George Soros

George Soros has been an international supporter for more than 30 years. He is a man that was born in Hungary during the Nazi occupation and has lived to tell the tale. During this time he was able to create false papers to hide his and his families identity of being Jewish and was able to help others do the same. Soros has grown to be a liberal billionaire and has given away 12 billion to date. He supports causes where individuals and organizations are fighting for freedom to express themselves. Soros believes you should not be discriminated against for being who you are. Learn more about his profile at forbes.com

In 2015 when the Ferguson protest movement began, George Soros was the financial center of it. In one year he gave at least 33 million “to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass roots, on the ground activists in Ferguson” (Riddell). Soros created the Open Society Foundation, a large network in more than 100 countries that reflects on the belief that “no ideology is the final arbiter of truth” and that societies can only flourish with a healthy balance of democratic governance, freedom of expression and respect of individual rights (George). This is why Soros was so financially involved in the Ferguson protest movement. There were groups involved in the protests that were recipients of grants from the foundation but they were not directly protesting on behalf of it. He believes with democratic governance the social justice groups involved would gain accountability. Soros funds are what made the Ferguson protests mobile. With the huge network upon network of organizations becoming involved in the Ferguson incident, they became connected, working with each other, feeding off of each other. This led to the topic dominating the mainstream media and online news feeds. There were later protests and gatherings organized as well, starting in August, all in an attempt to keep the attention on the city so all things could be seen and not just what mainstream was showing. In an effort to help put an eye on what was faulty, Soros funded “$5.4 million to Ferguson and Staten Island grass roots efforts to help further police reform, accountability and public transparency” (Riddell). Read more at The New York Times about George.

George Soros is also involved with higher political matters such as the presidential election. He donated $25 million to help Hillary Clinton and was seemingly more politically involved then he had ever been. The presidential election was already in high stakes due to many of the issues receiving hostility from the other side and he wanted to support Democrats as much as he could. He even donated another $7 million to a political action committee that supported Clinton. There are several other PAC’s that Soros donated to, some being for the Democratic party and some focused on the little guy. One donation was made to a nonprofit organization that fought conservative efforts to restrict voting (Vogel). George Soros is a man who wants to embrace change and support individual rights while giving governance to achieve accountability for organizations supporting causes he believes are important.

Reference

Vogel, K. (2016 July). George Soros rises again. Retrieved by http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267

Riddell, K. (2015 Jan). George Soros funds Ferguson Protests, hopes to spur civil action. Retrieved From http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur/

George Soros. (2017). The Life of George Soros. Retrieved from https://www.georgesoros.com/the-life-of-george-soros/

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