Stacey Abrams is a board member, governor of the foundation that supports #AbolishThePolice
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Stacey Abrams is a board member and governor of a UPS family foundation that has repeatedly voiced her support for defunding and abolishing the police.
Abrams, who is trying to run for governor of Georgia again, has tried to distance himself from the hardline rhetoric of the #DefundThePolice movement in the past. State filings show, however, that she is still listed as a board member and leading person of the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation, which tweeted #DefundThePolice as recently as March. of this year and #AbolishThePolice as recently as February.
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On March 10, the Marguerite Casey Foundation tweeted “#DefundthePolice” while sharing a Washington Post article about “the hidden billion-dollar cost of repeated police misconduct.”
The 3 of March, the foundation tweeted“Grant recipient @DreamDefenders + partners have launched the Doctors Within Borders Urgent Care Clinic as part of a broader movement to create direct services and intervention sites in systems of police violence and prison. #DefundthePolice.”
The foundation also tweeted its support for the abolition of law enforcement and prison systems. On Feb. 11, the group shared a story about the “Atlanta Prison Industrial Complex” and tweeted, “#AbolishthePolice.”
The foundation hosted an event in early February, titled “Becoming Abolitionists – A History of Failed Police Reforms and a Vision for Genuine Public Safety,” which was moderated by the president and CEO of the foundation, Carmen Rojas.
During the Feb. 3 discussion, featuring pro-abolitionist author Derecka Purnell, Rojas accused Republicans of “fully funding ethno-nationalism” and “white supremacy.”
“[What] ideological foundations like ours can do is to create a more level playing field for this fight – that the opposition fully funds ethno-nationalism, fully funds patriarchy and white supremacy, like, all pork, funds it every day said Rojas. we can do our best, those of us who believe in the dream, those of us who believe in justice, those of us who are committed to black liberation – not as an effort to be kept in our brain, but something we want to achieve in our life – can use resources to do it.”
In October 2021, the foundation held a book distribution event promoting Colin Kaepernick’s book of essays, “Abolition For The People: The Movement For A Future Without Policing & Prisons”.
The foundation tweeted at the time that the book “features the genius of many incredible thought leaders, drawing on decades of organizing and opening up radical possibility.”
the The Marguerite Casey Foundation was founded in 2001 and named after Marguerite Casey, the sister of UPS founder Jim Casey. It describes itself as a “private, independent grant-making foundation dedicated to helping low-income families strengthen their voices and mobilize their communities.”
Abrams’ campaign told Fox News Digital that Abrams doesn’t share the same views as the foundation.
During the 2020 George Floyd unrest, Abrams attempted to rebrand the “defund” aspect of the defund of the police movement as being in favor of the “reform and transformation” of law enforcement, instead of the pure and simple abolition of the police services.
“I think we get sucked into this idea of false choice,” Abrams said in June 2020. “We need to have a transformation in how we view the role of law enforcement, how we view building public safety, and how we invest, not just in the work we need them to do for us. protect, but the work that we need to do to protect and build our communities. And that’s the conversation we’re having: we’ll use different language to describe it, but fundamentally we need to have reform and transformation.
Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, has been tight-lipped about her views on police defunding ahead of the election. She did not face a challenger in the Democratic primary and will face Republican Governor Brian Kemp for the second time in November.
Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, said the Defund the Police movement has “absolutely” made people more hesitant to join law enforcement and is currently a ” very, very difficult environment to work in”.
“We’re having a really hard time attracting and hiring deputy sheriffs and jailers. A lot of our sheriff’s offices are really understaffed,” he told Fox News Digital in an interview. “People worry about [whether] officers [are] will be prosecuted for doing what they were trained to do. … They don’t want to hurt anyone, but they don’t want to be sued for, you know, trying to maintain a crisis situation.
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Norris said, however, he is noticing a change in the way law enforcement is viewed in the country.
“I think the pendulum is swinging back towards our profession,” he said. “And I think there are many, many more people in our state and across the United States who support law enforcement and what it does than those who would say abolish it or to delete.”