First Amendment Rights Prove Historic With Landmark Case by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

As journalists for the Phoenix News Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin knew their First Amendment rights on October 18, 2007. That is the day which they were both arrested by the Selective Enforcement Unit after a series of stories they had written about Sheriff Joe Arpaio, including allegations involving his Deputies. They had written about the racial profiling of Latino’s who were being harassed by the Deputies on the order of Sheriff Arpaio. It was their journalistic duty to report stories as the facts would lead them.

Michael and Jim originally met while attending college at the Arizona State University. They teamed up to bring their journalistic talents together and began a successful and popular readership-following from their news articles with the Phoenix News Times. The two were considered as having editorial influence through their popularity as credible journalists.

As Michael and Jim continued to write about the Sheriff’s Office, they uncovered shocking information relating to financial improprieties, unfair treatment of inmates, racial bias and intimidation, unlawful detention as well as U.S Constitution violations. The facts of the stories were not received very well by Sheriff Arpaio who grew increasingly more annoyed with the information being made public.

As “America’s toughest Sheriff”, Arpaio did not take the stories lightly. Through an attempt of intimidation and blatant abuse of power, Sheriff Arpaio put pressure on the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to issue Michael and Jim subpoenas in order to get them to release information pertaining to the stories written in the Phoenix News Times by the journalists.

Michael and Jim refused to cooperate with the subpoenas and included that information in subsequent stories written within their news column. They included the facts that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office was requesting IP addresses, search history and browsing activity of readers who obtained the articles as well as all notes, research and editor material that was used to write the content.

Michael and Jim were arrested on October 18, 2007, and released within 24 hours after an outcry within the Phoenix area. They subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office –including Arpaio– and ultimately settled the case for $3.75 million. In 2013, Michael and Jim formed the Lacey and Larkin Fund with the proceeds from the settlement. The fund is used to fight against injustices within the Latino, immigrant and migrant worker community.

Securus Technologies Puts Customers First

Securus Technologies has made many improvements over the years. Most known for their telecommunication services, the 30-year-old company stretches far beyond its most popular product. Other services include management software, video visitation, monitoring, and now even a device to prevent contraband cell phone calls and messaging. Developed and managed by the recently acquired company of JPay, wireless containment systems are making the institutions safer places to be.

 

WCS devices operate like a cell phone tower, however, they prevent calls and messages from being placed. By blocking the device from connecting to its appropriate network, the call or message is intercepted. The user hears a message stating that the call has been disconnected. Phones are typically smuggled into facilities with visitors, mailed in packages, or even dropped in yards by drones. The use of illegal phones has become so problematic, that an infant was killed as a result of such activity.

 

A prominent advocate for WCS in facilities is Robert Johnson. He is currently a consultant for Securus and has been greatly affected by the dangers of contraband devices. Johnson is a former corrections officer who was shot six times in retaliation for confiscating a package valued at around $50,000. Although the odds of him surviving were greatly stacked against him, he managed to pull through and even save his wife from being harmed in the process. He’s so passionate about the topic that he’s trying to get legislation to make the systems mandatory.

 

While still in the beginning phases, Securus has reported great success thus far. No official number was stated, but it’s believed that well over a billion calls were intercepted, making the project greatly successful. Securus plans to introduce the technology via the JPay brand name into facilities across the country. GovPayNet has also recently joined the Securus family of brands, and also works in the financial services sector. Processing all different types of payments on behalf of the US government, the company is excited to join the family. The company also plans to work alongside JPay to strengthen its influence in the business.

 

Securus Technologies puts its customers first. With over 95 percent customer satisfaction and an “A+” Better Business Bureau rating, Securus is able to substantiate its position. The company also brings affordable alternative products to the table, saving customers both time and money. Connecting inmates to their loved ones is what Securus does best, and it remains a priority in light of all the recent improvements.

 

Jim Larkin: Revolutionary Irish Labor Organizer

Early 20th Century Organizer

“A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay” was the rallying cry of James Larkin, a labor organizer in Ireland in the early 1900’s. Most often known for his leadership role in the Belfast Dockers and Carters Strike of 1907, his advocacy led to the founding of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) and Britain’s Labour Party. Larkin is celebrated in Ireland for he revolutionized labor organizing by advocating for all workers to be unionized.

Unions Are for All Workers

Growing up in the slums of Liverpool and leaving school at age 11 to work on the docks, Larkin developed into a committed socialist. He believed that workers were mistreated. In 1905 he joined the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL) and became a full-time organizer for worker’s rights.

His methods, though, were radical and the NUDL transferred him to Dublin. Larkin formed a union, the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU). His goal was to combine all Irish Industrial workers, both skilled and unskilled, into one large union. He gave convincing speeches proclaiming that unions “were for all”. Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

His oratory was extraordinary. One member of royalty remarked, “Sitting there, listing to Larkin, I realized that I was in the presence of…some great primeval force rather than a man.” On the strength of his oratory and the power of his message, the union grew to 15, 000 members. The Irish Trades Union Congress recognized the power of the ITGWU, and in 1912 it established the Labour Party.

Larkin’s Legacy

Prior to Jim Larkin’s work in labor organizing, dockers and carters, the men who worked the docks and carried products from the docks in horse-drawn carts, lived in squalid conditions. The dockers and carters were fired and blacklisted if they attempted to organize for better wages or working conditions.

The craft unions were narrowly focused on the needs of each particular trade and excluded what we call today “the rank and file.” Larkin’s legacy is that he transformed the collection of small unions into one large and powerful union that embraced the mass of workers.

He taught them that with numbers they had respect, standing, and political power. Larkin summed up his life when he said, “For years and years I have done the work I was born for.”

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How Michael Lacey is Changing the Mathematics Sector

Michael Lacey is a common figure in the United States. People who have had the opportunity to interact with him say that he is very hard working, and he has achieved a lot in his career. His passion for the mathematics subject has made him one of the most respected individuals in the world.

The renowned businessmen came into the limelight several years ago when he introduced the concept of probability. This topic has been taught in institutions based in most parts of the globe. His expertise in this complicated department has seen him serve in some of the most respected institutions in the international platform.

The mathematics subject is very complicated. Very few professionals have chosen to major in this area because of the technical activities carried out. Some people who venture into this area drop out of the university before they could graduate.

Others are forced to take more years in the university because they have failed in several topics. For Michael Lacey, things have been completely different.

When growing up, Michael Lacey knew that he had passion for the complex subject. In high school, the businessman worked hard, and he proved to his parents and teachers that he was actually one of the brightest in his class. His grades in the mathematics language were impressive.

By the time he was joining university, Michael knew that this was the best career choice. The businessman acquired his education in the best schools in the United States. Michael Lacey is a scholar who has managed to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematics. Getting this academic qualification simply means that the businessman has a lot of knowledge on the subject.

Apart from introducing the concept of probability to the mathematics subject, Michael Lacey has contributed to some of the tough topics in the industry such as Harmonic analysis and the Ergodic theory.

The subject has become interesting to pupils in the country because of the concepts brought by Michael and other scholars in the world. Over the years, the businessman has acquired a lot of expertise and knowledge in the industry, and he has won several awards.

Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CVXnps0AAAAJ&hl=en and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509

Eric Lefkofsky, The Answer For Cancer Patient

According to the research of National Cancer Institute, in the year 2014, almost 14.5 million people who are U. S. citizen have cancer, and it is expected to increase its statistic when the 2024 hits and by the year 2024 it is expected to grow by 19 million.

This is where companies like Tempus needed. It is the most sought leading precision medicine that could help and aid cancer patients. It is a technology company that built an operating system to fight cancers. They have an operating system that provides and administer molecular arrangement that analyzes and examine a significant amount of molecular data and when checking the patient’s clinical information after comparing it, makes it easy for the physician to have a better understanding what type of cancer each patient has. For the result, it is easier for the doctors to give more precise care and give the proper medication that works better for the patient and which is not. It also assists the physician to choose the better treatment and medical care.

Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus. He is an American entrepreneur born in Michigan on September 02, of 1969. He got his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.

Eric Lefkofsky helps many foundations as he is an avid and loyal philanthropist. He founded and established the Lefkofsky family foundation in 2006 with the help of his wife. The foundation’s purpose is to give more credit to education, to initiate fundamental human rights, medicine, arts, culture.

In 2013, Eric Lefkofsky and his wife who are both humanitarian decided to share half of their wealth to the Giving Pledge foundation. He is also the co-founder of Lightbank, the co-founder and chairman of Groupon, the co-founder of Uptake technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistic and Innerworkings. He is also the Board of Trustees’ Chairman of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Currently, he got a professorship at the University of Chicago’ Booth School of Business. He is also the author of Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation

In February 2017, Eric Lefkofsky has a net worth of 2.2 billion dollars.

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Betsy DeVos: Overhauling Education

“Betsy DeVos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter” published NYTimes.com discusses the background of the Secretary of Education and why she may not be the person that many people believe her to be. Even though she did not exactly get her way on a recent transgender bathroom issue, she does not give up easily on the things that matter most to her. In fact, she was one of the first people to publicly condemn the decision to rescind that mandate that would allow transgender students to use the bathroom correlating to their preferred genders. She did not stand idly by while that decision was simply made, she was a fierce advocate for the countless students that would have been affected by such a decision.

 

DeVos was not appointed to her position because she was expected to be a puppet to a larger cause. In her native state of Michigan, she earned a reputation as a formidable politician and crusader for education. In addition to her extensive philanthropy into the field of educational charter schools, she is also a prominent member of the Alliance for School Choice, the Action Institute, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and head of the All Children Mater PAC. In fact, the DeVos family has given over one billion dollars to several charitable organizations throughout much of their career. DeVos also has a lot of political experience as well because she has not only served as a Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman, but she has given extensively to the Republican party as a donor. She knows what it takes to get things done correctly, and she has her eyes on meaningful, positive change.

 

Her work in Michigan has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of charter schools. This does not mean that DeVos was done with it. She saw a fundamental flaw in both the charter schools and the public schools, a lack of educational standards. Both school types are miles behind their international competitors. This signifies that even in the private sector there are ways that each institution can improve. DeVos has taken this and others into consideration so that she can use them to inform her future decisions. What DeVos wants people to know is that she is not ignorant, she understands the gravity of her position. She was appointed because she is the best person to get the job done and the education system will thank her for it. Learn more: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20170127/letter-in-support-of-betsy-devos-for-secretary-of-education

How Adding WebRTC Improved Talk Fusions “Live Meeting” Software

Talk Fusion founder and CEO Bob Reina asserts that the updated Live Meetings software with WebRTC is unrivaled by comparable products. An advancement in audio-video communications the new version of Live Meeting works on any current web browser.

The recent upgrade provides smoother operation and greater efficiency. Plug-in downloads have been eliminated simplifying the set-up process. These improvements end issues that could cause a user to be late in joining a conference.

Video and audio are clearer. A redesigned interface provides easier operation for new users. An enhanced security system benefits presenters and participants alike. Learn more about Bob Reina: http://digitalmode.net/2017/07/06/bob-reina-pens-second-article-martech-advisor-powerful-video-marketing-advice

Another improvement to Live Meeting is a “waiting room”. The waiting room is a pre-meeting diagnostic system that a presenter can use to make sure the system is functioning properly before the presentation begins.

Glitches like echoes and distortions that make it harder for the attendees to follow the presentation are gone. Live Meeting can accommodate 500 plus attendees, something no comparable program can do.

In 1990 network marketing was one of the part-time jobs than Police Officer Bob Reina held to pay his way through the University of South Florida. That part-time job would spark a passion that would lead to the founding of Talk Fusion. Read more: Bob Reina Home Business Magazine

Talk Fusion markets programs that enable businesses to reach potential customers through videos. Bob Reina’s first innovation was a method for attaching a video to an email.

Talk Fusion’s success doesn’t just benefit Bob Reina and the company’s Independent Associates. Last year Bob donated $1 million to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. That is not the full extent of his philanthropy.

There are Independent Talk Fusion Associates in 140 countries. Each one is allowed to assist the charity of their choice with fundraising. They do this allowing their charity free use of Talk Fusion’s premier marketing package.

Securus Technologies fights fire with fire in war against prison gangs

Over the last few decades, the prison gangs operating throughout the nation’s criminal justice system have grown from a relatively isolated problem into a nationwide feature of the country’s prisons. Gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and the Black Guerrilla Family are highly organized, well-financed through criminal enterprises and wield an enormous amount of power within the nation’s prison system. One of the main sources of their power has been the ability to effectively communicate with membership on the outside, allowing gang leaders to act with the same level of effectiveness and leadership as if they were walking free on the streets.

 

 

Effective communication is the linchpin of effective organization

 

Many of the nation’s prison gangs are truly formidable organizations. With rigid, hierarchic command structures and a level of regimentation among the lower ranks that rivals anything seen in the elite units of the U.S. military, the nation’s prison gangs operate as part paramilitary-like organizations, part mafia. Most of the activities of these gangs are aimed at earning money. But sometimes, other concerns come to the forefront.

 

One of the most serious problems that has been associated with the rise of the modern U.S. prison gang has been the gang’s ability to undermine the criminal justice system. Through the intimidation of witnesses and even the ordering of hits on snitches and corrections officers, these gangs wield enough power on the outside of prison to make anyone who would think of crossing them to reconsider.

 

The gangs are also able to quickly get vast amounts of detailed information on everything from the criminal records of prospective members to the addresses of corrections officers in the prisons where they are housed. And all of this communication has been greatly facilitated by the use of illegal cell phones.

 

But without the easy access to illegal cellular devices that the gangs currently enjoy, it would be far more difficult for them to continue carrying out their nefarious activities. It is for this reason that Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading inmate communications service providers, has developed a system that it calls the Wireless Containment System. The WCS is able to intercept and block 100 percent of all unauthorized cellular calls emanating from within any prison where it is installed. It is also able to facilitate the location of any cellular device within its operation range that happens to be turned on. This gives officers the capability to locate and confiscate any unauthorized cellular device operating within the prison.

 

The WCS has proven itself to be nearly totally effective. In the few prisons where it has been installed, the system has forced the number of illegal cell phones down to nearly zero.

 

Entertainment, News, and Marketing-NewsWatch Television

Avanca has a new product on the market the Ockel Sirius B pocket PC. Recently Avanca had to organize a crowdfunding in Indiegogo to raise funds for the new product. The primary goal of the organization was to raise about $10,000 in a span of one month. Avanca worked effortlessly to achieve their goal by ensuring that their target was met, as any campaign conducted by indiegogo must hit the target with a period of one month. To even promote their campaign further, Avanca went ahead to hire Newswatch to produce and air their promotion in one minute. Newswatch was to air the advertisement on both their online channels as well as their national Television station. The indiegogo campaign was a great success for Avanca, and within 30 days they managed to raise $456551 accomplishing 2939%.

NewsWatch is a media company based in the United States and began their operations in 1990. The Television channels that air their shows and program on both their National Television and their online channels can also be described as an award-winning channel or media. NewsWatch is the trusted source of various news among them; entertainment, sports, consumer news, travel, health, as well as technology. Their news airs weekly on and monthly respectively on ION Network and AMC Network. The show is hosted by Andrew Tropeano and Amanda Forstrom, Eric Forrest, and Susan Bridges report on special features.

Recently the Television station celebrated 1000 original episodes being in existence for more than 26 years. Ever since their establishment, the media house has been airing over 10,000 individual stories, and covering a broad range of stories in various sectors including, medical, travel, entertainment, charities, finance, the introduction of new products, celebrities, automotive, and public policy issues among many others. NewsWatch has not been one of the most watched channels in the United States but it has also been a great destination for many celebrities and prominent individuals in the country.

 

Academy of Art University Redefines the Future of Fashion

The Academy of Art University is known for its absolute effort toward revamping the future of fashion. Academy of Art University has produced some talented individuals who can leverage their skills with the aim of defining what the ideal future of fashion is composed of. It is one learning institution that uses its resources to augment the innate skills that the learners have so that they can use it not only to gain fame but to touch lives. The past graduates on September 9, 2017, came together to create collections that no one has ever imagined of; it is such an honour to produce such skills in the modern world, that could be what the institution feels at the moment.

 

About Academy of Art University

 

The Academy of Art University (https://www.niche.com/colleges/academy-of-art-university/) was formerly known as the Academy of Art College. It is located in San Francisco; privately owned for-profit art school. The key founder of Academy of Art University was known as Richard S. Stephens. Richard found the academy in 1929 with the aim of embracing arts in the US community and supplying students with knowledge that they need to augment their innate skills. The institution currently has more than 283 educators, alongside 1154 who are part-time teachers. The total population of the learners in the University is approximated to be at least 12,600, according to 2017 statistics. Currently, Academy of Art University is known to be the biggest privately owned learning institutions based in San Francisco. The main campus of the institution is located in new Montgomery Street in the South of Market District.

 

Everything that humans do revolve around art and that is why it is an essential part of life. The Academy of Art University uses the modern learning materials to ensure that the learners have the best knowledge that they can use to make the best items. Technology is one of the components that are used to meet the standards expected of the clients and even the audience. The Academy has realized that by providing the best concepts to the modern learners, there is an impact on the future of fashion, and that is the most important thing. It is obvious that Academy of Art University is trying to influence positively, the way in which people perceive the modern arts.