Liberal billionaires have been actively bankrolling the far-left organization that is now organizing the allegedly grassroots protests in the aftermath of the death of Jordan Neely.
As reported by the Daily Caller, the protests have been organized by the group Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL), which held a protest on Wednesday over the incident, and also released a statement falsely claiming that Neely was “lynched” on the New York City subway.
But VOCAL has received donations from several of the biggest billionaires in the world, including George Soros and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. From 2017 to 2021, Soros’ far-left Open Society Foundation donated a total of $982,000 to the group. At least $100,000 of that money was specifically designated as being for VOCAL’s “Housing Justice for All” project, which was a collaboration between VOCAL and the Communist Party USA’s New York Young Communist League (NYYCL).
In 2019, the Zuckerberg-backed FWD.us Education Fund donated $100,000 to VOCAL. In 2020, VOCAL received at $15,000 donation from Windward Fund, an environmental group that is managed by the left-wing consulting firm Arabella Advisors.
Milton Perez, leader of the VOCAL New York Homeless Union, accused New York leaders of “blaming homeless people or people with mental health [disorders] for everything.” VOCAL New York Organizing Director Jawanza Williams further claimed that “just arresting this person…will not solve the critical structural failings that lead to the 70,000+ people experiencing homelessness every single night in our city, and it will not have saved this person’s life.”
The incident took place on a subway train on May 1st, when Neely, a homeless African-American man with over 40 prior arrests, began screaming violently at other passengers on the train, threatening civilians and, among other things, saying that he was not afraid to go to jail and not afraid to die. Eventually, 24-year-old Marine Daniel Penny restrained Neely in a chokehold, while several other passengers helped restrain Neely as well. Neely died sometime later, although there is no indication yet that he died as a direct result of Penny’s chokehold.