George Soros Returns, Sets Sights on a Progressive America

The return of billionaire philanthropist and progressive George Soros could pay huge dividends in the massive political battle that is shaping up for years to come. George Soros rose to prominence in the early ’00s when he backed Al Gore in his run for President against incumbent George W. Bush. While Gore did not win the election Soros quickly established himself as one of the more important liberal mega donors in the political game. Soros has mostly been keeping out of the spotlight over the past couple of years, focusing mainly on his philanthropic foundation — the Open Society Foundations, but now the man has back and he is back with a vengeance.

The big difference between progressives and conservatives in the American political game is that the majority of billionaires work hand in hand with conservative politicians, case in point = the Koch Brothers. George Soros bucks that trend because he puts all of his money toward embracing progressive values, social justice, democratic ideals, and education. As a result Soros has become the ultimate boogeyman for the conservative right. Soros had been disenfranchised by the prevalence of big money in politics but the rise of Donald Trump as a Presidential candidate (and eventual President) would give Soros just enough pause to re-enter the game. Soros and Trump were completely at odds with one another in the 2016 election campaign and it is easy to see why.

Soros returned in order to support Hillary Clinton in her run up as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Soros personally donated $8 million in order to boost up Clinton’s numbers as she sought to keep up with Trump’s Koch Brother fueled campaign. Soros would also donate big money to progressive candidates all around the United States, hoping to steal some seats anywhere that it was possible. Michael Vachon, the personal political adviser to George Soros, says that his client returned due to the sheer vitriol in the political climate and just how high the stakes were. Donald Trump stands for everything that Soros has spent his entire life fighting against. Read his profile at Business Insider.

If you know George Soros’ backstory then you are likely familiar with the fact that he grew up during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Soros saw firsthand what terrible people with a ton of power could do. This led Soros to start the Open Society Foundation once he found his way to wealth. This foundation has been instrumental in funding grassroots activism all over the world, including Ferguson, MO. Soros helped to fund the Ferguson Protests that shed so much light on police brutality and systemic racism in the police force. Soros’ return likely means a boon for these causes, as well. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

Organizations Campaigning For Migrant Rights

Every year thousands of migrants struggle in America, being isolated and ostracised for being foreign. It would be bad enough if this just applied to those who came across the border illegally seeking a better life, but even those who have gone through the legal channels to be here find themselves facing the same difficulties and discrimination. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida and Jim Larkin | Twitter

The source of these threats can be surprising and more than a little disheartening, from their employers to those people ostensibly charged with protecting their rights and keeping the peace, law enforcement. Due to these threats against migrant Americans, groups have arisen to help support them and protect them as they try to integrate themselves into a country that promised hope and opportunity.

Champion Organisations In The Fight For Migrant Rights

Migrant Rights International

Migrants Rights International is an important organisation that is an alliance comprised of associations focused on the religious, labour, and civil rights of migrants all over the world. This group functions at all levels from local to international and fights the good fight for the respect and protection of migrants all over the world, including their families.

Their fight drives them to ensure that the voices of migrants are heard at all levels of policy-making. They’ve been involved in important events focused on Migrant Rights, including the Day for General Discussion on Undocumented Migrant Workers, and the Global Campaign for the Ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention.

Global Workers Justice Alliance

The GWJA was established to handle a crisis that was largely being left largely ignored by other organisations. Cathleen Caron set out to ensure that abused migrant workers weren’t being prevented from accessing the justice system while they went home to their families. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-larkin-8a2a4213a

This campaign was set off by her discovering that 2000 farm workers were never able to collect on the wages that were owed t them because they had returned to Guatemala from their work in Florida. From there she went on to fight human trafficking in East Timor and realised that portable justice was something dearly needed. Thus was formed the Global Workers Justice Alliance and its unyielding fight against injustice.

Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

It’s a common theme that some event precipitated the creation of a fund or organisation fighting for migrant rights. In the case of the Frontera Fund, it was the strong-armed treatment received by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin when they used their company Village Voice Media to report on the misdeeds of the local sheriff.

Like something out of a government conspiracy, they were removed from their homes by force and thrown into two unmarked vehicles. The local sheriff Arpaio had been engaged in anti-Mexican rhetoric in Arizona and had been called before the Grand Jury. Lacey and Larkin wasted no time in taking Arpaio to court for violation of their First Amendment Rights and an abuse of power.

The $3.7 million settlement they won was immediately turned to creating the Frontera Fund. Since then the Frontera Fund has focused on promoting migrant rights and freedom of speech all along the Mexican border in Arizona.