Based in Austin, Texas, Bruce Furst is the president of Ashber Corporation. Actively involved in the larger community, Bruce Furst supports Amnesty International.
Amnesty International (AI) is a global organization that advocates for human rights in all countries of the world. According to the nonprofit, one of the biggest threats to universal enjoyment of human rights is discrimination.
Discrimination means treating people differently because of their race, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, belief, class, caste, age, sexual orientation, or other reason. The practice is perpetrated by people who believe they are superior to others and by governments seeking political ends.
Discrimination does not just lead to inequality, it also exposes victims to continuous physical and emotional abuse, such as in countries where domestic violence is not prohibited. It also includes criminalization, such as in countries where being gay is a crime.
Amnesty International was established with the underlying belief that all humans are born equal irrespective of their differences. AI works with local and foreign governments to eliminate existing discriminatory laws, develop new progressive laws, establish institutions to tackle discrimination, and to protect the victims of discrimination.
President of the Ashber Corporation since 2000, Bruce Furst has produced a range of film/musical recording projects and licensed the use of specific musical content for use in motion pictures. Bruce Furst has also set his sights on outer space through his business efforts with iRoc, a company that protects the rights of member artists by establishing licensing and royalty agreements for the public performances of copyrighted works in areas beyond the Earth’s stratosphere, including all planets within the Milky Way Galaxy.
This coverage is likely to become more and more relevant and valuable in coming years if former President Barack Obama’s plans to reach Mars become a reality. A year after NASA discovered flowing water on Mars, President Obama set a clear goal to send human beings to our neighboring red planet by the end of the 2030s. Although the plan will initially entail short, round-trip journeys back to Earth, these initial voyages will pave the way for more ambitious, long-term stays. To accomplish the monumental feat of trans-planetary travel, the US will build upon a well-established spirit of cooperation between the public and private aerospace sectors.
Based in Austin, Texas, Bruce Furst draws upon years of experience in music and film licensing to operate his own entertainment firm, Ashber Corporation, as president. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Bruce Furst supports the work of Amnesty International.
Among its many causes, Amnesty International focuses on abolishing the death penalty in societies across the globe. Through this work, the organization has engaged in a number of urgent action campaigns to either postpone or completely stop the execution of convicted individuals in the United States. Most recently, Amnesty International announced that it had achieved one such urgent action victory in Texas.
After calling upon its Urgent Action Network to send in appeals, the organization successfully influenced the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) to delay the death penalty of Clinton Young. In 2003, he was convicted of shooting and killing Samuel Petrey and placed on death row for the act.
During an appeals case in 2009, the TCCA concluded that witnesses had made false testimonies during his trial that had impeded due process. On the back of this decision, Young was authorized to submit another petition to the TCCA; this came on October 2, 2017, when his lawyers sent in a document that featured similar claims about false testimony. Young’s execution was originally set to take place on October 26, 2017, but the petitions and appeals ultimately caused the TCCA to suspend his sentence and send his case back to court.
The president of Ashber Corporation since 2000, Bruce Furst has worked with numerous music artists throughout his career in the entertainment industry. Bruce Furst also remains committed to philanthropic efforts, contributing to organizations such as Amnesty International.
Founded as a global movement to advocate for human rights causes, Amnesty International has become the largest grassroots human rights organization in the world. Amnesty International works to identify denials of people’s fundamental rights and expose those responsible for these violations, and it has freed numerous people who had been imprisoned for their beliefs.
Among other causes, the organization supports the right to protest. More than 60 countries throughout the world have imprisoned people for speaking out against injustice and engaging in peaceful activism. Even in the United States, politicians have introduced bills limiting the right to protest. Amnesty continues to oppose any efforts to limit this right.
For more information about these efforts and current areas in which to take action, visit www.amnestyusa.org.