Black Lives Matter (BLM) allegedly moved millions of dollars to a charity in Canada run by the wife of co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors to purchase a mansion that used to be the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada, according to public records, which were reviewed by the New York Post.
M4BJ, which is a non-profit based in Toronto that was set up in part by Janaya Khan, bought the 10,000-square foot mansion for $6.3 million in July 2021. Khan is the wife of Khan-Cullors, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation Network.
Khan-Cullors resigned from the group last year, a month after The Post revealed that she had spent $3.2 million on homes in Georgia and Los Angeles. She vigorously denied that BLM donations were used to buy the homes.
The purchase of the Toronto property, named the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, came to light amid mounting concerns over the US activist group’s lack of transparency in its finances.
In Canada, the purchase was criticized by two senior members of the group who resigned earlier this month over the building’s funding.
“For BLM Canada to take money from BLM Global Network for a building without consulting the community was unethical,” tweeted Sarah Jama earlier this month. “For BLM Canada to refuse to answer questions from young black organizers goes against the spirit of movement building.”
Khan-Cullors stepped down from her role as executive director of the activist group’s central foundation last year amid questions about her finances. Khan-Cullors was questioned intensely on a series of real estate investments and property purchases
After Khan-Cullors resigned, BLM told the media that two new leaders would hold co-executive positions of leadership moving forward, which never happened.
“Although a media advisory was released indicating that we were tapped to play the role of Senior Co-Executives at BLMGNF, we were not able to come to an agreement with the acting Leadership Council about the scope of our work and authority,” wrote Makani Themba, one of the announced executives who never assumed office. The statement alleged to also represent Monifa Bandele, the other proposed BLM senior executive.
“As a result, we did not have the opportunity to serve in this capacity. We wanted to be sure to inform our community of this fact as we move on to serve our movement in other ways,” Themba wrote.