The Frontera Fund Helping Change Lives In Arizona

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by a team of enforcement officers under the command of Maricopa County Sheriff Mr. Joe Arpaio. The two at the time of their arrest were journalists working for Village Voice Media. They were forcibly removed from their houses in Phoenix area by the enforcement officers and shoved into unmarked vehicles that had dark tinted windows and Mexican plate’s numbers. They were then taken to the Maricopa County police station where they were booked in different cells that are under the jurisdiction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Mr. Joe Arpaio who regards himself as the toughest Sheriff was the man behind the arrest. The Sheriff for a long time was outraged by the Phoenix New Times newspaper that published articles that exposed the Sheriff and the County misdeeds. Besides the newspaper also highlighted the pathetic health conditions in Arpaio’s jails, how inmates were mistreated some of which resulted to death and the increased discrimination and unlawful arrests of the Latinos residing in the State of Arizona

Larkin and Lacey were charged for having penned a story revealing the Subpoenas issued to the Phoenix media house requiring that the newspapers gives details about its writers, editors, and readers. The subpoenas went to the extent of requesting for readers personal browsing histories and IP addresses. However, following a public outcry, the two were released the same day, and all the charges were dropped.

The matter did not rest there as the two were aggrieved by the actions of the county Sheriff and as a result decided to sue the County and the Sheriff illegal detention. It was then followed by a series of legal battles in the court of law. The Ninth Circuit which handled the case found out that the subpoenas issued by the grand jury were invalid as the prosecutor did not follow the required legal procedures. The appellate court on its ruling issued Larkin and Lacey a 3.75 million settlement fee which the two decided to form the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund initiative was created with the aim of helping the Hispanic community that for the longest time have been marginalized and racially discriminated in Arizona.

Thor Halvorssen Pushes Human Rights Around the World

Thirty-seven-year-old Thor Halvorssen is a major human rights activist pushing for humane treatment of people around the world. The Oslo Freedom Forum, is one place where activists meet each year, trying to further their cause. Thor a Venezuelan-Norwegian runs the forum. There were 57 countries represented at the forum.

He recently was trying to help an exiled Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing. He recommended that Chen remain close to Christian Bale, the American actor who went to China trying to free Chen. Thor has been at the heart of several international conflicts lately, making him a polarizing figure in human rights activism.

Thor’s Human Rights Foundation in New York was established to fight for rights worldwide. They help get people out of their countries when necessary, try to free political dissidents and more. They fight against oppressive regimes around the globe. The foundation focuses attention on how many governments around the world mistreat their citizens, in an attempt to bring change to the locations.

Thor Halvorssen claims to belong nowhere. He speaks four languages fluently, Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. He was born in Venezuela to Hilda Mendoza and Thor Halvorssen Sr. He has a sister and brother. His father was a senior aide to President Carlos Andres Perez Rodriguez. In 1993, his father was imprisoned for reporting wrongdoing in Venezuela. Ten years after his father’s ordeal, his mother was shot by Chavez security forces at a protest. She luckily survived. These activities pushed the younger Thor into a life of fighting for human rights.

Halvorssen is still a Venezuelan citizen but has not been back to his country for several years. He claims that he will be arrested if he returns. He refuses to talk about where he lives or what activities he is involved in because of death threats he has received.

Source: Buzzfeed

Thor Halvorssen Weighs In On Socialism

The contemporary American stands on the shoulders of giants. One of those giants is the economic prosperity that has been yielded from capitalism. Unfortunately, the contemporary American does not realize that he is standing on the shoulder of the giant, and he is trying to leap off, onto the shoulders of socialism. But, argues Thor Halvorssen in this video, that giant simply cannot hold the weight of the contemporary man. That giant has a long history of collapsing under the slightest pressure or weight. That is what we can expect if socialist policies were to become more prominent in the United States. He leveled a few pretty heavy critiques of socialism in the linked interview.

Too Many Taxes
Bernie Sanders has essentially argued that if we want to help the poor, then we need to take money away from the rich and distribute it among the poor. Thor Halvorrsen does not think that is an acceptable approach. After all, even the most wealthy people do not have an unlimited amount of money. While you could tax the rich and distribute their funds for a few years, eventually, you will get to a point wherein you have taken all of their money and they are no longer rich. This means that you will have tax more people. Eventually, everybody will be heavily taxed.

Fewer Jobs
When companies receive a federally imposed $15 minimum wage, many of them are not going to comply. That is not to say that they will break the law. Rather, it is to say that they are going to acknowledge that they cannot afford to pay their employees $15 an hour. This will result in closing domestic stores and opening them overseas. This will harm the economy and create far fewer job opportunities. An increase to a $15 per hour minimum wage is not worth too much if you cannot find a job.

For these reasons and many others, Thor Halvorssen believes that socialism is doomed to failure and financial ruin. He suggested that a prosperous nation needs to work in a free market economy.

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