Category Archives: Philanthropy

The New Management Advisory Council for FAA Meets with Dick Devos

Dick Devos is one of the most prominent businessmen in America. With his former status as President and CEO of Amway, he was able to transcend global marketplaces and rake in record-breaking sales for the company. His business acumen is legendary in other circles as well, and it’s one of the reasons that he was named to the Federal Aviation Administration’s new council in September 2017.

 

For many years, Devos has worked alongside the aviation industry. All of this started in the 1990s when he was trying to help his hometown rapidly grow into a predominant city in Michigan. The Devos family has always donated to the area, contributing over $134 million. Philanthropy has been their way of helping with cultural arts centers, medical facilities, education, and other community organizations.

 

However, Devos has always been a fan of aviation as well. In wanting to grow his home city, he looked for ways to strategize a new industry, a new way of bringing people to the city he loved so much. That started with the Devos Performance Hall and Devos Place Convention Center. Then, he looked to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport as a way to solidify that strategy. He talked to the CEO about expanding what the airport was doing, including new flights that would increase the likelihood of Grand Rapids becoming a place where business conferences were conducted.

 

He started by working with airlines like AirTran Airways. The CEO was a friend of Devos’ and he was able to help by opening up new destinations to some of the prime business conference cities, places such as St. Louis, Vegas, Orlando, and Denver. Once those terminals were opened, new ticket sales were up as well, and the growth became easy to see for the airport.

 

The airport had many changes that were still necessary to make it a business traveler’s airport, but those would not come until much later. In 2018, an estimated $45 million would be put into renovations that would include a business traveler’s center and food court upgrades, as well as new technology throughout the airport. It was these types of changes that would solidify Grand Rapids airport as a place where business travelers were welcome, and it would help set up the area as a business destination.

 

Strategies like this are what the FAA is looking for in order to grow and upgrade airports throughout the country. Their plan for the council was to help with policies and regulations that were receiving updates throughout 2018. This came after President Trump criticized the aviation industry in America, stating that it had fallen behind in other markets.

 

Now Devos will be working with the FAA for another year, meeting with the council every quarter to help decide on future budgets and regulations. His insight will come from his business acumen, but also from his education within the industry. He has co-founded a pilot training school in addition to being a pilot himself. It’s this passion that has made him such a good candidate for the civilian board.

 

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Top Charitable Organizations for Migrant Rights

There have always been charities that help with human, civil, and migrant rights progress, but recently, with the Trump administration targeting immigrants and the freedom of the press, these organizations are needed more now than ever. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The Frontera Fund

The Frontera Fund is a somewhat new organization, dating back to 2013. In the 5 years that The Frontera Fund has been active, they have partnered with dozens of organizations in order to make a change in hundreds of immigrants lives.

Michael and Jim, the founders of The Frontera Fund, aren’t Hispanic, but they focus their organizations efforts on the grounds of common enemies.

Joe Arpaio treated Hispanics horribly during his time as Sheriff Of Maricopa County. Sheriff Joe also targeted Michael and Jim with illegal arrests and unjust subpoenas. This is why Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are helping Hispanics.

The Frontera Fund works with charities such as the ACLU. The official Frontera Fund website also houses a variety of information an immigrant may find useful.

Make the Road New York

This organization is another charity that works in order to advance migrant rights. Make The Road New York specifically addresses the Trump administration in its mission statement, creating solutions to deal with Trump’s harsh policies towards immigration.

Make the Road New York is fighting for the rights of migrants with the organization of mobilization efforts. They also provide legal representation for immigrants and provide housing. Over 17,000 people benefit from the altruism of Make the Road New York every year.

Make the Road New York also has adult literacy programs, children’s education programs, and encourages leadership development by providing skill training and mentorships.

Mariposas Sin Fronteras

This organization’s goal is to assist detained LGBTQ immigrants in being released from these detainment facilities. The title of this organization translates to Butterflies without Borders. In the last six years, Mariposas Sin Fronteras has worked to release 27 detained immigrants from custody. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

The International Refugee Assistance Project

This charitable entity brings together a network of lawyers to provide pro-bono representation for refugees. The International Refugee Assistance Project is doing all they can to keep these refuges away from the dangers of their own country.

The International Refugee Assistance Project cites its values as accountability, innovation, and candor.

About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Philanthropy is not the only noble venture of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. For years, at the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin worked to expose the brutal Sheriff of Maricopa County. In addition to owning The Frontera Fund, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin currently own Front Page Confidential together.

The Immigrants Outcry

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are Arizona state university dropouts and long-term business partners. They came together during students protest against war; they started a campus magazine known as Phoenix New Times to counter-attack the way the media covered the protests. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The company was started with Larkin being the Chief executive officer, and Lacey was the Executive Editor. The company was later sold to voice group back in 2013.

The announcement of Joe Arpaio pardon by President Donald Trump was a significant event to the Latinos especially Larkin and Lacey. While working with the New Times, they had cross paths with the long-serving sheriff, and they were not in good terms.

They, therefore, responded to this pardon announcement with hostility. The sheriff was known for his negative comments on the immigrants he once mentioned that Mexicans should be deported. Back in the day, the sheriff had the two arrested with no clear judgement.

The county had since compensated them with millions of dollars with which they started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund; they used the money to fund various organizations in the state of Arizona. The organizations were specifically those who fought racism and fought for the Latinos and Mexicans in America. Their arrest was however triggered by their past articles. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

In the past, the magazine had published an investigative article on the sheriff’s property. There were claims that the sheriff owned more than he could afford the property was worth more than he could earn per year. The investigative report couldn’t go through because the sheriff issued threats to the newspaper’s reporters, they were also banned from the sheriff’s press briefing.

Before the sheriff had Larkin and Lacey arrested they were to publish an article condemning the evil acts that were happening in the jury. The article was titled Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution. They were however arrested by the sheriff’s goons before the article was released to the public. The arrest, however, happened after a series of revelations from other articles published by the company. The sheriff was however arrested for being racist and unlawful arrests.

In the previous articles, the sheriff unlawful acts have been exposed. The sheriff had a concentration camp where prisoners were wrongfully convicted. Men were thoroughly beaten, sexually assaulted and mistreated.

There was a case of a dead woman due to negligence many deaths were reported from the camp which was publicly known as the Tent City. The sheriff also used his powers wrongfully by using it as a chance to punish his political rivals and those who were criticizing his authority.

Responding to the sheriff’s pardon Lacey said it was an indication that Trump is not intelligent. The country’s judiciary is a failure to the citizens. He also added that the system is a union of corrupt people.

Larkin on the other side described the sheriff as terrible, he, however, said that he respects him for his discernment when it comes to politics. He added that his comments on Trump just added a few voters for Trump.