It was reported Thursday that liberal billionaire George Soros has and continues to play a crucial part in the financing of Ferguson, Missouri protesters. He has contributed approximately $33 million to on-the-ground activist groups, according to The Washington Times.
His millions have created an atmosphere that “gave rise to a combustible protest movement that transformed a one-day criminal event in Missouri into a 24-hour-a-day cause celebré,” the Times said. In fact, a number of different groups shared funding from Soros. They closely collaborated creating various forms of media attention from Twitter and Facebook to on air interviews.
Activists groups funded included the Drug Policy Alliance, Make the Road New York, and the Center for Community Change in Washington, all funded in part by Soros. They went to Ferguson beginning in August and went on to organize gatherings and protests there until late December, according to the Times.
Although many within the groups were willing to speak to the mainstream media, their actions went unpublicized until now. The Times reports that Soros backed groups called Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, the Organization for Black Struggle and a group called Dream Defenders were involved in establishing the Hands Up Coalition, a supposed “grass-roots” organization in Missouri.
Groups like The Hands Up Coalition recruited and organized young people across the country encouraging them to hold local events, thus making Ferguson a national issue. The group calls 2015 “The Year of Resistance.”
Soros also funded a group which helped fuel the Ferguson demonstrations – a network of grass roots organizations called the Gamaliel Foundation. It is the same group where President Obama started his community organizing career in Chicago.
And lastly, clergy representatives from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), the same organization where Rev. Jeremiah Wright was a trustee, participated in the protests/riots. Americans will remember Wright as Obama’s long time pastor in Chicago before publicity about his harsh rhetoric, including use of the phrase “God damn America,” caused Obama to distance himself.
(Dwight L. Schwab Jr. looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing. Dwight has 30 years in the publishing industry)