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Black Lives Matter : The Money and the Ideology

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Ridgewood NJ, Three women are behind “The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation,” which is the central organization that directs policy. Alicia Garza, 39, is the chief strategic advisor.  Patrisse Cullors, 36, is also a top advisor. Opal Tometi, 36, is the third force. She works with the BLM Foundation and is also the Executive Director of the “Black Alliance for Just Immigration.” That group is associated with the “Freedom Road Socialist Organization,” a Marxist-Leninist group that has received funding from the Tides Foundation run by George Soros.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a newly surfaced video from 2015 that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists” , making the movement’s ideological foundation clear. Cullors, 36, was the protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, and spent years absorbing the Marxist-Leninist ideology that shaped her worldview.

The three women who essentially run the BLM Foundation keep a very low profile.  No cable news interviews for them.

The president of Greater New York Black Lives Matter recently said that if the movement fails to achieve meaningful change during nationwide protests over George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police officers, it will “burn down this system.”

When BLM receives donated money where does the cash wind up?  Well, according to, 71 percent of it goes to salaries, benefits, and “consulting fees.”

Donations do not go straight to Black Lives Matter,  rather, they must first pass through ActBlue Charities, a fundraising group that bankrolls Democratic and progressive political efforts across the country. The group offers users a suite of fundraising tools, including data analytics, support services and customized contribution forms, to facilitate donor solicitation efforts.

The organization styles itself as “a nonprofit tech organization that builds digital fundraising tools for Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and other nonprofits.” Republicans are barred from using the service.

The donation page linked from the central Black Lives Matter website actually reroutes users to a secure ActBlue donation form. “ActBlue Charities is a registered charitable organization formed to democratize charitable giving,” the form states.

On its website, ActBlue says it takes a 3.95% “processing fee” from “all transactions,” after which the donated money “goes straight to the candidate or organization.”

The company stipulates that any donations that are rejected by an organization, or go unclaimed for more than 60 days, “will be re-designated as a contribution to ActBlue.” Those contributions are “generally to support its social welfare activities,” the organization states.

It is unclear just how much money ActBlue has processed for Black Lives Matter. On the Black Lives Matter donation page, ActBlue states that users can obtain the fundraising group’s “latest financial report” by emailing the company. Yet when asked, the company would not provide that report.

17 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter : The Money and the Ideology

  1. These dopes don’t realize that riots, lootin’ and shootin’ back in 2014 drove White America into Trump’s arms.

    History will repeat itself come November …

  2. Sources in NYPD who’ve been dealing with BLM activists for years say the organization pays $20 /h to “volunteers.” My buddy, an nypd cop, jokes that he will join BLM when he’s off duty for extra cash. Consider also that an average BLM’er is a white kid in early 20s, from upper middle class family, with a college degree in gender studies, who’s bar tending gig in Brooklyn evaporated with corona. BLM is the only org that would hire them.

    Myself and many of my friends work in Fortune 500 companies. From international communications, the corporations are funneling millions to BLM. That’s despite the fact that many of the same corporations had stores and branches burned down or robbed in BLM protests.

    I other words, the organization is very well funded. Why is that?

    Some speculate that BLM is just a cash machine for Dems. Basically a novel way of getting contributions from donors, kind of like a Climate Change enterprise.

    Others think BLM are brown shirts for Dems – controlling the streets as well as the Twitter. A sort of enforcers who burn down a cpl of business branches until that business pays them off with $ and favorable lobbying policies.

    I honestly don’t know which version is correct. Probably a bit of both. One think I’m certain of. BLM has nothing to do with black lives.

  3. At least these idiots got out of their parent’s basement to support such a stupid idea. Who knows, maybe they’ll get a job soon.

  4. I love these cocktail party liberal and their kids. What with their BLM and Bernie signs. Meanwhile, they are having a tough time right now, not being able to go to their summer homes or their winter ski breaks. I saw a bunch of similar limousine liberals in CA who suddenly developed a lighting fast new love of the Police when the mobs started to descend on their high-end neighborhoods.

  5. Read something today that Antifa has a few suburban surprises for us on the 4th…

  6. Blm is a domestic terrorist organization which works hand in hand with antifa which should alarm everyone..just look what they’re doing in NYC and destroying our history and long will we tolerate this citizens???????

  7. Radical socialist group to help fund the DNC Its a shame..if they really cared about the black community, they would put their efforts in Chicago to help lower the number of senseless shootings and deaths.

  8. The Black Lives Matter Global Network is as powerful as it is because of our membership, our partners, our supporters, our staff, and you. Our continued commitment to liberation for all Black people means we are continuing the work of our ancestors and fighting for our collective freedom because it is our duty.
    Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.
    We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.
    We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.
    We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
    We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
    We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who exist in different parts of the world.
    We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
    We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
    We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
    We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
    We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
    We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
    We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
    We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
    We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.
    We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

  9. All I care is all lives matter equally. There’s a lot of things going on people jumping on the bandwagon. So many people are running scared change in rules and laws. Let’s treat everyone the same So that means when it’s time to take a test it doesn’t matter what race or color or religion what sex everyone Has to get the same grade. Oh yes let’s see if that happens I doubt it. Oops.

  10. Pj all this protesting reminds me of “tokenism ” , when you get called a racist to run out and get a black friend

  11. twice in the last couple of weeks Ridgewood local Facebook groups have been filed with parents calling kids “racist” , some blame “Trump” , some blame “white kids” , but none blame themselves, your kids learned to be little sh$ts at home , they take after their parents

  12. Wanna see racism. Attend a Football game at Ridgewood when they’re playing Paterson. The visiting fans are pretty much isolated and avoided, not made to feel welcome at all. White entitlement and hypocrisy is embedded in the dna of the quaint village.

  13. Tear down a few more statutes, destroy a few more small businesses, condemn the flag and continue to ignore weekends in the windy city.

  14. Important information. Thanks! If they were really cared about black lives they’d be freeing slaves in Liberia or making peace in the South Side of Chicago, not encouraging blacks to destroy there own neighborhoods.

  15. The products of liberal indoctrination at US Colleges.

  16. Ridgewood usually beats Eastside by 50 points, Chuck is very rude to the Ghosts…

  17. Tear down a few more statutes
    ( Garages ) Town Garage is the warm up

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