Activists

George Soros Headlines Democracy Alliance Meeting

Politico recently published an article about a meeting of a group of liberal financiers known as the Democracy Alliance, which was founded in 2004 after George Soros and other major Democratic Party and progressive donors were unsuccessful in helping to unseat George W. Bush. At the dawn of a Trump presidency, the membership of the club, 100 or so wealthy magnates and financiers, met to analyze their failure to ensure Hillary Clinton’s election.

Soros does not usually attend DA meetings, and it is even rarer for him to address the group directly, so his role as a keynote speaker at the event suggests his investment in preventing a second Trump term. After scaling down his financial commitment to progressive causes during the Obama years, George Soros has once again pledged his financial support by contributing $25 million to the Clinton campaign as well as other liberal organizations endorsed by the DA, such as Media Matters and the Center for American Progress. During primary season, George Soros famously likened Trump and fellow GOP candidate Tom Cruz to ISIS.

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Membership in Democracy Alliance requires payment of a $30,000 annual dues fee and a commitment to provide a minimum of $200,000 in financial support to organizations approved by the organization. This post-election DA event brought together members and Democratic congressional leaders, such as Nancy Pelossi and Elizabeth Warren, as well as major union leaders and leaders of other major progressive organization. Some attendees felt that a complete overhaul of liberal strategy was called for, given that this was an election Clinton was clearly capable of winning. They believe that the strategy of appealing mainly to the “rising electorate” of women and minority voters was flawed as Trump’s victory relied on white working class voters. Others point to the fact Clinton was able to secure a majority of the popular vote as proof that current approach is working, and it is simply a matter of increasing turnout among key liberal demographics.

At the meeting, George Soros tied in his personal experience as a Holocaust survivor and his experience living under communist rule with the prospect of a Trump presidency. Whether liberal donors decide to tweak their strategy or completely re-tool, it is clear that Soros considers the election of Trump to be extremely dangerous, and if his level of financial commitment in 2016 is any indication, he will likely continue to ramp up his support to ensure Democratic victory in the midterm elections and four years from now.

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Steps To Take Before Becoming An Activist

People like Yeonmi Park are rare who find their calling at an early age. There are some causes that speak personally to some people while others have to find out what appeals to them. Either way is fine because ultimately, as Yeonmi Park says, everyone wants to do some good in the world and doing good should not be a guilty pleasure.

Becoming an activist at an early age and being just 19, Yeonmi Park has a lot of experience with the do’s and don’ts of becoming an activist. The most important thing, according to her, is taking certain steps before making the decision which would ensure that human rights activism (or any other kind of activism) is the right decision for an individual.

Talk To Other Activists – The first step is finding out other activists to get some much needed first hand information. For people who choose to be activists, there are many local avenues to explore. Yeonmi Park recommends starting with organizations and then checking out their list of volunteers. Certain organizations also have a help desk who help volunteers make up their mind and reach a decision that would be best for them. Other activists can be found in these places who would be able to offer first hand accounts and information that a new volunteer needs.

Read About Important Activists – There are many important activists who have helped shape the world. From wars to revolutions, these activists are the reason why most of the luxuries that the current generation of the world takes for granted are available. It is important to read about them to get an idea about the challenges that an activist has to face. These books are also a great way to get motivated by becoming an activist because the perks – in Yeonmi Park’s case, human right protection – are worth it. New volunteers and activists should visit their local library to check out various books on the cause they are supporting.

Understand The Life Of An Activist – It is one thing to talk to fellow activists and read about historic events where important activists have played a part and quite another to actually live that life. The life of an activist is in no way easy and Yeonmi Park wants everyone to use that as their strength instead of a scary topic. She wants people to know that nothing worth having ever comes easily and important issues are just like that.

Find Online Forums and Workshops – Because of the immense popularity of the internet, it is not difficult to research about activism and the life of activists. There are multiple forums, often provided by organization themselves, to help new volunteers get their doubts cleared by current members. These forums and workshops aim to not only educate new volunteers on current issues but also equip them to deal with certain problems they would eventually have to face.

Finally, Yeonmi Park adds that activists should try and understand the cause and the reasoning behind it before they join it. A bit of homework at the start can lead to great benefits in the future.

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