In a public statement released last week, a group of ten Black Lives Matter chapters have renewed a call for transparency and accountability from BLM’s global network.
The statement, titled “Statement From the Frontlines of BLM“, alleges that decisions have been made without the consent and approval of the chapters, decisions which have separated local chapters from Black Lives Matter Global Network, the central organizational entity of the BLM movement.
“Since the establishment of BLMGN our chapters have consistently raised concerns about financial transparency, decision making, and accountability,” reads the letter. “Despite years of effort, no acceptable internal process of accountability has ever been produced by BLMGN and these recent events have undermined the efforts of chapters seeking to democratize its processes and resources.”
BLMGN recently appointment of Patrisse Cullers to the position of Executive Director and created a BLM Political Action Committee and something called BLM Grassroots.
The local BLM chapters say they were not consulted in these decisions, nor do they approve of them. They allege that BLMGN is creating distance between itself and the local chapters through the creation of the PAC and BLM Grassroots.
Additionally, despite BLMGN receiving millions of dollars in donations, the chapters allege that “most chapters have received little to no financial support from BLMGN since the launch in 2013.”
“We, the undersigned chapters, believe that all of these events occurred without democracy, and assert that it was without the knowledge of the majority of Black Lives Matters chapters across the country and world.”
The statement was signed by BLM chapters in Philadelphia, D.C., Chicago, Oklahoma City, New Jersey, San Diego, and Vancouver, Washington.
Considering the lack of financial transparency within the network, and the lack of support to local chapters, the statement concluded by encouraging supporters to donate directly to local chapters instead of to BLMGN.
The statement invited any chapters who were pushed out or voluntarily left the organization due to these issues to reach out:
“We understand that these issues are not new and that some chapters left, were not acknowledged, or were pushed out of network with the community of chapters because of them. We invite those chapters to connect.”
On Twitter the same day the statement was released, the DC chapter of BLM demanded that Cullers and several other BLMGN leaders “stop representing themselves as leaders of all of Black Lives Matter”, and for “full financial transparency and accountability.”