DONATIONS TO BLM

| July 8, 2020 | 32 Comments

Listed are some of America’s largest corporations that have allegedly pledged or donated funds to the main Black Lives Matter organization. It has been reported the new Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation sees both replacing the nuclear family structure and promoting the LGBT political agenda as central to its mission. A co-founder also has said that she and other “trained Marxists” formed the network foundation, so there’s that.

The reason for promulgating such a list is to encourage boycotts, of course. I’m no fan of boycotts myself; I use what conveniences me until it doesn’t. YYMV.

Jeff LPH 3 sends.

These 18 Corporations Gave Money to Radical Black Lives Matter Group

Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH / July 07, 2020

Major corporations donate hundreds of thousands to Black Lives Matter to “fight injustice, inequality and discrimination.” Do they understand what they’re supporting? Pictured: Protesters march against racism and police brutality Sunday on Broadway in Amityville, New York. (Photo: Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday/RM/ Getty Images)

Some of America’s largest corporations have pledged or donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the main Black Lives Matter organization, founded by “trained Marxists,” that calls for replacing the nuclear family with a “village.”

Prominent brands giving money include Amazon, Microsoft, Nabisco, Gatorade, Airbnb, and the Atlantic and Warner record labels.

Black Lives Matter as a movement or sentiment is not necessarily tied to the radical organization, called the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, but it has become the greatest beneficiary of corporate largesse.

The Daily Signal previously reported that the website for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation notes that replacing the nuclear family structure and promoting the LGBT political agenda are central to its mission. A co-founder also has said that she and other “trained Marxists” formed the network foundation.

The BLM Global Network Foundation began in 2016 with the fiscal sponsorship of Thousand Currents, a liberal nonprofit group. Susan Rosenberg, convicted and imprisoned in 1984 for domestic terrorism, is vice chairwoman of Thousand Currents’ board of directors, The Daily Signal also reported.

At least 18 companies have donated or pledged to donate money to the BLM Global Network Foundation, according to a list compiled by the Washington-based Capital Research Center, which monitors nonprofits and charities. Another seven companies have not been clear which Black Lives Matter entity they chose for contributions.

Thousand Currents has said that all donations filtered through it, corporate and otherwise, “are received as restricted donations to support the activities of BLM.”

The Daily Signal contacted spokespersons for all the companies mentioned in this report several times over the course of a week, seeking comment about their financial support for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

The Daily Signal asked whether the companies supported that organization’s stated beliefs and goals, which extend well beyond advocating racial equality and opposing police brutality.

>>> Related: A Deeper Look at Black Lives Matter and Its Impact

Several companies state merely that they are giving to “Black Lives Matter,” without specifying which organization. The BLM Global Network Foundation likely is the recipient, given its prominence, but that isn’t always clear in an announcement.

It also is possible that, similar to the tech giant Cisco, other companies gave to the Black Lives Matter cause through donations to traditional civil rights groups such as the NAACP and the Urban League.

A growing roster of corporations has issued press releases, memos, and tweets vowing financial support for “Black Lives Matter,” linking directly to or using the Twitter handle of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Here are 18 of them, plus some examples of ambiguous giving.

1. DoorDash

DoorDash, which delivers prepared food, gave $500,000 to the organization. In an email to The Daily Signal, DoorDash spokesperson Liz Jarvis-Shean wrote:

In partnership with our Black@DoorDash Employee Resource Group (ERG), DoorDash pledged a total of $1 million in donations, with $500,000 going to Black Lives Matter via the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and $500,000 to create a fund to be directed by the Black@DoorDash ERG towards state and local organizations.

Our goal with these donations and the other actions we announced is to stand with our employees and community members to fight injustice, inequality and discrimination and to support organizations that are working to root out structural and systemic racism and providing local community development, mentorship, education and entrepreneurship programs to support Black communities across the country.

2. Deckers

“Deckers as a company is standing together in solidarity to fight for equality,” Deckers Brands said in an email to The Daily Signal.

“To show immediate support, we are donating a total of $500,000 to the following organizations,” the company said, listing seven organizations, including “Black Lives Matter Foundation,” which it said “builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.”

Although a smaller organization called the Black Lives Matter Foundation exists, as does another called Movement for Black Lives, a blog post from the Deckers brand Ugg links to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. That post uses language similar to the email from Deckers to The Daily Signal.

3. Amazon

Amazon linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation in a press release June 9, identifying it as among 12 groups that would get a total of $10 million from the online retail giant. Amazon announced:

As part of that effort, Amazon will donate a total of $10 million to organizations that are working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans. Recipients—selected with the help of Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN)—include groups focused on combating systemic racism through the legal system as well as those dedicated to expanding educational and economic opportunities for Black communities.

4. Gatorade

Gatorade, the sports drink maker, identified the BLM Global Network Foundation as being among groups benefiting from a $500,000 donation.

5. Microsoft

Microsoft announced June 5 that it would donate $250,000 to the “Black Lives Matter Foundation,” but linked to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

Microsoft also named five other civil rights organizations with whom it would “deepen our engagement” by donating $250,000 apiece.

6. Glossier

Glossier, a skin care and makeup company, said in a May 30 press release that it would divide $500,000 among five organizations, including “Black Lives Matter,” and linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation’s website.

7. 23andMe

23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki announced June 2 that the company and its employees would donate to “Black Lives Matter” and linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

8. Airbnb

Airbnb announced on Twitter that it was splitting a $500,000 donation between the NAACP and the “@Blklivesmatter Foundation,” using the organization’s Twitter handle.

9. Unilever

Two of Unilever’s personal hygiene brands, Axe and Degree, pledged a total of $350,000 to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

10. Bungie

Bungie didn’t provide a dollar amount, but said it would make “financial contributions” to six organizations and linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

11. Nabisco

Ritz, a cracker brand from Nabisco, announced June 4 that it and sister brands were donating $500,000 to the NAACP and to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

12. Dropbox

Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston announced June 3 that the company was giving $500,000 to the BLM Global Network Foundation, tagging the group on Twitter.

13. Fitbit

Fitbit, the maker of health and fitness trackers, tagged the BLM Global Network Foundation as a recipient of donations, but didn’t say how much.

14. Devolver Digital

Individual employees of Devolver Digital donated $65,000 to the BLM Global Network Foundation as of June 2 through the company’s ActBlue online giving account.

15. Skillshare

Skillshare CEO Matt Cooper, in an online message June 1, said the company was “donating to the following organizations” and referred to the “official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network,” which it said “builds power to bring justice, freedom, and space for imagination and innovation to Black people.” Skillshare was among the few businesses to specifically name the network foundation.

16. Square Enix

Square Enix, a game developer, announced that it was giving $250,000 to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, linking to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

17. That Game Co.

In one tweet, That Game Co. announced plans to give a total of $20,000 to both the NAACP and Black Lives Matter. In a follow-up, the company linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

18. Tinder

Tinder, the online dating network, announced that it was donating and provided a link
to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

Read the rest here: The Daily Signal

Thanks, Jeff.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Does this mean we can add extortion to the list of abuses/crimes against the American People that these terrorists have committed?

    Way to go Corporate America, buy the rope they’re gonna hang you with and the fuel they’re going to burn you out with from the very groups that are going to do the hanging and burning. You’re not remembering history either, dumbasses. Appeasement has never worked. Ask ol’ Neville Chamberlain, or the Suderlan, or maybe, Poland, or the Soviets back in the ’30s.

    This list is a drop in the bucket. Most of the commercials on broadcast TV, and the TV stations themselves, are crowing about their support of BLM.

    Anybody still think this movement is about a small handful of minorities that managed to get themselves killed by either rouge cops or their own stupidity? Or an “offensive statue”? Anyone here think that there are foreign and domestic enemies of ours rubbing themselves with glee right now?

  2. SFC D says:

    “11. Nabisco

    Ritz, a cracker brand from Nabisco, announced June 4 that it and sister brands were donating $500,000 to the NAACP and to the BLM Global Network Foundation.”

    OK folks, that’s just funny right there.

    Are these companies donating to BLM, or are they paying protection money? “Nice business you have there, it’d be a shame if something happened to it”.

  3. Comm Center Rat says:

    I’m a consumer of Amazon and Microsoft products and services. I also own shares of stock in both companies. Corporate donations to the BLM Global Network Foundation will not change my consumption or investment strategy going forward.

    #PAYMEDIVIDENDS

    • timactual says:

      I tried managing my own investments for a while. Fortunately, I didn’t have much, so I didn’t lose much. Came into a small inheritance and told a reputable financial guy to invest it for me, I don’t want to have to worry about it. twenty years later I have no complaints.

      I try to avoid Microsoft just because it has irritated me for so long; I am now a Linux fan, and sing its praises when I can. I just got someone to convert to LibreOffice from Microsoft. Lots of free software out there, folks.

      https://www.gnu.org/software/software.html

  4. Mason says:

    Susan Rosenberg…That name rang a bell. Here’s what the Wikipedia had to say;

    From the late 1970s into the mid-1980s, Rosenberg was active in the far-left revolutionary terrorist May 19th Communist Organization, which engaged in bombings of buildings and provided support to the Black Liberation Army. After living as a fugitive for two years, she was arrested in 1984 while in possession of explosives and firearms. She had also been sought as an accomplice in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur and was suspected but never charged in the 1981 Brink’s robbery that led to the death of a guard and two Nyack police officers (Officer Brown and Officer O’Grady).

    Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years in prison on the weapons and explosives charges. She spent 16 years in prison, during which she became a poet, author and AIDS activist. Her sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, his final day in office.

    Thanks, Bill. Glad you put a cop-killing terrorist communist back out on the street. Now she’s helping finance the latest black supremacy slash communist movement.

    • That was Brink’s co worker “Big” Bill Maroney that was killed and The driver Mike Schlactor took a number of rounds and survived. Mike was hitting the wall guarding Bill who was taking material out of the truck when the van’s doors opened up while it was still moving and the perps opened up on them. Mike took a number of 9MM rounds and Bill took the 5.56 rounds and was killed instantly. The truck was a mess when we looked at it after it came back to 66 Murray Street. What saved the guard was that at that bank stop, Mike used to use the men’s room so the guard sat up front enclosed in the cab.

  5. LC says:

    Ah yes, the radical notion of, “How about we are a little less cavalier about shooting black people, ok?”.

    Look, I have some issues with BLM too… but that’s because the actions of some supporters, not the primary goal of a wee bit less police violence. I was in Germany a few years ago when a police shooting happened. It stood out because it happens very rarely. Here, it’s far more common, even when scaled for population.

    And yes, some of the BLM leaders are idiots. That doesn’t make the common mission stupid. Some key Republicans are idiots, it doesn’t make the conservative ideology stupid either. It just means those people are idiots, and we’d be better off without them in charge.

    • The Dead Man says:

      Morbid curiosity, how often do you actually review the shootings? I mean you can do what Donut Operator does and just skim a monthly aggregation of all police killings for the month then chase down news stories, or go for the thorough approach and actually contact the department to request the bodycam footage after the investigation has concluded.

      The latest hit from the outrage mob when you’re actually looking at both sets of bodycam footage paint a pretty clean picture of a guy getting popped for a good reason.

      • LC says:

        I don’t (as I suspect you know) – I’m looking at the high-level statistics:

        https://www.statista.com/statistics/1124039/police-killings-rate-selected-countries/

        If those are all justified shootings, we’ve got a massively large societal problem. If they’re not, we’ve got a police problem. Either way, I’m inclined to think we can be a wee bit more careful when employing deadly force. This isn’t exactly a category we want to trumpet being #1 at.

        • The Dead Man says:

          Just in case the post got eaten because of the link to HeyJackass (The Chicago crime ticker) It is largely societal.

          The depressing majority of police shoots are justified. That’s not even getting into issues with less than lethals failing requiring the shoot after.

          The most recent, the guy was going to get popped with a ticket because he was driving without his seatbelt, had a gun improperly stored according to the state laws and a pound of weed.

          This isn’t what got him shot. What got him shot was diving for the gun when the cop went to put him in cuffs, slamming his foot on the accelerator and dragging a cop a good 100 feet or more through a fence, almost hitting a house and then pointing the gun at the cop. This kind of thing seems to be a recurring theme. Pulled over for something dumb, escalate it until it becomes a shooting. News cycle beats a dead horse.

          • LC says:

            Oh, I certainly feel plenty of shootings are justified – and the case you cite certainly seems like one of them. But we might weigh the societal vs. police portions of the equation differently — you say it’s largely societal, and I might even agree with that (I truly don’t know), but I think there’s still a non-negligible amount of responsibility that rests with the police. Whether that’s from the ‘militarization’ of police forces, or the fact they’re tasked with so much stuff, or just the attitudes that develop within the force because of societal issues, but I think we can do better.

            Perfect? No. But better, certainly.

            Again, I have plenty of issues with BLM, and it bothers me more than a little that George Floyd is the poster-boy, and not,say, Breonna Taylor. Now, maybe the Breonna Taylor thing didn’t even have anything to do with race… but to be at the wrong house -the wrong side of town, I believe!- entering with a no-knock warrant, and shooting an innocent woman? That’s pretty fucked up, and evidence of training or mindset issues.

            That’s why I think people calling for a little more care in police violence, especially in Black communities, have a point. Even if I still hesitate to say I support BLM due to my issues with various people in leadership.

            • Mason says:

              Breonna Taylor was no innocent. She was named on the warrant as was her address. She was suspected of holding large amounts of her drug dealer boyfriend’s money. Coincidentally, the dude who she was sleeping with that started shooting at the cops, forcing them to return fire, was not the drug dealing boyfriend (he was arrested an hour or so earlier at a second address during the execution of another, related search warrant).

              They weren’t at the wrong apartment. They’d gotten permission to do a no-knock warrant, but the cops didn’t. They knocked and announced.

              You really need to educate yourself on this topic before you go buying into all the media and BLM bullshit. The issues BLM have with police are cultural. Inner city thug culture glorifies violence and criminality, discourages cooperation with police, and encourages a lack of personal responsibility.

              BLM cares not for black lives one little bit.

              • LC says:

                Fair enough – I haven’t stayed up on the case, and it seems you’re right about a lot of the surrounded info, at least according to the police. I’ll look forward to hearing what the FBI says.

                With all that said, I stand by the above statistics about police shootings in the US vs. other developed countries. We can do better, and whether BLM (the organization) cares for black lives or not, I guarantee you many of the people protesting do.

                • 11B-Mailclerk says:

                  Motte and Bailey

                  BLM is a Marxist revolutionary organization. That is its goal and motivation. It openly says so, as stated by its leadership.

                  It acts to make things worse, in standard Marxist revolutionary method.

                  The absolutely last thing those bastards want is less deaths of folks with built in tans. It would tend to head off revolution. They intend as much conflict as possible. They will hijack or crowd out any real civil rights or police reform efforts. Example: “defund the police”. That directly leads to anarchy, massacre of minorities, revolution, and they assume then Marxism.

                  Why is a supposedly reasonable person like yourself aiding and abetting a Marxist revolutionary group? One that blatantly works towards anarchy and revolution, through increased victimization of folks with deep factory-installed tinting?

                  Note the consistent presence of “anarchist”/black-bloc violent types, that would be excluded by any non-revolutionary or non-marxist group.

                  You are way too smart not to see all that. So were you genuinely unaware, or are you deliberately ignoring it? It is right there to be seen if one looks.

                • ArmyATC says:

                  Let me be the devil’s advocate and posit these questions; why is it only law enforcement who can “do better?” Why is the culpability of the black community never mentioned in these conversations? Black culture glorifies gangs, drugs and other criminality, violence, and the degradation of women and practices all of it. Why is that never brought up? Is it too “insensitive?”

                  • ArmyATC says:

                    Beyond that, why are police officers maybe a bit heavier handed on blacks than on whites? Could it be that it’s due to their experiences with blacks? Statistically, a black person is more likely to run from or fight an officer than any other demographic. If you knew that you were going to be in a fight with a certain person 9 times out of 10, how would you approach them?

                  • LC says:

                    Well, let me first state the obvious – I’m just speaking for myself. And in that vein, I definitely think the black community can do a lot better too – that’s one of the primary issues I have with BLM. If you’re not turning over people who are looting stores during your ‘protests’, you’re absolutely part of the problem, period.

                    But for me, and this gets to your second question, too, when I look at the rate of police shootings -even just in general, and not specifically against blacks!- in the US, and compare with other countries, it’s pretty staggering. So, I feel we can do better – and while there are societal issues at play, clearly a part of the equation also rests with our police.

                    I’m not saying society doesn’t have to improve (including Black communities), but the discussion is, for better or worse, focused on the police right now – and they can definitely improve too.

                    For that reason, I think the protestors calling for change are right, even if I disagree with other aspects of their platform.

    • timactual says:

      “Ah yes, the radical notion of, “How about we are a little less cavalier about shooting black people, ok?”. ”

      Gee, I would have thought you would have caught on by now. This is a skinhead site that urges everyone to snuff out at least one black life per week. Everybody here just loves police brutality.

      ” Some key Republicans are idiots, it doesn’t make the conservative ideology stupid either.”

      You need to learn just what the BLM ideology is. It ain’t just preventing police brutality towards black folks.
      “A front group is an organization that purports to represent one agenda while in reality it serves some other party or interest whose sponsorship is hidden or rarely mentioned.”

      This isn’t anything new. Revolutionaries like the aforementioned Susan Rosenburg have been using them for a century or so. Mao & co. were “agrarian reformers”, the NLF (National Liberation Front) were just Vietnamese nationalists. To join VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War) you had to sign a document saying you supported 10 listed policies and organizations, only one of which had to do with Vietnam.

      You need to do some homework. You are too old to be falling for that BS. Once you reach a certain age you can’t pass off supporting fascists and communists as youthful idealism and the callowness of youth.

      https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Front_groups

      • LC says:

        Gee, I would have thought you would have caught on by now. This is a skinhead site that urges everyone to snuff out at least one black life per week. Everybody here just loves police brutality.

        That’s a mighty fine non-sequitur. Where have I ever said such a thing? I wasn’t making any sort of statement on TAH, just saying that hey, maybe we can make police shootings a little less common.

        You need to learn just what the BLM ideology is. It ain’t just preventing police brutality towards black folks.

        And here’s the crux of our disagreement. You think whatever the leaders of an organization support is clearly the goal of the masses who support that organization. And that’s simply not true. Unless, of course, you’re telling me that Republican voters who are generally split on the question of statehood for Puerto Rico, with more being against it than for it, are .. lying? After all, that’s an explicit part of the 2016 GOP platform[1].

        So what is it? Are millions of Republicans secretly for statehood while lying on polls to, I don’t know, stick it to the man, or is it possible to support a broad cause, like the GOP, while disagreeing with leadership on some issues?

        And hell, I’m just picking one example – I can pick a million more. The point is pretty simple, though – the vast majority of people who support BLM don’t give two shits about whether the leadership claims Marxist leanings/training or whatnot. They care if they’re working towards a goal of reduced police violence in the Black and minority communities.

        [1] https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/2016-republican-party-platform

        • timactual says:

          “Where have I ever said such a thing?”

          Where did I say you did? You have a monopoly on sarcasm?

          “You think whatever the leaders of an organization support is clearly the goal of the masses who support that organization.”

          Clearly not. You missed the entire point. I guess I have overrated your intelligence.

    • rgr769 says:

      You never fail to demonstrate that LC stands for Leftist Cuck. Police violence, my ass. You need to take a look at some stats. Black males are about five hundred times more likely to be killed by another Black male than a police officer. And the stats are even better for Black males if they don’t resist arrest. Chicago and Baltimore are exhibits A and B.

      • LC says:

        It seems it ate my comment on your woefully inadequate math. Or possibly because I called you ‘Buttercup’. But, to put it simply, that’s wrong, and I’m oh-so-terrified of your name calling.

        • rgr769 says:

          Hey, I still fail to see why you come here with your lefty blathering BS. As I recall, you admitted you never served in the military, period. Why do you come to a site started by an infantry combat veteran for veterans? You try to pitch the same false assumptions and conclusions as the cuttlefish but just dress them up to look a little more rational.

          • LC says:

            I have connections to the military community, even if I didn’t serve myself.

            Plus, despite your insistence to the contrary, I’m not a liberal – rather, I find myself in the middle of the political spectrum, and like to learn from both sides. That’s how people learn and grow, right? I’ve learned plenty from here, and I like to think, even if you disagree, that sometimes I provide a reasonable voice in opposition to the predominant narrative here.

            Oh, and I get paid by Soros, obviously.

  6. Slow Joe says:

    So, all those corporations are giving money to the revolution hoping to be the last to get nationalized, confiscated, and redistributed.

    I got news for them. The softest targets are the first to get beheaded when the revolution takes power.

    How was that saying Lenin had?

    “The capitalist pigs will give us the ropes to hang them” or something like it.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Big business rarely has any interest in a free market. Once they have enough mass to exert “pull”, they pull hard for favors and other rent-seeking.

      One more reason to reduce centralized power to the minimum required. Also why time in government for anyone should be minimized.

  7. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    BLM is practicing what has worked for both Jesse and Al, the shakedown… they shake down businesses that have “racial” issues by getting “donations” or themselves or family members as members of their board of directors to show everyone that they are all about “inclusiveness”.

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