The father of Michael Brown and other activists from Ferguson, Missouri, are demanding financial support from BLM after the Black Lives Matter organization revealed it raised over $90 million last year.
Michael Brown Sr., whose son was fatally shot by a white police officer in August 2014, along with the other activists that helped propel the movement, want $20 million from the group to help their community.
Michael Brown’s Father: Where’s The Money BLM?
“Where is all that money going?” Brown Sr. asked in a Tuesday press release from The International Black Freedom.
“How could you leave the families who are helping the community without any funding?”
The police shooting of Michael Brown sparked months of unrest in Ferguson and helped solidify the national Black Lives Matter movement.
“We’re not asking for a handout, but for the funding to keep the movement strong where it began,” said Tory Russell, a Ferguson activist and co-founder of The International Black Freedom.
The funds in Ferguson would be used, in part, to build a community center in honor of Michael Brown, the press release said.
Last month the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation shared its funding numbers in an impact report first provided to The Associated Press.
Michael Brown Sr. released a joint statement with Tory Russell, the director of the International Black Freedom Alliance (IBFA), on Tuesday demanding some of the millions raised by BLM be handed over to activists in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Brown Jr. was killed.
“Thousands of other youth activists in their 20s and 30s have been out in the streets protesting for months and months, and years and years. Still forgotten,” Russell said in a video released on Twitter.
Today our co-founder, #Ferguson frontline organizer @VanguardTNT alongside #MikeBrown's father demands 20 million from #BlackLivesMatter in order to continue the work they and other have been doing since the uprising since 2014. pic.twitter.com/4rDA28ZKnB
— TheIBFA (@THEIBFA) March 2, 2021