Jim Larkin’s Legacy Grows In The Decades After His Death

The trade union legend, Jim Larkin is now seen as one of the most important members of the trade union movement s his manifesto for the launch of the Irish Labour Party includes many of the rights workers now claim automatically in the 21st-century.

Despite the success he achieved as a trade union organizer and the leader of a newly established political party, Jim Larkin was once almost scrubbed from the annals of history because of a misunderstanding of his goals by a group of Irish newspaper owners.

Jim Larkin had already found himself a target for retribution from his own trade union leaders in his home city of Liverpool who did not appreciate his work as an organizer for the National Dock Laborers Union in 1905 and 1906.

By 1907, the trade union movement in England had effectively banished Larkin to the docks of Dublin where a low percentage of workers were members of any union; the low percentage of workers involved in union activities was seen as a challenge by Larkin as he set out to build a new union from the ground up, the Irish Transport and General Workers Union.

Despite his best efforts, Larkin struggled to find a clear path for the union to take before the 1913 Dublin Lockout which saw an eight-month strike by more than 100,000 workers drew attention to the work of the Liverpool-born union leader. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Biography

Unlike many of his fellow socialists in the trade union movement, Jim Larkin understood the economic aspects of the decisions his union made; a good example of this was the refusal of Larkin to use violence to intimidate strikebreakers as he wished to ensure all businesses remained open during strikes to make sure all union members had jobs to return to after a strike was completed.

Jim Larkin’s place in history alongside his fellow Irish Labour Party founder, James Connolly seemed to have been lost when he arrived in the U.S. in 1914 and was not present at the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Connolly’s death made him a martyr of the freedom movement but Larkin’s work to create a better working framework for Irish workers would eventually see him applauded by scholars and political experts alike.

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Michael Lacey: Master Mathematician

Michael Lacey’s mathematical career began with his childhood love of puzzles and has led him to a career of being a Full Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As well as being a professor, he is also a mentor and a researcher at heart. The VIGRE and MCTP awards that he has directed have helped dozens of students and mathematicians. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509

These awards are training grants by the National Science Foundation and are given to students from undergraduate to post-doctorate levels. Many of the students he has mentored have earned fantastic jobs in the industry and academia. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance

He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Univesity of Texas in 1981 and the University of Illinois in 1987. His doctorates was guided by Walter Philipp, with whom he completed his thesis on Banach Spaces. Banach spaces are completed normed vector spaces first studied by Polish mathematician Stefan Bach in the early 1920’s.

After earning a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation in 1989, he began studying the bilinear Hilbert transform. The work he did with Christoph Thiele on the subject earned the pair the Salem Prize in 1996. At the time, Michael Lacey held the position of assistant professor at Indiana University.

In 1996, Michael Lacey became an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This position became a Full Professorship in 2001. Michael Lacey still holds this position today and as of 2017 is the Associate Chair for Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Guggenheim Fellow was awarded to Lacey in 2004, this award is only given to 2 to 4 mathematicians each year. He has ad fellowships through Fulbright, the Simons Foundation, and the American Mathematical Society.

Michael Lacey has given presentations around the world and is frequently asked to speak at universities throughout the United States.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: The Immigrant’s Guardians

Impunities such as Police injustice, terrorism, exploitation, and lack of regard for human rights are just a few of the many terrors experienced by people in different parts of the world. More people are rising in protest to condemn these acts of injustice, they want their voice heard, and they refuse to stay silent.

Relentlessly, people gather in groups, and hold peaceful demonstrations, chanting slogans, and holding placards, marching in the streets hoping to make a difference towards a passionate cause. Such groups are highlighted below.

The Larkin and Lacy Frontera fund

They have been very vocal particularly on matters concerning migrant rights. This fund was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, with an aim of funding organizations which advocate for migrant and human rights in Arizona.

The two journalists won a court battle, and were awarded $3.75 million in settlement, after facing wrongful arrest by County Sheriff of Maricopa, Joe Apario.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund now looks to use the money to support groups and organizations that fight for migrant, civil, and human rights in the larger Arizona region. The two are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

The Advocates for Human Rights

Among the leading civil and human rights groups in the world. Their efforts are focused both locally and internationally. For over three decades they have vigorously remained vocal in matters affecting peoples’ rights. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

They have helped Children, women and families regain their dignity be ensuring the reinforcement of the law equally among all including the immigrants.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Another group that is just as passionate about migrant rights. They voice their opinions promoting an all-inclusive society that does not seclude Immigrants.

The organization started after the realization of the 1986 Immigration reform and Control Act that called for a halt in employment of workers who were not documented. The group saw this as a loophole that could lead to exploitation and abuse of workers, most of whom are immigrants. They strongly differed and fought against the law.

Amazon Watch

This group is involved in joint efforts with other indigenous organizations and environmental groups to advocate for migrant rights.

This group was formed after observing an increase in gas line projects and oil projects which often lead to exploitation of indigenous people if not watched. They concentrate their efforts in the Amazon areas.

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

They work vigorously in conjunction with the above groups to protect the human and civil rights of immigrants. Through litigation, advocacy, and outreach efforts, they have changed peoples’ lives, and helped ensure proper treatment of immigrants.

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Betsy DeVos- A Career Devoted To Educational Change

Betsy DeVos has spent her entire life dedicated to education. From a young age she has had a passion for the educational system and making sure all students have the same opportunities, regardless of their background. Throughout her career she has given not only her time but her money to support causes that she felt improved the educational system. Recently DeVos sat down with Philanthropy Roundtable to shave some insight into her passion for giving to education.

Betsy DeVos desire for giving to education dates back to a single experience she had as a mother. Betsy took her own children to visit Potter’s House Christian School in Michigan. During her visit DeVos was very moved by what she witnessed. DeVos saw a number parents who were dedicated and going above and beyond to make sure their kids went to school in a good environment, one in which learning was a top priority. DeVos continued to visit the school and eventually began helping students at the school with tuition.

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DeVos was not satisfied with what she was doing. She and her family became committed to doing everything they could to help more children. Her husband eventually ran for and was elected to State Board of Education in Michigan in 1990. Betsy herself decided to start a scholarship fund in order to help give more kids the opportunities they deserved. Her dedication would eventually extend even further. DeVos was a member of two national charities that were both dedicated to working to expand educational choices through vouchers and tax credits. These two groups included Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Furthermore she is also responsible for a tax-credit scholarship program in Florida. This program has experienced the country’s longest period of broad educational choice.

Currently DeVos is serving in perhaps her most influential role as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. She has spent a lifetime of work to get to this point. She credits watching her mother work as a public school teacher in Michigan as a big part of her inspiration to help the educational system. DeVos worked as a in-school mentor for at-risk children in Michigan for more than a decade. Her resume includes serving as chairman of The Windquest Group, an investment management firm. Betsy Devos also served on numerous charitable boards. These groups include Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. DeVos is a graduate of Calvin College in Michigan. She and her family continue to be dedicated to the cause of improving educational opportunities for all children. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.

The Real Dick DeVos: Highlighting his Professional and Personal Approach to Philanthropy

Many people know that Dick DeVos and his family have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable organizations. Not many people realize that they ranked number 24 on Forbes’ “America’s Top Givers” list. It is important to highlight Dick DeVos’s philanthropic approach to creating a better world. He truly believes that it is more important to share his wealth and use his notoriety to advocate for those in need rather than to flaunt it for show. He also believes in the importance of giving in such a manner that people benefit directly. He strives to separate his spirit of giving from political advancements.

 

Dick explains that their primary focus of giving is aiding in the improvement of the American education system. He is passionate about bringing education into the public light as a civil rights issue. Dick acknowledges that the need for improvement stems from systemic issues and lack of funding, rather than deficiencies among employees and administrators in education. He understands that the source of the problem is an approach to education that assumes all students have the same needs and need the same services. He therefore aims to ensure that all children have equal access to the quality of education they need to pursue their dreams.

 

In addition to contributing generously to monetary need, Dick also participates in action-oriented philanthropy. He and his family founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy. He works to promote the development of STEM education. Perhaps the most inspiring aspect of this school is that a large portion of the students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The school focuses not just on increasing test scores, but also on helping students develop positive attitudes towards education and pride in the impact they are making on their own lives and on the world.

 

Dick DeVos’s philanthropic philosophy extends deep into his personal life. He publicly acknowledges the success of students of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, and speaks about them with pride, referring to them as “our kids.” He openly demonstrates his support for a wide variety issues, events, people, and businesses all over Michigan. He has stablished himself as a leader who is strong in community values, and people of the community respond with resounding gratitude.