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Larkin & Lacey

PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a great organization that exists for those who are conscious about the civil rights of animals. Some might say, “Well, why do you say that animals have civil rights? They are not that important because they are not human beings.”

Even though animals may not be as important as humans, they still deserve to be treated with as much respect as possible. When we eat meat or wear animal skins, we are using body parts from animals who have experienced violent deaths at the hands of human beings.

There is an argument out there that using the bodies of animals is a natural thing that has gone on for ages, and whoever is stronger in nature is supposed to win.

However, even if you eat animal meats or wear animal skins, you must be weary of how the animals were treated before and when they were slaughtered. Yes, despite whatever way humans treated them in life, animals who were slaughtered were “slaughtered anyway.”

However, if you are raising animals for slaughter, the most ethical thing is to provide them with the best conditions, and to slaughter them in the most humane ways.

PETA has gruesome videos on its website that were taken inside facilities where animals are slaughtered and raised. Their website shows scenes that would be considered too cruel for a human to experience.

These scenes include animals who are cramped in cages and defecating on each other, animals with broken limbs that are not being tended to, animals that are still alive as they are being skinned and all kinds of blood and gore.

Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League is an organization that is particularly fond of protecting the rights of Jews, though they also branch out to protecting the rights of groups that have historically been persecuted minorities in America. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

One of the ideas that this organization runs on is the notion that Western society is Eurocentric, and that White people are automatically privileged. In this logic, being pro-White, or even taking sympathy for the plight of White people, is considered to be wrong, ignorant and bad for humanity.

The Anti-Defamation League, whether you like some of their ideologies or not, has an interesting archive on their website of “hate symbols.” These symbols of hate are actually anything that is perceived as being pro-White.

Some of these symbols may be more radical or hateful than others, but it’s not that easy to tell because everything is lumped up together in one list. In reality, different symbols have different meanings and political ideologies attached to them.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey do not have a database of hate symbols on their website. However, the website for their organization, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, is ripe with all kinds of information about DACA, Sheriff Arpaio, DREAMERs and information about what to do if you are an undocumented immigrant in a hostile political atmosphere.

Jim Larkin and his Success in Activism

James Larkin will be remembered for being one of the fearless leaders in history. Though he was born in Liverpool, his parents were Irish, and he later found himself in the Irish Trade Union Movement agitating for good pay and rights for workers. He was second, in the family of six./

One would wonder why this fearless leader was born in Liverpool, England. Well, it should be remembered that most of the Irish families were forced to leave the country due to to the industrial revolution that took place to push for significant hunger. So his father was one person who faced those circumstances and moved to Liverpool, England where Jim Larkin was born.

His father would struggle for many years to support his family because he was earning a meager income. He died at an early age just like many during those times. At the time of passing away, Jim was just eleven years old.

He was taken to where his father was working as an apprentice but was only earning 30cents a week. It was an engineering firm, but Jim Larkin did not work for long and went to look for other jobs. He worked as a butcher assistant, a French polisher, a paperhanger and as a Docker worker.

When he was working as a docker in England, he was injured and stayed out of work for months. It is during this time that Jim Larkin did a lot of reading and was attracted to socialism. He recovered and went back to work at sixteen years of age.

At this time Larkin was adventurous too, and Larkin tried to stow on a steamer but was discovered and was ordered to work in the engine room. One day after being exhausted he was ordered to relieve a firefighter in the engine room, but because he was tired, he refused. He was later chained in the engine room and spent a night there which is a night he has never forgotten.

Jim Larkin married on September in 1903 to Elizabeth Brown. It was when he involved himself with trade unions and struggles of labor. His association with trade union started in 1907 and continued without ceasing. During the period between 1913 and 1914, it was the worst time for labor unions and the members.

There was the culmination of unrest during the lockout. The whole country and primarily the Dublin city faced disturbance because of disputes involving labor. The same year there was unemployment of over twenty-five thousand workers.

There was the closure of the port of Dublin for the crossing of channel shipping that was from October to December.

There was a lot of rioting and a lot of conflicts between the police occurred. Many people including the police were injured. Also, two workers died as they were being treated. There was disagreement between the two parties the unrest ended in 1914.

Learn more about Jim Larkin:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml
http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/

Thor Halvorssen is Freedom’s No. 1 Troublemaker for Tyrants

Standing up against tyranny is something Thor Halvorssen knows all about and does quite eloquently. The founder of the New York City-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) will not stay silent when it comes to tyrants who mess with a person’s human rights and individual liberty.

The University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business graduate spoke recently with the WeeklyStandard.com to talk about HRF and how he labels himself in a world of political obsession.

Thor Halvorssen comes from a background steeped in human rights activism. His father was tortured in a Venezuelan prison after revealing government corruption in his role as the country’s drug czar. His mother was shot during an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration, and his first cousin is jailed at the moment as a political prisoner in Venezuela.

Thor Halvorssen is a take action kind of man, holding respect for the dissidents and defectors of the world who make life difficult for regimes that control a person’s every move. He’s been held against his will and beaten in the name of freedom, most famously for an incident occurring in 2010, when Thor Halvorssen and a cameraman had traveled to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. The pair were there to interview and record moments with Thich Quang Do, the head of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. His church had been banned, and Mr. Quang Do held under house arrest for 28 years.

According to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen says he had sneaked into the monastery and procured the taped interview. On their way out, he and his cameraman were discovered and Thor Halvorssen detained. Luckily, the cameraman slipped out a side door with the video card safely hidden. Meantime, Vietnamese authorities allegedly beat Thor Halvorssen black and blue, only allowing him to leave when he convinced them he was there seeking to become a Buddhist.

Politically-speaking, many have tried to define Thor Halvorssen as a right winger, but the HRF founder sees himself differently. Thor Halvorssen says he’s a “classical liberal” in the John Stuart Mill tradition. Mill has often been called, “the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century.”

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

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