Emails show that Mayor Muriel Bowser requested $3 million in federal monies from President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill to assist in the construction of Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C.
Several top officials in Bowser’s administration revealed in an email thread on June 16 that the mayor intended to requisition $3 million from the American Rescue Plan stimulus package for the city’s “streetscapes & beautification” account,
which would be used toward the BLM Plaza project in the city’s fiscal year 2022, which runs from October 20,21 to September 20,22, to be spent on other projects. The emails were obtained by Breitbart News, which published them.
It’s unclear whether Bowser’s FY2022 budget request to transfer COVID-19 stimulus funding to BLM Plaza was approved or denied by the White House.
The $3 million figure, on the other hand, is an identical match to the project expenses reported in a press statement issued by Bowser shortly after the plaza’s construction was completed in late October.
The Mayor of Washington, DC, has announced that the permanent installation of BLM Plaza has been completed.
Bowser stated in a press release that an additional $3 million investment will be made in the coming months to create a more cohesive public space around the monument by reconstructing nearby sidewalks,
erecting commemorative works, and installing new benches, lighting, signage, and street trees, among other things.
During the worldwide upheaval that followed the police killing of George Floyd in June 2020, Bowser closed down two streets near the White House to vehicle traffic in order to paint a “Black Lives Matter” mural as a tribute to the BLM movement and to honor Floyd’s memory.
BLM Plaza was originally planned to be a temporary “art project,” but the mayor declared one year later, in July 2021, that construction would turn the monument into a permanent landmark in the nation’s capital, bringing the monument into the 21st century.
One of Bowser’s “proudest memories” was when former Rep. John Lewis visited the plaza just weeks before he died of pancreatic cancer in July 2020, she said after BLM Plaza’s construction was completed in October of this year.
He identified Black Lives Matter Plaza as a source of good trouble, and we are confident that it will continue to serve as a gathering place for thought,
planning, and action as we move toward a more perfect union,” Bowser said, referring to the civil rights legend.
Bowser administration officials who were involved in the June 16 email thread that revealed the mayor’s stimulus funding request for BLM Plaza include Saesha Carlile, Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation,
Marc Scott, Chief Operating Officer of the District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement, and Nancy Hapeman, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer of the District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement.
Requests for comment from Bowser’s office, Carlile, Scott, and Hapeman did not receive a response.
As a result of the revelation that Bowser sought federal COVID-19 stimulus funds for BLM Plaza, numerous leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and other similar organizations are being questioned about what happened to the financial windfall their charitable organizations received during the 2020 riots.
Monica Cannon-Grant, a prominent Boston-based BLM activist with ties to key Democratic senators, has been the focus of a federal investigation since October for allegedly embezzling cash from her social justice nonprofit, which she claimed brought in millions of dollars in 2020.
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After misrepresenting her charity as his own personal property when qualifying for a mortgage in May, Cannon-husband Grant was prosecuted with mortgage fraud and sentenced to prison in October.
In a podcast broadcast last week, she said that federal agents “used him in order to probe me,” according to her.
The BLM Global Network Foundation, the charity that represents the national BLM movement, voluntarily shut down its ability to raise funds in early February after a Washington Examiner investigation discovered that the group had no known leader in charge of the tens of millions of dollars it had raised in 2020 since May, prompting the voluntary shutdown of its fundraising ability.
The national BLM organization, which has for years been the target of accusations of financial impropriety from local BLM activists and chapters,
was also threatened with legal action by the states of California and Washington in February for failing to report its financial information beginning in 2020.
The national BLM organization was also kicked out of Amazon’s charitable giving program, AmazonSmile, in February due to its failure to comply with state regulations around the country.