Avaaz gives a voice to people around the globe

Avaaz means song or voice in Persian. It is mostly an online-organization at the moment, but it is expanding its effort into real-world protests and to organizing disparate group of activists who are interested in different causes. The causes, for the most part, are all considered progressive causes. So far, only the issue of net neutrality falls out of the progressive bubble.

 

The current focus of Avaaz is to demonstrate leadership through people who are trying to serve the world. The form of servant leadership encouraged by the organization is not easily grasped at first, but it is easy to understand in concept. Avaaz wants to encourage others to engage in leadership through example. The site lets people start their own petitions and organize protests about the causes they care about.

Members can also use the resources provided by the site to spread news about protests related to important causes, and keep up on the latest news involving many progressive ideals. The organization, which takes its name for Persian, started almost six years ago. In 2011, the Arab Spring and Iranian protests were in full swing. Members of Avaaz helped Iranian protesters by setting up proxy servers. The protesters could use these servers to upload videos of the protests on public web sites.

The organization continues the work it started five years ago, and it is working to oppose some of the more extreme policies favored by the current presidential administration. It does not have a US-focus, however. It works with like-minded people around the globe.

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Larkin & Lacey

You may think that only people who are in the minority have civil rights that should be defended. This is not the case. It may be surprising to you, but even demographics that exist in large numbers, or are the majority, need protection. A good example of this is laborers. Nearly everyone is a laborer.

However, that does not mean that laborers don’t suffer from human rights abuses. Laborers started unions to work together and to have a political voice. From these unions came labor organizations that weren’t just unions themselves, but consisted of a variety of different unions working together.

Two great example of this were the Congress of Industrial Organization and the American Federation of Labor. These two organizations opposed each other, though they eventually melted into one organization—the AFL-CIO. In the 2000s, due to internal discourse some unions left the AFL-CIO and started their own rival organization—Change To Win. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Unions, more or less, do a pretty good job to protect the rights of their members. Many provide health insurance, career guidance for the children of members, income in times of unemployment and guide members toward employment. The unions set humane hours and rates that employers are supposed to follow.

The American Southwest is flooded with an enormous Hispanic population. Much of this population consists of immigrants, and many of those immigrants are undocumented. Sheriff Arpaio, a local politician in Maricopa county, was wrongfully racially profiling and roughly handling people who he thought were “undocumented.” Two writers, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, wrote about this in a publication.

As a result, they had their houses broken into by law enforcement, and they were forced into separate jails. After the incident, the two men pursued this wrongdoing in court.

Because they were in the right and Maricopa County was in the wrong, they gladly received a huge settlement. Instead of living the high life and throwing their money away on ludicrous, frivolous stuff, they invested in the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has a deep zeal for promoting the existence of DACA. They are outraged about the recent decision to stop and restrict DACA. Their cause is provide as much help as possible to immigrants in every way, shape and form–from giving rations to those who are making the trek over the border to those who are living here and are in need of education.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
http://james-larkin.com/

George Soros: Creating a Liberated and Equal Society

One of the most influential businessmen today is George Soros. He was born in Hungary and had to endure the Second World War as a young boy. His ethnicity is Jewish, and during the occupation of Hungary, his family managed to evade the Nazis who are pursuing Jews in order for them to be executed on concentration camps. The horrors of war have been implanted on the mind of the young George Soros, and he vowed to change the world one day if he managed to get the chance. When the war is over, George Soros headed to London to study, and after he graduated, he immigrated to the United States. He had a very difficult life overseas at first, but he managed to adapt, and used the skills he learned in school to create a business and invest in so many things. His fortune came when he established a fund, and everything happened so fast that he was already making millions of dollars. These millions would soon turn into billions, and his financial empire would soon taking over smaller corporations and acquiring other firms. He then managed to set up satellite offices around the world, and the sheer number of profit coming into his personal wealth resulted to him being named as one of the most successful investors in history. Learn more about George at Biography.

And then, George Soros remembered the war he has witnessed as a child. The horrors of it flashbacked into his memory, and he have seen how inequality became evident in the world. Discrimination is prevalent, racism still exists, and inequalities are noticeable with the rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer. There is also oppression happening all throughout the world, with different governments persecuting their own people who are trying to fight for change. The present condition of society has contributed to his eagerness that these negativities must come to an end. He created the Open Society Foundations, which aims to connect groups and organizations around the world who has the same objective as he do – to push for a world where there is no discrimination, and everyone is equal. This foundation has helped a lot of people, especially those who are considered to be society’s outcasts. George Soros has given over $12 billion to support these groups, who are doing the best that they can to promote equality, especially for states that have oppressive governments. George Soros is very positive that despite his old age, he will still be able to see the fruits of his labor, and that he would wake up one day to see that everyone is living in perfect harmony full of love towards each other.

Aside from him supporting groups and organizations under the Open Society Foundations, he is also actively participating in philanthropic activities. He is giving away scholarships to deserving children across the globe, and has given some of his fortune to charities and researches that would benefit the lives of everyone. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.

Sources:

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267

Thor Halvorssen’s struggle for human rights

Thor Halvorssen’s passion for human rights pushed him to launch the Human Rights Foundation. He is not known much to the common man, but unilateral dictators suffer sleepless nights on the mention of Thor Halvorssen. He is a challenge to these dictators because of his unstoppable passion and goal of eliminating violations to human rights throughout the world.

Thor has always been against unilateral dictatorship and does not discriminate against anyone. He is 39 years of age and applies any workable strategy to accomplish his mission towards human rights advocacy. He has different reasons for this fire that burns inside his heart; to see justice and human rights offered to everyone.

Halvorssen’s mother was from Venezuela while his father was Norwegian. His father, Hellum, worked as an ambassador in Norway under anti-narcotics sector. He was investigating a cartel when he got arrested. Thor lobbied tirelessly until his father was freed. His mother died in a shooting in Venezuela in 2004. Thor wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal explaining the incident.

After witnessing the injustices that led to the death of his parents, it is now easy to understand why he decided to engage in the advocacy for human rights. His mother died during a peaceful protest while his father was one of the political prisoners. He does not have only base his advocacy on politics. He is also interested in public policy, civil liberty, public interests and pro-democracy advocacy. He has always been against human trafficking and slavery because they undermine the human rights of the victims.

Currently, Thor Halvorssen is working with Bryan Singer on a film entitled The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. He has had his opinions featured in the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the National Journal, the New York Times, and the National Public Radio among others. He has also appeared on television courtesy of BBC News, CNN, Fox News, Aljazeera and Hannity & Colmes. This is enough evidence that Thor Halvorssen is doing a commendable job in fighting for human rights. The Human Rights Foundation has made his passion a reality.

https://www.facebook.com/thorhalvorssen for more.