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    White bar owner charged in fatal shooting of Black protester dies by suicide, attorneys say

    Jake Gardner, a White bar owner who was indicted last week in the fatal shooting of Black protester James Scurlock during a late-night Omaha demonstration in May, died by suicide on Sunday, his attorneys said at a news conference.

    Attorney Stu Dornan said that Gardner, 38, had died “at his own hand” in Oregon on the same day he was scheduled to return to Omaha to turn himself in. Gardner faced four felony charges, including manslaughter, that were handed down by a special prosecutor last week.

    The indictment came months after a county attorney initially agreed with Gardner that he had shot Scurlock, 22, in self-defense and declined to prosecute the bar owner. A grand jury thought otherwise, pointing to Gardner’s own words in text and Facebook messages as probable cause for an indictment .

    “The grand jury indictment was a shock to him,” Dornan said Sunday. “He was really shook up.”

    A White bar owner claimed self-defense in killing a Black protester. But his own words show otherwise, prosecutors say.

    About 12:20 p.m. Sunday, police in Hillsboro, Ore., responded to a call of a body found outside a medical clinic less than 20 miles west of downtown Portland, authorities said in a news release. Investigators eventually identified Gardner, saying that his death is under investigation, but “officers are not seeking any suspects and there is no danger to the community.” Gardner did not leave a note, his attorneys said.

    Gardner’s death marks yet another stunning turn in the tragic case. On the night of May 30, Scurlock and some of his friends joined thousands of demonstrators flooding the streets of Omaha five days after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests.

    Surveillance footage released later by Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine showed Scurlock and his friends exchanging words with Gardner, a former Marine who had written on Facebook that he planned “to pull military-style firewatch” at his bar, the Hive. During an argument, Gardner flashed a gun in his waistband, saying to Scurlock and a friend, “Keep the f--- away from me,” according to cellphone footage.

    After a woman tussled Gardner to the ground, the bar owner fired what Kleine described as two “warning shots” that sent both the female protester and Scurlock’s friend running. Seconds later, Scurlock jumped on Gardner, placing him in what the bar owner later described to police as a chokehold. With Scurlock on his back, Gardner then fired over his shoulder and killed the 22-year-old.

    Kleine decided not to prosecute Gardner, calling the shooting “senseless, but justified.” But two days later, he called a grand jury amid escalating protests. Special prosecutor Frederick D. Franklin of the U.S. attorney’s office in Omaha presented the grand jury evidence showing that Gardner had “an intent to use a firearm for purposes of killing someone,” Franklin said last week. The evidence, which came “primarily from Jake Gardner himself,” undermined self-defense claims, the special prosecutor concluded.

    “Jake Gardner was threatening the use of deadly force in the absence of being threatened with a concomitant deadly force by James Scurlock or anyone who was associated with him,” Franklin said.

    On Sunday, Dornan told reporters that Gardner had fled to the West Coast after receiving “numerous death threats” following Scurlock’s death. He had initially gone to Northern California but left the state because of the wildfires, his attorneys said. The Omaha World-Herald reported that Gardner was reportedly staying at an uncle’s house around Portland. Gardner was afraid of returning to Omaha and had even hired a bodyguard, worrying that someone would make good on one of the alleged death threats, attorney Tom Monaghan said.

    “He was deathly afraid of coming back here because he felt he would not get a fair trial,” Dornan said.

    Critics, among them Nebraska state Sen. Justin Wayne (D), the Scurlock family’s attorney, questioned why Gardner wasn’t quickly apprehended after Douglas County District Judge James Gleason approved an arrest warrant on Friday, the World-Herald reported. Dornan said Franklin was agreeable in allowing Gardner to wait out the wildfires before returning to Omaha.

    At the Sunday news conference, Gardner’s attorneys maintained that the fatal shooting of Scurlock was “a clear case of self-defense.” Monaghan contended that “the lies on social media” had convicted Gardner before the grand jury charged him last week.

    “Cases should be decided in the courtroom and not on social media in the context of public opinion,” Dornan said.

    The attorneys remembered Gardner as a veteran of multiple tours in Iraq, telling reporters that he had suffered two traumatic brain injuries. Before the indictment was announced, Gardner told KETV that he was “more anxious now than when I was flying to Iraq.”

    “Unfortunately, there are two men who have died in a terrible tragedy,” Dornan said. “It’s a terrible tragedy for the Omaha community; it’s a terrible tragedy for James Scurlock and his family; it’s a terrible tragedy for the Gardner family.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verđandi View Post
    The first day Ma’Kiya Congious wore her Black Lives Matter mask to work, no one seemed to bat an eye. In fact, several customers at the Whataburger location in Fort Worth complimented her on the face covering, which is also emblazoned with a fist.

    ...

    Congious had not yet decided to quit, she later clarified in her complaint, and merely wanted to ask about her options. But when she pushed back to her supervisors and remained inside the store, they called the police on her, she said. Five cars responded to the scene, and Congious left and did not return to work.

    The company said in a statement that Congious had “voluntarily resigned due to a disagreement over our company uniform policy”
    People in general do not like BLM anymore, and corporations are getting the message.

    They realize that for every customer that complains, there are a hundred who just take their business elsewhere.

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    That imbecile was fired because she was wearing black supremacist hate symbols at a public business and some "based" white "Karen" rightfully objected. Alternately, as noted above, just don't give establishments that allow such displays, or actively support the hate movement your business.
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    Armed Louisville Store Owner Explains Why He Refused to Bow Down to BLM Mob When They Demanded He Repeat ‘Black Lives Matter’

    A Louisville store owner who was filmed in a tense confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters who tried to get him to say ‘black lives matter’ has defended his refusal in a Fox interview.

    Footage of the incident, shared on Twitter, shows a small crowd of BLM activists grilling business owner Fadi Faouri, as he stood outside his store holding a rifle.

    A group of Black Lives Matter protesters could be seen demanding he voice his support for the movement during a third night of Breonna Taylor demonstrations in the city.


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    Jake Gardner & the Dissident’s Dilemma



    Are you furious yet?

    White Americans: If the recent Jake Gardner affair has taught us anything, it’s that our elite that now occupies most of the government and nearly all of the mainstream media has rigged the system against us. We simply cannot win when playing by the rules. Jake Gardner knew this, which is why he so tragically took himself out of the game.

    For a quick recap, on September 16th, Gardner, a white Iraq War veteran and vocal Trump supporter, was protecting a bar he owned in Omaha, Nebraska from a Black Lives Matter mob. Rioters chucked a street sign through one of his windows, and then knocked his elderly father to the ground. After helping his father, Gardner lifted his shirt to reveal his gun to the rioters, and then backed towards his bar. This prompted two rioters to jump him from behind. Gardner fired two warning shots to get the rioters off of him, and was jumped again, this time by a black criminal named James Scurlock.

    Ann Coulter described this Scurlock creature best:

    At 22, Scurlock already had a rap sheet a mile long, including home invasion, assault and battery, domestic violence — and, of course, he was in the middle of a crime spree that very night. Methamphetamine and cocaine were found in his urine.

    Finding himself in a chokehold, about to pass out, Gardner did the only thing he could to save his life: he shot and killed the feral thug. I covered the coda to this depressing story in my previous article, “This is Why We Had Segregation:”

    Initially, the DA ruled the killing self-defense. But after rioters threatened him at his home, he allowed a black special prosecutor named Frederick Franklin to investigate. Franklin filed charges against Gardner for manslaughter, first-degree assault, and making terrorist threats. Gardner committed suicide as a result.

    Jake Gardner knew he couldn’t win. Or he knew he didn’t have it in him to take on city hall. Was he wrong? Note how prejudicial this prosecutor was when justifying his decision to bring charges against Gardner during a press conference shortly after Gardner’s death. After expressing his irrelevant admiration for football player Gayle Sayers, Franklin explained that Gardner’s equally irrelevant appreciation for President Trump and disdain for the BLM riots were factors in his indictment. He also equated Gardner’s lifting of his shirt to making terroristic threats, and Gardner’s sitting out the riot in his bar with the lights off with setting up an ambush.

    In other words, this black special prosecutor completely abandoned Occam’s Razor and warped all understanding of proper human behavior in order to ludicrously paint Jake Gardner as a villain. He trashed all presumption of innocence and gave Gardner absolutely no benefit of any doubt. As I see it, Franklin believes Gardner wasn’t there to protect his business, he was there to hunt black people; Gardner wasn’t an honest man acting in self-defense, he was a bigot standing in the way of racial equality. Furthermore, Franklin downplayed the crimes of the rioters. To him, it seems, they weren’t mindless hooligans intent on destruction and mayhem, they were righteous protestors fighting for the dignity of African Americans. The crass racial favoritism here should obvious.

    This is how the Left operates. It twists the mundane and the commonsensical into the preposterously political. This tactic might be merely dishonorable during a debate among professional politicians. But when uncorked against a regular civilian, it becomes tantamount to using the prosecutor’s office as a weapon. It could even be viewed as a government’s declaration of war against a substantial portion of its population.

    It seems that Frederick Franklin saw Jake Gardner as a white man who did not wish to submit to the Black Supremacist mandate of Black Lives Matter, and decided to punish him for it. Not only this, but he did so by popular demand. Many, many people on social media were calling for Jake Gardner’s head.

    How can one man stand up to this? Gardner was facing the twin threats of a hostile government and a hostile populace. He was probably also aware of the retaliation murder of a Trump supporter in Portland after the Kyle Rittenhouse affair back in August. Perhaps he felt that every moment he kept breathing was endangering other innocent people who might suddenly find themselves in the crosshairs of Antifa or BLM. Perhaps he did not want to escalate. Who knows?

    But one thing we do know is that Jake Gardner is not merely evidence for the naked oppression of white people — he also embodies what I call the Dissident’s Dilemma. The elites of our society are slowly stripping away all viable options that a dissident has at his disposal to remain in public life. The Founding Fathers had tried to bake such options into the constitutional cake 250 years ago, and now the Left has mustered enough power to begin undoing all of that.

    • Gardner did not have freedom of speech. Franklin used Gardner’s text messages against him — messages that showed Gardner expressing his constitutionally protected right to disapprove of the riots.
    • Gardner did not have the freedom to bear arms. Just sitting in his bar with a gun with the lights off constitutes setting up an ambush with the intent to kill, according to Franklin.
    • Gardner did not have the right to vote Republican. His support for President Trump was one reason for Franklin’s indicting him in the first place (otherwise he wouldn’t have mentioned Trump at the press conference).
    • Gardner did not have the right to own property. The mob was raging through Omaha, and the police were not there to protect him. Gardner himself became a criminal the moment he stepped into that void left by police.
    • Gardner did not have the right to rent property. His landlord immediately evicted Gardner’s two bars after the incident.
    • Gardner did not have the right to defend himself. Franklin offers no appropriate course of action Gardner could have taken other than allowing James Spurlock to choke him unconscious and then kill him.
    • Gardner did not have the right to raise money for his legal defense. GoFundMe took care of that.
    • Gardner did have the right, but not the option, of civil disobedience. He could have considered the advantages of being a political prisoner if he ever were convicted. But, as we all know, the preponderance of blacks and Hispanics in prison would have made his life intolerable, if he were allowed to live long in there at all.
    • Gardner also barely — just barely — had the right to defend himself against Leviathan in court. He could have done so, but at tremendous cost, both financial and emotional. It would have taken everything he had, and all Franklin would have needed to sink him was a handful of jurors or one judge who is as unreasonable and vindictive as he is. Pretty good odds of that, right?


    So with all of these rights stripped away, what is a dissident to do? And make no mistake, Jake Gardner became a dissident the moment he decided to stand up to Black Lives Matter terrorists. I’ve addressed this question many times before and have laid out various options, such as forming a white underground railroad, weaponizing money, and wargaming secession.

    Aside from mourning Gardner’s passing and never forgetting what he now stands for, dissidents should also be aware that each outrage such as this swings the argument further and further in their favor—and the 2020 list of outrages is growing longer and longer: the McMichaels, the McCloskeys, the Wuestenbergs, Derek Chauvin, Garrett Rolfe, Kyle Rittenhouse, and now Jake Gardner. These are all white people who were persecuted by our government, by cancel culture, and by Leftist rage mobs simply for defending their own lives with firearms — as is their unalienable right. The message is clear: when it comes down to life and death, the Left does not want white people to live. The Left sees any dispute between a black and a white as an excuse to condemn the white and exonerate the black — all pertinent evidence and information be damned.

    Dissidents must never shut up about this. We must act with tremendous urgency when convincing conservatives, libertarians, and anyone else still perched in the political center that the Left and its BLM/Antifa foot soldiers is nothing less than a racist, anti-white hate machine which would strip away all rights from white people if it could.

    The persecution and subsequent suicide of Jake Gardner still infuriate me — but I am heartened by one tragic consolation: he ultimately made our arguments just a little bit stronger.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ee-suburb.html

    "BLM rioters smash the windows of HOMES in Milwaukee suburb after a black officer was cleared in the shooting death of an armed black teen"

    Unfortunately now apparently routine script: Negro criminal gets shot by cop, criminal "BLM" mob riots, no matter what the suspect actually may have been doing to get himself shot. Since the cop in this situation was also a negro, I wonder if the local BLM agitators will demand he be prosecutorially lynched like the white cops in Louisville, KY? Such rank stupidity!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYAnglo View Post
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ee-suburb.html

    "BLM rioters smash the windows of HOMES in Milwaukee suburb after a black officer was cleared in the shooting death of an armed black teen"

    Unfortunately now apparently routine script: Negro criminal gets shot by cop, criminal "BLM" mob riots, no matter what the suspect actually may have been doing to get himself shot. Since the cop in this situation was also a negro, I wonder if the local BLM agitators will demand he be prosecutorially lynched like the white cops in Louisville, KY? Such rank stupidity!
    And if you open fire on the baboons the cops will show up and arrest you instantly. Self defense is illegal for whites now.

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    American Taxpayers Are Forced to Pay for BLM Terrorism



    Not only are American taxpayers being forced to pay for israeli terrorism abroad, they are also paying for BLM terrorism in their own country!

    According to The Washington Free Beacon:

    'Nearly $170 million in government grants has passed through a liberal dark money behemoth that houses numerous left-wing groups, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, tax forms show.'

    The foundation in question is called the Tides Center.

    “The Tides Center is as liberal and politically active as they come; its entire purpose is to create new activist groups,” said Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center. “For example, we recently revealed that the Tides Center sponsors the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, one of the top groups in the Marxist-led BLM movement. It’s fair to question whether tax dollars sourced from all Americans should flow to nonprofits that have such an open ideological axe to grind.”

    Walter noted that the Tides Center’s recipient profile on USASpending.gov, which posts government grants, shows $34 million in federal funding since 2008. The grants were primarily from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of Health and Human Services. While USASpending is meant to inform the public of where government grants are coming from and where they are going, it contains incomplete data. During the period of time in which the website says the Tides Center received $34 million in federal funding, the group’s own tax forms show that it had received $139 million in government grants.

    The total annual sum of government grants awarded to projects at the Tides Center has steadily risen over the years. In 2001, the Tides Center reported $3.4 million in such grants on its tax forms. By 2018, the number shot up to $19.2 million, which was nearly 15 percent of the $137 million it reported in total grants and contributions that year. The $170 million in government funding was disbursed to projects between that time. Due to the Tides Center’s set up as a fiscal sponsor with numerous nonprofits that fall below it, it is virtually impossible to pinpoint where the government grants end up. Tides did not respond to an inquiry on the funding."

    Amongst others, George Soros, the jewish supremacist financier of terrorism around the world, has used this organization to funnel money to Communist front groups like BLM.

    "Millions have been given from the likes of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation."

    While taking money from people via force to give to groups like BLM is inherently wrong, I would like to point out that BLM has done absolutely nothing with that money to actually uplift the Black community by founding schools for children, setting up drug rehabilitation centers, working to end gang violence, creating educational programs to help adults gain employment, etc. Instead they break windows, yell at people trying to enjoy their lives, assault innocent people, loot, and riot. Their whole mission is to terrorize Americans and spread their ideology, like the plague, to Africans across the world. This is what they are paid to do, and it is absolutely not helping to stop people from being “racist” against Blacks whatsoever. If anything, it’s helping to reinforce all the stereotypes that they supposedly hate so much!

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    To quote the writings of one of our Founders, Thomas Jefferson:

    "...to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical..."

    That quote concerned religious liberty in Virginia, but the essence holds true for the use of our tax $$ to subsidize an anti-white, anti-American criminal hate "movement" like "BLM"!
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    Is Warren Buffett the Wallet Behind Black Lives Matter?



    Sean Cooper, Tablet, October 6, 2020

    In July of 2013, the seeds of the most powerful protest movement of the modern era were planted.

    In a restless climate of nationwide demonstrations touched off by the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an activist named Alicia Garza uttered the phrase “Black lives matter.” A few months later, in October 2013, Garza took a job with an organization called the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the nonprofit immediately saw a dramatic increase in its funding from organizations tied to some of the wealthiest people in the world—people with names like Buffett, Soros, and Rockefeller.

    This spring, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, the movement became a global interest: Some 1.1 million individual donations worth an estimated $33 million flowed into its coffers. Large corporations, especially in Silicon Valley and retail, have been quick to follow suit, with brands like Square, Ubisoft, Google, Spanx, Tom’s Shoes, Lululemon, Nike, and Anastasia Beauty all making six- and seven-figure organizational pledges.

    The received wisdom, echoing the official mythology around Black Lives Matter Global Network Inc.—co-founded by Garza along with fellow activists Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors—is that BLM is a grassroots movement that rose up organically out of the widespread rage sparked by viral videos of Black American men killed by police officers. According to this account, the political priorities of activists in Brooklyn screaming at cops and calling to defund the police have been fused with those of suburban moms in Peloton T-shirts, hand-painting signs with their kids using the BLM hashtags of large multinational conglomerates—an unusual union of protesters and the corporate boardroom spurred on by nothing more than everyone’s shared outrage over racism.

    There is, however, another version of events, in which the heartfelt dedication to racial justice is only the forward-facing side of a more complicated movement. Behind the street level activism and emotional outpouring is a calculated machinery built by establishment money and power that has seized on racial politics, in which some of the biggest capitalists in the world are financially backing a group of self-described “trained Marxists”—a label that Cullors enthusiastically applies to herself and the group’s other co-founders.

    These bedfellows, whose stories and fortunes are never publicly presented as related, are in reality intertwined under the umbrella of a fiscal sponsor named the International Development Exchange. A modestly endowed West Coast nonprofit with origins in the Peace Corps—which for decades supported local farmers, shepherds, and agricultural workers across the Global South—IDEX has, in the past six years, been transformed into two distinct new things: the infrastructure back end to the Black Lives Matter organization in the United States and also, at the very same time, an investment fund vehicle driven by recruited MBAs and finance experts seeking to leverage decades of on-the-ground grantee relationships for novel forms of potentially problematic lending instruments. And it did so with help from the family of one of the most famous American billionaires in history—the Oracle of Omaha himself.

    In a small village in Northern Thailand in 1965, a young American Peace Corps volunteer named Paul Strasburg took up the plight of locals who could not afford to build a new school. Strasburg wanted to help, but he was short on cash. Calls back to friends on Long Island led to a one-off fundraising effort, which resulted in a few thousand dollars in donations to cover building materials. Twenty years later, the legacy of that effort to channel Western money into repairing one small corner of Thailand, led Strasburg in 1985 to found a nonprofit, the International Development Exchange (IDEX).

    For the next several decades, IDEX’s small team in the California Bay Area connected donors in wealthy nations to fund small projects throughout the developing world. In the beginning, the sums involved were modest, in the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars range. Over time, microfinancing across the Global South became a fashionable philanthropic endeavor. By the early 2000s, even as IDEX maintained a low profile, they grew a diverse grant portfolio stretching across Asia, South Africa, and Latin America.

    IDEX existed to play a middleman role, identifying and vetting underfunded projects for philanthropists and financial backers who don’t have the time to personally investigate every new well-digging project a continent away. But as the nonprofit’s network grew, and the group came to exert some degree of financial leverage over the core labor pool, textile manufacturing, and agricultural production of some 750 community groups across 37 countries, the middleman started to look like the manager of an investment portfolio.

    In the same way that a growing religious group tends to naturally become a large real estate holder, IDEX’s constellation of contacts and infrastructure became a valuable asset—potentially offering on-the-ground access to valuable commodities while flying under the radar of multinational competitors and government agencies.

    Indeed, in 2013, after decades attending to the patient, detailed work of making grants to farmers in Guatemala, IDEX underwent a sudden transformation—just as the Black Lives Matter movement was beginning in earnest. For the decade prior, according to their financial disclosures, donor revenue to IDEX, which changed its name to Thousand Currents in 2016, remained in the modest six figures, often around $500,000 to $600,000 annually. But in 2013, IDEX received an unprecedented $450,000 in grant funding from a single source—raising from one donation about 73% of what the organization had taken in the year prior. That donor was NoVo, a social justice foundation formed in 2006 by Peter Buffett—the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett—and Peter’s wife, Jennifer.

    At the same time NoVo was making its first large donations to IDEX, the philanthropy also made another, even larger donation of $750,000 to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, where in October of 2013, Garza was hired as special projects director. NoVo, with Peter and Jennifer Buffett behind it, deepened its relations to the new racial justice movement, donating $300,000 in 2014 to IDEX—the group that would soon become BLM’s financial sponsor—plus another $750,000 to NDWA, where Garza worked. Garza did not respond to Tablet’s requests for comment on this article.

    In 2015, the connection between the Buffett’s giving to the two organizations became explicit. In that year, NoVo gifted $3.72 million to IDEX, a sum greater than the organization’s past three years of total revenue combined. Of that funding, $700,000 was specifically earmarked for the support of the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM co-founder Garza likewise saw her employer, NDWA, get a significant bump in revenue from NoVo, with an exponentially increased $4.5 million in unrestricted funding.

    Along with their new patron in NoVo, in 2015 IDEX made an addition to their board of directors—a woman named Susan Rosenberg. The child of a Manhattan dentist, Rosenberg grew up in comfort—one might now say “with privilege”—on the Upper West Side in the 1960s. She attended Walden day school and then Barnard, and emerged in the early ’70s as a fervent activist disillusioned by American imperialism and the Vietnam War in particular. Rosenberg joined the Weather Underground, where she took up with a cohort of other young, affluent, highly educated white women to found a group called May 19th, which by 1979 was working alongside the Black Liberation Army. The three groups carried out a series of bombings, shootings, and robberies in which dozens of innocent people were killed and maimed.

    Rosenberg’s role in the Black rights movement satisfied her desire to push back against an American government that she saw as inherently violent and racist.

    Over the next several years, “the white edge” of the Black liberation movement helped spring key liberation leaders from jail, including a bomb maker held in New York’s Bellevue hospital. They also worked a series of bank robberies, the most high-profile of which was the infamous botched Brinks armored car robbery on Oct. 20, 1981, in Nanuet, New York, in which six BLA members and four members of the Weather Underground stole $1.6 million from a Brinks truck, killing Brinks guard Peter Paige and wounding two other men in the truck. In the course of their attempted getaway, the robbers shot and killed two Nyack police officers, Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown, and seriously wounded a police detective named Artie Keenan.

    Indicted by the FBI for driving the getaway vehicle, Rosenberg fled the scene and went underground until her arrest in 1984 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, when she and a partner attempted to transfer 740 pounds of dynamite, a dozen guns, and hundreds of fake IDs from a rental truck to a storage facility.

    Though the indictment for the Brinks robbery was still on the books, those charges would be dropped by then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani, who instead pursued the more recent weapons and explosives charges. Rosenberg was convicted of those charges and sentenced to 58 years in prison for domestic terrorism. That term would ultimately be cut short in January of 2001 by more than two-thirds when, on the last day of his presidency, Bill Clinton granted Rosenberg executive clemency.

    Rosenberg was installed on the board of directors of IDEX in the second half of 2015. Her first full year of service saw the initial public announcement of the formal collaboration between the Black Lives Matter movement and IDEX. While continuing their charity work in the Global South, IDEX would also take on “the legacies of colonialism” in the United States.

    To that end, IDEX—now Thousand Currents—became BLM’s official fiscal sponsor—an IRS designation wherein a government-sanctioned nonprofit can accept and manage tax-deductible donations on behalf of another organization that has not attained nonprofit status. In addition to managing BLM’s finances, Thousand Currents took over the movement’s “administrative and back office support, including finance, accounting, grants management, insurance, human resources, legal and compliance,” according to a Thousand Currents statement.

    Any question about how seriously NoVo was invested in setting up Thousand Currents as the financial and administrative power behind Black Lives Matter was put to rest in 2017 and 2018. In those years, NoVo dispersed a whopping $12.91 million grant to Thousand Currents. By then the group had promoted Susan Rosenberg to vice chairman of the Board of Directors.

    The infusion of $33 million in donations into BLM has recently led to new scrutiny of the group’s financial arrangements. Several inquiries were also made by predominantly conservative media organizations into why Susan Rosenberg, a convicted domestic terrorist, held a senior position of the board of Thousand Currents, in charge of the movement’s money.

    In a statement released in early July, Thousand Currents clarified why they had scraped their website of information about their board’s identity, as well as previously posted documents on the organization’s finances. Pointing at “attacks … aimed at discrediting the Black-led, multiracial mass movement of millions of people around the world who are speaking out against state-sanctioned violence, anti-Blackness, racism, and white supremacy,” the Thousand Currents statement said the removal of information from the web was part of an effort “to protect our team … [and] shield the privacy and safety of our staff, donors, and partners.”

    A few days later, on July 10, according to documents filed with the California attorney general, the Thousand Currents board voted unanimously to “transfer the fiscal sponsorship of the BLM Project” to another California-based nonprofit known as the Tides Center, which along with the Tides Foundation exists underneath the control of the Tides Network—an umbrella organization which managed more than $591 million in revenue in 2018.

    The transfer of BLM’s fiscal sponsorship from Thousand Currents to the Tides Network would appear to end the relationship between NoVo and the Black Lives Matter movement. However, according to public financial documents, NoVo has continued its relationship with BLM, just through a different shell organization. Indeed, NoVo is now even more deeply involved with BLM now that BLM is a part of the Tides Network: In 2018 alone, NoVo dispersed more than 100 separate donations totaling at least $121 million to Tides directly.

    Amren

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