Browse Month: September 2017

Larkin & Lacey

Through the past several hundred years in America, women have faced a lot of hardships. This is a theme that has transcended racial, cultural and religious lines. Even in cultures that seem more outspoken and politically inclined, women were traditionally looked down upon, given less legal rights and objectified. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter

However, the extent of women’s rights varied per culture. For example, when the Dutch owned New York, married women had property rights. Once the English took over, the law was changed so that women lost their property rights when they married. There was a pretty big demand for contraception and abortion, but those things have been very taboo, condemned things.

In 1873, the Comstock Obscenity Laws made it illegal to give contraceptives, send contraceptives through the mail and give information about contraception. The extent of the law varied based upon location.

Women did not have the right to vote until 1920, though prior to that women had the right to vote in some states and localities. Women were not able to attain work or training in many types of work, and some types of lower paying jobs became gendered for women. People have been pushing for an Equal Rights Amendment to pass for many decades.

The National Organization for Women is one of the organizations that fights for this amendment to be passed. For those who want to study women’s history and feminism, the National Organization for Women is a notable organization to do research about. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821

Hispanics and immigrants have always been given a hard time. Hispanics come from places that were heavily influenced by Spanish-Latin culture. Their countries and cultures have Catholic origins.

Hispanic is an umbrella term for people from these places who are of any race, or mix of races. Many of these people are Amerindian, or a mix of Amerindian and European—also known as Mestizo. As a result, many times their cultures have values that stem from Amerindian societies, as well as African societies.

A vast amount of these people appear to be non-white, or mixed. Because of all of these facts, Hispanics have always faced prejudice and hate in American society. Undocumented immigrants are especially vulnerable to these prejudices, because they face the threat of suffering from their status, as well as the threat of racial oppression.

Good Samaritans such as Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have weaved together organizations, such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, to assist Hispanics and immigrants in their journey through life.

Immigrants Rights and the Frontera Fund

The Association for Women Rights in Development (AWID) is an international feminist organization committed to issues of gender equality, women rights, and sustainable development, its members include diverse fields and professions such as students, researcher, entrepreneurs, academics, development partners, donors, and policy makers. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter

AWID’s Mission

At the twilight of the United Nations Decade for Women professionals from different organizations inclusive of academic institutions, CBOs, and development agencies congregated to identify the role that women can play as agents of development and its beneficiaries.

This resulted in the creation of AWID as a platform for advancing issues related to multisectoral dialogue. Over the years, AWID’s goal expanded to encompass gender equality, human rights, and sustainable development. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

In this regard, the organization collaborates with other groups with similar interests and goals. Due to its activism, it has gained successful victories in activism, mobilization, and visibility while increasing its relevance and capacity.

AWID’s primary goal is the reformation of policies, laws, societal beliefs, and people to promote women and girl rights.

AWID’s Themes and Programs

Among its various concerns are:

 Women rights: the organization lobbies policy makers and donors to increase their commitment towards the expansion of women’s rights and gender justice. It hopes to achieve these goals by engaging in activities such as collaboration in research, reduction of the gap between donors and activists, mobilization of resources, and SWOTs.

 Countering religious fundamentalism: AWID strives to oppose religious fundamentalism responsible for the discrimination of women and the girl child. In this pursuit, the organization embraces the mechanisms of advocacy, dialogue, and collaboration.

 Economic justice: the organization adopts policies and strategies that help determine the reason behind the failure of contemporary economic policies and models. It achieves this by enhancing the abilities of women advocates, advancing feminist rights, research, analysis, and documentation

 Defending women rights: AWID collaborates with global and regional institutions, governments, and other players to increase awareness of issues related to women rights.

Larkin & Lacey-Frontera Fund

With money obtained after court victory against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the Frontera Fund dedicated to the advancement of immigrants’ rights. The Fund specializes in supporting similar groups to promote awareness, immigrant, civil, and human rights. In addition to that, it strives to fight against the profiling of immigrants as subversive and undesirable elements in American society.

It’s vasrious activities seek to solve the problems that immigrant confront within the United States. Besides that, Frontera also engages in activities that improve human rights for all individuals. Its financial assistance is used to provide legal aid to immigrants and refugees as well as others.

In the recent past, the fund launched the Justice Immigrant & Families Project (JIF) to provide legal services to Maricopa County immigrants. As part of JIF’s operations, it pays legal fees for all cases handled by its pro bono lawyers.

In addition to that, JIF hosts workshops, consultations, distribute self-help legal guides as well as providing education on issues related to human rights. Armed with these tools, it has significant transformed the civil, human, and immigrant landscape of the United States.

Dick DeVos, A History of Charity

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a fine institution with a rich history of supporting the arts. In 2013 they started a campaign to build a new extension to their facility. The plans included a river pavilion to be set up down the hill from their main complex. Thanks to extremely generous donations from many contributors, both group donations and individual ones, the Kennedy Center exceeded their goal of one hundred and twenty five million by a large margin. They raised enough money to build a river front pavilion as well as a walkway to their main building. A large portion of these donations came from one Dick DeVos, husband of Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. Dick has long been a patron of the arts and many other charities and this was not his first donation to the Kennedy Center. In 2010, he gave the Kennedy Center’s Institute of Arts Management twenty two and a half million dollars which prompted the Kenned Center to rename the building to the DeVos Institute for Arts Management. Dick DeVos and his wife have also contributed to an arts competition since 2009. ArtPrize is a yearly competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to supporting the arts, Dick has started an aviation charter school. West Michigan Aviation Academy is the first high school of its kind in the United States. The school is the brainchild of Dick and his wife Betsy. Her love for education and his fervor for flying led to the creation of this school. Located at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, the couple were particular about it being a charter school so that anybody and everybody who wanted to learn to fly could, in fact, take to the sky. To quote DeVos: “Charter schools are available to everyone…. A charter school is a public school and therefore there’s no tuition. So every student would have the possibility of going to this school at no cost and we think that’s very, very important—to reach across the entire West Michigan community to be sure that every child has an opportunity to attend this school.” Education is a theme that runs through the DeVos family, as it should with Betsy being the Secretary of Education. Students at the Thunderbird School of Global Management have been able to apply for The Dick and Betsy DeVos Scholarship since its inception in 2008.

 

Visit http://dickdevos.com/ to learn more.

Vijay Eswaran And the Similarity Between Business and Philanthropy

When it comes down to it, business is actually very similar to philanthropy. The only differences is that where business offers something in exchange for something else of a named value, philanthropy offers something for free as a donation.

Vijay Eswaran has made the change to philanthropy when he was working on his network marketing. Read more: Vijay Eswaran – Philanthropies

However, he was developing these characteristics when he was working. Therefore, he was ready to take on something very significant when he has started up Qi Group.

Given that his business was based on philanthropy, he has taken the time to make sure that it provides real benefits to his customers.

One thing that Vijay Eswaran made sure of is that the products that he sells could be used to personal development. He carefully chooses products from different industries and categories.

His direct selling company, Qnet sells products like tablets, books, soap, food and other items that are made to help people improve their lives. Therefore, he is definitely making a huge impact in the different communities that he is reaching out to.

Vijay is also looking at ways to grow his business so that he can reach more customers and help them improve their lives.

He is also running different charity promotions in order to reach others and give them everything they need so that they can have hope for better lifestyles moving forward. Among the initiatives that he has ran is the positive thoughts for water initiative. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.qigroup.com/2013/11/vijay-eswaran-makes-ceo-of-the-year/ and http://www.dnaindia.com/topic/vijay-eswaran

He has also reached out to women entrepreneurs for an opportunity to take part in his direct selling company. These entrepreneurs has shown a lot of skills in business and marketing. They have also earned Vijay’s respect. One thing that he likes to see is people overcoming all of their disadvantages and struggles. This is one thing that is inspiring.