Following the controversy witnessed in various parts of the U.S, including Cleveland, Staten Island, and most recently Ferguson, several organizations have risen up to embolden grassroots activists. At the focal point of the Ferguson protest movement is Hungarian-born businessman and entrepreneur, George Soros. Over the years, he has developed a thriving global business empire, as well as playing a significant role in American politics and policy making through his financial contributions. These contributions have been channeled through his nonprofit known as the Open Society Foundations. He is also an active contributor to several political action committees and activist groups.
Through years of funding and financial assistance, George Soros has motivated several groups in the U.S to take action. This support has transformed the Ferguson movement protests from a one-time criminal occurrence in Missouri into a fully-fledged national cause. According to Kenneth Zimmerman, the Open Society Foundations’ Director of U.S programs, the support accorded to these groups exemplifies the need for citizens to participate in governance so as to bring about a more inclusive, just, and democratic society.
Based on the use of data collection, research, and existing policy frameworks, a society becomes more accountable to its members. However, Kenneth Zimmerman forwards that although George Soros funds these organizations; he has in no way directed the activists to protest at the request of the Open Society Foundation. According to George Soros, the spontaneous protests in Ferguson were as a result of the reaction of social justice groups to the absence of political participation. Learn more about his profile at washingtontimes.com.
The organizations sponsored by George Soros mobilize support for their causes in Ferguson through the use of social media and online campaigns. They work together to keep the story alive in the media so as to raise awareness. The groups that came together in Ferguson include Drug Policy Alliance, Equal Justice USA, Sojourners, Center for Community Change, Gamaliel Foundation, and #BlackLivesMatter.
About George Soros
George Soros is a businessman, philanthropist, and investor based in the U.S, and bears Hungarian origins. Together with his family, they fled Hungary to England in 1947. George Soros then studied at the LSE, while working as a railway porter and waiter to fund his education. Know more on CNBC about George Soros.
He began his financial career while working as a stock broker for several merchant banks in London. In 1958, George Soros emigrated to the U.S, where he specialized in international stock arbitrage on Wall Street. He has two successful hedge funds to his name, including Double Eagle, formed in 1969 and Soros Fund Management, established in 1970.
George Soros is a long-time supporter of progressive liberal and democratic causes through the Open Society Foundations. He established this entity to advance human rights and democracy across the world. To this end, he has supported the political campaigns of well-known leaders such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and much more.