Education Secretary Betsy Devos

In 2017 President Donald Trump announced that he would be redacting a federal policy dealing with the rights of transgender high school students. The policy in question allowed transgender students to use their preferred bathroom while attending school and was considered by many on the right to be government overreach.

 

The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, publically supported this decision by the president. In a speech delivered to a group of conservative political figures, she stated that it was the right choice and that she agreed with the president’s reasoning. Reports from within the Department of Education tell a different story, however.

 

In one report, a representative of the gay and transgender community was assured by DeVos that she would oppose the president if he attempted to remove the policy. The same report also stated that DeVos warned employees about the policy removal hours before it was announced by the President.

 

It is unusual for DeVos to change her opinion or waffle when it comes to public policy. She is known by her former constituents for being steadfast, sometimes to a fault. It is this behavior that likely caught the attention of President Trump when he was choosing candidates for the position of Secretary of Education.

 

DeVos was the president’s second choice for the position, being chosen after his first choice declined the offer. DeVos was met with opposition by the Democrats and was faced with committee actions intended to determine if she was suitable for the role of Secretary of Education. Because of this, her confirmation was delayed and she was not officially approved until February of 2017.

 

During her time as Secretary of Education, DeVos has traveled to schools and education centers around the nation in an effort to raise awareness and support of her policies, which include school choice.

 

Under DeVos’s school choice system, students would be able to choose from a variety of public and charter schools. DeVos believes that privatization of the education system can ease some of the issues that the current system faces, such as underfunding. DeVos is also a proponent of a school voucher system, intended to limit class sizes and allow for a more personalized education.

 

To learn more, visit www.betsydevos.com.

Larkin and Lacey defend human rights in Arizona

Some of the worst injustices that involved violation of human rights recently happened in the state of Arizona. The violations were administered over by the Former Sheriff of Maricopa County- Joe Arpaio.

He is the most notorious sheriff of the United States in the recent past. His actions of discriminating the Latinos who were in the country illegally was one of the worst cases ever. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

The worst part about it is that despite all the crimes he committed against immigrants, he has never had to answer charges of committing the crimes. Any attempt made to charge him is thwarted by the government agencies mandated to push charges against him.

He recently earned a pardon from the highest office in the currently – the presidency. President Trump saw nothing he had committed and decided to pardon him.

Joe Arpaio is now a free man after the pardon even after two decades of using an iron fist rule to govern the county. Arpaio who served as the Sheriff for six terms is seen to have used the anti-immigration campaigns to win the sit on the Sheriff numerous times.

He won the hearts of the majority conservatives in the county thereby securing his win since 1992. He was defeated for the first time in 2017. It seemed like the much-awaited fall of Arpaio had finally arrived by President Trump was to save the day for the 85 years old former drugs enforcement officer.

In his term as the Sheriff, he oversaw mistreatment of immigrants through torture and even killing of immigrants, in his popular concentration camps such as the Tent City, he made the lives of the immigrants unbearable.

The concentration camps lacked a supply of basic human needs such as food and water. Temperatures in the camps would rise to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the worst things to ever occur to the immigrants.

Lacey and Larkin took note of the crimes that Arpaio was committing and decided to challenge him. They investigated his actions and published them through the Phoenix News Media outlet which they owned.

His actions became clear to everyone in the country. He was angered by the action of the two journalists to expose him and started a ploy to have them arrested. In October 2007, the two journalists were arrested and taken behind bars in the concentration camps owned by Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

They were later released the following day after a huge outcry from the media channels in the country. Larkin and Lacey did not take the case lying down. They took him to court where the county was charged $3.75 million as compensation for crimes committed on them.

In April 2018. Lacey and Larkin were arrested again. This time, it seems like the government of President Trump is out to finish them by pressing for money laundering charges against the journalists for running a website known as Backpage.com.

They had already sold the website in 2017, and the arrest comes on the backdrop of another website they launched in 2017 known as “Front Page Confidential.”

GEORGE SOROS THE PHILANTHROPIST

George Soros is an American who has his roots in Hungary. He was born in 1930 in Hungary; he later migrated to England and studied in London School of economist for his degree and then his masters in philosophy. His career started by taking jobs at a bank before starting his Hedge fund. Born in the German Nazis era where 500,000 Hungarian Jews were killed, his family survived on having false identity papers. He is today a resident of New York City.

George Soros is a liberal billionaire who occasionally engages in politics by funding Democratic Party candidates. He shot into political limelight when he supported the Democrats to defeat the then President George W Bush in 2004. That political year he spent a total of $27 million on election campaigns. After this, he has proven to be leading funder of the Democratic politics. He also funded the Obama campaign by donating $1 million to the Super PAC. George Soros gave $25 million to the Hillary Clintons campaign to defeat Donald Trump this is according to Politico Podcast. George Soros’ political interest became high in 2016 when his friend of 25 yrs Hillary Clinton wanted to become the president.

They say that his political ambition was motivated by his faith in Clinton and the fear of his business rival Donald Trump who stocks fear. The claims were refuted by his political advisor who says he is against Trump because of his hostility to what Soros cares. He has been a leading businessman who amassed $24.9 billion through currency trade. According to Politico Podcast, George has always wanted to fight for is religious tolerance, criminal justice reforms and immigration reforms. Read his profile at Business Insider.

It is said that Soros was the catalyst that made other wealthy activists such as Tom Steyer, Don Sussman, and Haim Saban donate to Clinton’s campaign. His philanthropic prowess was shown when he gave $13 billion in the past three decades to NGOs that fight for Human rights; expand access to health care and education in the US.

His human rights effort was shown when he financed the Ferguson protest movement. According to financial records viewed by Washington Times democratic-convention-226267, Mr. Soros funded and mobilized groups across the US. According to the tax filing of his foundation the open society foundation it is estimated that Soros gave $33 million in a year to support the groups on the ground activists in Ferguson. Learn more about this article at washingtontimes.com.

His funding to activist groups ensured that a one-day criminal event catapulted into a public worry in less than 24hr of its happening. According to Kenneth Zimmerman, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-Soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur/ the Open Society Foundation director says that their belief is that participating in government is important as it is exercising democracy.

He also added that helping groups in funding their research, data collection, and policy making with the community is important because it makes communities accountable. Lastly, as you have Soros has received doctorate degrees from the University of Oxford. He has also been included into institutional investors Alpha, and in 2014 he was ranked number one in LCH top, 20 managers.

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