Soros Foundation Funding ‘Abolition School’ to Develop Far-Left Activists

George Soros is funding a new school called the W.E.B. Du Bois Movement School for Abolition & Reconstruction, which, according to its website, is designed to appeal to “aspiring revolutionaries and abolitionists of all ages and backgrounds who want to acquire the analytical tools and practical skills necessary to set political change into motion and sustain it through struggle.”

The Philadelphia-based school denounces America as a country created by “overlapping forces of colonial dispossession and genocide, racialized chattel slavery, and violent patriarchal domination, whose extractive brutality toward humanity and nature alike is quickly rendering our planet uninhabitable.”

The organizations supporting and promoting the new school, including the Community Resource Hub, are part of the New Venture Fund, described as the largest left-wing dark money network in the United States. Its function is to provide data, research, and toolkits, among other resources. An internal memo from the group was purportedly written to study “alternatives to policing in the context of police abolitionist frameworks, offering insights, and sharing successful strategies for advocates in the field.”

The New Venture Fund reportedly received $5.25 million from the Soros family’s Foundation to Promote Open Society between 2019 and 2021. At that time, the Open Society was still being led by George Soros, who has since transferred leadership of the group to his son Alex.

The “Abolition School” held its first classes from August 18th to the 20th, hosting approximately 60 left-leaning activists over three days. The school’s mission, as described on its website, involves “participatory and collective study of political economy, the history of global resistance movements, and the theoretical and practical aspects of social change.”

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Jack McPherrin ([email protected]) is a managing editor of, research editor for The Heartland Institute, and a research fellow for Heartland's Socialism Research Center. He holds an MA in International Affairs from Loyola University-Chicago, and a dual BA in Economics and History from Boston College.