Today, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation released the following statement regarding Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots’ lawsuit dismissal:
“Today, a judge dismissed the lawsuit and falsehoods alleged by Melina Abdullah against BLM GNF. The judge, Honorable Stephanie M. Bowick, granted BLM GNF’s motion — stating that “the allegations are so confusing and unintelligible it cannot even be determined what Plaintiff (BLMGR/Melina Abdullah) is alleging.”
During the pendency of this lawsuit, we’ve seen two starkly different versions of abolitionist values on display. Ours has been anchored in love, humanity, and care. We have stayed true to our principles, philanthropic duties, and organizational focus despite countless blatant fabrications, misrepresentations, and innuendos of misdeeds lodged against us. Our tireless efforts toward dismantling the large-scale systems that have been built to perpetuate our trauma will now be able to move forward with the blessing of no wrongdoing from the court system.”
Byron McLain, attorney for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, released the following statement regarding Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots’ lawsuit dismissal:
“Today, the frivolous lawsuit by Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots was decided in Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation’s favor. The judge dismissed all allegations against BLM GNF in the lawsuit in its entirety. The judge determined that Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots failed to establish that they were entitled to any donated funds at issue in the case and determined that BLM GNF did not enrich itself.
In September 2022, false and inflammatory allegations were brought against Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and one of the Foundation’s board members, Shalomyah Bowers, through this lawsuit — but we knew that the truth would prevail.
BLM Grassroots and Melina Abdullah will have to square away a deep hypocrisy that has existed since the onset of this case. They claim to love Black Lives Matter, yet simultaneously they worked very hard at trying to dismantle, divide, and destroy it in the past year through this lawsuit, by contradicting and undermining the very principles of the Black Lives Matter movement.
As I previously stated, Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots blatantly and intentionally lied with their allegations in order to garner salacious news headlines, or they simply failed to do their due diligence before making such wild and unfounded accusations against my client. Either was simply unacceptable — and the legal system confirmed it by granting our motion and dismissing the lawsuit.“