I’ve attended countless protests against police violence
throughout my life. But never before have I seen anything like the surge
of citizen activism that has swept across the United States in the wake
of the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many
other victims of police brutality and racial violence.
Witnessing people from all walks of life—of all ages, religions, colors,
and creeds—marching together for Black lives and racial justice has been
profoundly moving, and I’ve never been more hopeful about our collective
ability to push this deeply imperfect union closer to its ideals.
I joined the Open Society Foundations because of George Soros’s deep commitment to racial justice. I am
humbled now as president of the Open Society Foundations to help
implement his vision and continue his work. Today, we are investing $220 million in response
to the burst of energy we have witnessed from this extraordinary
movement, in hopes of nurturing it and ensuring that it endures long
after the media spotlight has moved on.
Further, because we know this work is a marathon and not a sprint, Open
Society is providing five-year grants to each of these organizations, so
they can think big and plan for the long-term.
President, Open Society Foundations