A major organizer of a Donald Trump protest, who strapped her neck to a van in order to hold up traffic in Arizona for miles, was a Soros-funded fellow in 2011.
Jacinta Gonzalez strapped her neck to a van parked in the middle of Shea Boulevard to block all road traffic on the way to a Trump rally Saturday. Protesters held signs and screamed “Trump is hate.” The blockade forced Trump supporters to walk miles to the rally located in Fountain Hills. Casey Ross, a retired Marine, had to hobble on crutches around the protest for miles to see Trump.
“I did the crucible in the Marine Corp, I think I can handle it…people have gone through worse than this just to see their candidate,” Ross told ABC 15.
“Trump’s put at risk over half a billion dollars in endorsements and advertising just to say what everybody’s thinking and if he’s willing to put his own wealth at risk like that, I’m happy to walk three miles just to see this guy,” Ross added.
Local police arrested Wesleyan University graduate Gonzalez Saturday, prompting her to immediately complain that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement questioned her once in custody because of her last name.
Gonzalez formerly worked as a lead organizer for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice. During her time at the center, she was also a Soros Justice Fellow. According to her biography, she “helped establish and maintain a base of day laborers dedicated to building worker power, advancing racial justice, and mobilizing workers across race and industry in post-Katrina New Orleans.”
The Soros Justice Fellowship, provided by the Open Society Foundations, grants anywhere from $58,000 to $110,000 for individuals to upset the status quo and reform the criminal justice system. George Soros, a Hungarian billionaire who donates large sums to progressive causes in countries around the world in order to transform societies, is a chairman of the Open Society Foundations. The idea of the fund is to spread Soros’s conception of democracy and human rights.
Gonzalez is also a past recipient of the New Voices Fellowship from the Aspen Institute, which she completed in 2007.
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