Los Angeles, CA – As school districts around the country are re-instating school resource officers dismissed from schools when anti-police sentiment swept the nation, the beleaguered and controversial co-founder of Black Lives Matter on Saturday kicked off a new effort to fully defund the Los Angeles school police.
The event was sponsored by a student organization called “Students Deserve” and held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, FOX News reported.
“Students Deserve is working towards Making Black Lives Matter in Schools,” the group’s website read.
“We want schools to divest from criminalization and policing. We want schools to invest in us as Black, Muslim, undocumented, indigenous, and queer youth in poor and working class communities of color,” the website read.
“We follow the lead of Black Lives Matter in demanding that our schools defund the police and defend Black life,” according to the Students Deserve website.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has already undergone a number of security reductions as a result of defunding efforts by anti-police activists, FOX News reported.
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted in February of 2021 to cut one-third of the Los Angeles School Police Department’s (LASPD) officers and divert the funds from the police to improve education for black students.
School board members also approved a ban on the use of pepper spray on students at the same time, FOX News reported.
The program that served as a relaunch of efforts to fully defund the school police was headlined by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Kahn-Cullors.
“I’ve spent my entire life in Los Angeles, Ca. I graduated from Los Angeles Unified School district, the 2nd largest public school in the country,” Kahn-Cullors wrote in an Instagram post with a video of her speech.
“I’ve been organizing for 22 years. And yesterday I was honored to be the keynote speaker for @la_studentsdeserve kick off campaign to fully defund the Los Angeles School Police Department. It is an honor to be working with the next generation of leaders in my city/county. I ride for these young people and will protect them at all costs,” the Black Lives Matter organizer wrote.
The tone of Kahn-Cullors’ speech was predictably combative, but she took specific aim at the Republic party and accused conservatives of trying to stop the Black Lives Matter movement’s progress
“There is a right wing backlash happening against our movement right now,” Kahn-Cullors told the students. “A backlash that could only happen if we were winning.”
“There is a right wing backlash happening right now,” she continued. “Its goal is to reverse the wins from the last eight years. Its goal is to turn us against each other. There is a right wing backlash that is not just local, state wide or national, it’s a global backlash against black freedom fighters and our allies.”
“But this isn’t new. This is history repeating itself,” Kahn-Cullors added.
Her allegations were ironic given that last month, California and Washington State suspended the national organization she founded, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF), from fundraising in those state after it failed to produce financial records for 2020.
Amazon subsequently suspended BLMGNF from fundraising through their AmazonSmile program.
California’s Department of Justice sent a letter warning that fines for failing to file would have to come out of organizer’s pockets, but the problem is that nobody knows who is running the national Black Lives Matter organization at this point, the Washington Examiner reported.
Khan-Cullors, whose name was on the paperwork, resigned as executive director of the group in May of 2021.
And the Los Angeles address that was listed on BLMGNF’s tax forms is incorrect, according to the Washington Examiner.
Khan-Cullors, a self-proclaimed Marxist, resigned under a cloud of allegations of financial malfeasance which arose after she had spent $3.2 million on new homes for herself in Georgia and Los Angeles.
She denied having used Black Lives Matter donations to buy the ostentatious properties but ended up resigning soon when BLMGNF donors started asking questions.
Activists Makani Themba and Monifa Bandele allegedly took over the running of BLMGNF when Khan-Cullors resigned, but then they suddenly quit in September of 2021, the New York Post reported.
They later put out a statement that said they were never in control of the organization.
BLMGNF raised more than $90 million in 2020 and had $60 million left in hand as of February of 2021, the New York Post reported.
Public filings showed that Thousand Currents transferred more than $66 million in cash to BLMGNF in October of 2020 when the grassroots fundraising organization broke with the group while Khan-Cullors was still in charge.
Themba and Bandele told the New York Post they had no idea who was managing Black Lives Matter’s money now.