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Report: BLM co-founder earned $20,000 a month as chairwoman of LA jail reform group

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Black Lives Matter co-founder and executive director Patrisse Cullors earned nearly $20,000 a month serving as the chairwoman of a Los Angeles jail reform group in 2019, according to campaign finance records obtained by the Daily Caller.

Records show that Reform LA Jails paid Cullors a total of $191,000 in 2019 through her consulting firm, Janaya and Patrisse Consulting with the description: “P. Cullors, Principal Officer, Business Owner.” The payments were distributed to Cullors in multiple deposits, with the first deposit of $51,000 occurring between January 2019 and the end of June 2019.

Cullors’ consulting firm website has since been taken down amid reports of Cullors’ recent real estate purchases.

The New York Post revealed earlier this week that Cullors purchased four homes across the U.S. since 2016 for a total of $3.2 million, including property in a largely white area of Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County for $1.4 million.

BLM reportedly brought in $90 million in donations last year, and questions are now emerging about Cullors’ involvement in the organization and if she is paid by BLM.

The head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City Hawk Newsome has since called for an investigation into the BLM organization.

“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes,” Newsome told the Post. “It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement,” he continued.

In response to the accusations, Cullors defended herself via a series of Instagram posts on Tuesday.

Cullors began by calling the claims “false and defamatory” and added that the media was amplifying the allegations.

Cullors’ full statement on Instagram read:

“This movement began as, and will always remain a love letter to Black people. Three words – Black Lives Matter – serve as a reminder to Black people that we are human and deserve to live a vibrant and full life. I worked multiple jobs across many organizations my entire life. I’m also a published author, writer, producer, professor, public speaker, and performance artist.

I love my work and all of these areas and I work hard to provide for my family. I am accountable to my community in pursuit of an abolitionist world founded in transformative justice. I do not receive a salary or benefits from Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Period. This effort to discredit and harass me and my family is not new, nor is it acceptable. It has taken away from where the focus should be– ending white supremacy.

You may not like or agree with me. I have definitely made mistakes. I own up to that. I apologize for the mistakes I have made and I work hard at practicing my abolitionist values. But this is deeper than that. I’m talking to these articles being full of lies. It’s also dangerous. This is doxxing, attacking someone online by disseminating private information about them.

It’s harmful and it’s scary for people and their loved ones, especially someone who receives death threats regularly. To my fellow Black activists, you know what this is. We’ve seen this tactic of terror time and again. I’ll admit, this is a scary time for me. But I will not let this be the moment that silences me. We still have work to do.”

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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