Lacy and Larkin Frontera Fund engagement in migrant’s rights

Puente is a grassroots justice organization for migrants. The organization was founded in 2007 when migrants in Arizona were facing illegal deportation and detainment. The migrants were separated and from their families because they had broken state immigration laws, and deported back to Mexico where most of them came.

The court later ruled that the laws used to deport them were unconstitutional. Puente main agenda is to empower the migrant community that defends and speak for itself. Puente is known for the famous “Undocubus” which traveled from Arizona to the East Coast advocating for the rights of migrants.

Puente joined other plaintiffs in a federal case that advocated for the ban on workplace raids targeting undocumented workers and convicting them for deportation. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

It has a movement known as #Not1More anti-deportation campaign which has used a 60 mile march to the detention center, a hunger strike and pressure on White House to relieve migrants of the plight by taking executive orders.

Puente educates migrants on how to defend themselves and stands for their rights, and it is also teaching them on how to fight their deportation proceedings. It has a Human Rights Crisis Hotline for migrants’ community. It leverages on art and culture to educate others about migrants’ rights.

It supports a collective, the young photographers and videographers tell migrants stories. Other projects run by Puente organization are collectively advocating for the creation of identification cards to all Phoenicians through Phoenix City Council, supporting and sponsoring holistic health in the Latino Community, offering bilingual programs to kids and teaching them history through field trips, stories, art and underground libraries.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has managed to put a smile on the face United States migrants by establishing an organization aiming at fostering human rights.

Lacey and Larkin have committed the funds from their court settlement to funding immigrant’s rights organization in Arizona. The two were arrested in 2007 for exposing a crucial case on the proceedings of a grand jury.

Using the $3.75 million given to them as settlement, the group is committed to defending and asserting human rights throughout their service in the United States.

Through the leadership of Lacey and Larkin, Frontera Fund has managed to help groups advocating on promoting civil, human and migrants rights. They advocate for the freedom of speech of the migrant’s right.

A story about the subpoena was published by Lacey and Larkin, October 18, 2007. They attempted to meet the judge. On the same day in the evening, Sheriff’s wearing plain clothes came to arrest them in their houses.

They were handcuffed and put in dark SUVs with tinted windows and driven to jail. The charges were dropped five days later partly due to public outcry. In 1970, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin took over an ASU renegade newspaper and turned it into an award-winning, investigative paper.

The paper distributed free copies to stores and in street racks. Lacey had also received a $2 million gift. The donation is alleged to be coming from the lawsuit settlement with Maricopa County.

 

How Goettl Expanded Into The Southern California HVAC Industry

Goettl Air Conditioning recently announced that they had acquired a Southern California HVAC company named Walton’s Heating and Air. Goettl Air Conditioning had been looking to acquire Walton’s for a number of years as a way to expand into the heating and cooling industry of California. Goettl, which has offices in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as the Arizona cities of Phoenix and Tuscon, has been rapidly expanding over recent years after it was purchased by a new owner, Ken Goodrich.

The owner of Walton’s, Todd Longbrake, finally decided to sell his company to Goettl after realizing that Goettl could expand the scope of his company far more than he could do on his own. He had first been approached about the sale of his company to Goettl in 2015. He finally decided to do the deal after getting very positive feedback about Ken Goodrich from a variety of other people also in the HVAC industry.

It was later in 2015 that the sale of Walton’s to Goettl was completed. However, the purchase wasn’t announced until now as there were both marketing and operational complications that needed to first be sorted out. Todd Longbrake continues to be involved with his company after the sale as one of Goettl’s field supervisors and sales managers. He said that the marriage between the two companies has led to a great deal of success and he has seen the company grow ten times over since 2015. The rapid expansion has led to 306 people now being employed by Goettl and expectations that they will hire another 200 people over the coming year.

Ken Goodrich has said that the long term goal he has for his company is for it to be a national brand. He has said that the next markets he is looking to become a part of are both Texas and Northern California. From there he plans to expand both north and east over time. Visit LinkedIn to know more.

At Goettl Air Conditioning they install and repair home heating and cooling equipment. They also provide these services for commercial HVAC systems. Additionally, he has employees who are experienced at both cleaning and repairing home ducts. Over time ducts become cluttered with dust, bugs, and potentially rodent droppings which drastically impacts the air that people breathe in their homes. The duct cleaning Goettl performs not only removes these contaminants from the air but it also improves the efficiency of heating and cooling equipment.

Jose Auriemo Neto continues dramatically expanding JHSF portfolio

Over the last three decades, JHSF Participacaoes has become the preeminent real estate development firm in the country of Brazil. Having developed tens of millions of square feet of some of the most sought-after and luxurious real estate space in the country, the firm has made a name for itself, becoming the undisputed king of luxury real estate development in the country.

Most of this is attributable to the skillful leadership of one man, JHSF Participacaoes CEO, Jose Auriemo Neto. After taking over the helm of the company from his father, JHSF Participacaoes founder, Fabio Auriemo, Auriemo Neto has continued expanding the firm’s activities and its portfolio, building it into the largest and most important real estate development firm and property management company in the country. This has been due to Auriemo Neto’s uncanny ability to select the best prospects for both development and acquisition.

The 2014 acquisition of the entire Fasano hotel chain, for $18 million, is an example of one such deal. The acquisition represented the second time that the firm has dabbled in the luxury hotel business. It had previously gained a great deal of experience through the management and construction of Hotel Transmerica, one of the premier hotels along the beach in Sao Paulo.

But with the acquisition of the Fasano hotel chain, JHSF Participacaoes quickly became one of the leading operators of luxury hotels in the country. However, José Auriemo Neto has not limited himself or his firm to the acquisition and management of luxury hotels. In one of the more ambitious projects ever undertaken by any development firm in the country of Brazil, in 2004, Auriemo Neto began construction of the gigantic Parque Cidade Jardim project. The sprawling complex includes nine luxury condominium towers, for Class A office space towers and the largest luxury shopping mall in Brazil. In total, the complex has millions of square feet of some of the most sought-after residential, commercial and shopping property in the country. This is all part of a concerted plan to continue building out the greater Sao Paulo area with world-class property developments in an effort to attract the wealthy and powerful from across the globe.

Betsy DeVos Changes the Norm

Betsy DeVos is defined as an innovator, disruptor of the norm, and social change agent. Betsy believes that if she puts her hands on a project, it has to change for the better. She has a keen eye for what needs to change, and this could explain her political interests. As the young Elizabeth Prince, Betsy often engaged herself in school politics at Michigan University. Students elected her in various positions because she constantly delivered her promises to the student body. Moreover, Betsy was charismatic, causing many to elect her automatically. Although right now Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, with whom she has 4 children and five grandkids, she is still in politics. Betsy served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in four seasons. She was also part of many political party formation committees.

Other than that, Betsy is also known as a disruptor of what she finds boring and retrogressive. Betsy fights for courses that transform the society positively. As a result, she has been termed as a social change activist, who will stop at nothing until she sees change. At the same time, Betsy is interested in making positive changes in the education system. She believes that only reform will end the reign of the old public school system which no longer meets the required educational needs. Betsy and Dick DeVos say that the old system is disadvantageous to the children who come from poor backgrounds of Rick DeVos, as it robs them of the ability to achieve the American dream. Albeit these kids go through the school system, they remain irrelevant in their generation for they are unable to fully live to their purpose.

Betsy says that she and her husband Dick support Voucher and Charter schools from the time they were a young couple. They attended a meeting in Potter’s House School and realized that the system was far much better than the old system. Since most parents realized the efficiency in the school, they transferred their kids to the school even if they could not raise the tuition fees. Asked why they preferred the schools, the parents posited that the school offered more choices for their kids’ needs and at the same time they offered safer environments. Dick and Betsy noticed that most of the parents in these schools could not afford to pay the fees but they were straining to keep their kids there. Hence, the two decided to support some children get through school and ever since that day, the couple has always supported the kids in the school and in other similar schools. Betsy indicated that the Voucher and Charter schools have attracted more kids as parents are now more aware of the deficiencies in public schools. Betsy hopes that the public school system will borrow a leaf from these schools, as that will improve the society generally.

BAJI fighting for black color

African-Americans and Black immigrants are facing a lot of challenges in America. They are being discriminated, unlawfully detained, and even torture.

As it goes, two heads are better than one; these marginalized groups joined hands and formed Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). The alliance was founded in Oakland, CA in 2006 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York and other branches in Oakland, Phoenix, and Atlanta.

The group coordinates and fights for racial human rights and immigrant rights through education, bringing to racism and economic sidelining of the blacks.

BAJI executes it responsibilities through Black Immigration Network (BIN). BIN is made up of over 30 organizations and over 50 individuals serving the black community (both immigrants and black-Americans).

BAJI brings together all groups advocating for just treatment of the blacks and are involved in executing campaigns as a group and by offering training and strategies to their members. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

BAJI has witnessed significant milestones in its quest for immigrants’ rights. This is attributed to;

  • Very organized and skillful leaders
  • Offering comprehensive and practical training coupled with ready technical support
  • Skillful use of communication media to educate and motivate their followers
  • Maintaining good working relationship with other organizations who have same objectives as theirs

BAJI also has a publication called BAJI Reader. The publication carries articles exposing abuse of immigrants’ rights such as forced labor. These articles are written by leaders from African American, African, Afro-Latino, and Afro-Caribbean.

These leaders are inspired by what they see in their communities. Michael and Lacey seek to use their words to change the perspective and beliefs on immigrants and drive reforms that will cement new outlook of this society.

BAJI alongside other immigrant advocates such as Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, founded by reporters Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, recently decried the act of Supreme Court to reinstate the government ban on Muslims from entering America. They labeled it as a perverse way of discrimination camouflaged as making the United States secure.

The ‘Muslim’ ban, barred immigrants from six Muslim countries including Sudan, Libya, and Somalia from entering America.

The group also highlighted torture and neglect that detained immigrants are going through in the hands of law enforcements. Citing the recent incident where a Panamanian citizen died while detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at Stewart Detention Center (SDC).

Also, BAJI joined other Southerners on New Ground and other black advocates to voice their call for a lift of bond for women in detention. They stated that black women face a lot of dehumanizing gender-based violence in the US through its inhumane prison system.

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Marc Sparks – Well-Know Entrepreneur and a Successful Businessman Based in Dallas

When it comes to entrepreneurial skills and spirit, one of the names that just cannot be skipped is that of Marc Sparks. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States, based in Dallas, and has for long been one of the role models for the hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs who are looking to make it big. One of the reasons why Marc Sparks is often talked about is for his dedication and selfless efforts to help the new entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and guiding them towards the right direction.

 

Marc Sparks has been associated with the corporate business sectors for many years, which has helped him understand how the business machinery and the business world works, inside out. Marc Sparks knows that for any business to become successful, it needs to follow a proven and effective strategy. Over the years, Marc Sparks has developed some of the very efficient business strategies that he shares with his clients and other fellow entrepreneurs so that they can take advantage of it as and grow uninterrupted. Learn more: http://thebrotalk.com/bro-recommendations/dallas-entrepreneur-marc-sparks-spills-must-visit-list-wineries-dfw/

 

Marc Sparks believes that one of the major factors that decide the success of any business is the customer service it can deliver. The clients’ needs to be well taken care of and that is where the customer service and after sale customer service comes in. It ensures that the clients are satisfied and happy with the service, and it is what triggers loyalty among the consumers and keeps bringing them back. Marc Sparks has started an institution that is very helpful in bringing the clients and the business owners together.

 

It helps in facilitating more business for the business owners, and the clients can get what they want at a competitive pricing. One of the latest programs that Marc Sparks has developed, named Marketing Sparks, helps the entrepreneurs to discuss various business related issues and ask questions from the top experts in the industry. It helps in giving entrepreneurs a way out of their difficult situations and gets authority advice from the top specialists in the industry with a proven track record. Learn more: http://sparktankdfw.com/

 

For any development to take place or for any idea to materialize, communication plays a pivotal role. It is where the importance of the program developed by Marc Sparks comes in. It opens up new channels of communications for the young entrepreneurs who are full of questions and are looking for answers on how to take their startup further. Marc Sparks understands that many of the entrepreneurs are looking for objective advice in their business, and it is where the importance of Marketing Sparks program comes in. Marc Sparks is also a renowned author and has shared many of his business ideas and experiences in a book named “They Can’t Eat You.