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/.

Things you need to Know about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Michael and Jim were lately imprisoned with claims of their exposure of details concerning the grand jury investigation. Their imprisonment took place from Joe Arpaio`s order, who is a Sherriff at Maricopa County.

The arrest attracted a lot of public outcry, and many people were not pleased with the act. The two play major roles in the publishing of the Village Voice Media newspaper, and right before their arrest, they had published a paper about the grand jury investigation.

Arpaio was not happy with the wide coverage his oppression against women and inmates, and he probed the two as a result of their publications about him.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin probed the sheriff for his harsh treatment of immigrants in the country to be particular. They have always strived to fight for the rights of every immigrant in the country through their publications. They also addressed the issue of the sheriff detaining immigrants in the United States without any valid reasons, and they expressed their anger towards his actions, terming them as unconstitutional.

Joe Arpaio was charged with violating the rights of Latinos and other immigrant groups, and though he denied the charges, he encouraged his team of employees to continue with the oppression.

The hostile actions of the sheriff were later exposed to the American public through the wide coverage that it attracted from a vast number of media houses in the country.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were later released from prison after spending close to a month in the cells. Due to their disappointment, the two filed a case against Joe Arpaio with the aim of expressing their displease towards him.

The two were later compensated with huge amounts which they used to create the Frontera Fund that would majorly focus on giving the people of Latino their rights. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Besides, the two also conducted a vast number of rallies across the Latino community and promised to fight for their rights as long as the people of the community also cooperated in ensuring that they receive their rights. The Frontera Fund has successfully fought against the evil acts of Joe Arpaio, and as a result, it has turned out to be challenging for him to achieve his unworthy goals.

Arpaio now risks being jailed for over six months through the recent apology he received form president Donald Trump may at some point make it difficult to see him charged for his inhumanity.

Besides launching the Frontera Fund to create the equal and fair treatment of all immigrants in the country, Michael and Jim have also strived to fight for the rights of all journalists in the country. They also launched the Front Page Confidential, a website that majorly focuses on advocating for the freedom of speech of every journalist.

Through the website, the two journalists speak against the arrest and mistreatment of journalists in the country by encouraging the law enforcers in the country to support them in their good deeds.

Michael and Jim also look forward to bringing equality to every person in the country through their foundation.