Avaaz Celebrates France’s Election Results despite Harsh Weather

May 8th 2017 is the day Avaaz activists took to the streets, not because they were against something, but to celebrate a well-earned victory. To them, the victory did not belong to the president elect, Emmanuel Macron, but it was a win for all people who look for freedom, vigilance and those who uphold human rights for all. Avaaz is a group of people who advocate for human rights, climate change and economic issues among others. It has its headquarters in New York City, although it organizes demonstrations worldwide. It has over 400 million members and reaches out to them using 15 different languages.

The activists were joined by a World War II survivor, Mr. Elie Buzzy, who experienced the injustices inflicted on the minorities during the Nazi. Elie, being a Jew, was once a prisoner at a young age and was later forced to work in masonry. The protesters held signs saying that they are tired of the racial intolerance that has been rampant in France. They advocated for peace, unity and vigilance. President elect, Emmanuel Macron, has always been in opposition to extremism. He is among other European leaders who have shun this evil notion. In Netherlands and Austria, people have also voted out the extremists to embrace unity for all.

The demonstrations were attended by other nationalities as well. Allies of peace from other countries joined celebrations in France, and some hoped that their country would embrace the same spirit of unity. A man from Germany said he hopes the Germans would do the same come September during election.

Avaaz, which means “voice”, uses media outlets as well to communicate to people. They also encourage citizens to contact the government in regard to different issues. New members are always free to join Avaaz and belong to a group whose main purpose is to unite and promote peace.

Education Secretary Nominee Mrs. Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is an established educationist, innovator, trusted leader and a renowned advocate. She is known as a champion for change in the education system, and for always proposing accommodating measures to ensure equity in the system. DeVos is also an influential politician whose career span over 30 years in active politics. Her political determination has seen her rise the ladder to become an iconic figure in the country’s politics. She has high prospects of joining the cabinet after being nominated as the Secretary of Education, and is pending confirmation by the senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. She has served as the Michigan Republican Party chairlady for four times, making her political career more distinguished.

Born in 1958, DeVos graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and political science from the Calvin College. This basic knowledge underlies most of her success in the business and political sector since leaving college. I know her to be a determined and very decisive leader who is always prudent in her decisions and worth of her position. This has seen her appointed board member in several organizations and chairpersons to various institutions.

DeVos is currently the chairlady of The Windquest Group, a Michigan based firm interested in diversified consumer product and service delivery. In 2009, she was appointed as the chairlady of the American Federation for Children after being a member for one year, a position she holds up to date. She is currently the chairlady of the Alliance for School Choice. DeVos also serves as a board member in several institutions such as the ArtPrize, Philanthropy Roundtable, Foundation for Excellence in Education, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management, The Great Lakes Education Project, and the Potters’ House school.

Related article: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos

Philanthropic Work

Betsy DeVos is known to be a virtuous philanthropist who has always directed a lot of her resources to help the community. But this is not a surprise owing to her wealthy family background. The fact that her family is among the richest families in the country permits her to do so. Her family’s foundation, Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, made a stunning $139 million contribution to several charity works in 2015 alone. But that is not all. Her penchant for art made her donate $22.5 million to the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in 2010. At that time, she was one of the board of directors of the institution. The center was solely established for the purpose of teaching cultural institution managers and board of directors ways through which they can best raise funds and manage their institutions.

In 2009, DeVos founded the Artprize. ArtPrize organizes annual international art competitions to appreciate outstanding creativity and performances, and recognize budding talents.