Funding From George Soros Pushes Forward Ferguson Civil Rights Protests

Although the majority if U.S. citizens who followed the news during the Summer of 2014 would have thought the Ferguson protests grew up as a grassroots action the role played by billionaire George Soros was key to the development of the protests taking place from Summer 2014 to late Fall of the same year. George Soros was not directly funding the protest movement in its forms of the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement or the loose group of civil rights groups known as the “Hands Up Coalition”; instead, Soros has been funding civil rights groups in the U.S. throughout the 21st century when his focus as a philanthropist shifted from the nations formerly making up the Soviet Union to areas of Asia and North America. Know more about George Soros on Business Insider.

Battling against any loss of human rights has been a major issue for George Soros for many decades after the Hungarian-born hedge fund manager and financial expert was personally affected by a loss of human rights during his childhood and teenage years when World War II made its way into Hungary. 500,000 members of Hungary’s Jewish population were murdered by occupying Nazi forces after 1943, but the Soros family had identified the oncoming human rights issues and taken steps to hide their real identity and religious background to protect the family from persecution. After making his fortune as a hedge fund manager on Wall Street, George Soros began his philanthropy in 1979 supplying copying equipment to freedom fighters kin Cold War Soviet rules countries who distributed information about the freedoms of the West, according to the Open Society Foundations. The work being done by George Soros would eventually become the Open Society Foundations network of charitable groups now focused on protecting the civil rights of minority groups and campaigning for criminal justice reforms.

The Washington Times reports the philanthropic work of George Soros provided funding for civil rights action groups across the U.S. who came together in Ferguson, Missouri to build awareness and support for the work of protesters with annual donations totaling over $33 million. Understanding the depth of the work completed by George Soros and the Open Society Foundations means looking back at the history of recent civil rights issues and shooting cases taking place in the U.S.; one of the organizations funded by George Soros, The Tides Foundation provides financial support for the Dream Defenders group that was developed during the 2011 Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida and continues to work in communities affected by racial and social injustice. The funding provided by the Open Society Foundations eventually made its way to Ferguson, Missouri when the Dream Defenders group became one of the main supporters of the “Hands Up Coalition” established to organize and publicize the protests taking place following the shooting of Michael Brown in the city. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

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