The co-founder of Black Lives Matter announced Thursday that he has stepped down as executive director of the movement’s foundation. She decides what a smear campaign is from a far-right group, but she says neither recent criticism from other black organizers has affected her departure.
Patrice Coolers, who has led the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation for almost a year, said she is focusing on other projects, including the upcoming release of her second book and a multi-TV development agreement with Warner Bros. The last day with the foundation is Friday.
“I’ve built the infrastructure and support, and the necessary bones and foundations, so I can leave,” Coolers told the Associated Press. “It looks like the time is right.”
The departure of Cullers led to a huge increase in support and political influence for the BLM movement in the United States and around the world, which was established almost eight years ago in response to injustice against black Americans. The resignation comes amid controversy over the foundation’s financial and personal assets.
Resignation The 37-year-old woman said her resignation has been at work for more than a year and she had no connection to the personal attacks she has faced from far-tooth groups or any differences within the movement.
“Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I didn’t work out what I thought of myself,” Coolers said.
Following his departure, the Foundation is bringing to the board two new interim senior executives to help run it in the near future: longtime BLM coordinator Monifa Bandele, founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots movement in New York City, and McKinney Themba, an early. Supporter of the BLM movement and a leading strategist for high land change strategies in Jackson, Mississippi.
“I think they both bring with them not only a wealth of movement experience, but also a wealth of executive experience,” Coolers said.
The BLM Foundation revealed to the AP in February that it had taken more than $ 00 million last year since the May 2020 assassination. George Floyd, A black man whose Last breath Inspired below the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer Protest The global foundation said it ended up with a balance of more than ० 0.0 million in 2020, after spending a quarter of its assets on operating expenses, grants to black-led organizations and donations to other charities.
Critics of the foundation say more of that money should go to the families of black victims of police brutality, who have been unable to access the resources needed to cope with their trauma and loss.
“This is the saddest part,” said Reverend T. Sherry Dickerson, president of the City BLM Chapter in Oklahoma and representative of #BLM10, a national group of organizers who have publicly criticized funding and transparency.
“I know something [the families] Feeling we have ‘Run out of gas’ emotionally, and we’re not going to let them down, “said Dickerson.
Coolers and the foundation said they help families without making public announcements or disclosing dollar amounts.
In 2020, the BLM Foundation closed its chapter network to a sister group called BLM Grassroots, so that it could develop its potential as a philanthropic organization. Although many groups use “Black Live Matter” or “BLM” in their names, less than a dozen chapters are considered network allies.
Last month, Cullors was targeted by several conservative-leaning publications for falsely accusing him of taking a large annual salary from the foundation, accusing him of recently buying a house in Southern California.
In April, the foundation said Colors was a volunteer executive director who had received a total of २० 120,000 since the organization was founded in 2013, prior to 2001, for duties such as serving as a spokesperson and engaging in political education.
“As a registered 101c3 non-profit organization, [the foundation] No employee or volunteer can and will use any organizational resources to purchase personal property, ”the foundation said in a statement. “On the contrary, any acquittal or claim is clearly wrong.”
In 2018, the Cullors released, when they called you an atheist: A Black Live Matter Memory, which became a New York Times bestseller. She has also consulted on various ethnic justice projects outside BLM.
He and the BLM movement have come a long way since it was established as a social media hashtag in 2013 Flawless George Zimmerman, a neighbor, volunteer to assassinate 1-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.
The clans, along with BLM co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, then pledged to build a decentralized movement based on the collective consensus of the members. In 2015-2015, a network of chapters was formed, while donations and support appeared. Garza and Tomati soon parted ways with their daily involvement in the network to focus on their projects.
One of the co-founders’ most publicly visible callers, he became the foundation’s full-time executive director last year, based entirely on need, he said.
“We needed her,” said Melina Abdullah, who leads BLM Grassroots and co-founder, with Clares, the first official chapter of BLM’s Los Angeles.
“George Floyd was killed and the whole world woke up,” Abdullah told the AP. “I want him to stay there forever, but I know that’s not possible. The real test for any organization is to avoid the departure of its founders. I have no question that Black Live Matter will survive and grow, even with the departure of our last co-founder in a formal role.” ”
On October On, the St. Martin’s Press will release Coolers’ new book, the AN Alchemists Handbook, a guide to workers caring for each other and resolving internal conflicts. Coolers is developing and producing original cable and streaming TV content that focuses on black stories, under a multi-deal agreement with Warner Bros.
Her TV project will debut on July 1, he said.
“I think I can probably look less, because I’m not going to be one of the biggest, most controversial organizations in the history of our movement right now,” Cullers said.
“I know I’m a leader, and I’m not ashamed of it. But no movement is a leader. “