There is little reason to separate the organization Black Lives Matter from the Democrat Party's chief fundraiser ActBlue. To donate to BLM is the same as giving cash to Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Ayanna Pressley, and other progressive Democrats.

If you go to the Black Lives Matter website and then click on the "DONATE" box in the upper right, it brings you to an ActBlue donation page.

Now, they have changed the link to ActBlue to more closely resemble the BLM site. You'd now have to look more carefully for the ActBlue reference since the criticism began. They even use BLM page colors but it is a measure they took because they know it's wrong to deceive the public. They don't care if it's wrong, they just don't want you to know.

Politifact, BLM, and ActBlue will all tell you that ActBlue just lets BLM "use their technology platform to receive the money and then disperse it just to Black Lives Matter," but to donate to that requires a leap of faith that it's true. The confusing and unnecessary layers and paths to give to BLM is not for no reason.

The bottom line is the money is steered directly to ActBlue.com even if the illusion to suggest otherwise has been constructed by the webmaster. Since 2004, ActBlue has raised over $5.4 billion dollars for Democrats and other progressives.

So when I see corporations pressured to give to the organization Black Lives Matter, I am seeing extortion by the Democratic Party. A shakedown from the playbook of "Revs." Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.

Senator Elizabeth Warren will tell her followers that federal "troops" are kidnapping peaceful protesters in Portland, Oregon. She spelled domestic terrorists wrong. Fifty-nine straight days of riots and protests are taking place right now there. On Friday night, three federal agents protecting the federal courthouse were permanently blinded by some Antifa members pointing lasers into their eyes as a way to physically attack them.

Twelve other police officers were taken to hospitals that evening. Peaceful? The local NAACP leader in Portland defined this violence as "largely a white spectacle" who he wishes would just go home.

In Aurora, Colorado on highway I-225, a Jeep passed through a violent crowd down a lane which protesters were trying to block. They had already smashed the car with objects and flattened the tires. When the driver tried to flee, seven shots were fired at the vehicle by a Black Lives Matter protester. Two fellow protesters were struck by the bullets fired.

They arrested no one and the police stressed that the protest was mostly peaceful. Peaceful?

Even the police don't have a right to illegally detain anyone in America. Democrats are giving BLM protesters the political cover to do exactly that. People on highways going to cancer treatments, to urgent care or anywhere they want to go to are being told "no" by this Democratic Party's newly sanctioned-authority, Black Lives Matter.

I have to hold on to hope that not every Democrat or other liberals are actually on board with all this.

Antifa groups are already saying that the time to talk about ideas for police reform is over. Police will either be abolished or great violence and chaos will consume the nation.

In Louisville, Kentucky yesterday, The black militia "Not F---ing Around Coalition" took to the steps on Jefferson Street in downtown Louisville. Their leader, John Fitzgerald "Grandmaster Jay" Johnson, spoke as some 250 of his armed militiamen and a few hundred others listened along with local media.

The focus was on the recent and tragic story of what police described as an accidental shooting of Breonna Taylor, an EMT who was killed when Louisville Metro Police forcefully entered her home with a no-knock warrant. Her boyfriend opened fire believing the police were criminal intruders. When police returned fire with 20 rounds, Taylor was killed in her own bed.

The warrant was in search of her ex-boyfriend who lived 10 miles away but was driving a car with her registration.

Grandmaster Jay, in his speech Saturday, implied that if a full investigation was not conducted in a very transparent way, violence was the next step.

"You all look like you need a little help. Not the kind of help that you could sing about. The kind of help that puts people in the hospital. That puts people in the ground. Like they've been doing us." Johnson told the crowd.

Later yesterday afternoon, Johnson spoke to the crowd again.

"I need y'all to repeat after me: if we don't get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the motherf---ing truth, we are going to burn this motherf---er down," he said.

The State Attorney General's office was given four weeks' time in his warning.

Before the rally, one of the Not F----ing Around Coalition militia's female members accidentally shot three of her comrades; John Fitzgerald "Grandmaster Jay" Johnson said the woman was a "trainee." All are expected to survive. No arrest was made.

But even when arrests are made, sympathetic Democratic prosecutors, governors, and mayors almost always refuse to press charges. These protesters seem to know they have the political cover for almost anything they do.

A rising star in the Democratic Party, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, had this to say:

"I will never stop saying not only do we need to disinvest from police but we need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department...The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root. And so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer and we allow for something beautiful to arise." – Rep. Ilhan Omar, June 7, 2020

So shooting at commuters, forcibly stopping people from moving freely, physically assaulting them, terrorizing citizens on the street or in their vehicles or outside their homes, destroying private and public property, threatening death unless criminal investigations against police are found guilty, threatening arson and violence unless police are abolished – this is how Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and even former President Barack Obama are defining "peaceful" demonstrations.

Are they opening the doors for more forceful, passionate demonstrations at abortion clinics, for example?

Of course they won't agree to that. The only time the suspensions of law and order to allow such violence are okay by these Democrats is when it benefits the left. And even then, "it's not violence." Don't believe your lying eyes.

Wake up, America – or it will look like and be called something quite different very soon.

Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@townsquaremedia.com. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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