President Trump drew some heavy criticism in the first year of his term for pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was facing indictment for ignoring a federal judge’s order.
This pardoning drew criticisms not only from Democrat party activists and immigration reform groups; it also was slammed by writers at National Review, a conservative-leaning political news journal.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, longtime journalists and known enemies of Arpiao let it known that they thought the justice system needs fixes to hold corrupt law enforcement officials like Arpaio accountable, and they said this pardon was going to further their resolve to fight for justice for immigrants.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey frequently wrote about controversial raids and deportations Arpaio conducted while serving as Sheriff, and their current human rights group the Frontera Fund has taken up initiatives to help impoverished immigrant communities and bring light to what’s really happening in these communities.
They’ve been known critics of Trump’s plans to build the wall and want to see more fair immigration laws passed at both the state and federal levels. The start of Larkin and Lacey’s Frontera Fund came after 40 years in alternative journalism and over 10 years in specific duels with Arpaio.
Michael Lacey grew up in Binghamton, NY and got his love of journalism from publications his father encouraged him to read. He moved out to Arizona to study at Arizona State University, and it was there that he met Jim Larkin, a lifelong native of Arizona who also became interested in independent journalism. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/jim_larkin and http://james-larkin.com/
They both actually dropped out of college because their independent newspaper, the Phoenix New Times and its parent company Village Voice Media were gaining attention rapidly.
Their original stories were covering the protests going on during the Vietnam War and seeking to get the truth out about the Kent State shootings. But over the years they started growing the New Times into additional cities and covering topics ranging from political scandals to technology developments. Immigration became a big story in the early 2000s as Arpaio’s office started flexing its muscles.
Around 2004, a Phoenix New Times reporter started gathering information about a potential police corruption case Arpaio was involved in, and Arpaio decided to retaliate by arresting Larkin and Lacey and doing so by using a little-known law. But public opinion turned on Arpaio as a result of this and a district judge subsequently dropped the case against Larkin & Lacey.
They later decided to sue Arpaio’s office for the wrongful arrest, and the $3.75 in settlements they received was used to start the Frontera Fund. Larkin said that when he was young, he was taught that all people matter when talking about compassion and he hopes the Frontera Fund will make a difference in the lives of immigrants.
The name Betsy DeVos seems to have always been linked with education and philanthropy as the entire DeVos family has remained key backers of the education reform movement across the U.S. I was pleased to see Betsy DeVos was recently named as the U.S. Secretary of Education in a move that many people, like myself, feel validates the education reform movement Mrs. DeVos has been a key part of for over two decades; what is most amazing to me is the fact Betsy DeVos has been involved in the education reform movement since it was seen as an extremist group determined to provide greater levels of choice for the family’s of students across the nation. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
As a member of the Prince industrial family, Betsy DeVos is often viewed as not being in touch with the needs of the everyday American family, I feel this is an incorrect view of Mrs. DeVos as the Education Secretary’s own mother was a public school teacher in the family’s native Michigan and instilled in her daughter the need to help families get the best possible education. In her early career, Betsy DeVos became an advocate for at risk students in Michigan before she set out to bring school choice and school voucher systems to the students of the U.S. as one of the most important figures in the education reform movement. After marrying the former AmWay President Dick DeVos, I was pleased to see Betsy remain in Michigan and found the inspiration to begin a number of political and activism groups fighting for the rights of students to have a say in their own education.
It was during the 1990s and early 21st century that Betsy DeVos made her biggest mark on the education reform movement when she headed two 501 charities devoted to reforming the education platform in the U.S. Alongside the work completed at a national level, Betsy DeVos has spent much of her time looking to have a positive impact on her local community in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the DeVos family is still based; as the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party and campaigner with the Great Lakes Education Project that has been fighting for over a decade to bring school choice and charter schools to Michigan. The philanthropic work of Betsy DeVos is not solely limited to the education arena as I have read on many occasions of the donations and work completed by the entire DeVos family for the Kennedy Center for the Arts, ArtPrize, and the Kendall College of Art and Design. Read more articles at MLive.com about Betsy.
After Donald Trump had won the 2016 US presidential elections, hundreds of people in pink hats protested his negligence of women’s rights. Conspiracy theorists suggested that George Soros, a Hungarian high net-worth individual and hedge fund manager, financed the protesters. These claims are false since, despite his funding for political campaigns, Soros is not affiliated with any political groups. His donations represent his love for philanthropy.
At 86 years old, George Soros is known for earning his wealth from the hedge fund industry. In the early 90s, he managed to bag over $1 billion after his prediction on the strength of the British Pound came into reality. He predicted that the Pound would be the key currency in the monetary system of England. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.
With a net-worth of $25 billion, Soros has been discussed by conspiracy theorists regarding how he spends his cash. In 2004, his name was on news outlets after he provided financial support to political groups that were against the reelection bid of President George Bush. He was also criticized for being against the Iraq war after he spoke about the war.
According to the spokesperson for the Soros Fund Management, an institution founded by George Soros, conspiracy theories about Soros began after he opposed U.S. involvement in the Iraq war. To avoid the critics, Soros has been focused on donating money to Democratic reform organizations across the globe.
George Soros has been compared to the Koch brothers who support Republican party candidates and campaigns by donating billions of dollars. European countries have also tried to stand against his donations. For instance, the president of Hungary passed a law that would lead to the closure of a university founded by Soros. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
As one of the most prolific philanthropists, George Soros has spent over $1.2 billion on charitable endeavors. His money targets organizations and individuals from different parts of the world, fighting for accountable government, transparency, and freedom of expression. He also used his wealth to create Open Society Foundations, a philanthropic network of projects, foundations, and partners, with a presence in over 100 countries. Open Society’s name is derived from Soros’s philanthropic philosophy of empowering the society.
Open Society Foundations
Despite the criticism, Soros is committed to social justice through his support for Open Society Foundations. According to recent posts published on the organization’s website, through Soros’s financial support, Open Society has spent over $1.6 billion. The money was used in fostering democratic development in the Eastern Europe region.
Soros is among the people who fled Hungary when the Nazi were in control of the country. He has used his wealth to foster capitalism in countries that were part of the former Soviet Union. Through Open Society, Soros advocates for democratic governance, criminal justice, and immigration in the U.S.