Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., are national figures that all supported Monica Cannon-Grant while she was a part of Boston’s BLM organization.
At the local level, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and District Attorney Rachael Rollins also legitimized Cannon-Grant to the point that she bragged about having their numbers on speed-dial.
“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 Charlie Baker,” Cannon-Grant told The Boston Scope in 2019.
“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.”
Cannon-Grant claimed on her Facebook page that Warren and Pressley donated to her charity, and that Warren sent her a letter thanking her for her activism.
“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 in the letter.
Cannon-Grant and her husband were charged in an 18-count indictment earlier this month for wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to a mortgage lending business.
The couple allegedly used the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by Cannon-Grant’s charity, Violence in Boston, to pay for personal, extravagant expenses, including hotels and car rentals. They also claimed Violence in Boston’s bank account as their own in a mortgage application, prosecutors said.
“With this larger influx of VIB funds, Cannon-Grant and Clark Grant began to help themselves to greater amounts from the VIB Bank Account,” the indictment reads, noting that she began paying herself $2,788 per week from the charity in October 2020.