You’ve been angry at BLM for wanting to defund the police but also curious. Why disband them and with what to replace them? Let’s go behind the scenes with Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM’s Los Angeles chapter, professor at CSU-Los Angeles, and practicing witch of the African “Ifa” spiritist tradition.
And that’s not even half of her problems.
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Black Lives Matter-LA Co-Founder Melina Abdullah Talks About Defunding The Police And Fostering Change
By Dane Rivera, 11 June 2020
On May 25th, police officers in Minneapolis arrested 46-year-old George Floyd after a convenience store employee alerted 911 that he may have paid with a counterfeit $20 bill. Once apprehended by the police, officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground, driving his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, despite onlookers calling for him to stop and Floyd’s own desperate pleas for help.
Suffocation doesn’t take eight minutes… and Floyd had complained he couldn’t breathe before Derek put him on the ground for resisting arrest.
Video of the killing sparked protests in all 50 states and around the world –resulting in significant actions being taken across all quadrants of our society. Laws are being changed, police departments have been defunded, and statues of colonizers and slave traders have fallen.
I checked the link. Slave trader = Christopher Columbus.
Melina Abdullah, an activist, professor, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter’s (BLM) LA chapter, knows that if we really want to change the world, the protests must also give rise to calculated political action.
Here’s the link for her witchcraft connections. It informs & entertains but is slightly more sensationalist than it really should be. Of course blacks who reject white supremacist Christianity for their animist roots are going to practice the occult.
“Make sure you research who your DA is and whether or not you want to keep them,” Abdullah urges, after weeks of leading demonstrations across Los Angeles (including outside the home of Mayor Eric Garcetti). “The district attorney is an elected official who prosecutes crimes, so we want to make sure that as they’re prosecuting, the first people who go to jail for committing crimes are the police who brutalize and kill our people.”
Who are “our people”? Segue!
Dr. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, told a crowd of activists that Los Angeles is “home of the most murderous law enforcement offices in the country” and encouraged the crowd to shout “fuck Eric Garcetti” — the city’s mayor who has pledged to slash $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
“Sometimes people like your mayor, who I know likes to get in pictures with a lot of y’all — ” she began as someone from the crowd shouted “fuck Eric Garcetti!”
“Say it again,” Abdullah said as the crowd repeated the phrase and cheered.
“People like your mayor and your police chief want to utter the name George Floyd as if the murders happened in Minneapolis. They want to utter the name Sean Reed as if the murders only happen in Indianapolis,” she continued.
“They want to say Breonna Taylor as if those killings are confined to Louisville, but Los Angeles is the home of the most murderous law enforcement offices in the country,” she said to cheers, adding that the city is filled with “liberal white supremacists.”
“As we talk about white supremacists terrorists like Donald Trump — every time we say ‘fuck Donald Trump,’ we gotta say ‘fuck Eric Garcetti,’” she added…
And Garcetti had already given in to the tune of $150m. But Breitbart left out the juicy part! Only the F-bombs were suitable for childrens’ ears.
On June 2, 2020, Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles Chapter sponsored an action in front of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s house, demanding reductions in the city’s funding of police. The action, what many would call a protest, began like a religious ceremony. Melina Abdullah, chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and co-founder of BLM-LA, opened the event explaining that while the movement is a social justice movement, it is first and foremost a spiritual movement.
She led the group in a ritual: the reciting of names of those taken by state violence before their time—ancestors now being called back to animate their own justice:
“George Floyd. Asé. Philandro Castille. Asé. Andrew Joseph. Asé. Michael Brown. Asé. Erika Garner. Asé. Harriet Tubman. Asé. Malcom X. Asé. Martin Luther King. Asé.”
As each name is recited, Dr. Abdullah poured libations on the ground as the group of over 100 chanted “Asé,” a Yoruba term often used by practitioners of Ifa, a faith and divination system that originated in West Africa, in return. This ritual, Dr. Abdullah explained, is a form of worship.
The BLM network has embraced female and queer leadership along with membership often shunned and/or marginalized by traditional faith groups, thus disrupting a legacy of civil rights leadership that is largely hetero-normative and almost exclusively male.
Original sin. Female rebellion & leadership.
The movement for Black lives works towards the goal of not just racial justice, but freedom of the mind and the spirit. It encourages “healing justice,” so that people can heal from trauma and engage as the best version of themselves. The movement infuses a syncretic blend of African and indigenous cultures’ spiritual practices and beliefs, embracing ancestor worship; Ifa-based ritual such as chanting, dancing, and summoning deities; and healing practices such as acupuncture, reiki, therapeutic massage, and plant medicine in much of its work, including protest. That work, though, often remains invisible.
It’s not that they know better than to talk about this; it’s that they’re allergic to honesty.
As a person ordained in Ifa, [Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of BLM and co-protestor with Abdullah] led meditations that allowed participants to better imagine the future while advocating for self-care, mental health awareness, healing justice, and art activism during the pandemic.
Abdullah and Black Lives Matter LA have been at the forefront of the protests in Los Angeles, helping the city demand accountability from its police department and elected officials like never before. Since taking to the streets, Angelenos have prompted Garcetti to reexamine a budget that would allocate 54% of the city’s funds to law enforcement agencies and promise a $250 million cut from the LAPD, with money redirected towards health and education in black communities. The mayor has also floated the idea of implementing an independent prosecutor to oversee police violations.
54%? Not likely. LAPD is notoriously understaffed.
Anger at an unjust system is easy to muster, but turning that rage into a tool to bring about meaningful and systemic change is crucial. Many of us who have taken to the streets don’t know what to do after we’ve made signs, marched, signed the petitions, and donated our money to organizations like BLM. So we reached out to Abdullah to talk about the next steps, defunding the police, and why we need to vote in this upcoming election, even if we’ve lost faith in our government.
I wanted to talk to you a little bit about defunding the police. On the surface that might sound a little bit extreme to some. For the people who wonder who will keep the law if we massively scale back police funds, what would you say to those concerns?
I think that defunding the police sounds radical until we realize that there wasn’t always policing and there wasn’t always this kind of expansionist approach to policing.
Shrug, okay. We’ll go back to old-school. What she wants:
What she’s gonna get:
So when we say “defund the police,” we mean defund the police. …
LAPD was the only city department that Mayor Garcetti proposed an increase for, as he’s slashing other city departments and furloughing 16,000 city employees in the midst of this economic crisis. Some will say that defunding the police sounds radical but I think that they should also look at how radical it is or how shocking it is to be spending so much money on police.
Considering we’re in the midst of a literal Bolshevik revolution leading up to a hot Spanish civil war in November, we ain’t spending nearly enough.
Finally, everybody says things are “crazy” or “radical” or “impossible” until they’re done. The city of Minneapolis just committed itself to disbanding their police department, so I think that shows us that it is possible. If people look at PeoplesBudgetLA.com, they’ll see that when we engaged in a participatory budgeting session with Angelenos, they wanted to spend 5.7% of the city’s budget on traditional approaches to law enforcement.
Oh, it’s participatory? I have family in LA… they like cops and wish they’d answer calls more regularly… why weren’t they invited to participate in this “participatory” budget?
That includes the LAPD, that includes traffic enforcement and includes the city attorney’s office, which is the prosecutor for the city. People don’t want to spend this kind of money on police. When we look at those survey results, people saw this kind of approach to law enforcement as the “least important” of their spending priorities.
Saying “defund the police” really just moves us towards what most people say they want anyway.
The central Marxist lie. “We are humble servants of the people.” The “MOAR ZOMBIES!!!” lie while invoking spirits of the dead is relatively new.
You’ve been center stage in the effort to prevent Mayor Garcetti from passing his city budget and even with the $150 million cut that still leaves over $3 billion for law enforcement, before the cut that was 54% of the city’s budget. In your view, what is a better way of using that money and what kind of community organizations and things should we do with that money instead?
I think everybody wants to live in a safe, healthy, and vibrant community.
When we think about how to get there, we know that the first thing we need to do is meet the universal needs of people, make sure that everybody has housing, make sure that everybody has healthcare, make sure that everybody has access to healthy food, make sure that we have parks and libraries and after school programs. I think you make a safe environment by providing first for the needs of people.
AKA “crime is society’s fault”. Another perennial Marxist lie. Oh wait, now it’s “COVID-19 is society’s fault”.
Angelenos don’t like being home to the largest houseless population in the nation. We have 60,000 unhoused people in this county, and it’s absolutely ridiculous.
Of their many problems, the absence of shelter is a minor one.
If you look at a budget you’ll see people’s priorities. So what this budget tells us is that the priority for this mayor is clearly investing — or spending, I won’t even call it an investment — spending on policing, which really functions to repress, and oppress, and surveil, and brutalize and even kill our community members rather than doing what the people say that we need, which is spending on things like housing.
Aside from abolishing or defunding the police, there is also real reform that we can get done now, without waiting for the cogs of bureaucracy to turn, or election cycles to come around. What are some of those things that we can demand now?
There are spaces for abolition and I think that most people are with us on this one: police don’t belong in schools. Period. Right now., the LAUSD schools have police armed with AR15 weapons. The first thing that we can do to end policing or to defund police is to remove them from schools. We’re working with our partners from StudentsDeserve, we’re working with the teacher’s union UTLA, to immediately remove police from schools.
CHAZ for children? And I thought No Child Left Behind was evil.
We talk about bureaucracy, but these are things that can happen overnight, all it takes is a decision to end the funding of LA School Police, which is the largest school police system in the country.
Notice she isn’t giving a specific reason for defunding school police. Not even a false reason like Fentanyl Floyd.
We can also have Recs and Parks sever their relationship with the LAPD, this is happening around the country. People are recognizing that police have no business in the parks, we need youth workers in the parks, so lets severe those ties — that’s only the stroke of a pen by the head of the department.
This is something you can expect to see in your neighborhood soon: police not allowed inside parkland. That will go evil very quickly.
Sometimes we talk about bureaucracy and we know that white supremacist capitalism sets up systems to make it seem difficult to do the things that need to be done, but the city council can change the budget at any time.
No, it’s done annually.
Notice that BLM doesn’t just want gov’t funding… its wants that funding to come from their opposition, law enforcement. Comparable to stealing enemy supplies in wartime, it’s a double boost towards your victory.
That is why “defund the police” is a thing. Law enforcement’s replacements will be BLM activists preaching spirit worship together with white genocide.
It doesn’t take long, all it takes is eight votes of the city council, which is what they did in Minneapolis. All they did was vote for it — all we need our city council to do is have the will to overturn the mayor’s budget. It can be done, it doesn’t have to take some long, drawn-out process.
You got some wishful thinking there, Reactionary Barbie.
Right now there is a lot of passion amongst people who want to help, aside from protesting, donating, and signing petitions — especially for those who are immunocompromised — how else can a person help end police violence?
There is a whole lot people can do. A lot of our actions are still online, recognizing that there are still people who are immunocompromised. So today, from 1-2 pm, we have a Twitter storm, we’re asking everybody to call in to the budget committee, we’re asking people to send emails to the LA city budget committee…
This is BLM’s current line of attack, to threaten and intimidate local politicians directly into supporting their agenda. Textbook terrorism and not even their allies are safe from the braying mob of convicted felons.
In related news, Portland Mayor Wheeler doesn’t want to live in the Brave New World he betrayed the people to create just two weeks ago and will be relocating to one of his other million-dollar estates.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Is Moving Out Of His $800K Condo After Rioters Ransack His Home
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is moving out of his home after rioters descended on the Democrat’s $800,000 condo Monday, setting fires and breaking windows, according to a Tuesday report. …
Wheeler rejected Trump’s offer on Aug. 22 to send federal assistance, according to an official statement.
“We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection,” the mayor’s Aug. 28 statement read.
Yeah, about those images of vandalism… Trumpslide, baby.
…We’re also continuing our work in places like Torrance, where Christopher Deandre Mitchell was killed by two Torrance police officers, Anthony Chavez and Matthew Concannon. He was killed in a span of 15 seconds of their approach to the car. They still haven’t been fired.
Killed back in December 2019. Police found him driving a stolen vehicle, pulled him over, approached and saw a sawn-off shotgun in his lap. They ordered him not to move. He moved for the shotgun. Police shot first. Shotgun turned out to be a sawn-off air rifle. Car thieves sometimes use them to shoot parked cars to test for car alarms before getting fingerprints on the doors.
The shooting has been ruled legit.
Every Tuesday night, we put pressure on the Torrance city council to both fire those officers and also establish a police oversight commission. People who are immunocompromised can engage in actions like that.
This sort of tactic doesn’t make the papers very often. But then, the only reason it works is because our politicians are carefully selected for corruption and vulnerability to peer pressure.
When someone is donating to BLM or one of their local BLM chapters, where does that money go and how is it being used?
Black Lives Matter is not a traditional non-profit organization. Nobody works for Black Lives Matter or gets a check from Black Lives Matter.
Total bullshit. I didn’t even bother to check whether this high-level Marxist is a genuinely disinterested hero of the people who voluntarily lives in poverty in order to help the benighted masses. As a tenured professor, Abdullah couldn’t if she wanted to.
We’re not employees. When you donate money, we use that money for a range of things including organizing work. We use it to pay for flyers, we use it to pay for sound systems, we use it to amplify posts, we use it to support families.
When people are killed by police they’re not considered crime victims, so money that would normally go to victims of violent crime don’t go to those folks, so we help to pay for both funerals and independent autopsies, which are hugely important because, as we’ve seen with the murder of George Floyd, sometimes the coroners are in bed with these law enforcement agencies and their reports don’t reflect what actually happened.
Did BLM fund Floyd’s independent autopsy?
We have some medical examiners who volunteer their time with us, but we still have to pay for their expenses, the storage of the body, etcetera. The donations make sure families can get independent autopsies which generally cost about six to seven thousand dollars per person on the low end.
What’s something every protestor should know before hitting the streets?
We always try to have legal observers there, and we always try to have street medics there, but safety is a huge issue. You don’t have to worry so much about the protestors, but the police violence we’ve seen with this round of protests has been particularly brutal. We say that especially if you’re coming out with kids — and I’m a single mom so I always come out with my children — that you make sure you have an exit plan. That you make sure someone knows what to do if you get separated from your children.
EXCLUSIVE: California State Professor Brings Her 7-Year-Old To Lecture The Los Angeles Police Department
Melina Abdullah – a professor at California State-LA who also leads the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter – brought her three children to a recent Police Commission meeting to chastise LAPD during public comment.
“Lots of people have died because of you,” Abdullah’s 10-year-old daughter told LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “I think it’s horrible that you don’t care what you have done, and killed so many young children.”
Hello, Greta Thunberg! Scratch that. Hello, Somali child soldier!
“I don’t know who to call anymore when I need help,” Abdullah’s 13-year-old daughter told the LAPD commissioners. “We see incident upon incident of people who call the police for help and end up being shot to death.”
Lies. She’ll call the cops if she needs help, just like Mommy.
“You’re supposed to protect and serve,” said Abdullah’s 7-year-old son. “It’s more like you’re protecting and serving yourselves.”
Seven-year-olds are never that politically aware. This is child abuse. Abdullah is a child-abusing single mother of a Marxist revolutionary.
Dr. Abdullah wanted to teach her children about civic engagement while they were on spring break. However, their perception of law enforcement appears to have already been shaped by their mother, who advertises the Pan African Studies Department she heads as “the intellectual arm of the revolution.”
Say it with me: TENURED MARXIST REVOLUTIONARY.
If you’re on parole or probation or if you have warrants, you want to make sure you think it through around whether or not you want to do certain things, we definitely don’t want you out on the frontline next to the police.
If you’re on parole then attending a “mostly peaceful protest” has got to be a violation.
We also make sure people write down the number of the National Lawyers Guild on their arm so that if you are arrested we can help provide you with some legal support so we can make sure you’re released.
RICO Act, Mister President? Please? We are running out of time.
A lot of people right now are frustrated by the process of reform and voting and getting things done through official channels. Do you have a message for first-time voters, and those who feel disenfranchised by the systems we have in place?
I think you should vote because even if you’re not going to vote for the President — which I think you should — but even if that doesn’t move you, we need to get this district attorney out of office. We need to get Jackie Lacey out of office. If you don’t vote for anything else, go to the polls and vote in the DA race and make sure you don’t vote for Jackie Lacey.
This would have been quite the compliment to Lacey except it’s coming from someone who thinks Garcetti is a Right-winger.
If you live in other cities or other counties, make sure you research who your DA is and whether or not you want to keep them. The district attorney is an elected official who prosecutes crimes, so we want to make sure that as that they are prosecuting, the first people who go to jail for committing crimes are the police who brutalize and kill our people.
Targeting the district attorneys has been a Soros/Media Matters priority for many years already. Maybe Abdullah really doesn’t take BLM money, if she’s already taken that ticket.
In fact, I’m going to prove exactly that in a moment.
For protestors, what is the next step and how do we keep up this historic and unprecedented momentum?
If you’re black and want to join Black Lives Matter, we welcome you. If you’re white and you want to support Black Lives Matter, we’re asking you to join White People for Black Lives, and there is lots of other organizations Centro CSO, American Indian Movement — find an organization that speaks to you and join that organization.
For the love of God, Mister President! The RICO Act!!!
Transformative change does not happen just one person at a time, being plugged into an organization increases our power exponentially.
I close with this biographical information from the dailywire segue.
While her extreme ideas might seem shocking, perhaps Abdullah’s family history provides proper perspective into her long-term goals.
A third-generation radical organizer, Abdullah descends from a line of Marxists that can be traced back to the Communist Party of the German Reich.
For much of her life, Abdullah was known as Melina Reimann, the granddaughter of a world-renowned Marxist economist named Günter Reimann, who joined Germany’s Communist Party around 1920.
When he died in 2005, an obituary explained, “Reimann’s understanding of capitalism derived from the position of desiring its overthrow.”
Long before Reimann advised governments, central banks, and CEOs from all over the globe, he was a 17-year-old rebel writing for Rosa Luxemburg’s Die Rote Fahne, which translates to The Red Banner. It was a communist newspaper described by the New York Times as “a party organ.”
As The Guardian reported at the time of Reimann’s death:
…he worked underground with German social democrats and communist resistance fighters, fully aware that this might prove a terminal decision. Indeed, by 1934 the Gestapo was closing in. Nazi Officials raided his house and arrested his student guest, Hu Lan-Xi, who would go on to become the Red Army’s first female general.
Reimann soon left Berlin and went into exile.
By 1938, he was living in New York City with political refugee status.
I bet he’s Jewish.
Reimann’s new life in the United States was made possible by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – an organization that has since received funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Boom, there it is. What a small, small, small, small, small world it is in the Ivory Tower.
Reimann acquired U.S. citizenship in 1944. Then, two years later his son, John, was born.
John Reimann would relocate to Oakland, California, during the turbulent 1960s, where Melina was born in 1972. At the time, armed Black Panthers “patrolled the pigs” to combat police brutality – creating the perfect environment to mold an upcoming Black Lives Matter revolutionary.
Aww, she’s just like her Daddy!
Abdullah’s mother is black, and her father, John Reimann, is now a white, retired union organizer who is still active in the Bay Area’s progressive scene.
“I was born in the 70s in East Oakland. All of our parents are Panthers, or Black Power organizers, or organizers,” Abdullah recalled. “We come out politicized.”
Long before the first Molotov cocktail was thrown, John Reimann was part of Occupy Oakland, which would go on to become one of the most violent branches of the Occupy movement.
Now that’s interesting.
John Reimann, who contributes to a blog called “Oakland Socialist,” is also a self-proclaimed Trotskyist – a philosophy that advocates global socialism through continuing revolution.
Those same principles are now being promoted by his daughter, Melina Abdullah, preserving the family’s communist calling.
“The system of white supremacist, heteronormative, patriarchal capitalism is extremely fragile,” Abdullah tells her followers. “Their power is false and easily toppled.”
“White supremacist” is a catchall term but heteronormative and patriarchal mean Christianity specifically.
In addition to toppling capitalism, Abdullah seeks to replace police with community-based public safety teams. But you won’t find that in her Cal State L.A. bio – a school that made headlines last year after protesters tried to stop a speech from Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro. He went on to file a lawsuit against the school – and Abdullah – for violating his First Amendment rights.
Boom again. Police will be replaced with “public safety teams”.
Three months later at a campus “healing space,” Abdullah labeled Shapiro a “neo-Nazi” and “neo-KKK member.”
Abdullah is so far Left, she thinks Ben Shapiro is KKK! And that’s not just a putdown.
As a tenured department head, Abdullah is free to recruit students as Black Lives Matter allies and take road trips half way across the country organizing the people to rise up – all in the name of Pan African Studies.
“Thankful to be part of a department that lives the revolution rather than just theorizing about it,” Abdullah posted on Facebook after a 2014 sojourn in Ferguson, Missouri, site of the ‘hands up-don’t shoot’ fallacy that led to full-blown riots.
Now we know where the buses come from. Of course, we already knew this from arrest records but confirmation is nice.
Professor Abdullah has invested years teaching her children, students, and anyone that identifies as “oppressed” to distrust law enforcement. She admits that her anti-police activism is part of a much larger strategy of advancing a communist revolt.
The Red Dawn is not coming, gentlemen. It is now in progress.