The 2016 Presidential Election saw an almost HBO like storyline come to life off screen. Hillary Clinton, a lifelong politician who is as trained as anyone, took up against the Republican nominee — a crass reality show star with no experience in government at all. The hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump was caused for concern for many Americans and it was the single greatest reason that billionaire George Soros re-entered the political machine. George Soros is a billionaire investor who also runs one of the biggest charities in the world. Soros has become something of the trademark villain to many conservatives due to his progressive nature and his willingness to fight for progressive causes. Now, Soros is back and he is ready to make life difficult for Trump and his agenda.
Soros had mostly been resigned to watching the political machinations of Washington D.C. from afar, at least ever since his work alongside Al Gore back in 2004. Soros was jaded by money being spent in Washington but he knew how important it was for good candidates to be propped up by backers who could see their vision come to fruition. So, Soros returned once more in order to support Hillary Clinton for President along with all of the progressives on the ticket. His reason for returning to the forefront of billionaire liberal donor was simple: Donald Trump’s dangerous rhetoric and appalling nationalism had raised the political stakes higher than anyone could have imagined.
We would see George Soros gamely plop down nearly $25 million across the board in order to help fund progressives during the 2016 season. While Clinton would fall short, Soros’ return bodes well for progressives in America. With Soros working hand in hand alongside other elite donors it finally seems like the Democrats have a counter punch to the Koch Brothers nearly unlimited money machine. Still, Soros isn’t just here to throw punches in politics. Soros is here because he is an activist who believes in the just cause no matter how unpopular it may be. Learn more about George at Biography.
The Open Society Foundations is George Soros’ flagship program. He uses the foundation in order to spread social justice, education, progressive values and aid to countries all around the globe. Soros also believes in helping to cultivate grassroots activism here at home in America. His Foundation gave nearly $33 million to activist groups in the Ferguson area leading up to the fatal Michael Brown shooting. These donations helped to personally get the Ferguson Protests up and running, allowing activists to march for what was important to them. George Soros believes that political action is important down to the smallest of individuals. It is clear that the Open Society Foundations is a mirror of this fact. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com
The human rights community is not one where prizes are often sought or given, but the Oslo Freedom Forum has recently announced the winners of its annual Havel Prize for Creative Dissent that is usually given to the winners during this Norway based event.
Given by the Human Rights Foundation that organizes the annual Oslo Freedom Forum the group has this year named Zimbabwean playwright Silvanos Mudzvova, Bahrani poet Aayat Alqormozi, and the Venezuelan satire based art project El Chiguire Bipolar as the three winners of a prize that has become a rival to the Nobel Peace Prize given in the same hotel ballroom in Oslo, Norway each year.
This is just one aspect of the work of the Oslo Freedom Forum and the Human Rights Foundation that has been at the heart of the growth of human rights activism seen in the younger generation in the world over the last few years. The Oslo Freedom Forum brings together a range of individuals under the directorship of founder Thor Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation President Gary Kasparov; the award itself is named for the former President of the Global Council of the Human Rights Foundation Vaclav Havel who passed away in 2011 and is remembered as a political activist and playwright.
Human rights groups are playing a key role ikn the lives of people around the world who are seeing their rights abused by government agencies and agents at a fast rate in many different and diverse cultures. In the U.S. the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is making inroads into the problems being seen by many minority groups along the U.S. Mexican border; the issues facing those who are in the U.S., both legally and illegally, have been taken up by the Frontera Fund as it seeks to protect the voting rights and right to free speech of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds in Arizona.
The Frontera Fund was created using the settlement awarded to the founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who became household names when they themselves were stripped of their human rights by Sheriff Joe Arpaio; after being taken from their homes in the middle of the night and imprisoned the two journalists discovered they had been illegally detained for revealing the existence of a Grand Jury looking into the work of Sheriff Arpaio. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida
Human rights groups have been honored at the Oslo Freedom Forum since it was created in 2009 and the majority of human rights activists have now realized the significance of the event for raising awareness of many different human rights issues across the world.
Much like the Human Rights Foundation the Oslo Freedom Forum has maintained its independence on many different levels in a bid to make sure every aspect of its work is completed free from corporate, political, or donor influence on the direction being taken by the Human Rights Foundation.
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