Activists build relationships to improve the world come through the form of organizations like Avaaz. This is becoming a global network that is reaching out to respond to so many things that are occuring in the world today.
People that are coming home and watching your local news everyday may have no idea about all the things that are unraveling inside of various communities in Asia or Africa. They may be aware of certain things like poverty, but they may have no idea about issues like natural disasters and refugees that are trying to find homes after they have had to fled war-torn countries.
Fortunately, there are non-profit organizations like Avaaz that have come on the scene and given an entirely new perspective to what people may be enduring and their day-to-day battles. This organization has millions of members that are spread out as activists across the world.
Sometimes finding the people that are willing to go can be just as difficult as finding the funds to send people out on missions. Fortunately, this organization has over 40 million people that are connected in this system. This community has a long list of people that are willing to go the distance and put their own needs aside in order to aid others.
Avaaz fight for all different types of causes. There are issues with nature that this organization can assist with. There are humans that are battling various states of poverty and destruction that need assistance. There are so many noble causes to fight for, but sometimes it takes a large crowd to push the government in the right direction.
When an activist is willing to use their time to protest and gain a level of recognition to corruption in government or disaster areas that need relief there will be more eyes on this matter. With the activist in place that can bring attention to these issues it becomes much easier to break down the walls of a government politics. It becomes easier to relay the message of helping one another across the board with activism from various Avaaz members.
Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza was born on March 9, 1976. He is commonly known as Thor Halvorssen, is now 41 years old, and is the president of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which was launched in 2005. Thor Halvorssen was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. His father was Norwegian and his mother was Venezuelan.Halvorssen is a human rights advocate and a film producer. He has contributed in the fields of public policy, public interest advocacy, individual rights, civil liberties, and pro-democracy advocacy. New York Times described him as “a champion of the underdog and the powerless,” after he began to advocate for human rights. He grew up with turmoil around him and had no choice but to be involved in the promotion of due process and individual rights. His father became a political prisoner in Venezuela. His mother is descended from the first president of Venezuela. He founded HRF after his mother was shot during a political protest. Thor is the founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. This is an annual global gathering of human rights festival. He is currently producing a film adaptation of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” with Bryan Singer, who directed the Usual Suspects and the X-men movies. “I love people!” Thor says in an emphatic way. Those he loves most are dissidents and defectors, freedom’s troublemakers who blow spitballs at authoritarians while standing up against tyranny. Love is why Thor takes a beating and continues on ticking.
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Thor Halvorssen is the perfect leader for human rights advocacy in the 21st century. The man is 39 years old and has been politically active his entire life. His activism gotta start when his father was put in jail in Venezuela as a political prisoner. Then a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, Thor Halvorssen helped Amnesty International and other human rights groups secure his father’s freedom.
His mother was shot in New York City for what she believed in. She was marching in protest of human rights abuses in South America when a security force opened fire on the crowd. It was Thor Halvorssen who broke the story in the Wall Street Journal.
The lifelong human rights activist also shot into the Zeitgeist with a confounding Fox News interview. Fox News, forever a right-wing propaganda channel, brought the human rights activist on air to talk about why socialism is inherently evil. Much to the chagrin of the interviewer, Thor Halvorssen expressed an incredibly nuanced political point of view. Socialism, he explained, is not inherently evil. In fact, he blew everybody away by saying that he donated the maximum amount to the presidential campaign of Democratic Socialist candidate Bernie Sanders.
It is his understanding of social media marketing that will really put him on the map. When pop star Nikki Minaj was offered $2 million for a private concert by the unilateral dictator of Angola, Thor Halvorssen took to the Internet. He penned an open letter to the female rapper urging her not to play the concert. Thor Halvorssen detailed all the human rights abuses perpetrated by the dictator of Angola. He also said that by taking $2 million from this dictator, Nikki Minaj was essentially stealing from the people of Angola. The dictator made all of his money by abusing his population and stealing his country’s natural resources for himself.
The pop star went on to play her concert, but anybody googling the incredibly popular singer was likely to come across this information. That simple act educated thousands if not millions of people across the world about international human rights violations.
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