Human Rights Advocacy Groups

Civil rights, human rights, and immigrants’ rights fall at the heart of every society. These are rights groups that ensure that the dignity and respect for fellow human beings are maintained. In the 21st century, there is no reason why a human being should discriminate on fellow human being. Unfortunately, there still exist cases where the rights of humanity are not respected.

In such a case, who should stand up for the rights of those discriminated upon? Luckily there are people who have dedicated their lives to ensuring that the rights of people are respected no matter what.

Discrimination in many societies come from the same people who are given the responsibility of protecting the rights of the people. This is the reason why governments are usually the main culprits of human discrimination. Others are criminal gangs and rogue business entities.

However, these are just but a few. Human rights discrimination comes in different shapes and forms. In this article, we will focus on a few groups that have played a very key role in ensuring that the rights of people as enshrined in law is maintained. Human rights also go out of the way to stand against laws that may be enacted but are discriminatory.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a foundation that was started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two were also the founders of two media groups, Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

The fund was started to address the plight of immigrants in the state of Arizona. The fund was as a result of discrimination that was meted out to these two journalists when they were arrested for carrying out a story about a Sherriff in Arizona.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has spent most of his time in the journalism career fighting for the rights of the weak in the society. They used to publish stories addressing such cases.

They felt that the treatment they were accorded was not right and they decided to sue the state of Arizona. They won that case at the court of appeals in the U.S. and were granted 3.75 million dollars as compensation.

The Advocates for Human Rights

This is one of the largest groups that spearhead the campaigns for human rights. It was established in 1983 to fight against any sort of discrimination against human rights. It is independent and impartial and addresses the rights of all regardless of the race or origin.

One of its main roles is to investigate and expose cases of human rights violations against refugees and immigrants.

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Dick DeVos Is Helping Community Members Reach Their Goals

In a recent article posted to the Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy DeVos discusses her career and her and her husband’s charitable contributions over the year. Betsy DeVos has worked to help individuals who are less fortunate and could benefit from her assistance for many years. She originally began working in politics while still in college and became the leader of political action committees and party organization. She co founded the Windquest Group with her husband Dick DeVos in 1989, which has allowed them to pursue many other business endeavors over the years. Despite their great success in business and investing, Betsy and Dick DeVos continue to focus a great deal of their attention to giving to non-profit and charitable organizations. Dick DeVos has given a large portion of his time and effort to help a variety of interests from schools to art galleries and museums.

 

Dick DeVos founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation which is based in Grand Rapids, MI to donate to a variety of cultural and community organizations and activities. Some of the million in which I had discovered that he has donated, has gone directly to children’s hospitals, education, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and various other projects aimed at helping residents get ahead and obtain the resources they need to enrich their lives.

 

After some additional research, I discovered that Dick DeVos has taken a real interest in education from the elementary level, all the way up to higher education such as business school. He has even set up an aviation academy for young aviation hopefuls to help them fulfill their dreams of becoming a pilot. Dick DeVos is a highly successful entrepreneur and businessman, but more than anything, he loves to help those individuals who need a helping hand to reach their goals.

 

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Defending the Constitution from Errant Law Enforcers

Laws are made public for everyone to abide by them. Laws are made in congress and may sometimes have some bias against particular communities and individuals, especially those who are not legal citizens.

However, the American Constitution is very comprehensive and protects every individual from identity discrimination and persecution. The content and context of the American Constitution are made public and everyone is obligated to read the Constitution for the sole reason of defending it. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

The Constitution defends itself through public institutions which may challenge or be used to challenge laws and policies that may be formulated by state and federal officials, either appointed or elected.

Where state and federal officials contravene the American Constitution and seek to infringe on the rights of the people, brave Americans have the right and the responsibility to express their discontent.

More than just express themselves, they also have the right, and responsibility to challenge such officials or laws and policies in the court of public opinion. Such challenges are mostly made by members of the media, and activists. Similar challenges can, and should, be made in courts of law.

Those who vehemently believe in certain ideas that are in line with the American Constitution have been known to brandish them in public and defend them in courts of law, concurrently.

Such are the likes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who single handedly initiated the demise of the most oppressive county regime known to the 21st century in American.

The Maricopa County Lawsuit

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin initiated a lawsuit against Maricopa County for wrongful arrest and harassment back in the year 2007. In the lawsuit, the two veteran journalists accused three county officials of abuse of office. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time

They accused County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Andrew Thomas and special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik of conspiring to silence the media. More specifically, the lawsuit argued that the three conspired to conjure fake grand jury subpoenas that were in clear contravention of the Constitution.

They claimed that the illegally drafted subpoenas were a result of the county officials’ ill-motivated efforts to cover up the illegal and underhand activities perpetrated by the office of the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office.

Exposed for Abuse of Office

Self-proclaimed America’s toughest sheriff has a long history of oppressive tactics of handling his jail inmates and critics. The Phoenix Times and Village Voice Media officials had been on the sheriff’s Case for a while because they wanted to verify whether accusations made by the Phoenix Hispanic Community on numerous counts of racial profiling and brutality were true.

The Phoenix, Arizona community, in general, had been whispering in silent fear about the sheriff’s abrasiveness and authoritarian demeanor. Upon investigating, Larkin and Lacey found out that indeed:

• Prisoners (60 in two years) were dying under Joe Arpaio’s custody because of malicious negligence
• The sheriff’s office was losing large sums of money to embezzlement
• The sheriff conducted numerous unlawful raids in Hispanic neighborhoods and detained Hispanics indefinitely and without due process
• The sheriff intimidated and persecuted any of his many verbal critics
• The sheriff maintained county jails in deplorable conditions and subjected jail inmates to torturous treatment

The alleged fake grand jury subpoenas demanded of the Phoenix Times to surrender Lacey and Larkin’s journalist notes and sources as well as private browsing information of all persons who read articles on the Arpaio tyranny. In defiance, the duo declined to comply and sued for indulgence by the public.

They published the subpoenas and explained how and why they were a breach of the Constitution. The sheriff ordered the arrest of the two: the arrests were made at night, violently and in a suspicious manner.

The public held demonstrations over the arrests and the two were released the next day only for them to initiate the lawsuit. The lawsuit was won and a powerful precedence was set against law enforcers who conspire to infringe on the rights of others.

Larkin and Lacey decided to commit the 3.75 million dollars awarded as compensation to the Frontera Fund; an initiative to protect the Phoenix Hispanic Community and the First Amendment of the American Constitution from further abuse.

GOETTL REVOLUTIONIZES THE AIR CONDITIONING TECHNOLOGY

Bizjournals printed out the announcement made by Goettl Air Conditioning of purchasing the family-owned HVAC Company known as Walton’s Heating and Air. The company is located in Southern California. The deal was made with the aim of allowing Goettl to solidify and help Walton’s expand and grow even beyond what Todd Longbrake-the owner could achieve although he had tried to take the family-owned business to greater heights he had not been successful on his own.

Goettl started showing interest in purchasing the company in the year twenty fifteen, but Todd was not willing to sell it. In the end ,he decided to give it a chance after hearing the ideas that the individuals at HVAC industry had. The decision was for the best since, after the acquisition, the company has grown and realized great successes.

The acquisition was completed in twenty fifteen, and the company has grown to be known internationally ever since, see crunchbase.com. Operational issues and marketing complications made Goodrich hold off from making the announcement. After all of the issues were sorted, and everything was in place, Goodrich made the acquisition public. Goettl saw Walton’s like a platform where it could establish itself even though it was stagnant at the moment.

According to Business Press Vegas, the acquisition has proven to be a good business decision made since Goettl now has employed three hundred and six employees and is currently projecting to create more than two hundred job opportunities, especially in Phoenix and Tucson. Goodrich plans to expand Goettl into Northern California and Texas.He also strives to make Goettl company to be a brand that is recognized in the nation.

Ken Goodrich purchased Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen in the year twenty twelve.

At that moment, the company had lost hope of being successful, but Goodrich got the company on track after the first eighteen months when he started earning a revenue of twenty million dollars in twenty fourteen. This was a huge step since it was a huge increase of eleven million dollars from the previous revenue of the company in the year twenty twelve.

Read: http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/abg/2017/04/12/goettl-owner-turned-broken-business-around/98827068/

About Goettl Company

Gust and Adam Goettl started Goettl Air Conditioning in nineteen thirty-nine. The company is recognized in the industry after standing tall through the changes in technology. The company provides quality services for your money since it has employees that are highly skilled and experienced. All technicians at the company are certified thus they only provide premium products that you cannot access elsewhere.Goettl has since been helping to control the air conditioning and heating industry over the years. The company has grown to be known internationally especially for their massive production of evaporative coolers and innovating cooling technologies.

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Dress Like a Star With Fabletics

For people who want to feel important and valuable, one of the ways to achieve that is by dressing the part. However, it is surprisingly tricky for women to find clothes that can bring out good feelings about themselves at all times of the day. One issue is finding workout clothes that are stylishly made. Fortunately, they can discover some very alluring styles with Fabletics. For one thing, Fabletics takes the typical workout clothes and puts a good twist to them. However, the best part of this is that they make sure that they are able to provide different products for the customer.

 

One of the most important aspects of clothing is the fit. There are multiple aspects to the fit of the clothing. While some people may think that size is all there is to the fit, they may find that there are other aspects that influence how well the clothes fit. For one thing, Fabletics designs clothes to the body type. Therefore, women who may have a different body type than what the clothes is designed for may find that the item fits a little different than what is shown and what they may have hoped for. Fortunately, they can choose clothing that is more suited to their body type.

 

One of the best aspects Kate Hudson’s company is that it is like having something made and styled just for the customer. All of the assets will be highlighted. As a result, women will be made to feel so much better about themselves than other companies would allow them to. They will feel like a star in many different ways. They will also get a lot of compliments for their style.

 

All of the other companies that sell fashion and even Amazon can learn a lot from Fabletics in how they attract and keep customers. This is one of the reasons that Fabletics is quickly growing as a company. Kate Hudson, Don Ressler, and Adam Goldenberg are looking carefully at the different markets that they can branch out to. Fashion is going to be turned into a fun and artistic activity for both men and women with the help of TechStyle.

NATHANIEL RU

Sweetgreen is a costly and nutritional salad that got people queuing in a long line just to make their orders. It is located about ten blocks north of the Tech Insider office. In December, another salad shop was opened up two blocks away.

The store showed a lot of success as there was a line out the door almost all the time. Sweetgreen has been proven by doctors to be a healthy food that is both tasty and reasonably priced compared to other snacks such as fries which are not nutritional.

The idea of Sweetgreen started in Washington, DC in 2007.There are over forty sites in New York and California.Sweetgreen is now the role models for restaurant companies that would want to start from scratch.Nathaniel Ru founded Sweetgreen with the aim of providing “service design.”

Sweetgreen currently has an app that is closely imitating the store experience.The good thing about ordering the salad by the app is that once you order you skip the long queue and go to the designated drop off area.

Nathaniel Ru says that he came up with the idea when he went to Northern California at the Salinas Valley to meet a farmer who had a plot intended for broccoli growing.

Apparently, the broccoli were not eaten by anyone.There the farmer ended up tilling them back in the ground. Nathaniel Ru wanted to show people that there’s a lot more to eat besides kales. Sweetgreen made a deal with the farmer for the broccoli greens.

About Nathaniel Ru

In 2007, Nathaniel Ru graduated with a BS in Finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Nathaniel and two other graduates from Georgetown founded Sweetgreen in the year 2007. The heart of Georgetown was their first location.

Sweetgreen currently has up to twenty-seven locations in six states, and their founders are still planning to expand it to the west coast in twenty fifteen.

Nathaniel and his partners launched sweet life in the year 2010 to provide the community with a delicious and healthy dining option. Sweet-life is currently the largest music and food festival in the region.The event attracts more than twenty thousand attendees. Sweet-life has a reputation of embracing good and healthy living. The sweet green brand has also been awarded several press accolades.

Julia Jackson Brings Taste to Wine Industry

In 1988, Julia Jackson was born into a family that based their whole lives in the wine and winemaking industry. Julia was raised in San Francisco, where her father had her family pick and sort grapes in hot temperatures, therefore teaching her the value of work ethic from a young age. Jackson has grown up in the industry of winemaking and entrepreneurs. She was born into a family-business as well as watched her mother thrive establishing Cambria Estate Winery in 1997.

Jackson earned her Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College as well as a Summer Certificate at Standford Business School specializing in Studio Art and General Management. During her time in college, she traveled to France where she became well acquainted with the French vineyards and style of winemaking. After watching her family’s successful business ventures, Jackson herself created a program called Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, which is an ode to strong woman that has overcome hardships and encourage other women in their community to do the same.

Jackson revealed in an article with The Drinks Business that though Sonoma holds the reputation for having outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Cabernet is ultimately the wine that is Sonoma’s best. She does not believe a wine brand’s reputation should be out of popularity due to millennial fads and trends, but believes wine is a true taste and art from production to taste.

The Jackson Family Wines holds several estates within the region and have released leading brands including Sonoma’s Vérité, which has repeatedly received top ratings from wine critics. Julia has become a leading female role model in an male-dominated corporate industry. Julia Jackson believes emotional intelligence ultimately brings success and continues to carry her father’s legacy so long as the planet is healthy.

The Invention And Use Of The Trabuco Before Gunpowder

The Trabuco is a unique siege weapon that dates back to the middle ages. It was used in wars to crush the masonry walls of the enemy or when shooting projectiles over them into cities. The weapon’s origin is traced to China around 400 BC and later entered Europe in 600 AD. Its use was not abandoned until the discovery and outbreak of gunpowder.

The counterweight blunderbuss that appeared in Muslim and Christian countries around the Mediterranean could throw projectiles of up to 140 kilograms at high speed. Moreover, these weapons were highly effective because they could be used from a distance of up to 800 meters from the intended target according to lista.mercadolivre.com.br .

The traditional Trabuco is sometimes referred to as the balancing Trabuco to distinguish itself from the traction Trabuco. The latter was created before the popular balancing Trabuco. Today in Brazil, the name Trabuco is used to refer to large caliber shotguns or revolvers especially those of old manufacture like bacamarte.

How it Works

In contrast to mangonels, catapults, and ballistae, the Trabuco doesn’t use complicated mechanism. In fact, its growing popularity during the middle ages was attributed to the simplicity of its manufacture and maintenance on youtube.com. Furthermore, its prominence rose because of its ability to launch heavier projectiles at a greater distance compared to similar arms in use back then.

The mechanism behind the Trabuco consists of transforming gravitational potential into kinetic energy. However, not all potential energy in the mechanism is transformed, rather, a part of it dissipates in the form of sound and heat. What’s more, the size of the Trabuco’s counterweight was directly proportional to its projectile’s velocity. As a result, larger counterweights launched stronger projectiles at http://memoriasdaditadura.org.br/programas/programa-de-radio-o-trabuco/index.html.

Modern physics has linked potential difference, kinetic energy, and potential gravitational to the weapon’s operation. It is presently used to explain these physical principles to students.

1. The Tensile Trabuco

The first traction Trabuco were human-operated. The beam’s short end was moved by people and required a lot of cooperation and teamwork. To date, the biggest documented trabuco as described in Wu Jing Yao de Zong’s military treatise was operated by 250 people. It hurled stones weighing 140 pounds at 80 meters. These machines were rare because they required complicated logistics to operate.

Despite the weapon’s ability to deliver four shots per minute, its use faced numerous limitations on . The biggest one was that it was hard to control the large teams of people who operated the Trabucos. It was also difficult to achieve shots of similar force. It was replaced in the eleventh century by the hybrid Trabuco.

2. The Hybrid Trabuco

When Arab merchants introduced the traction Trabuco in the Middle East, its design was refined to make it more efficient. Weight was added to the arm’s short end adding an extra reach. The hybrid Trabuco used in the thirteenth century had the capability of hurling up to 400-pound stones as evidenced in Damietta, Egypt.

Europeans first come across the hybrid Trabuco during the crusade wars. They were impressed with the idea of the weapon as well as its power and decided to implement it. They also improved the design to increase its accuracy. This was after they realized that using a constant weight and human strength would allow the Trabuco to give a greater weight.

3. The Counterweight Blunderbuss

The improvements made to the hybrid Trabuco by Europeans gave rise to the counterweight blunderbuss. These weapons hurled stones weighing over one ton for a greater distance. For ammunition, these weapons were loaded with stones, cows, horses, sand barrels, living prisoners, and human heads.

The use of Trabucos was discontinued only after the invention of gunpowder. As a result, guns and cannons were preferred for their accuracy and power.

George Soros: Wealth and Political Affiliations

George Soros is the founder and the current CEO of the Soros Fund Management LLC, an organization that deals in funding various organizations and groups of people towards achieving their dreams or ambitions. Born in Hungary, George Soros has established himself as a business magnate and a force to reckon with when it comes to investment and funding. His success in the management field has earned him a spot on the Forbes list of some of the richest and most influential businesspeople in the world. As a matter of fact, in the year 2016, Forbes estimated George Soros to be worth more than $25.2 billion.

Since its inception in the year 1969 as the Quantum Fund, the Soros Fund Management has grown drastically over the past four decades. For a company that was started with just $12 million, the Soros Fund Management currently boasts over $30 billion in assets alone.

On the Forbes list, George Soros is ranked position 29 in the global list of billionaires. In the USA, George is position 19 in the billionaire’s list. On the list of the top 400 billionaires, George Soros was ranked position 19 in the year 2016. In the same year, Forbes ranked Soros at position ten on the list of the highest-earning hedge fund managers.

George Soros has never been shy when it comes to supporting politicians. As a wealthy billionaire, Soros has always had the heart to give back to the society. If he is not busy supporting activists, then he is busy having a boardroom meeting with some of his political friends. In terms of supporting other political ambitions, George was at the forefront in funding the Clinton campaign during the 2016 US elections. Through his major funding ventures, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) estimates that George Soros dished out more than $25 million towards the Hillary Clinton campaign team. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

Though George Soros supported Hillary Clinton during the just concluded presidential election, his support came as a surprise. This is because George Soros supported Barrack Obama during the 2008 election rather than Hillary Clinton. However, his support for Barrack Obama dwindled in the year 2010. Despite this, Soros still supported Obama’s re-election. Six years later, Soros changed his allegiance and supported Hillary Clinton presidential bid against Donald Trump.

As a supporter of liberal causes, Soros has always been a critic of Donald Trump who he accuses of doing the job of ISIS which is to install fear. During the presidential election, Soros was openly against Ted Cruz and Donald Trump ideologies. In one of his columns, Soros warned the voters to “resist the siren song” played by Cruz and Trump. Soros had argued that the ideologies of these two leaders were not effective in fighting terrorism. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.

After the shocking loss of Hillary Clinton, it remains to be seen what will be the next political step taken by Soros.

Wild Ark Makes Sure an Ecological Vacation Is a Perfect Fit

Ecology has been an important consideration for quite some time now. However, recently people have started to wonder if there’s more that they can do about it in their everyday life. Things like recycling are important, but most people end up feeling like there’s a lot more to ecology than tossing things into a recycling bin.

This feeling explains the sudden rise of eco-tourism. It’s a new type of vacation experience where people get a chance to explore environmentalism and help out at the same time. The connection isn’t always obvious, but it’s easy to see when one looks at an example. A company called Wild Ark offers a 7 day African Wilderness experience that’s the perfect example of eco-travel done right. The tour is led by native Shangaan trackers. During the 7 day tour people get a chance to see a wide variety of exotic animals in their natural habitat. But the most important thing is that the tours help to enrich the local economy and promote preservation efforts. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/10/20/mick-fanning-the-conservationist-first-look-at-his-expedition-t/

And this is one of the real strengths of companies like Wild Ark. There’s a lot more to a properly designed eco-trip than simply flying people out to a location. Wild Ark is dedicated to making sure that trips actually benefit animals, locals, tourists and the environment as a whole. For example, in the case of the 7 day African Wilderness experience the money primarily goes to the local economy. Locals receive financial motivation to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the area. Along with this the money is able to finance projects that allow them to enrich their own lifestyle in an eco-friendly way without needing to take environmentally unfriendly shortcuts. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/25/the-last-21-km-of-fenceline-between-david-pocock-and-his-wildest_a_21884731/

Wild Ark also serves to vet the quality and legitimacy of tours. This gets around one of the problems often seen in charities. It’s often difficult to know where money goes. Wild Ark ensures that funds go to the right places and people. This is one of the main differences with eco-tourism when compared to traditional tourism. When someone goes on an eco-trip they can rest assured that the location will be better off due to their presence there. The trip helps the environment and makes sure that it’ll be available for further trips and further generations. Learn more: http://wildark.com/journal/