Category: Activism

Equality at Its Best, Lacey and Frontera Fund

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of a weekly newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona. The village voice media was founded in 1970 as an alternative means of communication. Larkin and Lacey are journalists who in the recent past arrested and jailed.

They were arrested and jailed to suffer the consequences of what they championed in writing and in an advertisement. They were arrested in the year 2007. Larkin and Lacey were alleged to have violated the grand jury secrecy laws. This was by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa country.

The case was dropped by attorney Andrew Thomas. The dropping of the case came with its blessings. Later after the end of the case, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey sued the special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik, Arpaio and Thomas for their abuse of power and violation of the First Amendment Rights. Read more: Phoenix New Time

The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in 2012 ruled that there wasn’t a probable cause for the arrest. The special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik did not consult the grand jury. This was contrary to the claim.

Maricopa Country settled the case later and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey got compensated. The total amount of compensation was rounding up to $3.75 million. This was the money that was used to establish the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund was aimed and it does assist the Hispanic community of Phoenix.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’sFrontera Fund supports groups that advocate for human, civic and migrant rights. It also supports the freedom to speech and civic participations in the whole of Arizona and ‘la líneafronteriza’, the Mexican border.

Several other organizations have teamed up with Frontera Fund to deal with the cases of civic participations, freedom of speech, human rights, civic rights and migrant rights. For instance, Border Angels founded in 1986 by Enrique Morones.

This is a non-profit charitable organ in San-Diego. It majors in migrant rights, the reforms in immigrations, and the prevention of immigrant death alongside the border.

The Border angels do engage in community education and awareness programs. This education and programs guide the migrants on trips to locate water places on their crossing routes. The programs and education also help the migrant to experience the first-hand border-fence and the US-Mexico border policy history. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey:  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

Border angels as well touch on San Diego County’s immigration population. This is through legal assistance program and Day Laborer outreach as migrant outreaches. Their meeting is held up on Tuesdays in their office.

Border angels work extra hard to redeem the truth and justice that has been denied in the United States. This comes from the various myths that surround immigration in the United States.

In the American immigration crisis back in the year 2004, Border angels are recorded to have taken an active part. Their part escalated the numbers of children unaccompanied from Central America. These children were seeking entrance from Central America to United State.

In total, Border Angels distributed over 45 tons of donated books, toys, clothing, and food for the migrants. They fought and counterattacked the anti-immigration protesters who were blocking the arrival of migrants for processing in California, Murrieta and Riverside County.

George Soros is Back and Progressives Should Take Heart

The United States political machine saw a wake up call that few would ever have guessed could come. In 2016 we saw Donald Trump, reality star and flailing business mogul, turn into the Republican Nominee for President and ultimately the President of the United States. After a contentious and poorly planned campaign, President Trump took the White House in order to seize upon his base by using violent rhetoric and damaging policy generation. With Trump in the White House many progressives were understandably upset, but one was ready to fight back and his name is George Soros. Read more at Politico about George Soros.

George Soros is one of the world’s leading hedge fund investors as well as one of the most giving philanthropists of all time. Through the Open Society Foundations, Soros’ charity arm, he has given nearly $12 billion in total to places all around the globe in order to fight for equality, social justice, democracy, and core Western values. Soros is a noted progressive who has done more with his position that most of the highest ranking politicians will ever even attempt. Soros is also one of the most important foils to the upcoming Trump presidency.

George Soros and Donald Trump have no love lost between each other because they stand on diametrically opposite ends of the spectrum. Soros was so emboldened to return to politics that he jumped back into the 2016 campaign race by spending close to $25 million in campaign contributions to Democrats and progressives down the ticket. This isn’t his first foray into politics and many people will probably remember Mr. Soros from his support of Al Gore during Gore’s presidential run against George H.W. Bush. Since that time Soros has stayed mostly out of the political spotlight, but the stakes were simply too high to sit idly by while President Trump ran a campaign on destroying the fundamental values of the United States of America.

George Soros is more than just a progressive power house at the highest level of government action, he is also a fundamental proponent of grassroots activism. George Soros believes in people staying involved in politics to the point that they take to the streets and march and protest for what is right. That is in large part the goal of the Open Society Foundations: to put money into the right grassroots activists so that people are never beholden to their government when their government is behaving tyrannical.

A great example of grassroots activism emboldened by funding from the Open Society Foundations is the Ferguson Protests of just a few years ago. People in Ferguson, MO took to the streets to protest the shooting death of an unarmed black man named Michael Brown. The resulting conversation focused on social justice and inequality regarding police brutality. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.

The Many Different Reasons Some People Help Others and Betsy DeVos’s Reasons

Contrary to what some people may believe, there are a lot of people that help others. However, they do it for many different reasons. For one thing, people help others for reasons that are not always good. For instance, one of the reasons that some people help others is to get something from the people they help. Then there are those that are not sure of why they are helping people. One thing that people need to make sure they understand when they are helping people is that their help is not guaranteed to make the difference they want. Also, if they really want to help others, they have to be in it for the long haul.

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Betsy DeVos is someone that is committed to helping others. For starters, she has seen an issue that has hurt her heart towards the children that she wants to help. She has seen that a lot of the children have no choice but to go to schools in neighborhoods that are low in income. Therefore, they have to struggle a little more than others in better school districts. Fortunately, Betsy DeVos has decided to come up with a plan that is going to make things better for the students.

Among the plans she has is school choice. This is to make it easier for parents to enroll their children in schools that are in safer communities. She is bring attention to alternative forms of schooling so that parents can know their options and make sure that their children are getting the safest option for their education. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

Betsy DeVos knows that it takes a lot of work in order for her to get her plans off the ground. She also knows that it is not going to help everyone. However, her hope is that she makes some kind of difference in the lives of others. One thing that she wants to do is bring forth a long term change that is going to benefit the lives of children for generations to come. One thing that makes her an example among philanthropists is that she thinks things through.

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Thor Halvorssen’s Work On Russian Human Rights Shows His Political Understanding Of The World

As an individual with both graduate and postgraduate degrees in political science it is easy to believe Thor Halvorssen would harbor some political ambitions of his own, but Halvorssen has set out his stall as an individual who only wants to make sure the human rights of people around the world are protected at all times. One area where the political activities of Thor Halvorssen have been easy to spot is in his work in Russia, where he has been active alongside the President of Halvorssen’s Human Rights Foundation, Gary Kasparov.

For many the appointment of Kasparov to the role of Human Rights Foundation President was the latest attempt by the Venezuelan activist and film producer to annoy Russian President Vladimir Putin. Along with the support given to Kasparov by Thor Halvorssen the New York-based activist has also looked to offer his support and expertise as a human rights specialist to the “Pussy Riot” group in their fight to secure basic human rights for all Russian citizens.

The talks, speeches and interviews given by Thor Halvorssen cover many subjects as he has become one of the world’s top speakers on human rights abuses, with many talks focusing on the role Russia plays in the global issue of human rights abuses. Thor uses his political knowledge to identify the areas of life Russia has developed a global influence over, including the philanthropic and security concerns of the world that can be halted or encouraged on the whim of the Russian leader. Members of “Pussy Riot” and Gary Kasparov, who have both been imprisoned under Putin’s leadership, have a role to play in the growth of the Russian civil society movement. The movement is growing in power as a major human rights activist force looking to bring democracy to the citizens of Russia and the world.

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How Does Thor Halvorssen Manage the Human Rights Foundation

Thor Halvorssen manages the Human Rights Foundation out of New York as a powerful charity that will bring to its coffers enough money to change the world. Thor has quite a history that stretches back to his time working in the Venezuelan government, and this article will show how his experience changed his world. Human rights are basics for everyone, and Thor believes he may secure rights for those who are lacking.

#1: What Is The Human Rights Foundation?

The Human Rights Foundation is a nonprofit created by Thor on his move to New York City. He wished to build a charity that would fight for rights around the world, and he wanted to be in the biggest city with the most donors. He has found what is required to run a large charity, and he believes his mission will improve with every year he stays in the city.

#2: What Is Thor’s Background?

Thor worked in the Venezuelan government long ago, and his work took him to a place that saw him becoming more and more involved in what looked like corruption. He uncovered all the wrongdoing of everyone around him, and he chose to leave the government as he felt disillusioned with what he could do at such a limited post. He changed his life by coming to America, and he is now a media darling.

#3: Why Does The Media Love Thor?

Thor is willing to speak to the media often about any topic. He has addressed the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, human rights violations around the world and a number of other issues that are sensitive. He is quite close to the UN given his office is in New York, and he travels the world to meet leaders who need his input. He speaks to the media in their countries to ensure the message does not die.

Thor Halvorssen has taken his career from small government post to the world stage. He feels badly for those who are not given basic human rights, and he wishes to bring about a change that will make the world a safer place to be.

How Socialism Compares During A Presidential Race

When someone says “socialism”, what do you think of? Do you think of countries like the USSR (now known as Russia)? Or do you think of Venezuela, a country where human rights are violated by the government? When the word is mentioned to Thor Halvorssen, he thinks of the latter more often than not.

Halvorssen is the founder and current CEO of the Human Rights Foundation. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela, beaten and treated as if he were no more than chopped liver. His first cousin is still imprisoned in Venezuela. At a peaceful protest, the regime gunned her down.

Now, he has done something quite interesting. He has donated as much as he can in one donation to Bernie Sanders, a democratic presidential candidate who is pushing some rather socialist policies. Socialist policies are in a different category than a socialist government. In a socialist government, the government runs everything. They control the prices, the resources, and everything that is available to the people. With socialist policies, on the other hand, the government still breaks up into different branches that check and balance each other.

Halvorssen’s reason for supporting Sanders is a little controversial. The democratic front runner, as of early March 2016, is pushing an agenda that Thor Halvorssen doesn’t support. What’s more, this person is being funded by a variety of countries with dictators. These dictators restrict freedoms in their own countries – whether it is the freedom of the press, of religion, or speech. Some even imprison political opponents.

Furthermore, Halvorssen does believe that socialist policies can be good. In the right conditions, a socialist government can function and not violate basic human rights. Those are the kind of policies that Sanders is pushing.

While Halvorssen may not wish to see socialism come to America, he knows where his head should be.

The Fight For Human Rights

The Grammy Award nominated raptress Niki Minaj and her sidekicks have boarded a jet and have arrived in Angola, Africa, despite the Human Rights Foundation’s request that Niki Minaj cancel her appearance and subsequent performance on stage for a Christmas festival. The festival is sponsored by Unitel, a communications company.

Unitel is a company run by the family of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the President of Angola. He has been deemed a dictator by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization. During the Santos’s Family 30 year rule, they have abused Angola’s riches from diamonds and oil production to amass extreme wealth. They have taken over the military, all branches of the government and civilians and will kill, imprison and harass anyone who protests his rule.

The Human Rights Organization has requested Niki Minaj to cancel in an open letter. The letter explains the dictator like rule that Dos Santos has instated and also warns Niki that accepting payment for the performance, is promoting government corruption and human rights violations.

Thor Halvorssen, began supporting human rights in London, back in 1989. In 2005, Thor founded the Human Rights Organization. Before Thor Halvorssen began his work for the Human Rights Foundation, he was CEO and Executive Director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for five straight years. Halvorssen’s opinions have surfaced in venues such as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Economist, the Daily Telegraph, Time Magazine, and The New York Times. He has made numerous films pertaining to human rights and freedom and his work has been televised on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HBO, BBC and several others.

Thor Halvorssen has faced much adversity in his life and that has led him to prominently advocate for human rights. His father, who was a diplomat at the time, was falsely imprisoned in a Venezuelan jail and was severely beaten and tortured. Halvorssen, a student at the time, helped orchestrate a campaign that pressured the Venezuelan authorities to release his father after 74 days in prison. In 2004, at a protest rally in Caracas, Halvorssen’s mother was shot by a gunmen shooting into the crowd.

Thor Halvorssen lives his life to protect and to promote human rights worldwide. His work and his films have captured the attention of many throughout the world. It seems fitting that his main goal in life is to bring everyone together, in equality.

Sanjay Shah Starts Gofund Me Campaign For Autism Chairity Organizaton

Former hedge fund manager Sanjay Shah has started a go-fund me campaign for his non-profit autism charity organization called Autism Rocks. He has a set a goal of raising six thousand six hundred and ten British Pounds which is roughly equivalent to the sum of nine thousand five hundred dollars. All of the proceeds from this go-fund me campaign will be given to the Autism Research Trust. The trust is an organization that supports research efforts at the autism research center at Cambridge University in England. The center is the leading research agency that delves into the causes of autism. It also has programs that are focused on improving diagnosis of autism in children. The Autism Research Center is also developing management techniques and studying how to best manage autism.

Sanjay Shah is deeply passionate about supporting efforts to diagnose, and manage autism. His youngest son Nihill had been diagnosed with autism in 2011 and it left Sanjay and his wife in shock. The hedge fund manager was stumped on what he can do and tried to look for a cure to autism, before realizing that there is no cure, only management. Determined not to give up hope, and wanting to aid research efforts into autism, he got his chance unexpectedly. The sudden arrival of Snoop Dog in Dubai where Sanjay Shah resided at the time gave Shah the opportunity to experiment with an idea he had for a long time. He had promoted concerts while studying at Kings College in London. Now he had an idea of promoting world class singers like Snoop Dog and many others in order to raise money for autism awareness through music concerts.

To Shah’s amazement Snoop Dog agreed to give a concert. It turned out to be a success and raised a significant sum of money for Autism Rocks. Ever since he officially created the non-profit Autism Rocks in 2014, he has helped host musicians such as Prince, Elvis Costello and Lenny Kravitz to give concerts to raise money for Autism Rocks. Sanjay Shah remains deeply involved in his non-profit organization and also serves as a trustee at the Autism Research Trust. Before starting his own hedge fund, he previously worked for Morgan Stanley and Rabobank.