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George Soros and his impact with the Open Society Foundations07.21.17

There are very few billionaires in the world. In fact the majority of them will fit on a single list you could read in a sitting. George Soros is one of those billionaires and he is also one of the most giving philanthropists that the world has ever seen. Soros has worked for decades on creating a better world through his charity, the Open Society Foundations. The work he has done far and wide has made a direct impact on communities in more than 130 different countries, including the United States. Let’s break down how George Soros became the man he is today and how the Open Society Foundations made a direct impact on United States civil rights movement.

George Soros is a Hungarian born Jew who was a teenager when the Nazis rolled into town and occupied Hungary. From 1944 to 1945 over 500,000 Hungarian Jews would end up murdered in cold blood by the oppressive regime. During this time of mayhem, violence and despair George Soros and his family would stand up to actually fight back in their own way. Soros and his family helped to create fake documents in order to sneak Jews out of the country before eventually doing so themselves. Soros says of the time, “Instead of submitting to our fate, we resisted an evil force that was much stronger than we were.” This amazing story could stand alone, but it doesn’t end there.

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Eventually Soros would flee from Budapest to London where he would begin studying at the London School of Economics. Working two different jobs Soros would be able to graduate awhile honing his studies and the philosophy that would go on to inform his later decisions in both business and philanthropy. George Soros would leave London for America before landing in the USA in 1956. Soros would soon start the Soros Hedge Fund and make his fortune, leading to the creation of the Open Society Foundations. Read his profile at Business Insider.

The Ferguson Protests in Missouri were sparked over the shooting of an unarmed black suspect named Michael Brown by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. The protests were just the final straw on what had been an increasingly tragic problem: racial profiling and police brutality. These protests captured the attention of the nation and soon everyone was talking about racial equality throughout the United States in terms of how police treat minority suspects.

The reason that George Soros is attached to the protests in Ferguson is simple: the Open Society Foundations believes in funding grassroots activists. Throughout the year leading up to the infamous shooting, Soros and the open Society Foundations would donate nearly $33 million to activists in the area. Soros believes that activism is the key component to participation in government. Learn more on about George Soros.

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Shedding Lights to the Film and Political Involvement of Thor Halvorssen01.21.17

Thor Halvorssen is known to many as a human rights activist who has attained remarkable milestones in championing the rights of the oppressed. He is also popularly known as the founder of the Human Rights Foundation.

Thor Halvorssen comes from a family that boasts of an accomplished background. His mother, Hilda Mendoza is related to Cristobal Mendoza, who was Venezuela’s first president. On his father’s side, Thor is the grandson of Oystein Halvorssen, who is well-renowned as the Norwegian king’s consul who established a family dynasty in Venezuela as the representative for corporations.

Political Involvement

Thor Halvorssen’s political involvement started during the divided politics experienced in his native nation, Venezuela. As a matter of fact, the defining moment for Halvorssen was in 1993 after the imprisonment of his father. During this period, Halvorssen mounted a strong campaign aimed at securing the release of his father. The campaign drew the support of various organizations such as Amnesty International.

Halvorssen has found himself at odds with the Venezuelan government again due to the shooting of his mother. His mother was shot and wounded while attending a peaceful protest of the recall referendum of 2004. Aside from being a constant critic of the Venezuelan government, he has also criticized other leaders like the president of Uganda, particularly the legislative endeavors to punish gay individuals in Uganda through a death penalty.

Film Production

Aside from being highly involved in human rights activism, Halvorssen is fascinated by film production. He has proven to be quite talented in this area through the production of various films. He has co-produced Freedom’s Fury together with other top executive producers including Lucy Liu and Andrew Vajna. He is also listed as one of the producers of Indoctrinate U. Some of the other films associated with Halvorssen include The Sugar Babies, The Singing Revolution and Hammer & Tickle.

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