• Repainting Of “Black Lives Matter” Slogan Costs Washington, D.C. Taxpayers Over $270,000 

    November 27, 2023
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    While the nation’s capitol and many American cities spiral out of control with crime hikes, Washington, D.C. bureaucrats approved a budget to repaint the city’s street with Black Lives Matter slogan for a whopping $270,000. 

    Watchdog Judicial Watch announced today it received 25 pages of records in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Washington, DC, Department of Transportation. 

    “DC crime is out of control but local leaders continue to wastes $270,000 in tax money promoting the extremist Black Lives Matter movement in the heart of Washington DC that is racist, anti-police, anti-American, and often violent,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  

    The trove of documents show the cost to taxpayers to repaint the Black Lives Matter slogan on a street in the nation’s capital was over $270,000. 

    After the early June 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and riots in DC, a team of artists, residents, District employees, and demonstrators painted “Black Lives Matter” in 50-foot-tall yellow capital letters and the District’s crest on 16th Street NW near the White House. 

    The next day, demonstrators painted “Defund the Police,” alongside the “Black Lives Matter” message. 

    The total price tag of $271,231 includes $53,551 for paint and supplies, and $217,680 for labor.  

    Judicial Watch obtained the purchase order, labor contract, and a negotiation memorandum. 

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    The purchase order was dated September 15, 2023. It depicts the description “Black Lives Matter Plaza Redo,” and charged DC-based Equus Striping a total of $53,551.20 for supplies for “BLMRedo2023.” 

    These supplies included “StreetBond 250 Yellow-BLM (MMA)”, “StreetBond 250 Catalyst,” and “StreetBond Primer,” plus shipping. 

    The labor for the repainting was provided by a subcontractor called Dewberry and totaled $217,680. 

    memorandum of negotiations for the project is dated April 13, 2023. It indicates that the project required a foreman, operator, laborer, carpenter, and mason. Equipment included a backhoe/loader, portable air compressor, Bobcat, dump truck, pick-up truck, and service truck.  

    The memorandum also indicates that the hourly rates initially submitted by the contractor on March 9, 2023, were rejected. 

    After negotiation, the contractor submitted lower hourly rates and were accepted on April 13, 2023. 

    The negotiated pricing was signed off on by DC Department of Transportation officials Dr. Eloka Kingsley Achebe (Deputy Program Manager), Jaswant Matharu (Project Manager-Local Paving), and Gaiyath Naanou (Resident Engineer-Local Paving). 

    Black Lives Matter released a statement in support of Hamas who attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,400 and took 240 hostages. 


    Christine Dolan

    Christine Dolan is a seasoned Investigative Journalist, television producer, author, and photographer. She is Co-Founder of American Conversations whose format focuses on in-depth analysis of critical issues about “the story behind the headlines.”
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    M Aurelius

    They couldn't get a bunch of true believers to do it for free?

    Cuz black lives only matter when there is a scam to be had.



    Hoodrat tagger scum could have done that for cheap.


    This is what Bowser calls "representing her constituents". Apparently, she thinks using taxpayer dollars to push her political ideology is OK. If I lived in DC, this is the last thing I'd want my tax dollars to be used for.

    How about using these tax dollars to fund the police Ms. Bower? Has that ever occurred to you?

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