Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams sits on the board of a UPS family foundation that donates millions of dollars to academics who promote critical race theory (CRT), anti-capitalist advocacy and abolition of prisons.
The leftist foundation is based in Seattle and is named the Marguerite Casey Foundation. The organization was created to make private grants and is named for the sister of UPS founder Jim Casey. Abrams’ financial disclosures indicate that she has received at least $52,500 from the foundation as income related to her board service.
Abrams’ service for the foundation runs counter to her recent attempts to distance herself from the Defund the Police movement. The foundation has consistently voiced strong support for defunding and abolishing police in America.
In a statement provided to Fox News, the Abrams campaign said that the candidate has been a member of the foundation’s board since May 2021. The statement also claims that Abrams does not share the foundation’s views.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation joined with the Group Health Foundation last December to announce a series of $250,000 2021 “Freedom Scholars Awards” given to six professors who demonstrated leadership in “research in critical fields including abolitionist, Black, feminist, queer, radical, and anti-colonialist studies.”
The annual awards were established in 2020. The foundation says that they are designed to counter the limited resources and constraints “frequently faced by scholars whose work supports social movements.”
One of last year’s award recipients was University of California, Los Angeles Professor Robin D.G. Kelly, who teaches African American history. Kelly told NPR earlier this year that the “secret to capitalism’s survival is racism.”
Kelley also said that there is “no way capitalism can save us,” and any “true liberation” must be opposed to capitalism. He added that his primary goal while growing up was to be a “communist for life.”
Lorgia Garcia Peña also received one of last year’s $250,000 awards. Peña is a former professor of Latinx studies at Harvard University who was denied tenure in 2019. Some of the faculty complained that Peña’s work was activism instead of scholarship. Peña is now a professor at Tufts University who supports ethnic studies as a way to supplant “Eurocentric education systems.”
Other award recipients are professors of CRT who advocate for abolition of prisons and who consider the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade as an indication that the U.S. government “treats women’s lives as disposable and trans people’s lives as disposable.”
Abrams is set to go against incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in November in a re-match of the 2018 contest. If elected governor, she will oversee appointments to the state Board of Regents, which governs the University System of Georgia.