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Former Black Panther Elaine Brown’s economic development org gets millions

Natalie Orenstein

Mar 28, 2024

Millions of dollars are pouring into former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown’s nonprofit for her apartment building and commercial hub under construction on 7th Street in West Oakland.

The Black Lives Matter Foundation hosted a bubby-fueled birthday celebration for the 81-year-old revolutionary on Tuesday. The organization was one of several there that announced they are giving big contributions to Brown’s Oakland & The World Enterprises.

Lateefah Simon, the BART board director who’s running for U.S. Congress, emceed the soirée at Oakstop. Oakland politicos and cultural figures took turns showering Brown with praise and throwing funds at her development project...

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