The Open Society Foundations is the philanthropic arm of the work done by George Soros. Soros’ name conjures up many ideas and concepts, most of which depend entirely on what end of the political spectrum you exist on. Progressives happen to think that George Soros is one of the most important men in politics and that is definitely a reasonable stance to take, particularly if you are a fan of how his work has helped to shine a light on injustice everywhere. One such case of injustice was located in Ferguson and Soros had a direct hand in bringing attention to the matter.
The Ferguson Protests galvanized the nation as people watched on, stunned by what they saw. When Michael Brown was shot by Officer Wilson it immediately opened up a can of worms: was there a problem with increasing police brutality against minority suspects? The Ferguson Protests were loud and covered on the media by nearly everyone and this is thanks in large part to George Soros. Soros believes in the fundamental importance that grassroots activism holds. Through the Open Society Foundations we have seen that Soros is more than willing to put his money where his mouth is in order to bring issues to light.
So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Soros put more than $30 million of the Open Society Foundation’s money into grassroots activism in and around Ferguson. Kenneth Zimmerman, the director at the Open Society Foundations, was more than apt in his appraisal of the situation: “Helping groups combine policy, research and data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.” Of course, the right wing brand of government probably doesn’t agree — particularly because it is Soros subtly guiding the hand behind it all. Read his profile at Business Insider.
No matter where you stand on George Soros, and most people seem to stand with him, you can’t ignore how he has affected the political landscape. The 2016 Presidential Election, which was a bizarre reality show in its own right, featured George Soros returning to a prominent political role. Soros is a devout progressive and he saw the very real danger in a GOP control presidency. So this caused Soros to step back into the political arena and put his money back where his priorities lay. Soros threw in with Hillary Clinton and went on to back many of the major Democratic politicians all throughout the country.
To put things simply, George Soros knew that the stakes were simply too high to sit idly by and let someone like Donald Trump become President. As a result he would go on to donate almost $25 million to a variety of different Super PACs in order to get attention to the things he felt were important. Soros gave $2 million over to the American Bridge 21st Century, $7 million to the pro-Clinton Priorities USA Action, $5 million to Immigrant Voters Win, and $5 million to Voting Rights Trust. Soros is one of the few billionaires out there willing to fight to help the little man. Read more on NYTimes.com.