At the center of the Ferguson protests, George Soros was the solitary man who stood in the financial gap. He is a successful investor who has managed to establish a huge empire for himself. He has also managed to forge a political machine that is driven by nonprofit foundations impacting American policy and politics. He managed to spur the Ferguson protest movement via mobilizing and funding of groups in the US. It was established that Soros had given around $33 million in just a year to fund the already existing activists groups, which embolden the grassroots and Ferguson on the ground protesters. Read his profile at Forbes.
Soros’s financial tether to these activist groups led to the development of an explosive protest movement. The financial aid from his side has so far managed to transform a single-day event held in Missouri become a 24-hour event. According to the Open Society Foundation’s director of US Programs, Kenneth Zimmerman, their DNA embraces having persons participating in government as it is as important as leading a more democratic, more inclusive and just society. This assists groups in policy combination, data collection and research, which ensures that the community feels and becomes more responsible.
Despite the fact that numerous groups receive financial backing from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, the organization is in no way linked to the protests. The protests are also not carried out on behalf of the Open Society. Mr. Zimmerman distanced the Opens Society Foundation from the recent incidents claiming that they had no power to control or guide others on what they chose to say. Mr. Zimmerman stated that the recent incidents in Cleveland, Ferguson or Staten Island were just spontaneous protests. He cleared the air by stating that these protests were as a result of lack of democratic participation and accountability.
A number of organizations, which are sponsored by George Soros, helped in mobilizing the Ferguson protests by building coalitions at the grassroots level followed by nationwide social media and online campaigns. Other groups that are also funded by Mr. Soros were involved in remotely monitoring and making reports of anything relating to the incident, which showed conservative misstep and creating academic editorials and research aimed at keeping the story alive on the news media. The organizations funded by Mr. Soros were also seen to feed from each other as they used buzzwords and content developed by different organizations in their respective websites.
About George Soros
George Soros is a renowned philanthropist on the world stage, having donated more than $12 billion in total. He supports organizations and individuals around the world advocating for transparency, freedom of expression, accountable government and institutions that promote both equality and justice. His donations are also focused on groups of people facing discrimination for being who they are. This has seen him fund various groups of sex workers, LGBTI persons and drug users among others. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.