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Criminally-charged Boston BLM activist backed by prominent MA Democrats, including Warren, Pressley


BOSTON, MA- Law Enforcement Today has reported a couple times on Boston-area Black Lives Matter activist Monica Cannon Grant, recently indicted along with her husband for allegedly misappropriating funds from her nonprofit, Violence in Boston, for personal use, including a home in Taunton, Massachusetts, vacations, and personal services.

Now, the Washington Examiner is reporting that a number of prominent Massachusetts Democrats helped boost Cannon-Grant’s profile.

Among those who pushed Cannon-Grant into prominence are Democrats including Biden’s Labor Secretary and former Boston mayor, Marty Walsh; Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. This all occurred during the time when Cannon-Grant and her husband, Clark were allegedly pilfering the charity.

Aidan Kearney, who has been covering Cannon-Grant for a number of years even before her rise on the Boston activist scene in 2020 in the aftermath of George Floyd’s overdose death in Minneapolis, slammed Democrat officials who used their platforms to legitimize her prior to her indictment.

“They chose to ignore her transparent fraud and not only donated to her, but participated in racial justice forums hosted by Monica,” Kearney told the Examiner. “Without their complicity, she never would’ve been able to do what she did.”

Kearney added that elected officials purposely ignored some of Cannon-Grant’s unhinged antics, including one in 2020 where she railed against a black Republican woman, married to a white man, who had the audacity to think of running against Pressley.

“This heifer running against Ayanna Pressley—this one here with the white husband. At some point, we going to have to have a conversation with black folks who get in a relationship with white folks and then forget they’re black,” Cannon-Grant said in her racist tirade.

“If white vagina and white penises jeopardize your melanin, then we need you to sit in the back of the classroom.”

Prosecutors allege that Cannon-Grant and her husband used the nonprofit charity she founded to launder funds for personal use.

They are charged with absconding with donations that were supposed to be used to purchase meals for needy children, help at-risk young men cope with violence in their neighborhoods, and organize conferences for black women. Apparently none of that happened.

The fraud scheme started in 2017 and grew in 2020 in the midst of the Floyd riots that took place across the U.S.

“With this larger influx of VIB [Violence in Boston] funds, Cannon-Grant and Clark Grant began to help themselves to greater amounts from the VIB Bank Account,” prosecutors wrote in an 18-page indictment, noting she had started paying herself $2,788 per week from the charity starting in October 2020.

She was also honored by the woke Boston Globe,  honored as “Bostonian of the Year in 2020, and was also honored by Boston Magazine as the year’s “best social justice advocate.” All the while padding her personal bank account, the Examiner said.

So ensconced within the Boston political scene was Cannon Grant that she once claimed to have Boston-area officials on speed dial in 2019.

“Most of the politicians in the city, I have their cell phone number. The only one I don’t have—but I’m not upset about—is [Governor] Charlie Baker,” she told The Boston Scope. “The mayor, direct call to his cell phone. Michelle Wu, direct call to her cell phone. District Attorney Rollins, direct call to her cell phone.”

A true legend in her own mind.

The Examiner said elected Massachusetts Democrats gave Cannon-Grant their personal, as well as financial support while the alleged fraud was occurring.

She claimed on her Facebook page that both Warren and Pressley had donated to Violence in Boston in June 2020, the same month both Democrats appeared on a virtual summit organized by the nonprofit.

On June 1, 2020, Warren sent her a letter in which she thanked Cannon-Grant for inviting her to the summit, according to a copy of the letter posted on Cannon-Grant’s Facebook page.

“Your activism and organizing give me hope, and I will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in this fight for justice,” Warren wrote.

Meanwhile Walsh, then serving as Boston’s mayor, donated public funding to Violence in Boston, the Boston Globe reported. The donation came after Walsh met with Cannon-Grant ant asked her to “stop calling me a motherfucker.”

Meanwhile, Boston’s new inept mayor, Michelle Wu, also used her elevation to prominence to support the activist. In June 2020, Wu tweeted she was “proud to be in the sea of tens of thousands” following Cannon-Grant.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Warren, Pressley and Wu for comment, neither of whom responded.

Meanwhile, a number of other Boston-area Democrats were “friends of Monica.” They include former Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who promoted Cannon-Grant’s endorsement for Senate on his campaign website.

In addition, two Boston city officials, Councilor Julia Mejia and former city councilor Andrea Campbell also threw down with Cannon-Grant, offering her messages of support prior to her getting indicted.

Campbell is an announced candidate for Massachusetts attorney general, and has participated in a number of events for Violence in Boston as recently as August 2021.

Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson is also described as a close ally, with Cannon-Grant referring to him as a “mentor” in a Facebook post.

Then there is good old Rachael Rollins, former Suffolk County district attorney now serving as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, the office which is charged with prosecuting Cannon-Grant and her husband. While Rollins was forced to recuse herself, one must question her judgment in being involved with a purported criminal such as Cannon-Grant in the first place.

For example, Rollins has previously called Cannon-Grant a “passionate skilled community activist’ as well as “a friend” during a 2019 campaign event.

Just three months later, Rollins directed some $6,000 in asset forfeiture funds to Violence in Boston, ostensibly to fund a “youth retreat” in Philadelphia. As Law Enforcement Today recently reported, Cannon-Grant and her husband instead used the money to fund a vacation to Columbia, Maryland, where the couple spent much of the money on accommodations, nail salon services, meals at Bubba Gump Shrimp, and numerous ATM withdrawals., the online version of the Boston Globe actually reached out to Rollins for comment, but she declined, the Examiner said.

For our prior reporting on Ms. Cannon-Grant and her husband, we invite you to:


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