Shalomyah Bowers, a leader in the Black Lives Matter organization, has been accused of diverting more than $10 million dollars of the foundation’s funds and using the money for himself.
Bowers told the New York Post that the accusations are merely a means to wrest power from him. BLM Grassroots, the new organization, reportedly launched just three months ago and claims to represent chapters around the country.
One of the group’s founders, attorney Walter Mosley, also drafted the lawsuit against Bowers.
The defendant claims that the suit is “the most insane thing I’ve read in a court pleading.” He said the group is in the process of “correcting things, fixing things,” and dealing with upset members of the organization who want to take control.
Among other things, the suit alleges that Bowers’ leadership brought on several Internal Revenue Service investigations and caused “irreparable harm.”
The BLM board of directors had an interesting take on the controversy. They blamed White supremacy.
In a statement from the BLM foundation, the plaintiffs are accused of walking in the footsteps “of their White oppressors and utilizing the criminal legal system which is propped up by White supremacy to solve movement disputes.”
The suit said there is a “shocking” lack of transparency within the organization. It accused the BLM Global Network Foundation of paying the Bowers Consulting Firm $2,167,894 last year alone.
NEW: BLM insiders said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the embattled charity is currently under IRS investigation for misuse of charitable funds and self-dealing by Shalomyah Bowers, a close associate of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors.@dcexaminer https://t.co/1YcAeWGIkk
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) September 3, 2022
Earlier this year, one of BLM’s co-founders, Patrisse Cullors, was accused of purchasing a multi-million dollar mansion in California with the foundation’s proceeds.