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Stacey Abrams co-chaired a foundation that funds officers

Stacey Abrams co-chaired a foundation that funds officers

  • Stacey Abrams co-chaired a racial justice organization that gave tens of thousands of dollars to activists who want to defund and eliminate the police.
  • In April 2021, Abrams was named co-chair of the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund (BVBJ).
  • During the George Floyd disturbance of 2020, Williams, a founder member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

 

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for Georgia governor, co-chaired a racial justice organization that gave tens of thousands of dollars to activists who want to defund and eliminate the police.

In April 2021, Abrams was named co-chair of the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund (BVBJ). In a press release at the time, she stated that she was “excited” and “honored” to be a part of the organization because it “puts Black leaders in the driver’s seat – with Black activists on the ground who understand how racism plays out in their community defining both the problem and the solutions.”

The BVBJ has given $20,000 prizes to hundreds of Black activists throughout the country to “spend in any method they believe will do the best furthering racial justice in their communities at this important time,” according to the organization.

BVBJ gave $20,000 to Sharhonda Bossier, CEO of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), who advocated for police defunding during the Floyd protests in May 2021.

“It means nothing that these elected officials are expressing support for ‘peaceful protests,’” Bossier tweeted on May 30, 2020. “Their support doesn’t protect you. The police DGAF. The only support that matters is when they stand up to police unions, refuse to agree to contracts that provide more protections for police than the public they’re supposed to serve & defund the police/reallocate those resources. Demand action. Demand change.”

“We can live in a country where the police do not kill people – especially children,” Bossier tweeted in April 2021. “We spend SO MUCH money on officer training, etc. If we cannot expect that police can respond to incidents without killing people we should… DEFUND & ABOLISH THE POLICE.”

The BVBJ revealed its fourth set of awards in May of this year, which includes Kei Williams and William Jackson, among others.

During the George Floyd disturbance of 2020, Williams, a founder member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, frequently advocated for defunding and eliminating the police and prisons.

On June 7, 2020, Williams shared a graphic on Instagram describing the eight steps required to achieve “a society without jails or police,” beginning with defunding the police.

“#8toabolition because 72% fewer police killings are not enough, and reformist measures will not bring us there,” Williams stated.

Jackson, a 2022 BVBJ awardee who started the NGO Village of Wisdom in North Carolina to help Black kids “handle institutional racism,” has also defined himself as an abolitionist.

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