#BlackLivesMatter embraces Seattle activists, deny they demanded an apology to Bernie Sanders

Early this morning, DeadState published a piece that called into question the connection between the #BlackLivesMatter movement and activists Marissa Jenae Johnson and Mara Jacqueline, who stormed the stage at a Seattle Bernie Sanders rally this Saturday.

Early this morning, DeadState published a piece that called into question the connection between the #BlackLivesMatter movement and activists Marissa Jenae Johnson and Mara Jacqueline, who stormed the stage at a Seattle Bernie Sanders rally this Saturday.

We want to reiterate what we pointed out in the original piece; the conspiracy theories circulating the Internet from various websites and blogs surrounding the pair’s motives are easily debunked. Suggestions that Johnson is a “Sarah Palin supporter” or that any past support she had for Sarah Palin is influencing her actions this weekend do not hold up.

…a cursory examination of the comment thread on the Facebook post where this originated, reveals that Johnson was referring to her early political leanings in high school which have since changed.

Also, some have suggested that posts Johnson has made on social media alluding to her Christian faith is evidence that she is a “conservative” or “radical” Christian, thus giving her a motive to attack progressive gatherings like the Sanders rally. Again, this is sloppy speculation.

…it’s true that she spouts some pretty nutty religious rhetoric on social media — she’s definitely a devout Christian of some sort — but there is no evidence that she is a “conservative” Christian.

But apparently, the connections between Johnson, Jacqueline, and the group Outside Agitators 206 to the BLM movement are not as unclear as we believed. Posting on her Facebook page today, the Los Angeles co-founder of BLM Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac openly embraced the Seattle activists and defended them against attacks from bloggers and the media:

Mara Jacqueline and Marissa Jenae deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. They are [a part] of BLM. I support them in their leadership. Please discontinue harming them through social media. If you have questions about what Black Lives Matter’s does. Please message me. I’m tired of folks not being principled or just hateful for no good reason.

“BLM did not circulate a petition asking for an apology,” she added, referring to a petition on Change.org which many assumed was evidence of “the real” BLM distancing itself from the Seattle event. “We are not circulating articles that are slandering these women’s names. Cut this sh*t out, yall.”

A post on the long-established BLM Facebook page (on which we assume Cullors-Brignac is an administrator) echoed this same sentiment:

The #BlackLivesMatter organization did not create any petitions demanding apology from Seattle based organizers. We have…

Posted by Black Lives Matter on Sunday, August 9, 2015


Also, it appears that Facebook and Twitter accounts which called for the Seattle activists to apologize to the Sanders campaign were operated by lone actors with their own agendas.

Ok these past few hours have been confusing for everyone, but I would like everyone to know that I’m not deleting the…

Posted by Black in Seattle on Saturday, August 8, 2015


Whether or not you agree with the tactic of targeting Sanders’ rallies, their methods are clearly working. After being interrupted for the second time by activists claiming the BLM moniker, Sanders has announced a revamped racial justice platform with the hiring of a known African American racial justice activist, Symone Sanders, (no relation) to be his national press secretary.

We’ll continue to update this story as it develops.

Below is audio from an appearance on the TWIB podcast this Monday where Marissa Jenae Johnson speaks out on the controversy. At about 18:30 of the audio, she speaks about the allegations that she’s a “Sarah Palin” supporter:

Featured image: Alex Garland



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    Frank Navarro

    August 11, 2015 at 5:21 am

    It would not take more intelligence or courage to organize a protest at one of the republican nominees for president. That would make sense but protesting at a Sanders rally is really preaching to the choir e. It was only done because it was far easier and less filled with peril to confront Sanders, a man who believes in Civil Rights and agrees with them. Take on Republicans who are hostile to you, leave your friend alone..

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    August 11, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Symone Sanders was already part of Bernies compaign. It caused a lot of confusion, simply because she is a known BLM member who was working with Bernie when this happened.

    She may have gotten a promotion though, unsure what her title was.

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    Jon Ellman

    August 11, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Have you seen her white mother’s facebook page? She’s an all out conservative who praises George W. Bush in her status updates and lists conservative pages in her likes such as “I will NOT vote for Obama 2012” and pages liking George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan……The black father’s profile is very private so it’s hard to tell, but her brother is going into the air force so it seems on the surface like she grew up in a pretty conservative household and is either rebelling against that by being a phony or she’s still conservative and is trolling the left.

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    August 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

    The request was to treat the two ladies with respect. Did they show Sanders respect . I have always been leery about anyone who demands respect but doesn’t give it to others.

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    Laura Rice

    August 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    My geek boyfriend (BF) did a little investigating of his own and found out the Outside Agitators 206 IP address is owned by Merck Pharmaceuticals. How come I haven’t seen that anywhere? And then BF did a little more research and found that Bernie wants to make some (unwanted?) changes to the pharmaceutical industry. So the whole thing amounts to misdirection and had nothing to do with BLM, really. They (whoever these women were) were just a vehicle to derail Sanders. I will post BFs evidence on my public FB page, if you care to look.

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    August 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    “[They] deserve to be treated with respect and dignity… I’m tired of folks not being principled or just hateful for no good reason.”

    This works both ways. You can’t demand respect and dignity when you show none to the thousands at that conference. The gathering was about Social Security and Medicare, whose beneficiaries are the elderly, the disabled, widows and orphans. Your message to those people was to call them white supremacists, which makes those two women folks you should be tired of.

    You may believe you cause is the only one deserving of attention, but it isn’t. And antics like that aren’t going to get you very much support.

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    Dan Karwoski

    August 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Bernie Sanders deserves “respect and dignity” as well. Your right to respect ends when it maligns the respect of others. Guerrilla actions similar to this profoundly damage the image of BLM and diffuse your impact.

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    August 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Right-wing agitprops hiding behind racial masks.

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    August 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Surprise, surprise.

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    Deanna Long

    August 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    All this does is make Sanders look weak. Such tactics, and bowing to such tactics, will not go over well. You’ve damaged Bernie. If that was your goal, kudos.

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    John Campos

    August 11, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    So where is it?

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    August 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Amen. People can’t demand respect if they are unwilling to give respect. These 2 women are upset that some people are treating them the same way they themselves treat others. They want respect but they sure as hell don’t give it. When did people forget the golden rule?

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    August 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I’d be very interested to see that. can you post a link here?

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    August 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm

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    Mark Gisleson (@MarkGisleson)

    August 11, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    “Whether or not you agree with the tactic of targeting Sanders’ campaign stops, their methods are clearly working. After being interrupted for the second time by activists claiming the BLM moniker, Sanders has announced a revamped racial justice platform with the hiring of a known African America racial justice activist, Symone Sanders, (no relation) to be his national press secretary.”


    Bernie’s record on Civil Rights is exemplary. This entire discussion is a farce. A couple of ego-driven folks got their fifteen minutes and the national BLM is covering for them after the fact. The alt media is he said/she saiding us on this one. This story is about two activists: period. Tell us more about them and why they have the right to seize Bernie’s mic, let alone claim to speak for all African Americans.

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    Cash S Hateley

    August 11, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Creepy spying on her IMO. We’ve all held misguided opinions in the past, I am glad she was able to speak and hope she can mend things with Sanders who I believe to be on her side.

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    August 12, 2015 at 12:12 am

    A KKK rally? Really? Well, that certainly escalated quickly. And people wonder why these women aren’t taken seriously?

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    August 12, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Especially people who bill themselves as “Christians?” The original golden rule is one of the ten commandments: thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. I didn’t see any of that from those two young women. They showed Bernie Sanders no respect and did not allow him his dignity. They also showed no respect for the people who had gathered there to hear Sanders speak. As a result, they deserve no respect or dignity.

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    August 12, 2015 at 12:51 am

    I would disagree that the tactics of those two women are “working.” Sure, you can force one politician to focus on the issues, but if you lose the white liberal base then you have’t won much at all. So, I’d recommend not doing what these two women did, and not advocating for more of that type of behavior, or else you’ll chip away at the support of the people while only holding on to the fringe.

    I’m a liberal who has been focused on race issues, and advocated for race unity and abolishing prejudices of all kinds since I was a kid, and if BLM is taken over by radicals, I don’t care to associate with it. Radicalism is a cancer to any movement.

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    _ pyradius

    August 12, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I see no debunking of the ‘conspiracy’ that Soros funds BLM (which is true via Open Society Foundation). Does that mean there is some nefarious micromanaged plot? No. Does it mean he could have promised someone a hefty grant down the road if they agitate at someone’s rally? There is already a financial connection, so is it that much to speculate?

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    August 12, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Interesting, Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac’s facebook page, with the alleged endorsement of the Outside Agitators 206 group leaders, has mysteriously disappeared. I wonder why? Is she having second thoughts?

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    Ditchrose Vintage (@Ditchrosevintag)

    August 12, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I think the “activists” are attention seekers that found a way to steal a stage. Doing what they did goes against the grain of what #blacklivesmatter should be fighting for: an end to the oppression and genocide of black people in America. When you exercise your freedom of speech by taking away someone elses freedom to speak, you BECOME the oppressor. I guess they weren’t smart enough to figure out a way to do it with some CLASS. SAD. I am completely on board with the “blacklivesmatter movement, but this is extremely disappointing. Poorly thought out, on the part of the activists, and knee-jerk support on the part of #blacklivesmatter. I wonder if they would have been so quick to support their actions if the “activists” had been white. Doubt it.

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    August 12, 2015 at 7:13 am

    If you research a little further into the groups Ms. Johnson joined on Facebook, you will find her affiliation with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Find the Seattle Justice or Else Facebook page, and see who is front and center. If Farrakhan is tapping into the anger behind BLM, and still calling for the race war he’s dreamed of for decades, it could get bad, really quick. Liberal White Supremacists is a Farrakhan creation, and he is virulently anti-semitic. I’d hate to see BLM destroyed by this dangerous zealot. They are leaderless and subject to being co- opted by some very nefarious characters.

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    Max Curtis

    August 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Black Lives Matter embracing solidarity with dishonesty, ignorance and low class behavior. I was behind this movement, but I just heard the sound of respect flushing down the loo.

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    Wish List

    August 12, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Exactly, so DS or anyone else cannot claim “their methods are clearly working.”
    Bernie also had a scheduled rally later where he discussed some BLM issues.
    DS is only adding more distortion to the mess and not clarifying anything in their shoddy journalism attempts.

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    August 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    If conspiracy theories have formed its because what these women did makes no logical sense if black lives actually matter to them. I can’t believe the BLM movement is now standing behind them. Yes, let’s sabatoge Bernie and get Trump elected instead. Good strategy.

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    Daniel Mora

    August 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Copy/paste from whois.net

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    August 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Really need to get that evidence out there.

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    August 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Where is the link to show this is true?
    You are talking from your imagination.

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    Dancing Tarantula

    August 13, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I smell a . . .smell. A smelly kind of smell . . .a smell that smells . . .smelly . . .

    In other words . .somethings up . .maybe that show “scandal” has begun to make me wonder about what reaaaaallyy could be happening behind the scenes. .especially during an election season . Too much speculation around an event that should be pretty clear cut.

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    Dancing Tarantula

    August 13, 2015 at 1:26 am

    But then again ive always had genuine mistrust for the gov’t even at a young age . Scandal just showed that i wasnt crazy lol . . .or . . .AM I ??? O_O . .naahh =]

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    Andrea Petrucci

    August 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Oh, piss off. We have almost full control of what shows on our Facebook profiles. Don’t knock someone for being more clever than you, especially when they’re seeking the truth.

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    August 13, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Not seeing Merck anywhere in that look up.

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    Dominic H

    June 9, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for this great article.

    I reading your site for a few weeks now. Today i just want to say “thank you”.

    Keep up this good work! Looking forward to the next post.

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