In Defense of Justice; the Immigrant Defense Project and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
September 15, 2017 — 15:46

Human rights groups world-over, are tasked with safeguarding the rights of every individual regardless of nationality, race, sex or religion. Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is a New York based immigrant rights group, established to fight for fairness and justice.

The group is focused on transforming the racially biased US criminal justice system that has been accused in many quarters of violating basic human rights of thousands of immigrants through illegitimate convictions. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

The role played by Immigrant Defense Project has become even more pivotal in the wake of recent mass deportation of immigrants. The immigrant rights group uses well grounded impact litigation, advisory and training strategies to challenge deeply entrenched policies, laws and rhetoric that demonize immigrants. IDP attorneys have represented hundreds of litigants before the Supreme Court and Circuit Courts of Appeals.

The services are offered through the newly established Padilla Support Center and a dedicated IDP Helpline. The group also offers training, legal defenders and expert legal advice in its effort to support the course of justice.

The legal training program is divided into professional trainings, past trainings and community trainings. Professional trainings are a crucial component of legal training since it intersects Immigration and Criminal Law. Past trainings offer participants the opportunity to review past immigration policies and rulings.

The materials include immigration enforcement under the Priority Enforcement Program and the 2015 and 2016 Supreme Court Immigration decisions.

To achieve its broad aims of bringing meaningful reform in the existing immigration laws, IDP works closely with non-profit organizations, pro-bono law firms and law school clinics. The IDP Advisory Board includes MaryAnn Sung, Marianne Yang and Peter L. Markowitz.

About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund finances organizations advocating for civil and migrant rights across Arizona. The fund was established by journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin using a $3.7 million settlement awarded to them for wrongful arrest by the then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. One of the federal government programs supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

The policy was established in 2012 by President Barrack Obama to help young immigrants residing in the US, obtain work permits and avoid deportation. Over 800,000 young people have benefitted from the program, with majority using the opportunity to pursue studies.

The news that President Trump is disbanding the program was not received well by the general public. In a terse message published at on September 6, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has castigated the decision by the president to end DACA. When news of the decision came out, citizens across the US, politicians and community and religious leaders marched in protest. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

The decision to end DACA according to the fund was made abruptly without making any necessary amends to the DREAM ACT. The decision is believed to have emanated from Right wing elements in the GOP and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The policy is expected to come to an end in 6 months.

Tech entrepreneur Jason Hope Touts Advantages Of Internet Of Things
February 4, 2017 — 2:10

Jason Hope, the Arizona tech entrepreneur famous for founding mobile content provider Jawa, has recently taken to the internet to raise awareness of the almost limitless possibilities that will be unlocked by the coming advent of the Internet of Things. This new dimension of total network reach will usher in an area of such things as self-driving cars and self-opening doors on a level never seen before. But it will also have profound impacts on the daily lives of everyone who interacts with these devices.

Hope predicts that by the year 2020, there will have been an aggregate total of over $6 trillion invested in the rising technology. This will include everything from self-driving delivery trucks to totally automated warehouses to self-adjusting thermostats capable of optimization through the use of sophisticated algorithms. Hope estimates that the cost savings and efficiency gains from this widespread deployment of self-aware devices will be unprecedented. And, unlike some, he is unperturbed by the prospects of quickly spreading automation. He believes that, rather than putting many workers on the bread lines, the reductions in need for labor will bring about such things as the universal basic income and the 15 hour work week.

Many of the predicted gains, Hope avers, will come in the form of automation and the reduction for the need of human intervention in all kinds of industrial processes. However, much of it will also come from simple efficiency gains as devices, hardware and parts become fitted with the means to record, store and retrieve data. One such example is the ability of thermostats to dramatically increase the heating efficiency of buildings. Doors will be fitted with thermometers, barometers and other devices to collect data on the internal ambiance of buildings. Such things as door opening times in winter can have profound impacts on the overall ability of buildings to retain heat.

Hope sees these things as constituting a new era in human history, the age of total technological permeation.

Jason Hope, A Tech Entrepreneur from Arizona
December 29, 2016 — 15:51

Jason Hope is a very talented young man from Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and futurist. Hope has a huge passion for technology and to serve his community. He was raised in Tempe City, Arizona. He went to Arizona State University to acquire a bachelor’s degree in finance. Later he did MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business, ASU. Besides, being an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jason also has a great interest in politics of Arizona. In 2005, Hope founded a company named JAWA; he is the current Chief Executive Officer of the company. He is fond of lavish cars and homes.

Jason Hope gave predictions for the Internet of Things (IoT). According to him, IoT is here to stay. It will change the future of humanity with an ever-growing number of items which are going to be connected in the next decade. He explained that IoT would take a new look as new devices hit the market with their business models and innovative approach. By next five years, IoT will be beyond fitness trackers and smartphone games. He gave an example of Kroger that uses IoT Technology to reduce waste in frozen food aisle.

Jason Hope also said that the next battlefield is mindshare of apps which is going to be a huge challenge for the developers. Internet of Things will add technology to the vehicle which will reduce the temptation to grab the phone because they will be connected to the vehicles.

On December 2010, Jason Hope pledged half a million dollars for SENS Foundation to fight age-related diseases and research of rejuvenation biotechnologies. Hope said that he has a great interest in SENS Foundation and Dr. Grey’s work. He said that their work is vital to the advancement of medicine and problems related to human aging especially diseases like Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer.

Jason Hope has a reputation for being a very skilled futurist. He writes technology articles to share his views. Jason uses his passion and understanding of modern technology to watch the industry and make predictions of technology. He studies technology facets like infrastructure, desktop software, gaming, and apps. He uses technology to give back to his community. He funds college and high school students to bring new ideas to the market.

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