An anti-police brutality movement was questioned after large sums of cash were used to buy a controversial property.
Activists criticized Black Lives Matter (BLM) after the group allegedly transferred $6.3 million to the M4BJ non-profit. The group reportedly used the money to acquire a 10,000-square foot mansion once the Communist Party of Canada’s headquarters.
According to Fox News, BLM supporter Janaya Khan helped arrange the so-called Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism’s purchase during July 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. Khan is married to Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the Marxist who co-founded the BLM Global Foundation Network.
Khan-Cullors resigned from the organization after she allegedly spent $3.2 million on properties in Georgia and Los Angeles, Calif. She denied using BLM donations to buy the homes.
“For BLM Canada to take money from BLM Global Network for a building without consulting the community was unethical, [and] to refuse to answer questions from young black organizers goes against the spirit of movement-building,” BLM activists Sarah Jama and Sahra Soudi said on Twitter.
The whistleblowers also complained about BLM Canada’s lack of transparency regarding their base and to whom they are accountable. The organization described itself as a “cadre” that keeps supporters safe and is not “as open.”
“[The accountability process] was shut down several times,” they said. “This appropriation of the term ‘cadre’ is not an excuse for a refusal by the four BLM Canada members to communicate openly about political decisions and huge financial expenditures that impact an entire community.”
BLM did not immediately respond to the broadcast media’s request for comment.
Here is our statement on why we left BLMTO, @bolshevikbaddie “After over a year of struggling within @BLM_TO to improve internal processes, we left the group when, like many other people, we found out about @blmcanada_ $8 million dollar purchase of the @WildseedCentre_ ” pic.twitter.com/p6ayoSztLY— Sarah (slamma bamma) Jama (@SarahJama_) January 19, 2022