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6Oct/17Off

Larkin & Lacey

The AFL-CIO was developed in 1955. It is a combo of two opposing labor organizations—the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the American Federation of Labor. In the 2000s, opposing views lead some labor unions to break off from the AFL-CIO to start a labor rights organization called Change to Win.

Labor organizations have been a real godsend when it comes to regulation being placed on employers because they were actively involved in politics that lead to such regulations. However, labor organizations were also involved in pushing for wars to happen.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, brilliantly crafted by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey is a one-of-a -kind organization that caters to the needs of DREAMers and people who cross the border and stay here illegally.

However, Lacey and Larkin see this as an issue of human rights and ethics. They see the immigrants who are coming here as beautiful people in pursuit of better lives for themselves, not “illegal” aliens from Mars.

Plan International is an organization that saw its founding more than 80 years ago. Its founders were a journalist from Britain named John Langdon-Davies, and a refugee worker by the name of Eric Muggeridge. Plan International was founded in 1939 to aide children who suffered from the Spanish Civil War. Langdon-Davies came up with the idea of sponsors sponsoring misfortunate children. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Today, Plan International works for children's rights and quality of living in 70 countries. Their plan is to affect the lives of at least 100 million girls within the next five years. They have a number of campaigns, including Because I Am A Girl, which emphasizes October 11th—the International Day of the Girl.

Plan International also provides people with opportunities to sponsor children in other parts of the world. Contributions as a sponsor are tax deductible, and go toward projects in the communities that sponsored children live in.

NAMBLA is a far cry from the organizations mentioned above, due to the questionable nature of its plight. What is NAMBLA? NAMBLA stands for North American Man Boy Love Association. The name says it all.

Founded as a support group in 1979 for men who desired to have romantic and sexual relationships with boys and underage adolescents, it consists of very, very few members. The people who do work for the organization are volunteers, and NAMBLA is not as well endowed with money as other civil rights organizations.

Of course, there is a very, very, very, very gray area between what is considered to be predation and victimization and what is considered to be consensual and truly wholesome—especially when you are talking about legal adults having sexual and romantic relationships with minors. People grow and come unto awareness about certain things at different ages.

There is a kernel of truth to what NAMBLA has to say—maybe not when it comes to young, underdeveloped kids, but perhaps when it comes to developed adolescents who are making their own decisions and are pretty aware of what they are doing.

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23Sep/17Off

Four of the Leading Human, Civil, and Migrant Rights in America

The number of groups advocating for human, civil, and migrant rights continues to grow, yearly. These organizations play an active role in pushing governments and the civil society to embrace just and fair policies. The groups are the people’s watchdog and they put checks and measures in place to make sure everyone lives freely regardless of their religion, race, gender and social standing.

Most- if not all- of the groups exist as non-profit making entities relying mostly on donations from well-wishers and volunteers to conduct their duties. Let’s briefly explore the mandates of the leading human rights and civil movement groups in the US.

  1. The Advocates for Human Rights

Founded in 1984, this advocacy group seeks to promote human rights standards, equality, and justice all over the nation. The rights group pushes for the introduction and the amendment of rules that stifle on the rights of minorities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_

They have developed programs to push for reforms in women’s human rights, international justice, immigrant rights, and death penalty issues and, it also sponsors education and research on matters pertaining to human and civil rights.

  1. American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights

This group sets to achieve a set of mandates that touch on freedom, justice, and equality for asylum seekers. Migrants have come under renewed pressure, especially from the Donald Trump administration.

The new government ascended to power with the provocative promise to repatriate illegal migrants on top of building a wall separating America from next-door Mexico. Today, the organization is on the front line of battling legal battles on behalf of the tens of thousands of immigrants being prosecuted by the government. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook

  1. International Migrants’ Rights Advocate

Founded 20 years ago, this American-based human rights advocacy group has continued being a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants. Migrants Rights International collaborates with other like-minded civil groups, for instance, the Global Coalition on Migration to fight for the plight of women, children and the marginalized people in the communities.

  1. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

This group is a relatively new entry in the American civil rights movement chapter. Were it not for a police harassment incident that saw Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin unlawfully arrested and detained in Phoenix, Arizona, this organization might never have been born.

The incident sparked outrage and anger beyond the state of Arizona and it even caught the attention of President Trump. The bone of contention arose when the public started calling for the arrest and prosecution of a notorious police officer with an extensive record of profiling people on the basis of their racial backgrounds.

Today, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund works in close partnership with like-minded movements to push for much-needed reforms in the Arizona police force.

3Mar/17Off

Philanthropic Activities and Work History of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos and his wife are criticized by some people for political donations. However, the couple gives a lot of money for charitable causes which have reached to one-hundred-and-forty million dollars. Dick DeVos donates most of the money through his family foundation named the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Just in 2015, they donated almost twelve million dollars in charitable contributions. In 2015, the entire DeVos family gave out more than hundred million dollars in charity donations. The family now enjoys the twenty-fourth spot on Forbes list of "America's Top Givers."

 

 

Education is the priority of Dick's philanthropic activities. A quarter of his donations were given to different educational causes which were an amount of three-million dollars. A huge amount of money was given to groups that support reforms in the educational system. Two years ago, Dick donated a lot of schools to schools in Michigan. Grand Rapids-based Compass College of Cinematic Arts received fifty thousand dollars. Big Rapids-based Ferris State University received hundred thousand dollars. Twenty-five thousand dollars were given to New Urban Learning which is a Charter School Company in Detroit. Northwood University in Midland received two-hundred thousand dollars. Wyoming-based Potter's House was given more than three-hundred thousand dollars. Three-hundred-and-fifteen thousand dollars was given to West Michigan Aviation Academy. Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico received fifty-thousand dollars.

 

 

He donated almost two-and-a-half million dollars for this purpose in 2015. He previously donated twenty thousand million dollars for DeVos Institute of Arts Management which is a part of the University of Maryland. The other areas that Dick DeVos donates to are: civic & community, leadership and development, public policy, churches, and health & human services.

 

 

Dick DeVos was born in 1955, and he is the eldest son of Amway Corporation co-founder Richard DeVos. The company is a famous network of sales that distributes products for personal care, household, and health through dealers. In 1974, Dick started working in Amway. He was involved in the operational departments of the company and held various positions. He became the Vice President in 1984 and was responsible for company's operations in eighteen countries. In 1989, Dick decided to launch another company The Windquest Group which manufactured and marketed closet and storage organizers. In 1991, his family bought Orlando Magic Basketball franchise, and Dick was assigned to manage it. He rejoined Amway Corporation in 1993 and became its President. He started restructuring Amway Corporation in 2000. He formed an umbrella firm named Alticor Corporation which consisted of Access Business Group, Quixtar Corporation, and Amway Corporation. He left Alticor in 2002 and now focuses on the Windquest Group.