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In the past year the Black Lives Matter movement has been in the news constantly at http://foreignpolicy.com/author/george-soros/, as several police shootings brought the issue of black rights to the forefront of society. As the presidential election has heated up, these two issues were brought together as black activists from the group were seen protesting against Bernie Sanders as well as Donald Trump. All of this brought up the question of who, if anyone, is funding the movement.
In the midst of all of this activity, a rumor began swirling that suggested that billionaire philanthropist and liberal activist George Soros was behind the Black Lives Matter movement, to the tune of $33 million in contributions. This rumor, though unsubstantiated, took hold and was repeated in several major media outlets, including a story on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Report.” Even with all this coverage, the rumor has never been confirmed, and in fact, a spokesman for George Soros’ Open Society Foundation has now come out saying there is no truth whatsoever to the rumors.
An article in The Daily Beast quoted Ken Zimmerman, who is the Director of US Programs at the Open Society, which is Soros’ liberal leaning charitable foundation, as saying that while he really can’t speculate on the rumor, he does know for sure that it is “wrong.”
Zimmerman pointed out that even beyond the unlikeliness of George Soros’ funding activities during protests (“we don’t fund protests, per se”), the assumption that the group has given $33 million to Black Lives Matter is just wrong. “I don’t know where one begins to reconstruct something like that,” he said.
Black Lives Matter is an amorphous protest group at this time, which includes blogs and in person meet ups to protest rallies and Facebook pages. The decentralized nature of the “group” makes it impossible to put a finger on where $33 million would even be given.
George Soros has given support to the Hillary Clinton campaign, however, helping her PAC raise $2 million. It’s this and the protests against Sanders that are part of what lead to the rumors.
Again, Soros Open Society Foundation has given over $826 million to broad-base charities domestically and abroad. The Black Lives Matter group, however, is not one of the groups on that list.
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Lovaganza has proposed some initial goals that it will tackle at the start and they will go on evolving with the progression of the Foundation. The first goal will be for all children to access clean drinking water, goal 2 is on access to sufficient food and goal 3 is access to clothing and a place to sleep. Goal 4 is on access to basic healthcare, all vaccines included, goal 5 is on access to basic education and lastly goal 6 touches on safety for all children. Goal number 6 seeks to take the children completely from war equations, child marriage and child labor.
In the coming years, the different foundation headquarters from each continent or Lovaganza headquarters will research and study the situations of the children in every part of the world. It is important for the organization to understand where it is as regards to the above goals in order for it to better propose what ought to be done to ensure the first milestone is achieved.
The plan towards the achievement of this first milestone is by first of all researching in various countries on the quality of life that children lead which will start in 2016. The results will be exhibited through documentaries to showcase the solutions as well as observations. By 2018 the foundation seeks to have partnered with about 10 or so of the worldwide organizations that will be willing to embrace the first milestone as their goals. 2020 will see Lovaganza soliciting nations to commit officially to the first milestone goals. 2022 will see all the goals achieved by every nation and Lovaganza Foundation centers will monitor this progress. By 2025, the foundation believes it will be supported by all nations and a worldwide treaty will be made official.
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