As the country deals with the plague of increasing crime rates throughout the Biden administration, advocates for the “defund the police” movements have been paying visits to the White House or having meetings with various White House aides, the logs of White House visitors state.
A few of the activists who have made an appearance at the White House included Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change; Carmen Rojas, the President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation; Latosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter; and Tylik McMillan, who serves as the “National Director of Youth [and] College” at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, stated a recent report from Fox News.
“So many people are twisting themselves into word pretzels,” tweeted out Rojas just last year. “They say we need justice in one breathe & not all police are bad in the next. We must be unwavering in our commitment to freedom. The best way to realize it is to defund the police and support abolition. Period.”
So many people are twisting themselves into word pretzels. They say we need justice in one breathe & not all police are bad in the next. We must be unwavering in our commitment to freedom. The best way to realize it is to defund the police and support abolition. Period.
— Carmen Rojas, PhD 🐜 (@crojasphd) April 16, 2021
Rojas “visited the White House in December 2021 and appeared to meet with Nia Page,” a Special Assistant to Cedric Richmond, who was an adviser to Biden at the time, highlighted Fox News. Rojas’ Marguerite Casey Foundation has also put Robinson on its board; Robinson also paid a visit to the White House this past summer and reportedly met up with Richmond.
Previously, Color of Change attempted to “dismantle” and entirely replace the Minneapolis Police Department back in 2021, as reported by Fox News. They made a petition entitled, “TAKE ACTION: Defund the police, and invest in communities now!” stated the petition, “The Minneapolis City Council recently approved a potential ballot measure that would change the city charter and dismantle the Minneapolis Police. Now it’s up to us to hold them accountable, push for further systemic changes.”
Back in March of 2022, a tweet from the Marguerite Casey Foundation stated, “#DefundthePolice.”
“The Post collected data on nearly 40,000 payments at 25 of the nation’s largest police and sheriff’s departments within the past decade, documenting more than $3.2 billion spent to settle claims [of wrongdoing].” #DefundthePolice https://t.co/fm1UMmcbm3
— Marguerite Casey Foundation (@CaseyGrants) March 11, 2022
As seen in the visitor logs from the White House and reported by Fox News, Brown spoke with Vincent Evans, who previously worked in the office of Vice President Harris. Seemingly referring to police reform, Brown claimed, “It’s kind of like having weeds in the yard. You can cut the weeds down, you know, when you’re mowing the grass, but until you uproot or kill the weeds, it will still take over your yard,” stated a report from the Washington Examiner.
“In August 2020, Brown promoted a ‘Defund the Police 101 Teach-In’ event led by two other defund the police activists,” reported Fox News.
McMillan paid a visit to the White House on four different occasions last year. He stated back in a blog post from July of 2020, “Police don’t make communities safe, but opportunities make communities safe. What we’re saying is that a defund to the police is a refund to the people.”
“I do want to run for office one day,” he added in a different post.