Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation leader Shalomyah Bowers is being accused of funneling around $10 million for his own personal expenses. A lawsuit was filed last week in Los Angeles County by Black Lives Matter Grassroots (BLMGR), the umbrella for local chapters of BLM. BLMGR was representing 26 local chapters in the suit.
The lawsuit states that Bowers taking the funds was “unjust enrichment” and that he used the BLM donations as his “personal piggy bank.”
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“While BLM leaders and movement workers were on the street risking their lives,” the lawsuit states, “Mr. Bowers remained in his cushy offices devising a scheme of fraud and misrepresentation to break the implied-in-fact contract between donors and BLM.”
It should be noted that the “movement workers” who “risked their lives” only did so by the violence they created themselves in multiple big cities across the nation. The summer of 2020 and beyond proved to be filled with rioting, looting, and damage (many times to black-owned businesses) in the name of racial “equality,” that is, in many cases, irreparable due to a lack of funding in those areas.
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Bowers denies misuse of funds and said that his consulting firm was paid $2 million by BLM in 2020, which tax filings back up.
However, Walter Mosley, the plaintiff’s lawyer, said to the Los Angeles Times that Bowers’ consulting firm charged high fees in the multi-million dollar range for his services.”
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“The lawsuit demands that they return the people’s funds and stop impersonating Black Lives Matter,” Mosley said.
Bowers, however, claims that this lawsuit proves that he has fallen “victim to the carceral logic and social violence that fuels the legal system.”
Bowers currently serves on the BLMGNF board. In a statement, the board said, “They would rather take the same steps of our white oppressors and utilize the criminal legal system which is propped up by white supremacy (the same system they say they want to dismantle) to solve movement disputes.”
While Bowers was described in the suit as a “rogue administrator” and “middle man turned usurper,” he’s hardly the first leader of the BLM group who has been accused of funneling money.
Patrisse Cullors ran the BLM Global Network Foundation for almost six years and resigned abruptly in May of 2021 after being accused of purchasing approximately $3 million in real estate. Cullors called the purchases in “direct support to black people, including my black family members.”
Giving her side in May of 2022, Cullors suggested, “We really wanted to make sure that the global network foundation had an asset that wasn’t just financial resources. And we understood that not many black-led organizations have property. They don’t own their property.”
According to records, the co-founder used the compound twice. Once to hold a party for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris winning the 2020 election and then throwing another party a few months later for her son’s birthday.
On March 15th of this year, the Justice Department released the details of a multi-count indictment against 41-year-old BLM activist Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband, 38-year-old Clark Grant.
According to the indictment, the Grants allegedly defrauded their nonprofit Violence in Boston (VIB) and its donors, as well as “the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance and a mortgage lending business based in Chicago.”
Cannon-Grant is listed as both the founder and CEO of VIB, which the Justice Department noted was “an anti-violence nonprofit formally established in 2017,” which sought to address inner-city violence much like any run-of-the-mill organization of a similar ilk. Cannon-Grant’s husband Clark was listed as a “founding director” of the nonprofit.
The couple allegedly used this nonprofit “as a vehicle to solicit and receive charitable contributions” by individuals and various companies/institutions, where they then used much of these donations “for a wide range of personal expenses and to enrich themselves.” The expenses included hotels, groceries, gas, car rentals, vehicular repairs, dining out, rides in Ubers, trips to the nail salon, and vacations/travel – among other things. They were also accused of multiple counts of wire fraud.
Pro-BLM Shaun King spent $40,000 on a dog using funds given to his PAC, Grassroots Law, meant to “elect candidates who fight to end oppressive policing, incarceration, and injustice,” according to the website.
Former Louisiana state senator Karen Peterson supported BLM and was caught funneling money to support her lavish lifestyle, including a massive gambling problem.
In May of this year, after it was revealed that BLM still had approximately $42 million in the bank, Outkick’s Clay Travis called for the IRS to investigate BLM. Appearing on Fox News, he said, “What strikes me honestly… is we need an IRS investigation. But unfortunately, the IRS only investigates people with the word ‘patriot’ in their tagline in their 501(c)(3)s. And look, this is, to me, emblematic of the larger story that BLM has told us and why it’s such a fraud…
“If you look at every city where Black Lives Matter has been active in, the overall number of murders and violent crime has skyrocketed. Because the truth of the matter is this: Black lives were being protected in overwhelming numbers by police. And all of a sudden, when we decided, based on a few police officers who were behaving in a criminal fashion — and they were charged with a crime — that all police officers were bad — you couldn’t even watch ‘COPS’ on television anymore. They were offended — all of the BLM minions were — by the fact that ‘Paw Patrol’ had a police officer. If you got young kids and you watch that, they were demanding that that be ended. This was all madness.”
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