An Insight on Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Throughout the history of the US, there have been numerous controversial and unusual presidential pardons offered. The most recent one is the pardon issued by President Trump to Joe Arpaio.

Joe is the toughest sheriff in America serving Maricopa County, Arizona. He is famous for his notoriety as well as the wrongful imprisonment of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Michael and Jim were the owners of Village Voice. The two were arrested over ten years ago by the enforcement unit agents of Maricopa County. The order to arrest Jim and Michael was from Joe Arpaio.

Joe Arpaio claimed that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had disclosed details concerning a grand-jury investigation. At the time, Jim and Michael worked with the Village Voice Media Newspaper with the CEO being Jim Larkin. The day of the arrest, the two partners published an article that talked about the investigation of a grand jury in the Phoenix New Times. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Joe Arpaio became frustrated due to the continuous coverage of his law enforcement tactics which were overly aggressive. The sheriff was inaugurated into office in the year 1992.

Various publications had brought up the infamous Tent City of Arpaio as well as his different orders against inmates and women.

In the year 2011, Murray Snow who was the District Judge for the United States told Joe Arpaio that it was illegal to detain immigrants on grounds of suspicion. According to the judge, it was unconstitutional to detain an immigrant since no evidence showed that they did or did not possess proper status. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Although such instances were normally talked about behind closed doors, they resurfaced ten years ago when Joe Arpaio faced a lawsuit. In the lawsuit, Joe Arpaio was accused of violating the Latino rights as well as other immigrant groups. The conditions inmates faced in Tent City were also exposed.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey started to expose Joe to the public after the outcry of the people got their attention. On many instances, they wrote articles about Arpaio and talked about his department on numerous occasions.

It is for these reasons that the two activists got arrested eventually. After 24 days in jail, Larkin and Lacey were released. They then filed a new lawsuit against Joe and exposed his corruption and malpractices. In the end, the lawsuit was settled for approximately $3.7 million.

Due to the experience of Mr. Arpaio as a politician, he managed to find good graces with the administration of Donald Trump. He also endorsed the presidential candidacy of Trump. Due to these, he was pardoned by President Trump.

Jim and Michael teamed up in the year 1972 and started the Phoenix New Times. Within a short period, the campus weekly acquired a wide audience.

The two used the settlement money from their unlawful arrest to start the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The organization was aimed at distributing the proceeds to American-Latin groups across the state of Arizona. Jim and Michael are also the founders of Village Voice Media Holdings.

Stream Cares for Harvey’s Displaced Children

Stream Energy was founded in 2005 when the state of Texas decided to deregulate some of its laws concerning energy usage and consumption habits. What was once a tried-and-true fossil fuel monopoly has now been expanded into renewable energies and more modern technologies. Stream Energy, founded by Rob Schneider and Pierre Koshakji, wisely capitalized on this deregulation and have been able to offer energy to Texans and now Americans all over at a small proportion to the normal cost. In addition to this service, Stream Energy has also been able to provide other services which include wireless cell phone coverage, virtual doctors, VoIP services, cell phone porting, and more. Having been successful in many avenues, they expanded their markets from Texas alone in 2005 to Georgia in 2008 and the Northeast in 2010.

Success in business is great, but it does not account for a lot of the problems that exist in society. Wanting to make an impact and help combat homelessness from one of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of America, Hurricane Harvey, Stream Energy decided to do something about it and created a philanthropic spin-off of their main company named Stream Cares. Stream Cares has partnered with Hope Supply Company, which was founded in 1989. Hope Supply Company helps homeless people in many ways, and has helped Stream to give hundreds of homeless kids a day of fun at the Hawaiian Falls Water Park. At the waterpark they received a packed lunch, a hat, some sandals, and the most important thing of all which is a smile and hope for the future. Hurricane Harvey caused 125 billion dollars worth of damage, which tied Hurricane Katrina as one of the most costly hurricanes in recorded history for America. For more information on Hope Supply Company and Stream Cares, visit Stream Cares’ website here.

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Rocketship Aids Disadvantaged Communities with MAP

Many Studies have shown that students from lower-income families, or poverty-stricken communities, start school behind their proposed grade level. Proficiency-based assessment tracks student growth compared with their grade level. As students from lower-income communities start late they are immediately knocked to the underside of their grade-level’s percentile. For many this puts them at a disadvantage, allowing them no opportunity to catch up. Proficiency-based assessments become a hindrance in these cases as they cannot track individual student growth. Students who are in the bottom percentile of their grade level often drop out, and never attend college. In order to catch up such students have to cram more than a year’s worth of advancement into a single school year. The deck remains firmly stacked against them.

The NWEA measures of academic process, or MAP, pays attention to the individual student regardless of their starting point. Using MAP provides students the growth data necessary to pinpoint curriculum that allows them to catch up to their contemporaries. The system uses growth points to track the students achievement, measuring how far they have come. This is why Rocketship education has been using it since their founding in 2006.

Rocketship education is a network of non-profit elementary charter school focused on helping lower-income communities receive quality education and the attention they need. They use MAP to build individual student curriculum, which allows students to have content to their growth areas. This is just another way the California-based Corporation assists disadvantaged communities, by leveling the playing field so students can excel. Rocketship education is teacher-led, with educators working closely with parents. At Rocketship the parent’s involvement with their children’s education is paramount. Parents are allowed full view of their child’s MAP scores, allowing them to focus on areas of improvement just like the teachers. Together they insure that students stay on the same pace as their grade level. No student is left behind, as all are given the opportunity to catch up.