Addison Duling

Avaaz brings global activists together

Climate change is a controversial topic among certain circles, but scientists not in the employ of the oil industry do not make up these circles. People studying the phenomenon from a purely academic perspective do not argue about whether or not it is happening. Climate change has been well documented. It has happened in the past, and it will happened in the future. Avaaz, although not made up of scientists, it understands that the scientific consensus on climate change is more likely to be correct than the positions favored by large energy companies. The organization wants to give people fighting against climate change a voice in the modern world.

The desire to give people a voice extends father than the climate change debate. The organization, whose name means voice in Persian, started in 2011. It found initial success during the Arab Spring. It helped the Libyan population overthrow former dictator Khadafi, and it helped Iranian protesters by setting up proxy servers. The government protesters could then use the Avaaz proxy servers to upload videos to public websites.

The organization continues to fight against climate change, and it helps activists rally behind a number of different causes. It brings like minded people together in order to provide activism for and against varied concerns. The organization was founded by Res Publica and MoveOn.org six years ago, and it continues to grow and develop servant leadership around the world. It also helps people organize protests in many different counties. It is most active in the United States and Europe.

 

George Soros: The Philanthropist To People In Need Throughout The World

George Soros is a man who has truly made a difference in the world through the numerous endeavors that he has taken on. He is one of the biggest philanthropes in the entire world and has donated numerous times to people and organizations to improve their conditions. Most recently, he founded an organization that gives to people coming from war torn countries, who are looking for ways to start up their businesses in the countries that they are seeking exile in. By doing this, he has helped these people get back on their feet and has given them the boost that they need to lead a good life once again. Learn more about George at Biography.

He has also been one of the people who has actively supported political and social movements across the country. The Ferguson protests were one of the movements that George Soros funded. He was one of the main people who kept the crowd going, motivating them to keep on the fight to get what they wanted. Another movement that George Soros funded was for the removal of county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was being tried for multiple accounts of wrongful arrests and injustices that he inflicted onto members of the Hispanic community in the country.

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George Soros has always lived by the principle that people should be able to get the right justice that they deserve. He knows all too well the ill effects of a corrupt political system and its impact on the people of a country. This is because George Soros was born in a part of Hungary which at the time was under the control of the Nazi party. His family was Jewish, which is why they faced lots of oppression in society, which ultimately led to his family having to flee the company and go to London, where they set up their lives once again. Seeing this happen to him and the people around him, George Soros vowed to try his best to make a difference in society and work towards helping people always elect the government that is right for them. He has actively been involved with numerous political movements all over the world and has worked closely with various political parties that he sees at fit guides for the public.

George Soros has been known to engage with the Democratic Party actively and donates to the numerous organizations that they support. Soros had always stepped in when the party needed them the most, like in the 2004 elections against elected Republican Party candidate, George Bush. Again, he stepped in to help the party, this time because of his faith in Hillary Clinton being a good leader to the country. According to him, the country would not be in a good place if Donald Trump were to take over, and tried his best to encourage the people to vote for the right people in power. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.

Giving Stories through Music, Greyhound Diaries- Doug Levitt

They say music is food to they soul and it can also be used in many ways to c convey a different message to the world. Music can be used to give stories, counsel the young generation and also as a symbol to unite the people. For an extended period artist and song, writers have been using songs to express their feeling and also te4ach and remind the young generation of the; past including the people who struggled for their countries independent.

Greyhound Diaries is among the projects that Doug Levitt has been passing his message to the United States of America citizens and the world as a whole. Greyhound Diaries has followed in the footsteps of the who were before him in the entertainment industry. Greyhound Diaries project combines the broad range of exploration of the United States, and poverty creates them in the form of music, novel, and graphic design. The combination of all type of music and books is then presented in the form of storytelling, songs, personal experience, and graphic projected in shows that are organized by Doug. Greyhound Diaries events are held all over the world.

Doug Levitt was lucky to grow up in a family that gave him the opportunity to enjoy life as he wanted. Levitt grew up in Washington DC. After his high school graduation, Levitt attended Cornell University. His mother became a council member for Washington D.C a position that gave Mr. Doug to study in different areas of education and later settling for a career as a journalist working with CCN. Doug moved to the United Kingdom, and while there he decided to get on his career as an artist.

Doug Levitt says growing up in Washington DC gave him an opportunity to understand the life of the lower class people in the society across the world. Doug got another chance to know more about poverty and the people who are struggling in the community when he lived and worked in London. The explicit knowledge that Doug gained led him to change his career path and focus on music where he has been touching on the stories of those struggling in the society through his project The Greyhound Diaries. Doug Levitt has been touring the United States and exploring the areas that many people do not know. Levitt has used millions of money for his project.

 

In Support of Education – Dick DeVos is Amazing

I have a great interest in supporting education, and quite often I peruse the internet looking for hints on how I can contribute in my very limited way. During my last search I happened across an article at Mlive on the DeVos family, and their tremendous contributions to education. Mlive searched Dick DeVos family tax records. The article explains that the DeVos family donated over $60 million dollars over 527 donations to educational charities. Those donations made up over 66 percent of the family’s total donations. Most of the funding went to institutions and endeavors in the Grand Rapid, Michigan area. Most of the family attributes their generous endeavors to their parents who encouraged their philanthropy from a young age.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

For me a large donation is $20.00, so when I saw this, I went digging a bit on my own to find out about the awesome support offered by Dick DeVos and his family. It’s really incredible that an entire family is so dedicated, but the DeVos really mean it when they say they support education. Not only do Dick and Betsy DeVos have their own foundation supporting education, they are also the co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund. This organization offers low-income students the opportunity to attend the school of their choice. Dick matches the donations of the Children’s Scholarship fund dollar for dollar, and he also supports American Education Reform as well as Children First America. 

Dick and his family’s heavy support of education continues with Christian Schools in the Grand Rapids area, and continues on to the university level at Princeton and a long list of other colleges and universities. Mr. DeVos doesn’t stop there however, in 2010 he opened the first of its kind aviation public charter school for high school students. Since Mr. DeVos loves to fly and loves education, his wife Betsy prodded him into opening the new school, and the school was opened at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. There is no tuition for the school because it’s open to the public, and Mr. DeVos is overwhelmed with the response of aviators who are on board with his program. He is thrilled to be able to spread his passion for flight to those less fortunate than himself.

According to Wikipedia, the couple also has their own scholarship fund devoted to students pursuing MA, MS or MBAs at several universities, and another similar program for students pursuing BBA, and/or BBA/MBAs at other universities. Aside from their philanthropy in education, the family also contributes heavily to medical establishments and the arts. The family lives in Michigan, and they are advocates of children’s rights.

Inspiration to others, Park Yeonmi continues to be an advocate for North Korea

Determination and hope helped Park Yeonmi continue to never give up on escaping her homeland, North Korea. Today she lives to tell her story of how her family escaped the horrific experience. Had they not left North Korea, her family ran the risk of execution, starvation and disease. Growing up, Yeonmi stated on Facebook that she was very privileged even though she grew up with harsh conditions. Her father worked as a civil servant at the Hyesan town hall and her mother worked as a nurse for the North Korean Army. By 2002, the family moved to Pyongyang where he father became a business man. Unfortunately life took a turn after her father allegedly was dealing with illegal trading and had to go to a labor camp where he endured hard labor. As a child growing up she dealt with the regime controlling everything that you do. Yeonmi knew that if she wanted to live a life worth living, she would have to escape.

March 2007 was a night that Yeonmi and her mother will never forget. Her sister Eunmi was nowhere to be found before the escape began and so the family assumed that she had died. Her father was sick and stayed behind in North Korea because he felt that he would slow them down. The family escaped in minus -40 degree weather by crossing the Chinese border with the help of human traffickers. Her mother and her crossed three mountains and a frozen river to get to the Chinese border. Yeonmi’s dad finally caught up to them and the family realized just how bad his health was. January 2008, Yeonmi’s father died at the age of 45 from colon cancer.

February 2009, Yeonmi and her mother escaped one last time to South Korea. With the help of human rights activists and Christian missionaries they were able to reach South Korea. It was not easy to adapt to their new lifestyle but they managed and soon they were able to find jobs and Yeonmi was able to continue her education. April 2014 was a defining moment because Yeonmi discovered her sister and found out that she had also escaped to South Korea from China and Thailand.

Yeonmi became known to the spotlight after she spoke at the One Young World Summit in Dublin which is an annual summit that gets people together to develop solutions to world issues. After sharing her story, she gained prominence and is now a Human rights activist and speaks about her experiences. Only 21 years of age, Yeonmi continues to wants to see change and will continue to be the advocate for human rights in North Korea.

 

In Order to Live discusses the resilience of the human spirit and power of love to overcome horrors and circumstances that seem hopeless. The book discusses Yeonmi’s struggle to survive her homeland with the regime control, starvation and famine. She endured hardship but never gave up on hope. “I had to learn how to love others,” says Yeonmi Park. “And now I am willing to die for them.”

The Human Rights Foundation Highlights The Case Of Gorki Aguila

The problems of life in Cuba have largely been ignored in recent months as an increased number of diplomatic efforts have been mounted between the US and its close neighbor. After reading an article from Fox News Latino, I was shocked to discover the human rights problems of the past largely remain in place in a country remains governed by a Communist leadership, according to the Human Rights Foundation. Founder and leader of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has recently highlighted these ongoing problems with the release of details of the arrest of Cuban rock star Gorki Aguila following his support of anti government supporters.

Aguila has become a well known face amongst Latin communities around the world, having performed in countries including the US, Spain and throughout South America. Within Cuba, the singer with the band Porno para Ricardo is known for supporting the Ladies In White Group and other political organizations. The Ladies In White are family members of those arrested and who disappeared in the Black Spring government crackdown of 2003.

The Human Rights Foundation have been major backers of the rights of those within Cuba and have gone so far as to call on clothing manufacturers to halt the production of clothing featuring revolutionary leader Che Guevara. Formed in 2005, the Human Rights Foundation is a non partisan group with no political affiliations that fights for the rights of people around the world.

Although the foundation created by Thor Halvorssen accepts charitable donations to remain in existence, it also makes sure those making donations understand the group will not be influenced on how its work is completed by donors. In a bold move a few weeks ago, HRF lashed out at Lionel Messi after he traveled to Gabon.

Taking on the case of Gorki Aguila is designed to highlight the problems facing the singer and his band who have recorded songs in support of various political prisoners and groups. Aguila has explained that following his short period of detention for recording a song in support of the Ladies In White he was informed by officials his future travel plans would be blocked if he failed to halt his political activities.