Category: Activist Leaders

Soros And His Democracy Alliance Banding Progressives Together To Fight Trump

Bernie Sanders said that he was embarrassed Democrats and Hilary Clinton lost the working class vote to Donal Trump. The Vermont Senator and former Presidential Candidate is calling for a complete overhaul of the Democratic Party in order to take back the working class vote. He is demanding the Democrats forsake big money donors; that hey enact policies that help people struggling all over this country.

The Democratic establishment is meeting with a super-donor group called the Democracy Alliance over the weekend. Leaders of the party, including Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison and Nancy Pelosi, will meet with these ultra-wealthy donors to discuss strategy going forward. The group’s goal is to block Trump’s initiatives in the first 100 days of his Presidency and beyond. Short term strategies will focus on the Trump Administration’s first three months while longer term strategies aim to thwart policies down the road. Plans will also be drawn up for elections, local and federal, in 2017 and 2018.

The Democracy Alliance is a group comprised of the biggest donors on the left. Membership costs $30,000 per year to fund the DA and its staff. Members are also required to fund progressive political groups and think tanks with at least $200,000 per year. The groups, including Media Matters, help the DA fight against conservative political policies all over the country. The DA has raised almost $500 million for progressive groups since its inception in 2004.

Read more: George Soros rises again

The group was started by George Soros, the left’s biggest donor. The billionaire hedge fund manager has been a longtime adversary of Donald Trump, and he’s planning to use the DA to fight his fellow billionaire’s Presidency. The group was started to support John Kerry and his Presidential run against George W. Bush. That seems to be when George Soros got politically involved with donations in the U.S. The billionaire donor made it no secret that he despised the policy decision of George W. Bush and he openly fought those policy decisions with political donation.

Now Soros is planning to do the same under a Trump Presidency, but he seems to be taking this fight much more seriously. George Soros started and funds the DA, but he is usually absent from the meetings of the group. This time, he is a keynote speaker at the anti-Trump summit.

George Soros survived the Holocaust. He was a young Jewish boy living in Budapest under Nazi rule. He escaped their clutches, and he eventually ended up in London where he graduated from the University of the Arts. He became famous when he shorted the British pound to make $1 billion in one day.

Ever since George Soros has become wealthy, he has advocated for open societies through philanthropy groups. He advocates for refugees because he was once an immigrant from a war-torn country himself. While he has stopped short of equating Trump to Hitler, he sees similarities in their rises to power. He sees Trump as an authoritarian. Soros seems to think this political fight against Trump is a very important one.

Read an essay by George Soros in The Atlantic

Thor Halvorssen visits Oslo

Recently, Oslo, Norway played host to a major international conference. Leaders from around the world came to the Oslo Freedom Forum to hear speeches from major human rights activists. The conference was extremely entertaining, but the real work of the conference happened behind the scenes.

Dissidents, journalists, and human rights activists from around the world visit the Grand Hotel to make great connections. These activists love visiting with one another and discussing the steps necessary to help their various causes. Any journalist searching for a real story has to be inside these meeting.

Recently, a reporter from Buzzfeed had the opportunity to meet with Thor Halvorssen at the Christiana Theater, a popular hangout spot. Halvorssen is a 37 year old man, and he is currently the leader of the Human Rights Foundation. The journalist was able to witness Halvorssen speaking to Chen Guangcheng and his wife. Thor offered Chen some amazing advice that he hopes will help Chen’s cause.

Thor encouraged Chen to continue building a relationship with Christian Bale. Christian Bale is an extremely popular American actor, and having an American celebrity can help rally people around the world to a cause. Thor Halvorssen was turned off by the idea that a celebrity makes such a big difference, but he knows that a wise activist will use anything he can for an advantage.

Thor Halvorssen is a major player in the human rights community. Many view Halvorssen as a throwback to the Cold War era. He has a deep distrust of communism and socialism because his family suffered considerably during their time in Venezuela. Halvorssen describes himself as a classical liberal who is interested in spreading the cause of freedom around the world. He works constantly to depose evil dictators who oppress their own citizens.

Thor has fully dedicated himself to the cause of human rights. He regularly makes appearances on news programs to denounce dictators and the allure of authoritarianism. He knows that freedom can be lost in a generation, and he is determined to prevent it from happening in his lifetime. The world should look to Thor for leadership.

Follow Halvorssen on Twitter @thorhalvorssen to learn more and keep up with events.