Early life and education
Adam Milstein, an Israeli-American, was born in 1952 in Haifa, Israel. He joined the Israeli Defense Forces in 1971. After his service, which was mandatory, in the Israeli Army, Adam enrolled in Israeli Institute of Technology to undertake a Bachelor of Science degree. He majored in business in economics and graduated Cum Laude in 1978. While pursuing his higher education, Adam helped his father to develop their business in real estate development and construction. He moved his family to the United States in 1981 and 1983, Milstein graduated from the University of Southern California with an MBA. He then began working as a sales agent in commercial real estate
Adam as an author on JNS
Adam Milstein is an author on Jewish News Syndicate (JNS). In his recent article, Adam writes about how radical Muslims are posing risks and becoming threats to the society. In his opinion, the radical Muslims are destroying and delegitimising the homeland of the Jews, Israel. According to Adam, anti-Semitism is a pertinent issue affecting global politics, and the fact that it is growing is already causing a threat. Radical Muslims in Adam’s view cling to fundamental Muslim beliefs that promote anti-Semitism which lacks the support of American values. They are destroying the Western value culture. Adam is of the idea that North America is portraying signs of collaborating with Europe to address the increase in anti-Semitism. Adam Milstein adds that mainstreaming anti-Semitic leftism, particularly in college campuses, will threaten life in America and the future of Jews around the world.
Adam Milstein, the philanthropist
Adam is not only a real estate developer, but he is also a philanthropist. Milstein and Gila, his wife, founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in 2000. The foundation sponsors the education of young professionals and students to enable them to identify with their Jewish heritage and give them facts to advocate for the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Adam co-founded Israeli-American Council where he became its Chairman in 2015. In 2016, the Jerusalem Post listed Adam among the 50 most influential Jews worldwide.
The internet and social media has forever changed the way non profits and activists get the word out about their causes and methods of organizing. Avaaz is one of the most successful examples of community activism and how organizing campaigns and petitions for change is influenced by online platforms. Avaaz support several different types of activism, ranging from political corruption to climate change to poverty, anything that the community feels passionate about and worthy of change now.
Every cause has the same process that it must go through before it is supported by the Avaaz team as a whole. Once causes or issues are introduced, the team will present it to a small portion of the community to gauge interest and engagement. Causes that are deemed actionable are then given campaign status and the community resources are made available to activists to utilize in order to bring more awareness and create public interest in their cause. Members of the Avaaz team work with individual activists to help them create the best online and locale specific campaigns, and Avaaz’s lacrosse camp.
All different types of methods of protest and social interaction is used in order to drive change and bring issues to the forefront. Emails to the community are the main means of communication, introducing causes and informing activists of organized events and ways to act and help with specific issues related to each cause. Avaaz has notably created media buzz through grand protests that use human interactions to make a point to policy makers, and resume their.
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Thor Halvorssen is a name that has become synonymous with the fight for human rights. As the president of the Human Rights Foundation, he has been front and center in fights for basic human rights all around the world.
Born Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoz, Halvorssen is of Venezuelan heritage. Halvorssen was surrounded by volatile and unjust events throughout his life. When he was just a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, his father was investigating the Medellin Cartel on suspicion of money laundering and bank fraud when he was suddenly arrested. He was stuck in prison where he was beaten and tortured and even had threats of being murdered. The unjust action lasted 74 days in a Caracas jail where he was held on trumped up charges, the real reason was because the cartel was not to be messed with. He gained his freedom with help from Amnesty International, the group organized protests with other international organizations and eventually Halvorssen Sr. was found innocent of all charges.
Nearly a decade after Thor’s father was wrongfully imprisoned, his mother suffered a terrible blow. During a peaceful protest of the Venezuelan recall referendum in 2004, Hilda Mendoza Denham, Thor’s mother, was shot and wounded. Photos and video of the Venezuelan government supporters firing at demonstrators was circulated around swiftly, Thor himself even headlined an article in “The Wall Street Journal” where he recounted all the details.
These unsettling and disturbing events led Thor to become the man he is today. He witnessed the unjust actions of countries around the world first hand through his parents and decided that he would not stand for these acts to continue. Today, he travels around the world fighting for the side of good and against unjust and corrupt governments. His specialized areas of expertise include human trafficking, dictatorships, threats to democracy, and slavery. When he isn’t actively fighting for what is right, he spreads his message through articles, films, and even speeches at prestigious places including Harvard Law School and United Nations Association in New York.
American rapping sensation, Nicki Minaj stirred controversy with her decision to head the recent holiday festival in Angola. The event was sponsored by Unitel which is owned and ran by long term human rights violator Angolan President Jose dos Santos. Santos has been at the top since 1979 and has racked up an abundance of human rights abuses over the course of his reign. While Minaj did go ahead with the performance despite the urging by the Human Rights Foundation of the moral dilemma, it is said she altered the lyrics to her hit song “Only” to say “independent women only.”
This was meant to be a nod to Angolan women attending the holiday concert in Luanda, according to the Huffington Post. At age 33, Nicki Minaj has never shied away from the spotlight, even if that meant causing controversy. She appeared before a brimming stadium at the Show Unitel Boas Festas concert on December 19th. The company Unitel is owned and operated by the continent’s wealthiest woman and youngest billionaire, daughter of the Angolan president Isabel dos Santos.
Minaj has viewed herself as a black feminist icon for some time. Vogue recently inquired about her feminism to which she replied, “I think of myself as a woman who wants other women to be bosses, and to be strong and to be go-getters. I’ve always said that, since I came in the game.” Vogue has also noted Nicki Minaj to be the “most globally visible female rapper of all time.” Prior to the appearance, Minaj posted a photograph of her initial meeting with the president’s daughter saying, “She’s just the 8th richest woman in the world.”
Having founded the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a human rights activist leading many essential nonprofit groups around the world. In an open letter to Minaj by means of his foundation, Thor urged the rapper not to continue through with her plans to perform at the tainted Angolan festival. Unfortunately, she declined to comment or react in any way other than to ignore the request.
The Human Rights Foundation unites activists and leaders by promoting human rights through the belief that all peoples are entitled to freedom of association, freedom of speech and expression, freedom from slavery and of religion among many others. Thor Halvorssen Mendoza first founded the Oslo Freedom Forum through his Human Rights Foundation back in 2009 to bring activists, former heads of state and even Nobel Peace Prize winners together for a cause of unity.