The Open Society Foundations, the philanthropic group founded by the business magnate George Soros, announced recently that $220 million was invested in efforts to achieve racial equality in America, a huge financial undertaking that will support several Black-led racial justice groups for years to come.
The initiative, which comes amid national protests for racial equality and calls for police reform ignited by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, will immediately reshape the landscape of Black political and civil rights organizations, and signals the extent to which race and identity have become the explicit focal point of American politics in recent years, with no sign of receding. Mr. Soros, who has at times faced smears and anti-Semitism over his role as a liberal megadonor, is also positioning his foundation near the forefront of the protest movement.
Of the $220 million, the foundation will invest $150 million in five-year grants for selected groups, including progressive and emerging organizations like the Black Voters Matter Fund and Repairers of the Breach, a group founded by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II of the Poor People’s Campaign. The money will also support more established Black civil rights organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative, which was founded by the civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson and depicted in the 2019 movie “Just Mercy.”
The Open Society Foundations will invest an additional $70 million in local grants supporting changes to policing and criminal justice. This money will also be used to pay for opportunities for civic engagement and to organize internships and political training for young people.
Patrick Gaspard, the president of the Open Society Foundations, said in an interview that the group believed the investment was about harnessing the momentum toward racial justice, but also giving organizations room to think long-term. Now, he said, is “the moment we’ve been investing in for the last 25 years.”
“There is this call for justice in Black and brown communities, an explosion of not just sympathy but solidarity across the board,” Mr. Gaspard said. “So it’s time to double down. And we understood we can place a bet on these activists — Black and white — who see this as a moment of not just incrementalism, but whole-scale reform.”
“The demands being made now will not be met overnight, and we know the gaze of media and elected officials will turn in other directions,” he added. “But we need these moments to be sustained. If we’re going to say ‘Black lives matter,’ we need to say ‘Black organizations and structures matter.’”
Even before Monday’s announcement, progressive groups, Democratic candidates and racial justice organizations had been flooded with small-dollar donations, breaking giving records and allowing former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as well as House and Senate candidates to post eye-popping fund-raising numbers. It is the convergence of an election year in which Democrats are desperate to defeat President Trump with an extraordinary protest movement that has pushed many to action, changing public opinion among white Americans and ideological moderates in the process.
But in making the grants last for five years, Open Society’s leaders said, the organization is freeing groups to think beyond the current moment. Heather McGhee, who is on the foundation’s domestic board and has been on recent calls informing groups of their new grants, said the five-year commitments let leaders feel “they could breathe and they can focus on the strategy and the work.” The calls have been emotional, she said, as groups that have long felt marginalized by mainstream philanthropy find out their work will be sustained and supported.
“It frees up time and ensures that once the corporations stop putting up statements and small-dollar donations stop, they can keep fighting this fight,” Ms. McGhee said. “If you take the blinders of racism off, of course you should be investing in Black leadership — and these organizations shouldn’t be worrying about money.”
This not the first effort by Mr. Soros or his foundation to target racial inequality, though it is the most expansive. In 1994, Mr. Soros started Open Society’s domestic work with a focus on criminal justice reform. He has also aimed philanthropic efforts at historically marginalized groups abroad, a nod to his own experience as a Jewish person who survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary. In recent years, Mr. Soros has become a favorite target of some conservatives and right-wing groups, which have sometimes used anti-Semitic tropes to try to recast his giving as an effort to seek world influence.
Between the local grants and the millions for Black-led organizations, however, Mr. Soros and his foundation have helped answer the question of whether the social justice groups that have dominated the current moment are here to stay.
Alexander Soros, who serves alongside his father as the deputy chair of Open Society, said in a statement that the new investment was a response to a time “for urgent and bold action.”
“These investments will empower proven leaders in the Black community to reimagine policing, end mass incarceration and eliminate the barriers to opportunity that have been the source of inequity for too long,” he said.
Astead W. Herndon is a national political reporter based in New York. He was previously a Washington-based political reporter and a City Hall reporter for The Boston Globe. @AsteadWesley
It is certainly true that Soros is funding groups that are opposed to Trump but they would exist without his money, which seems to be rapidly vanishing. Apparently, Soros has lost a billion dollars on a gamble that the market would plummet after Trump took office. That’s on top of another two billion he lost betting against the possibility of a Brexit. People haven’t gone to Washington to protest Trump because Soros has funded them. It is because he is deeply unpopular as this graph would indicate:
Jeff Rense, an anti-Semite second to none, wrote a glowing review of the book that includes these intriguing insights:
The true “Jewish revolutionary spirit” is “to overturn” God and replace Him with Lucifer who represents the self-interest of the Illuminati (i.e. central bankers, Organized Jewry and Freemasonry.) This also was confirmed by Christian Rakovsky in his KGB interrogation.
This also was confirmed by Christian Rakovsky in his KGB interrogation. “Christianity is our only real enemy since all the political and economic phenomena of the bourgeois states are only its consequences,” Rakovsky, says. Peace is “counter-revolutionary” since it is war that paves the way for revolution.
It’s not every day when you run into something like this. A convergence of Iranian clerical reaction, anti-Semitism and a defense of the legitimacy of the Moscow Trials. But then again after 6 years of deepening insanity on the left about the role of Iran and Russia in the world, I suppose anything is possible.
Soros 2020 Colour Revolution EXPLAINED
The present Canadian State has been shaped by the cultures of many different peoples and cultures throughout its history but has shaped a unique culture and identity that is envied throughout the world.
We live in a period of human history marked by the ascendancy of Corporate Power. There is tension between National Governments and Corporations. Corporations do not wish to be governed by the Laws of Nation Sates as they view it as an impediment to efficiency and profit.
The removal of the Nation state would allow Corporations to directly govern populations. Europe is seeing a huge Yellow vest uprisings. news of them are being massively suppressed in North America. The movement has spread to North America.
The Yellow Vests are protesting Globalization and the destabilization of their nations
The Canadian yellow vest movement has been the Target of a sustained campaign of misinformation
The Canadian yellow Vest movement seem to have been entirely correct about the Nature of Justin Trudeau’s Character and the identity of the prime antagonist
We have turned the public Agora or space for public discussion over to huge Corporations.
Coffee shops , laundromats , bus stops are now full of people staring at smartphones and laptops. There is less and less direct human interaction
Because most papers don’t actually publish anymore online articles can be updated, that is changed
“Who controls the past controls the future. …G. Orwell 1984
Algorithms on social media feeds though which most people get their “news” tend to reinforce their biases. Project Veritas just released the testimony of a senior Facebook executive who provided documentary proof that Facebook heavily censors views it doesn’t consider progressive. Twitter is being taken to court by Meaghan Murphy for its practice of brutally censoring any views it doesn’t find “progressive”. Including but not limited to the fact that women are a biological entity.
Facebook and Twitter and all other major social media heavily promote views they consider “progressive”. Google SEO’s are rigged. Type in Violence by Transgender activist. See what comes up. You can try this with any “marginalized ” group the result will be similar. You see what they want you to see. Most people only skim news items and many simply read headlines. There is less critical thought and context and complex issues tend to be presented as slogans or soundbites. This makes it easy to reinforce ideological points.
The Color Revolutions were a series of state actor backed revolutions starting in Serbia in 1999–2000. They Include the Serbian OTPOR taking out of Slobodan Milosovic in the 2000″bulldozer” revolution.
The Rose Revolution in Georgia,
The Cedar revolution in Lebanon,
An attempt in Iran
The Revolutions worked by identifying groups within a society with any sort of issue. Massive Funding and High end media training , propaganda materiel’s, and other needs are provided to these groups.
The heavy use of NGO’s and Student protestors are marks of a color revolution. Students are common because infiltration of the University system is easy. It is uncommon but if possible access to primary school students would be ideal. The young are targeted because they have little experience, little basis for comparison or direct knowledge of history or the world and are easier to ideologically train than older individuals.
There is always one unifying theme or symbol. Orange In Ukraine, Rose in Georgia. They can be concepts as well. Typically an ideology should be represented in one word or short phrase and used absolutely consistently. The word or phrase can be anything, it is the structural concept it will automatically represent that matters. Examples are , Get Him out, or say Unity, Diversity.
The groups are always made to appear completely grassroots, expressions of the true “will of the people”.
Where possible tame media outlets are used to repeat whatever ideology is at play incessantly, with no deviation, even if it goes against known facts.By constant repetition it will become normalized
Unceasing repetition of themes meant to destabilize and de legitimize the state and cause as much societal division as possible. The smaller groupings the society can be broken into the more effective as they will eventually welcome the “unifying leadership”.
Problem, Reaction , Solution
Any actual indigenous grass root groups that work to improve conditions without “regime change” are demonized as collaborators.
No dialogue can be permitted
Any opposition or those that question the ideology or legitimacy of the “movement” are framed as Nazis, Nationalists, Fascists or whatever is appropriate. The point being that anyone outside the ideological frame must always be the “other” and morally unreadable.
Eventually the state and its institutions are weakened and its population demoralized to the point that regime change is possible.
These are very effective techniques that was actually pioneered during Operation Ajax by Kermit Roosevelt and Norman Schwarzkopf Senior in 1953 with the removal of Mohammad Mosaddegh by paid mobs and subterfuge. He was replaced by the Corporate compliant Shaw who brutalized the Iranian people for the next 25 years. It was used again in Iran Lately