Stacey Abrams co-chaired organization that paid THOUSANDS to police abolition activists

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams co-chaired an organization that gave away tens of thousands of dollars to defund the police activists.

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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams co-chaired an organization that gave away tens of thousands of dollars to "defund the police" activists.

According to Fox News, Abrams co-chaired the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund (BVBJ) starting in April of last year. She said the group put "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."

Over $20,000 worth of awards have been given out to black activism groups across the country, to "use in whatever way they believe, based on their lived experience, will do the best advancing racial justice in their communities at this pivotal time." In May 2021, BVBJ provided $20,000 to the CEO of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) CEO Sharhonda Bossier, who called for the police to be defunded during the George Floyd protests.

"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."

BVBJ announced earlier this year that it would also be providing awards to Kei Williams and William Jacksons. Williams was a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network, which has repeatedly called for defunding the police in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Williams posted an image on Instagram during that summer's protests which outlined steps to achieve "a world without prisons on police."

"#8toabolition because 72% fewer police murders is not enough, nor will reformist reforms get us there," Williams wrote.

Jackson, a 2022 BVBJ awardee, who founded Village of Wisdom, a North Carolina organization made to help black students "navigate systemic racism," is also pro-abolition of police.

In a November 2020 tweet, he said "I'm for abolishing police."

"You can have the cops or the country fam. You can't have both. #RashardBrooks #BreonnaTaylor #wewillnotrest," he tweeted after the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks.

According to the Wayback Machine, which logs internet archives, Abrams was listed as a co-chair of the organization as of November 2021. Abrams is currently listed on the fund's website with her picture as "co-chair emeriti."

"Stacey Abrams does not and never has supported defunding the police," Abrams campaign spokesman Michael Holloman said in a statement Monday to Fox News Digital. "Stacey is a longtime supporter of investing in law enforcement, building community trust, and fostering law enforcement accountability."

"Unlike Brian Kemp, who has called base pay for law enforcement officers ‘bad policy,’ Stacey firmly believes that we must invest in law enforcement to ensure that no one is working in public safety without fair compensation," he said. "Stacey’s criminal justice plan will also work to improve accountability and build trust within our communities."

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