearly requires more digging, it does point to something nefarious, according to Tom Anderson, the directory of the Government Integrity Project of the National and Legal Policy Center watchdog group.
“Unfortunately, this appears to be an epic abuse of public trust in which an entire movement’s resources are being squandered on the whims and financial mismanagement of one person and their inner circle of friends and family,” he said in a statement to the New York Post.
The “one person” he referenced was likely Cullors, who became infamous last year when she, a self-described Marxist, purchased multiple million-dollar homes in predominantly white neighborhoods and then feigned outrage when people began criticizing her.
She claimed the criticism “continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists against black activists.”
FYI, many of her critics were black …
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