Category Archives: Activism

Joe Arpaio vs. Larkin and Lacey

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The story of Larkin and Lacey’s wrongful arrest is known to many. Their arrest caused a huge splash, and not many viewed the arrest as justified. This led to the two executives released.

There has been some bad blood between the two Village Voice Media executives and Joe Arpaio even before he ordered their arrest. Arpaio who had been re-elected six times as the county sheriff and had been in the system for 24 years, and was well known for his racial profiling way of handling the office.

Joe Arpaio did anything in his power to act upon illegal immigration. In his bid to combat this, Joe and his office went overboard to violating people’s civil rights especially the Latinos and Hispanics. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/

The racial profiling was the sheriff’s game to practice the law. The detention of Latinos and other immigrants led to multiple cases against him, and in 2011, District Judge Murray Snow intervened citing the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office did not have sufficient grounds to treat and detain the immigrants the way they had been doing. Despite the court’s intervention, Arpaio remained adamant to his “course.” which resulted to his conviction of criminal contempt in 2013.

Arpaio’s refusal to follow the court order is what made Lacey and Larkin expose his methods severally, the two wrote on Arpaio’s wrong use of the law which led to their arrest.

After their release, they filled a strong suit against Joe Arpaio’s malpractices and corruption. However, Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump given the two have a history in the sense that Arpaio had been one of the most vocal supporters of President Trump.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Michael Lacey’s and Jim’s journey started after dropping out of school to publish the Phoenix New Times. The son of a construction worker, Lacey as the executive editor and Jim Larkin as the head of advertising worked hard to see the newspaper grow.

They covered several social and political issues in depth. Their continued passion and hard work led to the purchase of Westword in 1983. Westword was Denver’s news and weekly art paper which was among the several alternatives including LA Weekly and Village Voice.

The two exposed grand jury subpoenas which targeted the Phoenix New Times’ writers and editors which led to their arrest in 18th October 2007. Joe Arpaio was the man behind their arrest but released in less than a day following public outcry. Connect Jim Larkin on LinkedIn.

After their release, they filled a lawsuit which led to an investigation that revealed that the warrants used were counterfeit. As a result, the Maricopa County paid $3.75 million in 2013 for their wrongful arrest. Being who they are, Lacey and Larkin used the money to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to offer grants to migrant’s rights organizations in Arizona.

Even though the efforts of the two to see Joe Arpaio behind bars never yielded any fruits, the settlement money has helped them push their agenda. Lacey and Larkin have also started a website, Front Page Confidential which is all about the first amendment and covering threats to freedom of speech.

May 25, 2018

Betsy DeVos Manages Her Time In An Effective Way

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One of the most important habits of a successful individual is how she manages her time. People who have poor time management tend to find themselves slacking off and falling behind on their goals. Betsy DeVos is really good at managing her time. However, her time management is not like what many people would think it is. While some people may deal with breaking their schedule off into segments, Betsy and her husband take the time to focus on their main objective which is improving education for the children. One of the things that she is hoping to bring forth is the type of education that plays to the strengths of each student.

Betsy and Dick are working on approaching this objective in a holistic way. There are different aspects of bringing improvements to the educational system. Some of it is in a direct way. This is one of the best ways to get involved. I find that a lot of people try to help in a way that is very distant. They often go with the bare minimum. However, in some cases that is okay. When people are busy with their lives, they probably only have time for the bare minimum. Betsy DeVos, on the other hand, is heavily involved. This is perhaps because her career centers on this type of activity.

Betsy DeVos has a lot of passion and love for what she is doing. The one thing that helps her is her vision. She is hoping that each children get equal chances in schooling. For one thing, she is looking to protect every child. This includes children that are a little bit outside of the norm. One thing that she has seen is that the educational system is almost exclusive to a certain type of person with certain strengths. School choice helps people find alternative educational systems.

Know more: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-devos-vouchers-20170218-story.html

Betsy DeVos knows that each person has his own strengths. Therefore, she is willing to bring forth an environment that helps people develop every strength no matter what they are. For one thing, people have a short time to learn and capitalize on their strengths. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

April 20, 2017

The Kabbalah Centre Helps People Improve Their Lives with Ancient Wisdom

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The practice of Kabbalah has gained notoriety in recent years due to the number of high-profile celebrities who follow this practice. Since Kabbalah is associated with the Jewish religion, some people wonder why stars who are not Jewish would choose to follow this particular practice. The principles behind this practice help people put their lives into perspective so they can make better choices. Hollywood stars such as Sandra Bernhard, have made statements regarding how these meditation techniques have helped them bring order to an otherwise chaotic lifestyle.

Many of the Hollywood celebrities who follow the practice of Kabbalah do so through the Kabbalah Centre located in Los Angeles. This Centre promotes the ancient teachings of Kabbalah as providing the tools people need to bring joy and fulfillment into their lives. The practice of this ancient teaching allows people to attain more than just material possessions, which was why the late Sammy Davis Jr. chose to incorporate Kabbalah into his life.

Bringing Wisdom to Those in Need

The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles promotes the same teachings that were first established through the Centre’s founder Rav Yehuda Ashlag. The study of Kabbalah was designed to help improve an individual’s personal relationship with God. Early teachings were often limited to Rabbis and other religious scholars, but the evolution and establishment of the Kabbalah Centre has led to the offering of classes to the general public. Rav Berg made the decision to step outside the traditional boundaries of the way Kabbalah was taught in order to make the wisdom more accessible to the people who needed it.

The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles focuses on teaching people how to apply the ancient teachings to their every day lives. This facility also teaches people how to make the world a better place through the choices they make. As a shining example to the people they teach, the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles operates as a non-profit that helps raise money as well as consciousness, for many non-profit relief organizations such as those provided for Hurricane Katrina. The Centre also hosts several events throughout the year, which include spiritual retreats and tours to high energy sites.

April 7, 2017

Is Socialism Bad for America? Lets Ask Halvorssen.

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A recent interview carried out by Fox News featured Thor Havlorssen, President of the Human Rights Foundation. The point in the interview was to discuss why Socialism was a poor choice, politically, for America.

Halvorssen expressed concern regarding the nature of Socialism being applied to a government such as the United States, with its far reaching history of corrupt politicians abusing various loopholes within written law to increase their political standing, wealth, and power. A system which gives so much control to the government is potentially at risk of being abused by these very same individuals, the difference now being that they can do it legally.

The interview does stray widely as it goes on, with Halvorssen avoiding the direct line of questioning by the hostess by answering it partially every time before jumping to another separate point. Fox News is often very clear on who it does and doesn’t support in any given election, and Havlorssen knows that anything said showing his support for Bernie would immediately end the interview, which is why he holds off on mentioning his donation to Sander’s campaign till the end of the interview.

Finally, in regards to the other candidates, he expresses concern over Clinton for accepting “donations” from violent dictatorships around the world, his degree revolves around possessing knowledge of these very people. He reiterates that while Socialism has the potential for abuse, he cannot support a candidate who accepts money from such notorious individuals. Trump is not openly discussed, but simply mentioned as the Republican Front Runner, followed by nervous laughter from both parties.

In the end the interview turns to personal bits about Thor Halvorssen, completely dropping the Socialism discussion, as he obviously will not being saying anything negative regarding the matter.

March 10, 2016