The Civil Right Activist Billionaire, George Soros

George Soros is a business magnate, philanthropist, and civil right activist. He’s the founder of the Open Society Foundation, which funds civil rights across the globe. Soros is a Hungarian-American citizen and one of the world’s wealthiest investors globally with an estimated net worth of $25 billion. He holds a bachelors and masters degree in Philosophy. Soros investment career spans for almost half a century since his debut into the hedge fund market in 1969 after a brief stint as an employee at several merchant banks in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Soros is, however, best known for his philanthropy and civil right action through his Open Society Foundation, which he founded in 1993. His donations to the organizations amount to more than $11 billion in finance of civil right action and as campaign finance to politicians especially in American Congressional and Presidential elections. Know more on CNBC about George Soros.

Among George Soros civil right action includes financing of the Ferguson protest in 2015 that broke out after the extrajudicial of the teenage African American Michael Brown. His sponsorship of the protests demonstrates his role in American policy and politics through his nonprofit foundations. Soros donations to Ferguson protest movement amounted to $33 million. The grants mainly supported already-established civil right movements, which in turn inspired grassroots activists to the Ferguson battleground. Soros money and organizing transformed the single-day extrajudicial killing to a round-the-clock, daily protest across the country, which brought justice to the victim and his family. Besides finances, Soros further helped in the mobilization of Ferguson protesters across the country.

George Soros support of the Ferguson protest demonstrates his liberal belief that underscores his champion of people’s participation in government. He’s globally known for his champion of an inclusive, just and democratic society by financing civil right movements through his Open Society Foundation. Soros continued his civil right action by financing Black Live Matter movement that took over from Ferguson protest movement. The movement continued the fight for black’s civil rights especially against racial profiling and extrajudicial killings. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.

Soros further donates towards campaign on global issues such as climate change. For instance in 2000-2014 Soros gave $36 million to eighteen organizations out of the fifty-five groups in the People’s Climate March committee. The People’s Climate March Committee lobbies for climate change concern by the Trump administration.

Soros donations further extend to support of liberal politicians especially Democrats Congressional and presidential candidates. Among his campaign finance contributions include his campaign against Republican President George W. Bush war in Iraq by donating $27 million to Bush’s Democrats rival John Kerry. Soros campaign finance, however, underscores his staunch support of liberalism ideals and as also as a lifetime member of the Democratic Party.

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Importance Of Supporting Migration And Human Rights Defenders

In the recent years, there has been a rise in the unprecedented flows of migrant and asylum seeking refugees. To this end, migration and human rights defenders, and other civil groups have been coming to the fore to uphold their rights, provide assistance to the vulnerable groups and collaborate with governments to handle the refugee crisis.

Governments are required to protect migrants and take interest in partnering with other stakeholders. However, many governments have demonstrated unwillingness or inability to fulfill their obligations. Instead they have been placing strict regulations on groups that advocate for migration and human rights.

These groups need to be supported and given space to operate without unnecessary restrictions. Some instances of hostility on human rights defenders and civil society organizations include vilification, stigmatization, and retaliation against lawyers and human rights advocates in different countries. Some governments criminalize services that are directed towards migrants while others restrict freedom of expression. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-larkin-8a2a4213a and  https://www.crunchbase.com/person/jim-larkin-2#/entity

These excessive limitations create a difficult working environment for human rights advocates and civil societies. However, there have been successful efforts to challenge immigration practices that undermine human rights. The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has pushed for the prioritization of “defenders of migrant and refugee rights” by the UN Human Rights Council.

This situation has forced the High Commissioner to release a practical guidance of State policies on migrants. The Principles and Practical Guidance on Respecting the Human Rights of Migrants in Vulnerable Situations draft requires the State to respect all groups that advocate for human rights and offer assistance to migrants.

It states that the legitimate efforts of human rights advocates should not be criminalized by government laws and policies, but should be supported. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida  and Jim Larkin | Huffington Post

The principle holds the State and stakeholders accountable for violence, discrimination, reprisals or intimidation faced by these groups. Lastly, the principle requires the government to publicly support and promote the work of the human rights groups and civil societies.

About Lacey & Larkin

Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund supports groups that advocate for migrant, civil, and human rights, including freedom of speech and civic participation in Arizona. Lacey & Larkin was co-founded by two reputable journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who use their settlement to fund the organization’s activities.

Recently, the two were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In October 2007, the duo were awarded $3.75 million after being put behind bars for disclosing the ongoing grand jury proceedings that demanded their notes covering Sheriff Arpiao.

Astonishingly, the grand jury also sought the identity of citizens who read the journalists’ New Times stories online. Lacey and Larkin used their knowledge of the First Amendment rights to sue the county. In the end, the United States Court of Appeal made a ruling in their favor.