For more than 15 years, Bruce Furst has served as president and executive producer of films and music albums at Ashber Corporation in Austin, Texas. In addition to staying busy with this work, Bruce Furst supports Amnesty International, a world-renowned human-rights organization.
One of Amnesty’s current campaigns focuses on abolishing capital punishment worldwide. According to the organization, many judicial systems upholding capital punishment propagate prejudiced attitudes, such as racial and economic bias, which arbitrarily determine who receives the death penalty. In addition, statistics show a majority of death-row inmates in the United States cannot afford attorneys, and an overwhelming number of executions are carried out in the South.
Amnesty indicates that abolishing the death penalty will ultimately terminate the cycle of violence and eliminate the potential for unjust discrimination. In supporting this cause, Amnesty works with individual cases of injustice in the United States, offers support for repeal efforts, and educates communities. For further information on Amnesty’s campaign to end capital punishment, visit www.AmnestyUSA.org.
As president of the Ashber Corporation, Bruce Furst manages the rights to high-profile music and films. He has previously worked with artists ranging from Pitbull to Christina Aguilera. Alongside his professional duties, Bruce Furst maintains a commitment to his a number of charities, including Amnesty International.
Leading human rights organization Amnesty International is focused on helping the Yazidi (sometimes spelled Yezidi) people, who live in Northern Iraq’s Mt. Sinjar region. The Yazidi people represent a tiny cultural and religious minority, and the group is often targeted by combatant groups in the area.
Following an initial attack in 2014, more than 400,000 Yazidi people have been displaced. Many of the population’s men and boys were killed quickly, while the women have suffered greatly at the hands of Islamic State soldiers. Child marriage and similar human rights violations have become commonplace for Yazidi girls in the area, and Amnesty International is combatting this injustice on several fronts. The organization is also spearheading efforts to send encouraging messages to survivors and victims, to let them know they are not alone.
Entertainment executive Bruce Furst is the president of Ashber Corporation, a content-licensing company involved in the music and film industries. Outside of his work in the entertainment sector, Bruce Furst supports the efforts of Amnesty International, one of the largest human rights advocacy organizations in the world.
Over the past several decades, Amnesty International has advocated for the rights of immigrants and their families. On an average day in the United States, more than 30,000 immigrants are detained, sometimes for months or years, without a proper judicial review. Although alternatives to detention average about 12 percent of the cost of detention itself, these alternatives have not received large-scale implementation.
To raise awareness of immigrant detention issues, Amnesty International published a 2009 report titled USA: Jailed Without Justice. Today, the organization continues to call on government leaders to protect the human rights of immigrants and asylum seekers.
To learn more about Amnesty International’s efforts to protect the rights of immigrants, visit amnestyusa.org.
A graduate of UCLA, Bruce Furst has headed Austin, Texas-based Ashber Corporation for the last 15 years. In this capacity, Bruce Furst has overseen executive production and casting efforts for a number of films such as Fly Kidz, which featured emerging actor and performer Boo Boo Stewart.
Born in 1994, Nils Allen Stewart, Jr. (also known as Boo Boo Stewart) has built a successful career in film, music, and dance over the last decade. The son of a stunt coordinator, he was a decorated martial artist during his childhood and held the title of multi-division World Champion in 2002 and 2003. The next year, Stewart appeared in his first feature film, Yard Sale, before he was selected for a role in dance film Fly Kidz.
Also an accomplished singer, Stewart toured with Miley Cyrus during her Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds Tour, and recorded a track for the DisneyMania 7 compilation CD in 2010. He has since gained worldwide notoriety for his role as Seth Clearwater in The Twilight Saga and as Warpath in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most recently, he appeared in the Disney Channel original movie Descendants.