Ford Foundation Donates Millions To ‘Defund the Police’ Movement.
|July 8, 2020 |Categories Editorial, Featured, News
Editor Note: Law Enforcement Today has received inquiries about the connection between the Ford Foundation and Ford Motor Company. Below this article, we’ve included information about the Ford Foundation and the historical connection, taken directly from the foundation website.
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“We’ve seen our grantees at the forefront of the change that’s taken place over the last few days–from City Council of Minneapolis’s pledge to dismantle the police department to reimagine the public safety, to Mayor Garcetti’s commitment to divest $250 million of the LAPD’s budget.”
Founded in 1936 by Edsel Ford, the Ford Foundation is one of the country’s most recognized charitable organizations. In 2019, it handed out $500 million in grants to promote a “just, fair, and peaceful world with opportunity for all.”
Now, for the first time since 1976, a member of the Ford Motors dynasty sits on the Board of the Foundation. Henry “Sony” Ford III, the Director for Investor Relations for Ford Motor Company joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in February 2019 to help drive its “racial injustice” agenda.
Mr. Ford oversees grant-making policies, management and governance at the Foundation. He also serves as a public ambassador for the Foundation’s work. The move was aimed at giving the Ford Foundation more legitimacy as it presses forward with its social justice policies, but it could spell trouble for the Ford car company.
Since 2016, Ford Foundation has given roughly $7.8 million to Black Lives Matter and other similar groups through a partnership with Borealis Philanthropy. These groups are now the public face of the “Defund the Police” movement. The movement was actually born from a group seeded by the Foundation back in 2015 called Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) at the University of Chicago. Their mission was to “Disband, Disarm, Disempower” the police.
Since the group’s founding, the Ford Foundation has given them $3.1 million. BYP100 now serves as central command, recruiting protestors, providing professional protestor training, and coordinating protests in cities across the U.S.
The Foundation knows protesters alone cannot strip police departments from coast-to-coast, so the Ford Foundation also pours millions into think-tanks, media outlets, and legal groups to create a public echo chamber preaching the gospel of abolishing the police. The Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, Forward Justice, ACLU, Center for Popular Democracy, The Guardian newspaper, and ProPublica make up part of the Foundation’s brain trust.
To understand how the Foundation harnesses its grantees to create a juggernaut like the “Defund the Police” movement, it is helpful to view them as a broker. The Foundation acts as an intermediary between their paid grantees, all of kindred spirits, who work on behalf of the Foundation to change and then to set, American domestic policy.
As the Foundation’s campaign gains traction, the owners of America’s 3,000 Ford dealerships will be associated, by brand, with the efforts to “Defund the Police” in their own hometowns.
Will their defund efforts carried out by the Foundation impact the sale of the new high-tech police vehicles the Ford Motor Company?
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