Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of BLM, will deliver the keynote presentation at an event organized this week by students from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students have strongly advocated for the defunding of school police. Attendees must wear a mask and provide evidence of immunization, a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Daily Pass, or a negative COVID test.
An advocacy organization for students from low-income and working-class communities of color has joined forces with the Black Lives Matter movement to advocate for police reform in schools. According to the group’s website, “They want schools to withdraw from criminalization and policing.” The organization also wants schools to engage in Black, Muslim, undocumented, indigenous, and LGBT kids.
Moreover, the Los Angeles Board of Education adopted a proposal in February 2021 to remove a third of its officers, limit the use of pepper spray on children, and shift monies from the department to boost Black students’ education.
Patrisse Cullors’ finances garnered attention in April when the New York Post claimed she had paid $3.2 million for four residences. Hawk Newsome, the Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, responded to the revelation by calling for an “independent probe” of the foundation’s finances. Cullors resigned as Executive Director of the advocacy group’s core foundation in May 2021.
Critics have pointed out that Patrisse Cullors purchased the expensive residences while previously describing herself as a “trained Marxist.” Concerns over BLM’s financial management caused Amazon to stop its ability to solicit cash through the AmazonSmile program last week. Marc Elias, a Clinton-connected lawyer, has been called in to help the group’s leadership sort out its finances.