In 2015, philanthropic billionaire George Soros spent more than $33 million promoting the Black Lives Matter movement. According to the Soros-run Open Source Foundation’s tax returns, Soros has donated money to established political groups fighting against police brutality in Ferguson.
While Soros has donated money, that doesn’t mean he controls the political discourse surrounding race and police brutality. The many Black Lives Matter protests taking place in Ferguson, New York, and elsewhere around the United States are genuine grassroots movements that have sprung up in the wake of recent violence; all Soros has done is made it possible for these movements to mobilize, providing much-needed funding. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com
More than 500 activists traveled from cities across the country — as far away as Boston, Houston, and North Carolina — to participate in the 2015 rallies and protests in Ferguson. As journalist Akiba Solomon described, their goal was “to support the people of Ferguson and help turn a local moment into a national movement.”
George Soros has founded and currently maintains a number of philanthropic organizations, including the Open Source Fountation, MORE, and the Gamaliel Foundation. Gamaliel is a coalition of grassroots organizations for interracial and interreligious harmony. Notably, one of Gamaliel’s early community organizers was former President Barack Obama.
Gamaliel has also committed itself to standing up against injustice against minority communities. Clergy working with Gamaliel spoke out during a weekend event called “Hands Up Sabbath”, sharing their views and participating in acts of civil disobedience that led to many of them being arrested. Follow George on twitter.com.
The grants and donations given by Soros and his various organizations have empowered many who would otherwise be unable to participate in the current political discourse. Before, local activists found themselves at a loss as to how to make their voices heard. With an influx of money and organizers from around the country, though, the voices of black America are finally rising above the din.