A mere seven years after its launch, the Black Lives Matter organization is already mired in discord over money — and in what appears to be rampant corruption.
Some ten local chapters of the group have accused the national organization of concealing “untold millions of dollars” in donated funds and are calling for more transparency and fairness, reports the Daily Wire.
Black Lives Matter chapters in Chicago, Denver, Hudson Valley in New York, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver in Washington state, and Washington, D.C., all signed a Nov. 30 statement highly critical of the Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLMGN) Foundation.
The foundation, said the statement, has made major decisions without input from chapters and until recently has made no effort to pass along millions of dollars’ worth of financial gifts to activists.
“Since the establishment of BLMGN, our chapters have consistently raised concerns about financial transparency, decision making, and accountability,” reads the statement. “Despite years of effort, no acceptable internal process of accountability has ever been produced by BLMGN and these recent events have undermined the efforts of chapters seeking to democratize its processes and resources.”
BLMGN is led by Executive Director Patrisse Khan-Cullors, who is also a co-founder and the sole board member. That Khan-Cullors was installed as executive director of the national organization “against the will of most chapters and without their knowledge,” is among the chapters’ numerous grievances.
The Post-Millennial reports that BLMGN spent nearly $900,000 on travel, $1.6 million on consulting and $2.1 million on staff during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. Financial statements show that this totals 83.3 percent of total spending during the three year period. However, BLMGN gave only $328,000 to outside organizations, which include local BLM chapters, during that time frame, or about 6 percent of its total spending.
The BLM local chapters also say that the formation of BLM Grassroots, created to aid their organizational needs, was done without input from and without notifying local chapters, and that the national foundation has refused to coordinate with local leaders.