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Shalomyah Bowers: BLM leader accused of stealing $10m from organization

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*(Via CN) — The head of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation was charged with embezzling more than $10 million from donors, in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit says that Shalomyah Arborsthe secretary of the board of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the nonprofit that acts as the movement’s administrative arm, has used Black Lives Matter, or BLM, as his “personal piggy bank” and to “betray[ing] the public’s trust by making personal transactions and breaching its fiduciary duties”.

Bowers took control of Black Lives Matter’s financial accounts and social media accounts, excluding its founders and most prominent organizers, like Melina Abdullah. Abdullah, who founded the Los Angeles chapter of BLM and also heads its local wing, estimates that the Global Network Foundation’s financial accounts hold “more than $100 million”.

The board of the Global Network Foundation, Abdullah said, “engages in personal dealings, enriching itself on the backs of people who put their blood, sweat and tears into this movement.”

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Bowers did not respond to an email requesting an interview. But a long statement posted on the homepage of blacklivesmatter.com said: “Allegations by Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots (BLMGR) are false. They are libelous and devoid of reality.

He added: “Melina Abdullah and BLMGR’s narrative regarding the current BLMGNF Board of Directors is harmful, divisive and false. This only feeds the clear right-wing media agenda of sowing mistrust and division among black people, and it stands in stark contrast to abolitionist values ​​and the struggle for black liberation.

For nearly a decade, Black Lives Matter has been among the most influential and effective political and social movements.

He pushed the boundaries of what’s acceptable for broad swaths of leftist voters, urging cities and states to “defund the police” and “end white supremacy.”

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Protesters in Washington, DC march towards the White House in one of many protests that have erupted across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)

What began in hashtag, inspired by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, flowery in international recognition following the unrest sparked by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

As cities across the country erupted in violent protests, donations poured in to the Black Lives Matter organization. The group was not ready for such a windfall.

After the group was revealed to have taken in more than $90 million in 2020, local BLM chapters, as well as families of police shooting victims, wanted to know where was all the money going.

Its executive director, Patrisse Cullors, who co-founded the organization, has come under scrutiny after it was revealed she owned a number of homes, collectively worth more than 3 millions of dollars.

BLM later revealed that it paid nearly $6 million for a home in Los Angeles.

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