Fighting for Immigrants’ Rights – Two Organizations at the Forefront

The U.S.A. has been stepping up its efforts to deport people it terms as illegal immigrants. This has become a divisive issue in the country, and many people have stepped up their efforts to protect immigrants’ rights and welfare.

One of the groups that have been at the forefront of this fight is the New York based Freedom for Families human rights organization.

Freedom for Families

Freedom for Families was formed in 2002. It is based in New York and identifies as a multi-ethnic organization. Its members hail from different countries across different continents.

It is made up of people currently facing deportation, people who have beat the authorities, and people generally opposed to the government’s divisive move. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

This organization’s primary goal is to get the lawmakers to repeal policies that are threatening families with division through deportation. It also seeks to unite communities of colors as most of the affected immigrants belong to such. Finally, it seeks to be an authoritative and guidance voice on the subject.

Currently, Freedom for Families serves as an organizing center against deportation. It provides education and support to those facing this disastrous risk. It also campaigns directly for people affected by deportation locally and nationally.

A Growing Risk

The issue of “illegal immigrants” has taken a center-stage in the U.S.A.’s politics and society. President Donald J. Trump rose to power through the promise of ridding the country of illegal immigrants, and since he took office, the authorities have stepped up their efforts.

Today, families are forced to hide or seek refuge in churches in a bid to escape the federal agents and local organizations. Many families have already been divided after their loved ones were deported.

The most recent blow to immigrants came when the President decided to do away with the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. His decision has put over 800,000 young immigrants at risk of being deported – it has also posed a great blow to the country’s economy.

Nevertheless, many organizations have been stepping up to fund immigrants’ rights groups through financial support. For immigrants in Arizona, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has been invaluable.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a fund dedicated to supporting migrant rights associations throughout Arizona financially. It was set up by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists and co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They have been instrumental in exposing breaches of justice in Arizona – in fact, the $3.75 million that they dedicated to their fund came from a settlement that was awarded to them in compensation for their unlawful arrest for doing their work.

The duo revealed that Maricapo County Sherriff Joe Arpaio was abetting grand jury proceedings that were collecting reporters’ notes and articles covering him.

The subpoenas also sought to know the identities of people who read the New Times stories. The sheriff arrested the duo on October 18, 2007, but their appeal succeeded at the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.

Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

Orange Cost College Builds New Planetarium and With it Opportunities

Orange Coast College located in Costa Mesa, California received an incredible donation recently when retired professor Mary McChesney donated $1 million to help with the construction of the new planetarium the school is having built. The new planetarium will feature a Foucault pendulum. This donation means a lot to the school and the community, considering that the original planetarium had been built in the 50s and has less than 40 seats available. The new planetarium will have approximately 129 seats and will also feature an exhibit dedicated to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project will likely be up and running by the fall semester of 2018. OCC’s planetarium will surely prove to be both a fun and educational presence for the college and the surrounding community as a whole.

Since its beginning in 1947, Orange Coast College has been a community college providing Orange County with access to a quality education. This can be assumed by the fact that most students that attend OCC go on to transfer to UC, CSU, or private universities to continue their education. Offering spring, summer, fall and winter classes OCC allows students the opportunity to quickly advance or catch up on their academic work to ensure future success. OCC also offers a variety of educational and career programs, perhaps most notably its public nautical programs. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has fully accredited Orange Coast College, making it a reputable and well established community college for the public to enroll in.

Both men and women can become involved in a variety of team sports at OCC. Whether seeking scholarship opportunities or choosing to play as avid hobbyists, students have a wide selection to chose from, such as baseball, football, basketball, soccer; swimming, cheer/dance, cross country and golf. OCC sets itself apart from many community colleges by providing a versatile athletic department open to students from all walks of life. Anyone living in Orange County seeking to advance their education or career would be well advised to look into attending Orange Coast College as it offers many opportunities for growth and development.

 

Source:

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html

Vijay Eswaran – CEO and Co-founder of QI Group of Companies

Vijay Eswaran is the current Chief Executive Officer and the joint founder of the QI Group of Companies. Vijay Eswaran was born in a Malaysian state called Penang in 1960.

He was educated at the London School of Economics. In 1984, Vijay Eswaran successfully completed his academic degree in socio-economics. Later, he managed to obtain a certification in Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Eswaran then relocated to the United States of America to finish his master of business administration at the Southern Illinois University. Vijay Eswaran started his career journey while doing his studies as a multi-level marketer.

After his graduation, he went back to Malaysia, and worked at eCosways, a Multi-Level Marketing firm based in Malaysia, to expand its operations in marketing.

Moreover, Vijay Eswaran is also the University Council and Chairman of Quest International University Perak, a developed university started by Perak’s State Government. D

r. Vijay has managed to earn himself awards and honors including the International Leader in Global Business Strategies from GOPIO (Global Organization for People of Indian Origin).

Also, he was given a special medal for Education Entrepreneurship and Leadership at 18th Education Summit held in Malaysia. In 2016, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for the best entrepreneur globally.

Presently, he is a member of the board of advisors for both Corporate Malaysia Roundtable and the Global Business Council. He also a partner of the Business Council for Responsibility and Sustainability.

Additionally, Vijay Eswaran is a passionate philanthropist who loves giving back to the society. His charitable acts have been manifested through his various activities including establishing the Malaysian chapter of QI Group known as the VF (Vijayaratnam Foundation) in 2006.

VF is named after Eswaran’s father, Vijayaratnam who was also a philanthropist. He also founded the RHYTHM Foundation. “Raise Yourself to Help Mankind” abbreviated as RHYTHM Foundation is the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) arm of the QI Group.

The QI Group is a multinational company which provides a wide range of services including hospitality, financial, education, and retail to various businesses. The group is focused on assisting business persons to grow through solutions that improve the education sector, employ urban lifestyles, and power entrepreneurship.

The QI Group is constantly developing through its creation of interrelated ventures which ar high-quality, and strategic investment in the global market.

Read more:

Vijay Eswaran – Philanthropies

Vijay Eswaran | Professional Profile – LinkedIn