The Marguerite Casey Foundation, which Abrams joined in May 2021, has voiced support for defunding and abolishing the police on several occasions. The group launched the “Answer the Uprising” initiative in late May 2020, shortly after Abrams joined, which increased financial support to leftist groups that also advocate for defunding the police and addressing “racial injustice in policing and the justice system” by $1.6 million, according to Fox News.
In a statement, the foundation said the campaign would challenge “white supremacy and the systems that maintain it as one of the most dominant forces in our lives.”
“What people were marching and crying out about was policing,” the Answer the Uprising page says.
“Tens of millions of everyday people took extraordinary risks to say what they wanted in the clearest terms possible — transform, defund, abolish. They wanted an end to police violence and all forms of racist violence and injustice that are endemic within the criminal justice system.”
The foundation has also given awards to the leading lights of Critical Race Theory and Marxist movements.
It received unanimous backing from its board, including Abrams.
“This latest initiative is fully supported by Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Board of Directors, which recently named seven new changemakers to the Board, including Stacey Abrams and Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change,” the foundation said in a statement at the time.
Abrams has tried to distance herself from the group and has insisted that she does not support defunding the police even though she has received at least $52,000 in income from the foundation, according to her financial disclosures.