The Stacey Abrams Group increased anti-police funding shortly after joining its board and with its support

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The Marguerite Casey Foundation, a far-left grantmaking organization that counts Stacey Abrams as a board member, increased its anti-police funding shortly after she joined the group and with her approval, despite her campaign saying she disagreed with the foundation on such issues.

Abrams’ campaign previously told Fox News Digital that Georgia’s second Democratic gubernatorial candidate does not share the same views as the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which she joined in May 2021. The group expressed his support for defunding and abolishing the police on several occasions. .

Abrams, who tried to distance himself from the intransigent rhetoric of “defund the police” movement in the past, has received at least $52,500 in income from the foundation, according to its financial statements.

And while Abrams has remained tight-lipped on the issue of fundraising during the campaign trail, a foundation press release released weeks after she became one of its governors shows she backed his anti-government efforts. expanded police.

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, speaks during a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The latest test of Donald Trump’s grip on voters Republicans will be on display Tuesday night in Georgia’s crucial primary race.
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STACEY ABRAMS IS A BOARD MEMBER, GOVERNOR OF THE FOUNDATION THAT SUPPORTS #ABOLISHTHEPOLICE

The Marguerite Casey Foundation launched the “Answer the Uprising” initiative in late May 2021, which includes increased financial support for liberal groups working on law enforcement issues. It has also established a coalition with other high value granting organizations that support funding for police groups.

The foundation launched the campaign on the first anniversary of the “racial justice uprisings”, which the group says challenged “white supremacy and the systems that maintain it as one of the most dominant forces in our lives. “.

He received unanimous support from his board, including Abrams.

“This latest initiative is fully supported by the Marguerite Casey Foundation Board of Trustees, who recently appointed seven new changemakers to the Board, including Stacey Abrams and Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change,” its statement read. Press.

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, at a 'One Georgia Tour' campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Monday, March 14, 2022. Abrams emerged as the undisputed leader of her party in Georgia as a candidate qualifying for the 2022 election closed on Friday, attracting no primary challengers in her gubernatorial bid, the Associated Press reported.

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, at a ‘One Georgia Tour’ campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Monday, March 14, 2022. Abrams emerged as the undisputed leader of her party in Georgia as a candidate qualifying for the 2022 election closed on Friday, attracting no primary challengers in her gubernatorial bid, the Associated Press reported.
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The ‘Answer the Uprising’ initiative involved an additional $1.6 million in cash pledged by the Marguerite Casey Foundation to ‘fund programs and organizations that directly address racial injustice in policing and the system judicial”.

“What people were marching and shouting about was policing,” the Answer the Uprising page says.Tens of millions of ordinary people took extraordinary risks to say what they wanted in the clearest terms possible: transform, defund, abolish.”

“They wanted to end police brutality and all forms of racist violence and injustice that are endemic within the criminal justice system,” the page reads.

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The Marguerite Casey Foundation has recruited other left-leaning organizations for the initiative, including Borealis Philanthropy, which has partnered with Black Lives Matter. Borealis Philanthropy acts as an intermediary for donors and provides large sums to many liberal activist groups, including those who want to strip the police of their budget.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has also given grants to left-wing groups who want to defund the police, according to a review of their tax forms.

In 2020, the foundation awarded $250,000 to the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 groups, including Black Lives Matter, which wants to “divest from excessive, brutal and discriminatory policing and invest in a vision of community safety that works for everyone, not just an elite,” according to its website.

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Stacey Abrams speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on December 9, 2021 in New York City.

Stacey Abrams speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on December 9, 2021 in New York City.
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The Movement for Black Lives also sent a text message last summer calling on its supporters to sign clemency petitions for Mutulu Shakur and Soundiata Acoli, a former Black Liberation Army leader who was the mastermind of several armed robberies. in Connecticut and New York. In 1981, Brinks’ robbery in New York resulted in the deaths of an armed guard and two police officers. Acoli was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop in 1973.

In 2020, the Marguerite Casey Foundation also gave $200,000 to the Black Organizing Project, part of a committee of 13 groups pushing to defund the Oakland police. That same year, the foundation sent $200,000 to the Louisville Community Bail Fund, which bailed out a Black Lives Matter activist who attempted to assassinate Jewish Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg in February.

The board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation also includes one of the nation’s most vocal police activists. Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, “the nation’s largest online racial justice organization,” joined its board at the same time as Abrams.

Robinson has repeatedly tweeted his support for defunding the police, and his group backed a ballot initiative in Minneapolis to disband his police department. The unsuccessful effort received $500,000 in support from nonprofit George Soros.

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Likewise, the Marguerite Casey Foundation has repeatedly expressed support for defunding and abolishing the police, as Fox News Digital previously reported. The group has also awarded millions to professors and scholars who hold anti-capitalist and prison abolitionist views.

Abrams’ campaign and the Marguerite Casey Foundation did not respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.

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