Backpage Shutdown

On Friday, April 6th 2018, Government agencies seized and shut down backpage.com,   . Even though the ninety-three indictment count does not include sex trafficking, Jim and Michael have long battled accusations of unlawful internet practices.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Federal bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division, US Postal Inspection Service, and US Attorney’s Offices From the districts California, Arizona and Texas.

Cindy McCain who is part of the Arizona Governor’s Human Trafficking Council and the wife current senator John McCain, has for years been voicing against Backpage.com for what she claims is a website that provides consensual adult prostitution and sex trafficking. Mrs. McCain has testified for Congress before on similar issues and has been a voice for (SESTA) Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/

Paul Cambria, Lacey’s Criminal defense attorney and former lawyer for the famous Larry Flint, has stated his client will plead “Not Guilty”. Cambria decried that the actions taken against his client were a violation of his first amendment rights. Cambria told the press the following: “We don’t believe our client has done anything wrong to merit this type of police behavior”.

Any time legal authorities impede by discontinuing a major form of speech, it has a huge effect on freedom rights across this country. We don’t believe that the actions taken against our client are constitutional, and we intend to use the law to uphold the freedoms provided by the constitution”

It is worth mentioning that during the years Lacey and Larkin operated the Phoenix New Times, the paper exposed McClain’s viewpoints on a number of issues. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Village Voice Media | Wikepedia

Not all groups were against the shutdown of Backpage.com. The group for Woman’s March showed support for Lacey and Larkin by stating the following on their Twitter page “the shutting down # Backpage has ramifying effects for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with business partners. This is a clear violation of sex workers rights or women’s rights.”

Former Judge Richard Posner, In statement that could apply to the closing of Backpage, said “anyone who tries to impede expression of ideas and opinions through ‘actions or threats of government authority’ is violating the law of the constitution.

This is not Lacey and Larkin first encounter with authorities regarding the freedom of speech. In 2016 senator Kamala Harris pressed charges against the men. After being arrested and held without bond for days on pimping charges, they fought their case, winning this dismissal by the Supreme Court from California on multiple occasions.

Most recently they were arrested in 2007 by the authorities of Maricopa County on charges of being a whistleblower of grand jury information.

In time, the case was dropped and they ultimately won nearly a $4 million settlement, and used a portion of that to set up the Frontera Fund, a non-profit that donates money to Latin American organizations throughout the State of Arizona

Dick DeVos Works With WIfe Betsy To Bring Opportunity To Michigan Residents

Dick DeVos is a man with a long history of fighting for what he considers to be the best interest of his beloved Grand Rapids, Michigan. This resolve was tested in 1991 when a group of real estate developers announced their plans to build a multi-purpose grand arena a few miles north of downtown Grand Rapids.

 

In response to the news, Mr. DeVos joined efforts with a group of local businessman who shared his belief that the arena would prove to be detrimental to Grand Rapids. The group identified themselves as the Grand Action group and were not only successful at thwarting the plans to build the downtown sports arena but also would go on to be responsible for a number of significant real estate developments in the area themselves.

 

Dick, and wife Betsy DeVos, who is the current United States Secretary of Education, share a sentiment that with the vast fortunes that were inherited from both of their family comes a responsibility to champion the causes of the less fortunate.

 

The couple founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation together and from a period that began in 1989 and extended to 2015 the Foundation gave away $138.7 million. Among the initiatives supported by the DeVos Family Foundation were programs supporting the arts, leadership training programs, and the center of many efforts on the part of the couple: reform in education.

 

The DeVos’ are firm believers in the rights of parents to have a say in where and how education is distributed to their children and have fought long and hard to make this dream a reality for all. And while their efforts to sway public opinion regarding the matter has not always been successful, the setbacks experienced by them has never instigated thoughts of dropping out of the fight.

 

One particular defeat for the school choice movement took place in 2000 when an amendment to the Michigan state constitution that was sponsored by the DeVos and would have provided tax-funded vouchers to lower-income students in the state to attend charter schools was voted against by voters.

 

The DeVos emerged undaunted, however, and soon refocused their advocacy for school choice programs and targeted areas throughout the country. Largely due to the efforts of Dick and Betsy DeVos, 24 states in American, as well as Washington D.C. can now boast of some sort of voucher program allowing students to attend private schools who otherwise would not have been able.

 

In a more personal contribution to the movement, Dick DeVos founded a charter school of his own. The West Michigan Aviation Academy opened its doors to its initial 80 students in 2010 and used abandoned office space at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids as makeshift classrooms. The school grew quickly and just a few years later is the owner of its own building and provides quality educational services for 600 students that reside in seven counties throughout the state of Michigan. The popularity of the school is such that annual spring lotteries have been needed to be used when applications have exceeded openings.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.