During the long trips and fights that refugees face when they are seeking safety are traumatizing and oppressing to even remember. There is a need for these refugees to find people who relate to share experiences and life events with as they encourage each other towards a better future.
The heartaches and scars of the journey are painful to remember. The Owl & Panther, Tucson provides a safe space for the refugees to express themselves through expressive arts. These arts help in bringing out the strengths of the refugees. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Most of the volunteers in this organization were refugees at some point in their lives which makes it more comforting for the new refugees who are seeking help in the organization.
This group is the baby of the Hopi Foundation’s Center for Prevention and Resolution of Violence which is also an organization that assists refugees who are poor, having family problems and are experiencing any sort of pain.
At the border of Mexico and America, there is a government office that is placed there to ask for passports from anyone crossing over. A few steps away from that office, there is another initiative going on. The initiative is known as the Kino Border Initiative.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey provide meals and clothes for the refugees and people who have been deported at the border. They understand the hardships of the migrants and work to make sure they provide the support they can for them. They work with the No More Deaths Organization for communication with migrant families. They also work with the Samaritans, for clothing, to provide the necessary support to these migrants and deported people.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey also joined the list of people who own organizations that offer support to the migrants after their arrest. Lacey and Larkin had a strong history of working together as business partners. It was worrisome for the public that the two had been arrested due to publishing an article they had written.
The Sherriff, Joe, who led the arrest of these two was a renowned anti-immigrant in Arizona at the time. After they were arrested and detained for no proper reason, they sued and were paid a sum of 3.75 million dollars in 2013 by the Maricopa County.
The money was channeled towards funding organizations that stood for the rights of immigrants, promoted the freedom of speech and civic acts through the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.
They have since funded several organizations including the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, which is an organization fighting for the educational rights of undocumented students.
The Frontera Fund has further been used to support other organizations supporting the civic and human rights of the immigrants such as Aliento, The Young Center, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Tucson Samaritans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals among others in the United States of America.
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund has benefited various organizations fight for what they believe in and this has been a great boost to the migrant’s rights and empowerment. The Fund is determined to keep fighting for better lives for the migrants.
Madison Street Capital reputation is at the highest in the investment banking industry. They pride themselves on excellence, integrity and leadership. Their focus is providing the best service and experience when dealing with privately and publicly held businesses. They understand that time sensitivity is important and it is essential that they respond quickly and tenaciously. Their approach creates finance transactions where both the investors and business owners mutually benefit. Here are some of the areas of Madison Capital’s Expertise:
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Madison Street Capital focuses on middle market firms that are looking for flexible funding solutions. They look at their diverse funding sources that include mezzanine lenders, commercial banks, angel investors, asset-based lenders, private equity groups and venture capital groups. Madison Street Capital has executed financing that has targeted funding for startup situations, established firms and for early stage businesses. Their team of professionals are experienced in accounts receivable financing, growth capital, working capital, debt restructuring and consolidation, management buyouts, mergers and acquisitions as well as financing ESOP, equity, mezzanine and debt financing arrangements.
ESOP is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan that allows employees to become beneficiaries of some of the company stock. Madison Street Capital has served as advisor on dozens of ESOP transactions. They are the number one investment firm that has the knowledge to provide their expert opinion on your firm’s potential ESOP. They also differ from their competitors when it comes to bankruptcy administration. They can provide efficient administration of bankruptcy claims, reconciliation services and management to companies that are in bankruptcy. Their team has the credentials to negotiate, manage and analyze your situation to get you the best result.
One thing that people can agree on is that the market is fluid. There are tons of changes that the market is undergoing. Therefore, it is important for entrepreneurs to keep up with those changes if they want to succeed in the markets. It is also important for marketers to look ahead and catch some developing trends. Among the business experts that have managed to keep with the trends is Lori Senecal. She is the CEO of CP+B, an advertising agency. Under Lori’s leadership, the company has been diligent and efficient in the type of work that was done. This has demonstrated that the company is trustworthy and has even helped it grow into a global enterprise serving people in other countries. Visit Adweek to know more.
Lori Senecal is very observant about the trends in the market. She has taken a look at all of the technological developments and has paid attention to how people use it. Among the developments that she has noticed is social media. People visit social media platforms at least as much as search engines. Therefore, it is important for businesses to learn how to utilize social media to its advantage. This involves engaging in communities related to the industry of the company.
Another factor that Lori looks at is the types of devices that people use. More people are using the internet than are watching TV. One of the reasons behind this is that computers are more widely available than before. Also, they have become portable with the use of mobile phones and tablets. Therefore, people have access to the internet from anywhere. As a result, they can access the sites from anywhere. The only thing is that business owners have to optimize content so that it can be displayed on smartphones because of the different format that it uses.
When it comes to matters concerning human rights, the United States is a nation that has always taken a forefront since it is on this basis upon which it was founded. For this reason, numerous groups and organizations that fight for human, civil and migrants rights have been in operation for several decades.
Some examples of these groups include American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
This organization primarily focuses on the protection of the civil and human rights of immigrants. To achieve its set out aims of protecting the rights of immigrants, the organization carries out litigation, outreach, and advocacy.
This group is known to execute the biggest litigation program in the U.S through the district courts and the Supreme court as well. ACLU is highly dedicated to ensuring the rights of immigrants are upheld. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
Their primary focus is to ensure the rights of immigrants are preserved. Larking and Lacey are concerned with achieving equal justice and the realization of all the guarantees of the Constitution regardless of the immigration status. The laws that incline to refuse immigrants the right to judicial process are challenged.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
CHIRLA is an organization based in California that is a leader in the fight for immigrants’ rights and their families. They play the role of agents to ensure the right for free mobility human rights participation in democracy. They advocate for an all-inclusive society that will include the immigrants as well. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
They aim at changing policy for full civil, immigrant and human rights while at the same time building power by changing the public opinion. The organization was established following the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. According to the Act, hiring undocumented individuals was illegal as this was considered exploitation and abuse of workers.
In 2001, the coalition established a Garment Worker Center that offered a chance for workers to work together and create better working conditions.
The Advocates for Human Rights
The advocates for human rights are leaders in the fighting for human rights in the globe. They represent change at all levels. While reinforcing the rule of law, they are offered support by partners, volunteers, and staff. For more than three decades, they have been fighting to change the lives of women, children, and immigrants.
Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey are the co-founders of Phoenix Times. They decided funding organizations that advocate for human rights across Arizona. Their arrest by the Sherrif led to a settlement which they will use as the source of their funds.
They decided to allocate $3.75 million from that settlement. Following a story they did about the Sherrif, they were arrested from and jailed for a night.
Propelled by the fact that they advocated for the implementation of the first amendment rights, Larkin and Lacey proceeded to sue the county. They were awarded money amounting to $3.75 million as a settlement after winning the case.
Patty Rocklage the psychotherapist is a wife to Dr. Scott Rocklage a PhD graduate of chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She resides with her husband in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Read more: Pattry Rocklage | Crunchbase
Patty Rocklage graduated from the university of Southern California in 1981 with degrees in psychology and is a registered psychotherapist in the state of Massachusetts (1043 Massachusetts).
Patty Rocklage also has over 20 years of vast experience in her profession specializing in relationship issues, family conflicts, women’s issues and specifically deals with adoption, child or adolescent, divorce, life coaching and life transition. This qualities have placed her among the best psychotherapist in the world.
In her offers of marriage and family counselling, she has a warm and inviting style which puts her clients at ease and more focused on the changes they are expected to implement. This has helped many families, couples and individuals face their challenges. Patty Rocklage over the years has been envied by many for a job well done. Her academic qualifications and experience has enabled her bring so many families back together despite their differences and work has a team in saving their marriages. Read more: Twitter Rocklage | Twitter and Patty Rocklage | LinkedIn
In her profession as a psychotherapist, Patty Rocklage has gained many invaluable skills such as coaching, team building, teaching and public speaking. Through these skills, she has helped many clients achieve personal growth as well as build their confidence.
Apart from her professional duties, she is a strong believer in the importance of her community. She enjoys community outreach activities and is dedicated to giving back this community.
She is also blessed with a charitable husband dr. Scott Rocklage who together with her on July 18, 2016 made a major contribution to the renovation of the Nanotechnology and Nanochemistry lab which is used by the Lester Wolfe Professor of chemistry Moungi Bawendi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s chemistry department.
Patty Rocklage also helps Southern Sudanese who relocated to Massachusetts through Sudanese Education Fund which enables them find stable jobs and achieve financial and educational stability. Being an accomplished psychotherapist, she keeps her client’s struggles confidential and she connects with them in a meaningful way.
Patty Rocklage always ensures that she can easily be reached by her client whenever they need help by giving out her contacts.
By the close of 2016, Fabletics had grown its worth to over $250 million after only about three years in the fashion ecommerce market. The active wear brand operating within the American market is the first brand to give Amazon a real run for its money. This growth is highly attributed to its cofounders: Kate Hudson and Don Ressler. The former brought her aggressiveness while the latter came with his managerial prowess, with the two combined becoming the driving wheel that is taking the brand far and wide.
Being a subsidiary of JustFab, Fabletics has borrowed quite substantially from the parent brand in terms of marketing and customer services. It uses a membership subscription model that has successfully wooed clients its way. The model works best in making customers feel more attached to the brand as well as in taking customer convenience and service to an all high level. The adoption of this model is in line with the realization of the changes technology has brought to customer tastes, needs, and preferences whenever they do their shopping. Today, clients attach more value to the quality of service they receive than in traditional factors, such as commodity price.
Gamification is another strategy that Fabletics has used over the last three years, and that has given it an edge over its competitors. On top of going online, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has opened a good number of physical stores. By 2016, the brand had opened almost 20 stores and was in the process of opening more.
Instead of using showrooming as a marketing strategy, Fabletics opted for a more improved version of it- reverse showrooming. Unlike in showrooming where one is not guaranteed of 100 percent conversion of prospective customers to actual clients, reverse showrooming guarantees that. As for the case of Fabletics, about half of the clients who browse for its clothing products offline eventually become long-term customers. On the other hand, about a half of the remaining half becomes members immediately they set feet in any of the physical stores.
Earlier this year, Demi Lovato, a renowned pop artist, commented on the role of Kate Hudson in revolutionizing Fabletics. According to Demi, Kate’s job at Fabletics has transformed the lives of many women through empowering and inspiring them to do great things. She was particularly amazed by the much Kate has achieved in business despite the fact that she had no entrepreneurial history.
As for Kate, she encourages women to buy clothing from her brand by wearing them herself. Through engaging in Lifestyle Quiz, clients can get a better understanding of the varieties offered by Fabletics.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition is a movement that was established by immigrant students in America. The Dreamers were responding to a law that was passed in 2006 requiring immigrant students to pay an exorbitant tuition fee and exempting them from benefiting from public scholarships. The ADAC currently advocates for education rights, lower tuition fees, and human and immigrant rights.
ADAC Opposes the Termination of DACA
Youth affiliated to the ADAC movement assembled at the State Capitol before the Fourth of July to oppose measures to end the DACA program. The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals permits them to work legally in the U.S. and enjoy a better life including the access to education.
The ADAC movement flanked by activists from other organizations strongly condemned the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, for requesting the Trump government to terminate DACA. The Attorney General’s letter is a ruthless and malicious suggestion aimed at restricting the opportunities and dreams of immigrant youth in Arizona.
The ADAC advised Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Governor Ducey not to append their names and state to the document and to withdraw the lawsuits that the state has filed against the “Dreamers”. One of the lawsuits involves in-state tuition while the other is about driver’s licenses.
According to Karina Ruiz, ADAC’s president, the lawsuits are a direct affront against immigrants who have been raised in the U.S. and make a huge contribution to the work, skills, and taxes in the country. Ruiz is a graduate of “Arizona State University” where he studied biochemistry. The original founders of ADAC competed to get private scholarships for college. They include a graduate of “Arizona State University’s College of Law” and a graduate of “Stanford University’s College of Engineering”.
About Lacey and Larkin
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey established Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. On October 2007, the duo was arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio after unraveling that there were grand jury proceedings that pursued reporters’ notes regarding articles about the Sheriff. There were more grand jury subpoenas that sought the identities of the people who read the New Times stories about the Sheriff.
The Phoenix New Times had posted reports about the gross mismanagement and financial irregularities in the sheriff’s office. The paper also wrote about the abuse of power against anyone who dared criticize the sheriff and on the poor health conditions in Arpaio’s prisons, the racial profiling, systematic persecution, and unconstitutional imprisonment of Latinos.
Lacey and Larkin have dedicated their careers to creating awareness of and defending their First Amendment rights. After their wrongful imprisonment by Arpaio, they had no intention of remaining silent on the matter. They filed a law suit against the county and prevailed in the Court of Appeals.
They were compensated with a $3.75 million settlement. Lacey and Larkin committed the funds from the settlement to supporting migrant rights groups in Arizona. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund offers its support to groups advocating for human, migrant, and civil rights, as well as freedom of civic participation and speech throughout Arizona including the Mexican border.
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It is not enough to drink water. The type of water that is consumed has to be very high in quality. This means that it is important to find companies that are selling high-quality water. Fortunately, this is the easy part, in that there is a company that is very prominent in what it does to not only provide the best possible water to people, but also provide it in a very sustainable manner. This company is known as Waiakea. One of the best things about Waiakea is that it takes water from the springs which is not only pure, but contains minerals that enhance the taste of the water as well as the health benefits one would get from drinking it.
One of the most important aspects of Waiakea water is its sustainability. For one thing, they package their water with recycled material. This is one aspect of sustainability that makes this company stand out from the others. Another aspect of sustainability is that the water is captured in an area that captures more than 200 inches of rain water every year. Therefore, people can rest assured that they are getting the purest water. Therefore, they will also be very healthy when they drink this water.
Waiakea encourages people to drink water through the high quality of their products. For one thing, people who drink water are going to improve their health in multiple ways. One example of health improvement is that their mind will be functioning a little better compared to when they are dehydrated. Another good thing that comes from drinking Waiakea water is that one will get a lot of benefits for their muscles. People who don’t drink Waiakea water are doing themselves a disservice. They will improve every aspect of their lives by drinking healthy amounts of water.
Understanding labor laws are mandatory for any business owner. Employment regulations, in particular, affect employers and employees directly. Being conversant with them is, however, a challenge because they are subject to constant change.
Dissecting the Labor Laws
Karl Heideck, a renowned attorney, was recently examining the whole issue of labor laws, employment law, and compliance law for business people operating in Pennsylvania. In his analysis, regulations impact businesses differently depending on the industry in which they operate. In an industry that employs minors, for example, an employer must be keen in adhering to the Child Labor Law.
It’s a requirement by law that no Pennsylvanian employer should pay his employee anything less than the set minimum wage. In a case where the federal minimum wage and the state minimum wage differ, Karl Heideck advised that an employer should settle for the higher minimum. In Pennsylvania, for example, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour while the state minimum wage is $10.15 per hour. In a case such as this, an employer should follow the minimum set by the state.
The Family and Medical Leave Act is a type of regulation that Karl pointed out as important to understand. He explained that every employee in Pennsylvania is entitled to a break from his duties in the event that a close relative is unwell. During the leave period, the employer is under no obligation to pay the employee, but the law deters him from sacking the employee.
Karl Heideck also explained about the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. In his explanation, he noted that the law has been in force for a decade now. Going by the law, no employee should be mistreated or discriminated on the basis of being old.
About Karl Heideck
Karl started practicing law as an associate at Conrad O’Brien in 2010. He has also practiced under Pepper Hamilton LLP.
The importance of human rights
The need to address human, civil and migrant rights is increasing every day. The current world has a lot of diversity, but people seem not to be realizing the need to embrace every community. The human rights have been ignored. People trample upon the rights of the others without caring much about them. With this progress, there is a need to stand for the minority. The migrants seem to have no rights at all.
The host citizens treat them as if they were not part of their citizens. Since they come from different countries, these migrants do not understand how to go about the process of defending themselves. Several organizations have come to the aid of this group of individuals. Organizations participate differently to ensure these individuals get what belongs to them. Here are some of these organizations.
Association for Advancement of Colored people
For the past several years, there have been problems with the coexistence in America. Racial discrimination has been a major challenge. The tussle between the whites and the African Americans has been a long one. At the same time, there are several other minority groups with different colors which have felt the heat of discrimination. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook
This association has fought for the rights of these groups for over 30 years now. The Association champions for equality is resource distribution and in the consideration for jobs. Most colored people have had difficulties in securing jobs, and through this group, the condition has been improving.
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union is the mother group that oversees the operations of the other groups fighting for civil rights. For over 20 years, this organization has developed different branches which deal with several specific organizations according to the wants of the public. The organization takes control of the needs of all the American people. At each level, all the Americans have some needs that need to be addressed. Under this group, there is a section dealing with people with disabilities, colored people, and several others.
Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund
Jim and Michael are journalists who were handled against the requirements of the law. The duo wrote an article about Joe Arpaio who was the Sheriff of the Maricopa County. The two were taken from their homes in the middle of the night to be arrested.
After defending themselves using the First Amendment to the Constitution, they got released and compensated a sum of $3.75 million. With this compensation, Larkin and Lacey championed for the civil rights through different organizations. Their funds have been used in helping the migrants and the general public who have undergone discrimination.
Border Network for Human rights
This organization operates on the grass roots to help those who are crossing the border to reach safely. In times of strife, most immigrants cannot be in a position to cross over to the United States safely. Several deaths have been reported, and the action taken has always been slow. With this organization, the safety of the immigrants has been improved. The organization has huge support in the grassroots that it can easily mobilize people into action.
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