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Demonstrators march during a protest in memory of Breonna Taylor, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. Taylor was killed in her apartment by members of the Louisville, Ky. Metro Police Department on March 13. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

 

Earlier on Monday, my colleague Sister Toldjah shared an update on the Black Lives Matter violence and mayhem in Louisville, Ky., in the wake of the death of Breonna Taylor by local police officers in March. She wrote that “[a]fter BLM escalated their tactics last week in harassing and/or assaulting pedestrians and restaurant patrons, and damaging property, the Louisville PD has had enough – and is banning street protests for the foreseeable future.”

And Nick Arama wrote last week about Mafia-esque, strong-arm tactics by BLM groups against Louisville business owners.

But it’s worth asking if there’s more going on behind the scenes that can only worsen the situation in the Bluegrass State.

An activist group called Until Freedom posted an event flyer on its Instagram account Saturday. But that wasn’t all it heralded.

The caption read:

Packed bags and on the way.

We will see you in Louisville TOMORROW at 4pm. We will be joined by the father of Michael Brown. Michael Brown was murdered at the hands of the Ferguson Police Department in St. Louis 6 years ago, this weekend. We have not forgotten.

From Mike Brown to Breonna Taylor – the fight for justice continues.

#OccupyKentucky #ArrestTheCops

On August 8th, Amina Elahi, a reporter with WFPL, Louisville’s NPR affiliate, shared an entire thread of images and video from Louisville on Saturday, showing scenes from the so-called rally.

One video in particular stands out, because of who’s speaking:

If the name Linda Sarsour sounds familiar, it should. Sarsour is well-known as a trainer of radical activist tactics. She was one of the co-founders of the Women’s March activist group in 2017, along with Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland. As RedState’s Brandon Morse reported last September, all three were ousted from the group’s leadership over their open, anti-Semitic bigotry.

But just like the Occupy movement, these people don’t just disappear. They change the name of their umbrella group and continue on. Now, Sarsour and Mallory, along with two others, continue to spread their hatred and violent tactics under the name “Until Freedom.” And they’ve relocated to Louisville.

WAVE3:

A national protest group that made its presence known for a few days in Louisville last month has announced it is relocating its operation to Louisville.
 
Until Freedom announced on its Instagram page Monday night that its “entire team is MOVING to live in Louisville for the foreseeable future.”
 
The group’s founder, Linda Sarsour, said while in Louisville last month that Until Freedom converged on Louisville because while there had been movement in other ongoing police brutality cases elsewhere, she said there’s been far less progress in the Breonna Taylor case.

The group definitely “made its presence known.”

In mid-July, Sarsour led the activist march to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s home, as Commentary magazine wrote:

Sarsour and Mallory didn’t appear as individual citizens supporting a spontaneous march. They came to garner press and donations for their new organization, Until Freedom, which describes itself as “an intersectional social justice organization rooted in the leadership of diverse people of color to address systemic and racial injustice.” But the group is comprised of just four people: Sarsour, Mallory, Angelo Pinto, and Mysonne Linen.

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The intention was clearly to escalate tensions in Louisville. “We are here to amplify,” Sarsour told the group of protestors that assembled to be “trained” for that day’s activities, adding, “We are here to disrupt, we are to make sure that those in power know we are here to escalate.” She boasted, “We broke quarantine to come hang out with you all.”

A local reporter covering the event noted that the people who gathered to participate had no idea what the plans for the day’s protest were. “Most involved still don’t know where we’re headed,” the reported noted, as the group of approximately 200 started marching down the street. A cameraman walked backward along the route, carefully filming Sarsour as she marched.

Since Sarsour also has ties to former Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is uniquely positioned as a member of presumed nominee Joe Biden’s advisors, her activities remain relevant as the general election approaches. And her on-going presence in Louisville spells bad news, come what may in November.

Becca Lower
Becca Lower is a writer with RedState and formerly worked at IJR.com as a writer and editor. She grew up outside Cincinnati, OH, in former Speaker John Boehner's district, and currently lives in Mesa, AZ.

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