Surprise, surprise. Behind a growing protest of communist-tied activists are liberal billionaires. Jordan Neely, a New York City homeless man died after his erratic behavior on the subway led passengers, including Marine Daniel Penny to restrain him. Protestors are calling for Penny to be sent to prison.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports “Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL) New York, an organization with members who participated in a protest on Wednesday over Neely’s death, and published a statement saying he was “lynched,” previously took large donations from groups that George Soros and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg funded.”
And the amount of money is astounding:
The Soros-chaired Open Society Foundations gave VOCAL New York just over $982,000 in contributions from 2017 to 2021. Of that funding, $100,000 was explicitly intended to support Vocal New York’s Housing Justice for All project, which teamed up with the Communist Party USA’s New York Young Communist League to oppose evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York Young Communist League has promoted protests over Neely’s death and called itself “an active partner of the Housing Justice for All coalition.” Housing Justice for All Campaign Coordinator CEA Weaver tweeted in 2017 that voters should “elect more communists.”
The Zuckerberg-funded FWD.us Education Fund donated $100,000 to VOCAL New York in 2019, while the environmental organization Windward Fund, managed by the Democrat-linked consulting firm Arabella Advisors, granted the organization $15,000 in 2020 for “environmental programs.”
VOCAL also blames New York’s democrat leaders. New York Housing Campaigns Director Adolfo Abreu saidduring the protest that leaders Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams were complicit in Neely’s fate. Abreu lamented that around $62 million in police overtime pay and funding for a newly approved roughly $455 million state loan for the Belmont horse racing facility could have been devoted to housing homeless people like Neely.