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Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey look back at Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s actions

The Frontera fund has been one of the most active advocates of Hispanic issues. It has built a reputation as a serious defender of their rights as well as ensuring that they get fair hearing whenever they are caught up in any situation especially immigration.

The Frontera fund has an interesting history started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the former owners of the Phoenix new times. The duo were some of the most frustrated people when President Trump gave the sheriff a presidential pardon. The sheriff had been a direct contributor to the starting of the Frontera fund.

Back in 2007 after the duo had been intensively reporting on the misdeeds of the sheriff and his department he finally thought that he had them cornered and by issuing them with an overreaching subpoena he was sure it would go his way. The two proceeded to publish the contents of the subpoena, and this would lead to there immediate arrest at the stroke of midnight after the contents of the document appeared on the phoenix new times.

This arrest was the beginning of court battles pitting the two opposing parties against each other. The sheriff soon discovered how unpopular his move was when the outcry from the public from all over the country led him to release them and drop all charged that he had levied against them. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: and

The two were, however, to not let this injustice slide, they went back to court and sued the sheriff’s department for gross violations of there fundamental rights and there first amendment rights. The case went on for some years before the court of appeals finally ruled that indeed the sheriff was guilty of the violation of their first amendment rights.This meant that the county of Maricopa had to settle and settle they did offering the duo 3.75 million dollars the initial capital that was used to start the Frontera fund.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio ran a department that was corrupt and one that thrived on racial profiling, and this was the basis of Melendres v. Arpaio’s a case that has to date cost the Maricopa taxpayer 70 million plus. Judge Bolton found the sheriff guilty of fragrant racial bias and profiling and ordered a raft of measures to correct the same.

This was to be done under the watchful eyes of a monitor appointed by the court. The sheriff would never implement this changes which saw him taken back to court and on July 13 last year he was found guilty by judge G. Marry.

The president was on hand to intervene and grant him a pardon for a man the president long admired. This saved the sheriff from a potential six-month stint in jail. The alliance between the two was observed by Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin as a subversion of justice.

The two have spoken out against the same and stated that it was unfair to those who had over the years been wronged by the sheriff. The sheriff is today a free man but not retired as sheriff since he lost the election to a Democrat in the last elections.

The Kabbalah Centre Focuses on the Youth

The Kabbalah Centre is such an open organization for people to enter and find simple steps to achieve peace and happiness in life. The teachings of Kabbalah benefit people as they go through life and experience constant change and difficult situations. The Kabbalah Centre, based in Los Angeles, does not leave any group out of these teachings, particularly the youth. The teenage years are a time when young people are presented with certain issues for the first time. Teenagers are suddenly faced with more responsibility, relationships around them start shifting, and even they even have to try and understand their feelings which have evolved drastically from prior years. This is why The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles has the TEENS Program.

Teachers, mentors, and guides provide support to teenagers from the ages of 13 to 17. Using the foundation of Kabbalah teachings, teenagers are given the arsenal that they need in order to navigate school, their home life, and their expanding social life. The Kabbalah TEENS Program is definitely a sign of growth that is very different than how Kabbalah teachings were first disseminated. The Kabbalah has been taught for over 4,000 years by master teachers to their students. These teachings were only reserved for well-educated men over the age of 40 in the early years of Kabbalah.

The Kabbalah Centre was established in the early 1980s, and they came along to make these teachings more accessible to virtually anyone. This is what makes the TEENS Program so special. If teenagers are given the proper foundation that they need early on in life, then they will be able to adapt more easily to the constant challenges and changes that adulthood consists of throughout their adult years.

Thor Halvorssen Speaks About The Harm of Socialism

The race to the White House in 2016 has been very entertaining. Many people have compared it to something like American sports. It is very competitive and full of surprises. Most people assume that Hillary Clinton would be inaugurated as the nominee of the democratic party several months ago. Her main competitor is a 70 year old Senator who happens to identify as a democratic socialist named Bernie Sanders. Sanders has done very well in proposing his model of government, particularly in highlighting the positive aspects of socialism. But in this interview, Thor Halvorrsen pointed out that the issue is more complicated than Sanders has proposed. Socialism is not without flaws.

Redistribution of Wealth Does Not End Poverty
One of the main talking points of the Bernie Sanders campaign is to point how rich the top 1% are in contrast to the rest of the nation. The solution that he proposed to this problem is that the nation should increase taxes on the rich and distribute that money to the poor. According to HuffingtonPost, Halvorssen objects to this model. While it may seem appealing, it does not help the poor to develop a finite amount of resources that are evenly distributed among all people. Rather, Halvorssen espoused a free market economy, wherein the wealth is infinite, and the potential for advancement is infinite. While the wealthy will become more wealthy, the poor will as well.

Socialism Is Easy To Abuse
Thor Halvorssen recognizes that there are some sovereign nations wherein socialism has been successful. He pointed to Denmark. But when the government has that much power, it is very easy to abuse. If the wrong person works their way into the government, everything could be overthrown in one fell swoop. The poor could become more poor and basic human rights could be left behind.

He Made A Donation To Sanders
Pragmatically, Halvorssen views Bernie Sanders as the best presidential candidate. Socialism may be a difficult sacrifice to make. But it is a necessary sacrifice and will serve as a bulwark against something much worse in the other candidates.

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