In 2015 the United States was rocked by the shooting of Michael Brown via Officer Darren Wilson. The shooting instigated a country wide conversation on the way that law enforcement officers interacted with minority individuals in the line of their duty. The Ferguson Protests were instrumental in getting people to pay attention to social inequality. At the heart of these protests was a man by the name of George Soros. Soros is a billionaire investor, one of the leading philanthropists on the planet, and a lifelong progressive. His faith in the grassroots ability of social justice was the energy that fueled these protests. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.
George Soros knows the power of the people and he also knows the force of oppression, having grown up as a Jew in Nazi-occupied Hungary. Knowing both of these ends of the balance led Soros to focus on making sure it would never happen again. Soros, a noted liberal, established the Open Society Foundations as his way of reaching out to help these grassroots campaigns get going with the juice that they need in order to stand up for what is right. Soros would go on to donate nearly $33 million to grassroots activists in and around Ferguson leading up to the fated shooting. Kenneth Zimmerman, director at the Open Society Foundations, said: “Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society.”
The 2016 Presidential Election found a way to get George Soros back into the fray and fighting for the ideals echoed by Kenneth Zimmerman above. Soros saw the rise in popularity of Donald Trump, who would go on to become President, and he knew that he had to act and act quickly. George Soros was last fully in the political fray in 2004 when he backed Al Gore against President Bush in one of the most controversial elections of all time. After that election Soros opted to step back and let the political machine do its thing, working his magic on the outside by funding and fueling philanthropic endeavors and grassroots operations.
With that being said, George Soros couldn’t sit idly by and watch as Donald Trump rose in power standing on everything that his progressive values shouted out against. So, Soros would jump back into the fray by backing Hillary Clinton in her presidential bid. Soros would end up donating nearly $25 million to various Democratic and progressive platforms while giving Clinton his full support. The reason for this return to politics was encapsulated by Soros’ own adviser, Michael Vachon. Vachon said, “This year the political stakes are exceptionally high.” Vachon went on to echo how Trump had subverted the American way by turning politics into a hostile game that would seek to damage and destroy lives. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.
With President Trump in office many people are turning to folks like George Soros to help steady the ship going forward. Soros is partnering up with other elite progressives in order to fuel a resistance to the Trump and GOP’s destructive agenda.