How Injustice Is Fueling The Fight For Justice

The co-founders of the Phoenix News Times and Village Voice Media created the Frontera Fund to fight for civil, human and migrant rights in the state of Arizona.

The $3.75 million settlement awarded Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin as the results of a suit against the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now being used to fund such causes as the Arizona Justice Project, the Arizona D REAM Act Coalition, Center for Neighborhood Leadership and the American Immigration Council. October 18, 2007, Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent deputies known as the “Selective Enforcement Unit” to handcuff and arrest Mike Lacy and Jim Larkin.

The two co-founders were at the mercy of the man who called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff because the Phoenix News Times published reports of his abuses of power, financial irregularities and mismanagement of the sheriff’s office.

After being forcibly removed from their homes, shoved into unmarked SUVs with Mexican license plates, the executives were later booked into separate jails. Sheriff Arpaio and his allies at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had subpoenas for information such as writers, editors and readers including the readers’ personal browsing histories and IP addresses. All charges were dropped against Lacey and Larkin as a result of a loud national outcry and the two were released from jail withing 24 hours.

After the court ruled that the subpoenas were unlawful and Lacey and Larkin were arrested without probable cause, the $3.7 million was awarded in 2013.

The Frontera Fund was earmarked to help the Hispanic community that had been the victims of racial and civil rights abuses in Arizona. Larkin said he think that the Mexican immigrants who braved the desert to travel to Arizona for work and economic opportunity are a deserving group.

Mike Lacey spoke of the demonizing behavior of Sheriff Joe Arpaio toward Mexican migrants as well as anyone with brown skin, American citizens or not, promoted fear. Fear was further promoted by an advertisement that ran during the 2014 election showing Mexicans crossing the border as ISIS terrorist.

Mike Lacey pointed out that in this country, were are all migrants. With the Statue of Liberty as a constant invitation to the downtrodden to come, the Frontera Fund is helping to deliver on that promise.The Dreamers are more worthy of that promise than most because it was not their choice to be on American soil but one of life’s circumstances.

They have lived their entire lives as Americans, socialized, educated and participating in all the responsibilities of American citizenship. It is unfair to punish this generation. It can be compared to raising animals in captivity than throwing them out in the wild. It is good that the Frontera Fund is looking out for their interest and well being.

It’s No Longer Dating As Usual With Whitney Wolfe’s App, Bumble

Whitney Wolfe who co-founded the dating app Tinder has now brought to the world another dating app, Bumble, which as she says, is unapologetically feminist. The principal characteristics of the app are that women are always the first to make a move.

Bumble, which is headquartered in Austin Texas. In its short time of existence, the app is reported to have attracted over 500 00, users who spend an average of 62 minutes per day on it. Still, the ratio of women to men using the app is higher just as Whitney Wolfe had envisioned. The app is currently free although it is accepted to monetize in the near future.

Among the chief drivers for Bumble is a need to change the dating landscape, with the concern of the bullying nature witnessed on most dating. Among its features is photo verification that decreases users’ fear of being lured into an online relationship with a false identity. The company cites an abuse rate of 0.0005 percent.

Bumble is indeed set to disrupt dating rules as it encourages women to make the first move. The approach is radical and may not apply to the strict followers of dating rules if any such rules ever existed.

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According to Whitney Wolfe, Bumble has so far made significant inroads and has drawn valuable lessons along the way.

Besides the radical approach that Bumble is using, it is also championing online accountability as seen through its photo messaging option. Matched users can send pictures to each other but the photos are watermarked with their names. This discourages the exchange of photos that would only result in a negative effect and experience for the user.

In introducing the app to the mass market Whitney Wolfe borrowed from her experience in Tinder and used universities and colleges as her entry point

At just 27 years of age and with the courage to delve into controversial waters, Whitney Wolfe is bound to make a mark in the digital market bubble.