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Black Lives Matter Has Potential Ties to Venezuelan Strongman Nicolás Maduro

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Mamela Fiallo Flor of the Panam Post highlighted how certain Black Lives Matter activists have ties to Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.

Black Lives Matter is allegedly protesting against police brutality that is solely directed against African Americans.

Fiallo Flor did note, however, that there is some hypocrisy with BLM supporting Maduro.

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Regardless of where one stands on Maduro’s regime, it’s undeniable that his government violently suppresses protests.

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The uproar from George Floyd’s death has attracted a wide spectrum of protesters, who are generally ignorant of the activists’ connections.

The founders of the movement — Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza y Opal Tometi —have openly demonstrated their ties to socialist movements and even Maduro himself.

Back in 2011, Cullors gave her first presentation at Left Forum, the largest annual conference of the international Left. It brands itself as “The Place for People with Radical Ideas.”

The extent which Black Lives Matter founders are involved with Venezuela was put on display with Tometi’s personal visit to supervise the vote recount in the parliamentary elections in 2015.

Fiallo Flor called attention to the fact that the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union did not send representatives to the elections because of the concerns of potential electoral fraud. Nonetheless, Maduro turned to other international organizations such as Black Lives Matter as a way to legitimize his regime by overseeing the country’s already questionable elections.

Due to the Venezuelan opposition winning national assembly elections in 2015, Black Lives Matter published a manifesto titled “Black Lives Matter in Solidarity with Venezuelan People.”

In this publication, the activists described the Venezuelan opposition as “counterrevolutionary”, language which Cuba’s communist regime employs to discredit opposition towards it.

“We offer this expression of our unwavering solidarity with the progressive and revolutionary Venezuelan people as they reflectregroup and rectify to defend the Bolivarian Revolution,” the BLM founders noted.

Maduro received an award at the People of African Descent Leadership Summit back in 2015, where Tometi was one of the panelists involved at this event.

Black Lives Matter’s positioning with Venezuela reflects its anti-American nature.

It’s one thing to remain prudent about trying to stoke up tensions with countries abroad, but it’s another to blindly support foreign regimes that don’t necessarily reflect a country’s best interests.

From a bigger picture perspective, geopolitical opponents of the U.S. will exploit racial tensions within the country for their own gain. The U.S. will need to get its economic affairs in order if it wants to remain safe from foreign interference.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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