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Larkin and Lacey

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of the Frontera Fund. This non-profit was one of the best thing that came out of their long and strange entanglement with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio is undoubtedly one of the most notorious law enforcement officers that ever put on a badge. His exploits are legendary, and he is the one person no one would want to be in the cross-hairs of.

Unfortunately, Larkin and Lacey found themselves in that position. The Village Voice executives made no bones about their disdain for the sheriff — and justifiably so. Arpaio had a long history of misdeeds against Hispanic citizens and migrants in the county.

For years, he had engaged in racial profiling and many other abuses. And once the thin-skinned sheriff got tired of seeing his name splashed across the pages of the Phoenix New Times, he decided he was going to do something about it.

Larkin and Lacey had penned a story about Arpaio, listing his evil deeds such as gross financial mismanagement, unexplained deaths inside his jails and the shackling of pregnant mothers to bed rails while they gave birth — and that was only the beginning. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

So, on the night of Oct. 7, 2007, Larkin and Lacey were taken from their home by members of Arpaio’s goon squad. The men were taken to separate jails and booked.

Sadly, Arpaio’s modus operandi was to use his minions in the Maricopa Attorney’s Office to carry out his orders.

Larkin and Lacey filed a lawsuit and in 2012, they were awarded a $3.75 million settlement. The lawsuit even further shed light on the awful, twisted mind of Arpaio and how he would stop at nothing to exact revenge upon those who stood against him.

Arpaio truly thought he was above the law. In 2011, he ignored the orders of a judge who told him to immediately cease traffic patrols that profiled Hispanics. He ignored it. He was hauled into court on criminal contempt charges.

Many people, including Larkin and Lacey thought this would be the time that the self touted “America’s Toughest Sheriff” would finally get his comeuppance.

Arpaio was saved from a jail sentence by his buddy President Donald Trump. The duo, who worked in lockstep with the birther movement, were two of a kind.

Both Larkin and Lacey are continuing their work with the Frontera Fund and advocating for the rights and free speech of Hispanic people. They continue to fight for the rights of immigrants and keep DACA news on the front page. They are also keeping individuals informed about Arpaio. He is currently making a move to run for the Senate in Arizona.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: A Sacrifice for Migrants

Millions of people are longing to leave their home countries to live a comfortable life in stable, wealthy nations. They tend to leave their war-torn, poverty stricken homelands to work and live a better life in rich countries – but most of the time, the opposite happens.

These people who wanted to work and live abroad are the most vulnerable in the eyes of the human trafficker, and they end up working jobs that are against their will. They become prostitutes, drug mules, and slaves. This is the kind of scenario that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin wanted to avoid.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two of the most influential human rights activist in the United States today. They are classmates from college who founded a publications company, with their signature publication being the Phoenix New Times.

The two have been writing articles for their newspaper, and on their company’s website, and they are delivering news and public affairs to the local population of Phoenix. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been helping migrants long before the European Migrant Crisis.

They have been helping those who are coming from Central America and South America, who are crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona.

What the migrants say is the same – they came to the United States to live a comfortable life, away from the problems that are plaguing their home countries. They are also expressing their desire to move their families into the United States once they had their legal documents. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin being human rights activists, would help these migrants, especially with their immigration papers. They have a vast network of connections in the immigration which would allow them to process the documents efficiently. Whenever a migrant makes into Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, what the two does is to find them a new job.

These jobs can range from being fast food workers to simple office work. They are being paid below the minimum, but this is more than enough for them to live and save for their loved ones.

Michael and Jim are supportive of each decision that a migrant makes, and they are helping them succeed by teaching them the right way on how to survive in the United States. From their Frontera Fund, which has $3.75 million cash, they can pay for the necessities that a migrant needs.

Once they can live on their own, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would focus their assistance on newly arrived migrants.

What Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are being criticized, because of how they are breaking the anti-immigration policy – however, they think that this is a duty that they cannot turn their backs into.

They knew how lucky they were being born in the United States, and they wanted other people to experience living a comfortable life too. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin keep on helping migrants who are in need, and the migrants that they assisted in the past are pouring their donations to the Frontera Fund.

Michael Lacey’s Journey as a Mathematician

American mathematician, Michael Lacey graduated from the University of Illinois; Urbana-Champaign where he received his PhD. Michael did his thesis which covered probability Banach spaces under the guidance of Walter Philipp. Learn more about Madison Street Capital: https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey

In his desertion, Michael was able to solve empirical characteristics functions problem of law of iterated algorithm. After graduating, Michael concentrated his career on probability, ergodic, and harmonic related areas.

Michael Lacey Career History

Throughout his career Michael Lacey has held various positions and also been awarded with several honors. He started off his career at Louisiana University, Baton Rouge where he was an assistant professor to Walter Philipp. During this time, the two gave the proof of the almost sure central limit theorem.

In 1988, Michael joined University of North Carolina as an assistant professor and served in this position until 1989. He later moved to Indiana University, Bloomington in 1989 as an assistant professor and served in that position until 1996. It is while serving at this position that he received National Science Foundation Postdoctorate Fellowship.

He took advantage of the tenure to study the Bilinear Hilbert Transform which was the subject of conjecture at that time by Alberto Calderon. In 1996, Michael and Christoph Thiele solved the bilinear and were awarded the Salem Prize.

In 1996, Michael Lacey joined Georgia Institute of Technology as an associate professor w/o of mathematics. In 2001, Michael was upraised to become a full mathematics professor at the university. During the years he has served in the institution, Michael has received several honors like the Guggenheim Fellowship that he received in 2004 for joint work with Xiaochun Li. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Mathalliance

Michael’s Career Achievements

Throughout his career, Michael Lacey has realized several successes and has also been honored for his works. Some of the notable honors include the American Mathematical Society fellowship he received in 2013.

In 2012, he received Simmons fellow, the same years he received the Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award. In 2008, Michael received the Fulbright Fellowship in Buenos Aires Argentina. 1998 while Michael was still an assistant professor; he was given 45 minutes to address the International Congress of Mathematics that was held in Berlin, Germany.

Michael has also had the honor to serve in short term and visiting positions in various institutions. Some of these include University of Minnesota, Wallenberg Fellow in Sweden, and Program in High Dimensional Approximation, ICERM. In 2010, Michael Lacey was a visiting professor at Helsinki University.

Important Advocacy Groups in the United States

The Trump administration has stormed into the world of immigration with decrees and travel bans. Talk of a wall to stop unwanted immigration was the keystone to Trump’s campaign strategy.

Since the implementation of his immigration policies, minorities in these group have lived in fear. The latest discussions about DACA have put into jeopardy the children of immigrants, who have lived in the United States their entire lives.

There are many groups to assist immigrants in this time of need. Here are just a few that have been in the news recently:

Families for Freedom-works with groups of families who are in danger of deportation. This group consists of former immigrant detainees and other interested parties.

The Immigrant Defense Project-uses the system to provide education and litigation to assist the plight of immigrants and their families.

International Rescue Committee-founded by Albert Einstein. This group aids those who have been affected by the various humanitarian crisis.

The International Refugee Assistance Project-encourages legal students and attorneys to provide legal aid to advocate for policies impacting immigrants and their families.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund-supports organizations that advocate for immigration and human rights. Lacey and Larkin were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2007 for exposing the practice of taking journalist’s notes and revealing sources. The pair won a settlement for $3.75 million and donated it to begin the Frontera Fund.

Justice That Works- Neighborhood courts that try to change the immigrant’s lives for the better, instead of punishing them. Members include Ayensa Millan, a talk radio host.

One of the issues addressed by these groups is the difference between an immigrant and a refugee. A refugee is a person who had to leave their country due to dangerous conflicts or other issues.

An immigrant is someone who chooses to leave their country in hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their family. The United Nations encourages countries to provide assistance to fleeing refugees because the refusal to do so could result in deaths or harm. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

Another consideration is the massive increase in immigration cases since Trump was elected. The workload has increased by 146% over the past few months which means an increase of a staggering 453,948 cases to be dealt with. This jump in litigation has also caused a shortage of qualified judges to hear these cases.

This amount of cases has a negative effect on immigrants and their families as the cases drag on for years. This leads to stressful separations and financial burdens from breadwinners who are waiting in jails. Also, judges who are pressured and rushed are more apt to make critical mistakes. Some judges claim they make these life-changing decisions in 7 minutes or less.

Each of these groups strives to ease the stress and burdens that immigrants live under ever since Donald Trump became president. Lacey and Larkin has passed legislation that calls into question even the minimum of rights of people who have transitioned to the United States. The advocacy groups in America are the last resort for many immigrants.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

George Soros’s University is Fighting Back to Stay Open

Liberal financier George Soros is a major democratic supporter. He is also a person that strongly supports open societies. An open society is a culture or system of government that allows people certain rights and privileges without interference from the government.

One of the major benefits of an open society is the institution of education. George Soros knows how important education is to a person’s success in life. Back in 1991 he opened the Central European University (CEU) within the city of Budapest, Hungary.

This university has been around a little over 25 years and it has been providing a top-quality education for thousands of Hungarian people who reside in and around the Budapest area. The university also educates people from across the world.

While CEU is located in Hungary, the university is registered and accredited within the United States. In other words, the University is considered an American institution and not so much a Hungarian campus for education. This of course has some Hungarian people up in arms.

Soros was born in Hungary and he lived through the Holocaust while it took place. The experiences that he encountered during those days have helped to shape his future. Soros had eventually become an American citizen and enjoys a dual-citizenship status between Hungary and the U.S.

When he opened up the Central European University he decided to fund the place from the U.S. where he currently resides. However, some Hungarian government officials no longer desires for him to do this. Viktor Orban is the name of Hungary’s current prime minister. He is responsible for the push to remove CEU from Budapest.

Orban claims that CEU is not a real Hungarian university because it has been set up through the U.S. and just located within Hungary. He is now pushing to pass legislation that will require all Hungarian universities to be registered within the nation.

Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

This new legislation will also require any overseas registered Hungarian university to be a part of a bilateral education agreement. In other words, if another country can have an accredited university within Hungary; then Hungary can have one of their campuses located within the U.S. Also, the degrees that are valid within the U.S. must also be valid within Hungary. Any university that does not agree with these changes must alter their name.

Keep in mind that Soros set up an American version of CEU and it allows degrees for Hungarian and American students. Many people in Hungary are protesting this move by the prime minister because they really value the education that CEU provides. At least 70,000 people showed up to join in a protest against this action. Soros plans to keep fighting to keep CEU in Hungary. He certainly wants the people to get the education that they need and desire.

Visit his profile on twitter.com.

Firefighters Suspended for Saving a Life

A group of firefighters who are supposed to save lives have been suspended because they transported a child in a fire engine. The child was turning blue, and the firefighters had to get the child to the hospital as soon as possible. The volunteers work in a small town in VA. As the 18-month-old started having trouble breathing, the volunteers did what their job requires. They saved a life, just like Sam Tabar did when he represented AWI in a GoFundMe campaign. You may remember Tabar for his work with Merrill Lynch as well.

When the volunteers arrived on the scene, they saw that the child was having a seizure, which was causing her to not be able to breathe. There was an ambulance in the area when the volunteers received the call to attend to the child. The driver of the fire engine placed the child in the unit and took the child to the hospital instead of waiting on the ambulance. The volunteers are now waiting to hear about their suspension so that they can get back to work saving the lives of those in need.

Thor Halvorssen And His Human Rights Foundation.

Recognized by his birth name, Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza and popularly known as Thor Halvorssen was born 1976 in Venezuela. He is a famous human rights advocate and film producer who is known for his courageous and determined fight against human rights violations all over the world. He has greatly contributed to fields such as public policy, public interest advocacy, individual rights, civil liberties and pro-democracy advocacy. His work and efforts have been greatly praised by international media such as the New York Times, which has described him as a maverick.

Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum, which is an annual human-rights festival. He is the current president of the Human Rights Foundation, a non-governmental organization devoted to champion for global human rights and freedom. He is also the founder of Moving Picture Institute, and he is involved with Children’s Peace Movement in Czech as a and On Own Feet. As a film producer, he has worked on various films that spread the message of human rights and freedoms. His latest film work is the adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

The Human Rights Foundation also initialized as (HRF) is a global nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that strives to promote and protect human rights and majorly focuses on closed societies, founded in 2005. The HRF unites people from all over the world in the common goal of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy across the world. The main mission of the Human Rights Foundation is to ensure that freedom and rights of people, even the weak and marginalized is both preserved and promoted by their governments around the world.

The Human Rights Foundation works on the basis of the founding ideals of the human rights movement that was represented in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which nearly all countries in the world are signatories. They also fight against oppressive and dictatorial regimes in countries that lack democracy, or the so-called democracy is controlled by the powerful few. The seek to preserve the freedom and right of, to and from – as applicable – self-determination, speech and expression, worship in the manner of their choice, association, acquire and dispose of property, leave and enter their countries, equal treatment and due process under law, participate in the government of their countries, arbitrary detainment or exile, slavery and torture and interference, coercion in matters of conscience among other rights and freedoms.

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