The Ferguson protests of late 2014 were often seen as a simple case of the latest shooting of an African American male by a law enforcement officer in a nation where institutional racism remains a major problem. Into what was originally a local protest movement steps George Soros, the former Hungarian refugee who has been a major supporter of human rights groups across the planet through his own Open Society Foundations network; The Washington Times reports Soros provided around $33 million in funding for groups supporting the Ferguson protests, including the Drug Policy Alliance that receives around $4 million from the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations each year. The Drug Policy Alliance policy director Kassandra Frederique played a major role in bringing the Ferguson protests to the attention of the public as the shooting of Michael Brown was seen as reflecting many of the issues the charity looks to combat on a regular basis.
The backing of groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance has led to George Soros becoming an influential figure in the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement that has been at the heart of the civil rights movement in the U.S. and led to many conservative commentators stating Soros is the man behind the rise of the movement. In fact, George Soros simply backs groups that have come together since the 2011 shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida to create a movement designed to keep the issues of the civil rights movement in the public eye; over the course of the Ferguson protests over 500 people who are part of the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement traveled to Ferguson to aid in the organizing of the protestors in the city to keep them safe at all times. Even the publicizing of the Ferguson protests led to George Soros becoming mentioned as he funding the publishing of the publishing of the Colorlines Website that pushed forward the cause of the people of Ferguson. Read his profile at Business Insider.
Over the course of the Ferguson protests the issue of human and civil rights has risen to the surface of the work completed by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations. George Soros has maintained an interest in social justice and the advancement of liberal issues since his youth in Hungary, which included a period of time spent living under the rule of the occupying Nazi forces, the Open Society Foundations reports. George Soros remains one of the world’s leading hedge fund managers long after his 80th birthday and continues to work to better the lives of the people of the world, including those who are living under harsh human rights conditions in what are seen as free and democratic countries. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.