Autism Rocks is an important organization that is helping to fund scientific research into autism. This organization partners with rock stars to perform benefit concert. These concerts are an attempt to raise money for scientific foundations that conduct research into Autism. Through this research, parents can help understand their children, and these children can interact with the world.
Autism Rocks understands that research into autism is not about finding a cure. Instead the founders of Autism believe in learning how to identify autism sooner and help these children grow into healthy, functioning adults. All the money that Autism Rocks raises goes to the Autism Research Trust, a scientific research organization that is founded on the same principles and holds the same beliefs as Autism Rocks. They have 15 ongoing research projects that this funding helps support.
In the past Autism Rocks has worked with a number of entertainers and rocks stars. In the past, Autism Rocks has held benefit concerts by Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and Elvis Costello. Through these concerts, the charity has raised millions of dollars that they have donated to the Autism Research Trust.
But Autism Rocks needs help from the public in order to keep raising money and putting on amazing concerts. Sanjay Shah has set up a go fund me account in order to appeal to the public and help keep this charity and the benefit concerts they hold to continue. By donating to this cause, donors can help pave the way for some of the most groundbreaking research about Autism that is sure to come.
Sanjay Shah created Autism Rocks because he is a parent with child who has Autism. When he found out his son had autism, he started looking for ways he could help both his son and this millions around the globe just like him. In his private life, Shah had developed connects to some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Before his foray into Autism Rocks, Shah was a financier living in Dubai with his family. He worked for over 20 years at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Rabobank. In 2008 he started his own firm, Solo Capital, which has since grown to employ over 100 financiers. Now he is semi-retired, and spends his time with his family, when he is not organizing concerts for Autism Rocks.
The human rights watch is on the neck of US rapper Nicki Minaj after her controversial Christmas concert in Angola. Her performance for which she earned $2 million was sponsored by Unitel, a state-run telecom company. The country is headed by the dictator Dos Santos that has had an iron fist over the country’s leadership for the last 36 years.
This was in contradiction of her outspoken activism against racial injustices in America. Her performance reflected a double sided individual that fights injustices in one place while at the same time being part of social injustices committed against the people of Angola. Thor views her activism against injustices and support of education charities in the United Sates while playing a part to social exploitation of Angolans as sheer display hypocrisy.
The human rights movements base their argument on the fact that she accepted such an inflated pay from an agency run by the corrupt Dos Santos government. This was at the expense of the locals, most of whom live below the $2 a day poverty line with a life expectancy of just 52 years at birth. Her actions only served to legitimize the dictatorial and corrupt government and approve the humiliation of the Angolan nationals to her friends and legion of fans across the world that view her as more than an artist.
However, various scholars and notables from across the world hold a different opinion about the eradication of dictatorial governments. One that necessarily has little to do with international celebrities. They are of the opinion that, while international organizations can play a role in pushing for democracies through aids, the lot has to come from the individual country’s subjects. The only limitation to this remains if the activists are constantly killed and harassed by their respective governments.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor is a film producer and a human rights activist. He has been a vocal human rights activist since 1989 when he was involved in staging the London human rights demonstrations that opposed the apartheid rule in South Africa. Thor has since been a member of various human rights groups across the United Kingdom where he has a permanent residence.
Halvorssen has risen to prominence as a human rights activist and the face of the Human Rights Foundation that he founded in 2005. He is also regularly writing and holding discussions on various international media platforms including the Telegraph, New York Times, BBC, and CNN.