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Looking Beyond the Hashtag

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has taken our country by storm. Millions rushed to social media to show their support, thousands rushed to the streets to protest, and companies rushed to publicly proclaim their "anti-racism" by donating millions of dollars to an organization with an admittedly effective title but little transparency. According to Pew Research Center, an estimated 67% of adults support the movement.(1)

To be clear, black lives do matter. God created everyone in His image. That's why black lives don't just "matter." Like all lives, they are sacred and of infinite worth.

But how many people realize the "political will and movement building project" they are truly supporting when they use #BlackLivesMatter? It is important to look beyond the surface and understand what actually matters to Black Lives Matter before giving legitimacy to an agenda that is destructive to everyone, including the very lives this movement claims to support.



The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)

Throughout this document, references are made to The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). M4BL is a banner organization that numerous BLM-type groups have united under to express a common policy agenda.(2) Black Lives Matter lists M4BL as a “partner” on its website and describes the organization as a “collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country” that have “come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda.” M4BL is also the architect of The Breathe Act(3), a proposed bill with a radical agenda. BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, recently addressed the DNC Platform Committee and urged them to become signatories to this legislation.(4) In addition, in Cullors’ memoir, the M4BL group is referred to as her “comrades.”(5) Because of BLM’s consistent reference to, support of, and connection with M4BL, we attribute this “common vision and agenda” to BLM as well and refer to it extensively.


The Agenda: Marxism

Marxism is the economic, political, and social ideology of Karl Marx. In 1847, Marx along with Frederick Engels, laid out the tenants of Marxism in The Communist Manifesto. Communism is derived from Marxism.

Marxism divides society into the “bourgeoisie” and the “proletariat.” The “bourgeoisie” are the modern capitalists or the “oppressors”—those who own capital and the means of production. The “proletariat” are the “oppressed”—the laborers who sell “their labor power in order to live.”(6) Marxism is anti-capitalist. It calls for a revolution of the working class to become the ruling class, which Marx says establishes democracy.(7) In other words—mob rule. It seeks to centralize production, credit (bank), communication, and transport in the state’s hands.(8) Under Marxism, one must abolish private property, inheritance, the family, and private education.(9) All education should be public and free.(10) And most egregious, Marxism is godless, or rather the state becomes “god.” “Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality.”(11)

Regimes like those of Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Fidel Castro implemented Marx’s ideas and the result has led to the death of 100 million people in the 20th century.(12) In every country where Marxist ideas have been implemented, death and destruction have followed.


What role does Marxism play in BLM?

The Movement for Black Lives, which includes Black Lives Matter, describes itself as “anti-capitalist” and says they “will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.”(13) They call for collective ownership and redistribution of wealth.(14) In keeping with Marxism, M4BL’s policy brief titled “End Privatization of Resources,” calls for “an end to the exploitative privatization of natural resources” and that that they seek “democratic control over how resources are preserved, used, and distributed.”(15) Just as Marxism promotes tyranny of the majority, so too does BLM with their calls to eliminate the Electoral College. Among many other Marxist ideas, they seek to end the privatization of education and want free education and childcare.(16)
  • Patrisse Kahn-Cullors describes herself and fellow co-founder Alicia Garza as trained Marxists.(17)
  • According to her memoir, when Cullors was in her early twenties, she was introduced to the Labor Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles, CA. There she learned community organizing and studied Mao, Marx, and Lenin.(18)
    • While at the Labor Community Strategy Center, Cullors’ mentor was Eric Mann. Mann was a member of the Weather Underground, a domestic terror organization. Even after serving time in prison for his involvement with the Weather Underground, Mann has spent his life as a "revolutionary organizer," including "Marxist Leninist party building."
  • In 2015, fellow co-founder Opal Tometi took part in an event in New York to honor Nicolás Maduro, the communist President of Venezuela. It has been said that Maduro’s government has committed some of the worst human rights violations in the history of Venezuela.(19)
  • Tometi wrote an opinion piece in 2015, in which she took exception to the late Venezuelan Communist President Hugo Chavez being labeled a dictator, and praised the country’s election system and its treatment of "Afrodescendants."(20)
  • BLM has the support of the Communism Party USA.(21)
  • ...And Marxist ideology emerges in many of BLM’s policy goals.

BLM Promotes LGBT & "Transgenderism"
  • Co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Alica Garza identify as "queer."
  • "As a network, we have always recognized the need to center the leadership of women, queer and transpeople."(22)
  • BLM website: "We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk..."
  • "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..."(23)
  • "Cisheteropatriarchy and ableism are central and instrumental to anti-Blackness and racial capitalism..."(24)
  • As part of their plan for universal healthcare, they demand that all of the medical “needs” of black “transgenders” be medically insured, including any medical procedures in the pursuit of “trying to free themselves from the cages of their bodies."(25)
  • BLM founders Cullors, Garza, and Tometi were recognized and given a leadership award by the National LGBTQ Task Force.(26)
  • M4BL supports the “Equality Act”—legislation that will destroy religious freedom in America.(27)

BLM ignores fatherhood and seeks to destroy the family nucleus
  • According to BLM’s website – "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another..."(28)
  • Note: To “abolish the family” is a goal of Marxism.(29)

BLM's Spiritual Practices
  • At a UCLA event, co-founder Patrisse Cullors said, "When we say the names . . . you kind of invoke that spirit and then those spirits actually become present with you . . . We've become very intimate with the spirits that we call on regularly—each of them seems to have a different presence and personality." (65)
  • BLM-LA leader Melina Abdullah told a crowd of nearly 100,000 in Hollywood, "Our power comes not only from the people who are here but from the spirits that we cannot see...When we say their name, we invoke their presence." (66)
BLM on Israel/Anti-Semitism
  • On an Al-Jazeera program in December 2019, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors spoke about BLM’s solidarity with the Palestinian movement and BDS, the boycott, divest, and sanction Israel campaign.(30)
  • BLM co-founder Cullors traveled in 2015 with other BLM associates on a 10-day "solidarity trip to Palestine." The trip was organized by the Soros-funded Institute for Middle East Understanding—an anti-Israel group which promotes BDS. Afterward, Cullors blasted Israel as an "apartheid state" where "folks are barred from their own country."(59)
  • In regard to her trip to Palestine, Cullors said, "There was also this sort of kindredness that we felt with Palestinians as black people—the constant sort of battering and terrorizing by military and for us by police is eerily similar, and we thought it was important, even though we knew that it might be a huge risk for a lot of us, to show up and let Palestinians know that we are in deep solidarity with them. And, frankly, we believe that Palestine is the new South Africa."(60)
  • M4BL’s “Cut Military Expenditure Brief” states,The US justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” The brief also declares that the U.S. is “complicit in the abuses committed by the Israeli government,” and that “Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people."(31) The same sentiments were expressed in M4BL’s 2016 “Invest-Divest” platform as well.(32)
  • M4BL calls to “fight the expanding number of Anti-BDS bills being passed in states around the country."(33)
  • In July 2020, a BLM crowd in Washington, DC marched, chanting, "Israel, we know you. You murder children, too." The crowd chanted, by turns, "Black Lives Matter!" and "Palestinian lives matter!"(61)
  • Anti-Semite Palestinian Linda Sarsour, who is also a co-founder of the Women’s March, stated black lives don’t matter in America, but they do in Islam. She committed herself “wholeheartedly to #BlackLivesMatter..."(34) On June 19, 2020 Sarsour led a New York City rally which her group, Muslims for Abolition, proclaimed was "open to all, minus cops and Zionists." (62)
  • Omar Barghouti, a founder of the boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) campaign said in regard to Black Lives Matters: “They have recently incorporated BDS into their platform. This was a major victory for us. It is not only because of international solidarity with the Palestinian people that the Palestinian issue has become one of the most important issues worldwide, espoused by every progressive man and woman in the world. It is also because of their own principles. Freedom for Palestine means freedom for blacks in the US. Justice for Palestine means justice for blacks. Why? We are boycotting the G4S company, which is also involved in running private prisons in the US, which violate the rights of blacks and Latinos. Thus, there is a common struggle against these companies and this system. The ties between the American and Israeli governments harm the Americans, just as they harm the Palestinians and Arabs."(35)
  • Melina Abdullah,(36) the lead organizer for BLM-LA, has praised the anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan(37) and the Nation of Islam. (Also of note: BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors took part in a PRIDE month performance art event, along with Melina Abdullah, at UCLA in June 2020).(38)
    • The BLM-LA protest turned into a riot that targeted Fairfax, a Jewish community. Jewish businesses were vandalized, looted, and signs were spray-painted that said, “Free Palestine” and "F*** Israel."(39)
  • Marc Lamont Hill, professor, author, activist and pundit, who supports and speaks out on BLM and M4BL, used the phrase “Free Palestine from the River to the Sea” while addressing a meeting of the United Nations commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.(40) This phrase is often used by Palestinians who reject Israel and is used by "the terror group Hamas, which calls for the destruction of Israel."(41) Hill has been featured on BLM’s What Matters, and can be seen in this video promoting M4BL’s The Breathe Act.
  • After Marc Lamont Hill was let go by CNN for anti-Semitic statements, BLM-LA leader Melina Abdullah tweeted, "CNN has chosen to stand with a Zionist Israel that murders and terrorizes the Palestinian people..."(42)

BLM - Abortion/Planned Parenthood
  • When asked, "What’s an example of things you think women want for the future?," co-founder Alicia Garza said, “"…body autonomy…being able to make decisions about when we want to start families, if we want to start families, how we want to start families, with whom we want to start families..."(43)
  • The Breathe Act, which BLM co-founder Cullors has urged democrats to become signatories to, demands "free, high-quality health services at schools and/or at nearby student- and family focused centers, which services include reproductive body autonomy."(44) [Emphasis added]
  • Planned Parenthood has thrown its support behind BLM. For example, PP Massachusetts dedicates an entire page to the BLM movement; they ask people to follow M4BL on social media, contribute to a bail fund for protesters, and take other actions on behalf of BLM.(45)
  • BLM co-founder Alicia Garza helped start an organization called Supermajority to rally women for political causes. Leadership of the organization includes former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, and Senior Adviser of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Deirdre Schifeling.(46)

BLM and the Police/Prisons
  • BLM states that “police don’t keep us safe” and calls for defunding them.(47)
  • BLM wants to remove police presence from schools. (2:43)
  • In her memoir, Cullors calls for abolishing prisons.(48)
  • M4BL’s The Breathe Act, states, “History is clear that we cannot achieve genuine safety and liberation until we abandon police, prisons, and all punishment paradigms."(49)

BLM on Voting/Elections
  • In Cullors’ memoir, she describes the Electoral College as being "slave-era" and that it "privileges a minority of people when it comes to electing a person to the highest office of the land."(50)
  • M4BL says they are for “challenging the existence of the electoral college."(51)
  • M4BL wants illegal immigrants to be able to vote in elections.(52)

Donations to Black Lives Matter

BLM raises funds through the online fundraising platform ActBlue. ActBlue uses its platform for "Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, progressive organizations, and nonprofits."(53) Initially ActBlue then sent the money to Thousand Currents(54), which provided "fiscal sponsorship" of BLM. It’s been suggested that this blocks full transparency of where the funds were being allocated. According to ActBlue’s "fineprint," if a campaign "fails for 60 days to cash a check from ActBlue" or rejects the donation, "your contribution will be re-designated as a contribution to ActBlue." Similarly, “[C]ontributions to charitable organizations which are not cashed or affirmatively refused will go to ActBlue Charities.(55)

In July of 2020, BLM was transferred away from Thousand Currents and is now a project of TIDES (63). The Tides Foundation is a major pass-through funder for the Left. Among its donor organizations are the Rockefeller Foundation, Soros' Open Society Foundations, and the Ford Foundation (64).

Donations to the Movement for Black Lives


According to its website, M4BL’s fiscal sponsor is the Alliance for Global Justice.



Alliance for Global Justice

This group first arose to support first the Communist-aligned Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, then later the Maduro regime in Venezuela. AfGJ now funds anti-American protest groups throughout the US, including the Obama era Occupy Wall Street protests and the Minneapolis riot-promoting Antifa cell known as Refuse Fascism. To date, George Soros has given AfGJ hundreds of thousands of dollars. In turn, AfGJ funded cells like RefuseFascism.org


Black Futures Lab

BLM co-founder Alicia Garza is the Principal of Black Futures Lab.

Black Futures Lab "engages all Black people, especially those that have made significant contributions to progressive movements but have consistently been left at the bottom of legislators' agendas. This includes Black queer and trans folks, Black disabled folks, Black immigrants (documented and undocumented), Black people who are currently and formerly incarcerated, Black women, and Black people all along and outside the gender spectrum."

According to Black Futures Lab's donation page, they are fiscally sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association in San Franscisco. The CPA promotes the People's Republic of China.



Defense of Destruction/Violence at BLM Protests and Riots
  • In response to a police-related shooting, on the night of August 9, 2020, rioters and looters converged on areas of Chicago, leaving more than $60 million in property damage. Over 100 people were arrested, and 13 police officers were injured. (56) BLM-Chicago held a rally to support the rioters that had been arrested and issued a press release in which they states, "she [the mayor] would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the CPD [Chicago Police Dept.] is abolished and our people will keep rising up until Black communities are fully invested in... Black lives are and always  will be more important than downtown corporations ... We will remain in the streets until our demands are met." (57)
  • In response to a question about BLM protests turning violent and destroying property, BLM co-founder Opal Tometi did not condemn the actions. She said, "I just don't equate the loss of life and the loss of property. I can't even hold those two in the same regard, and I think for far too long we have seen that happen. We have had these conversations where we are conflating very different realities and operating from different value systems. So, for me, that's how I view it, and a lot of my colleagues and peers as well as mentors have similar views. We are really focussed on how to get our demands out and stay focussed on the main thing, which is people, and we want to value our love of people over property." [sic](58)



CHAZ → CHOP

‘Chopped!’ Ex-CHAZ crowd shouts as new name honors bloody French revolution: <CLICK HERE>

Seattle Protest Leader Implies Execution Is Needed for Opponents of the Revolution: <CLICK HERE>

Seattle ANTIFA Rioters Change Name Of Occupied Area From CHAZ To CHOP After What Happened To People During French Revolution: <CLICK HERE>

Video: Seattle Autonomous Zone Mob Fondly Recalls French Revolution's Guillotine for Dissenters: <CLICK HERE>

Those not on board with French Revolution were CHOPPED, CHAZ protesters warn after renaming their camp <CLICK HERE>








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