Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey are the founders of New Times.
Mike Lacey is the Media Executive Editor of Village Voice Media. Jim Larkin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Village Voice Media. They have been honored by the ACLU Foundation which is located in Arizona. They have announced the Civil Libertarian of the Year Award to both of them. This award was handed out to them during the annual Bill of Rights Dinner organized by AZ ACLU in the Heard Museum’s Steele Auditorium.
The presentation was made by John Hay who is the ex-President of the ACLU Foundation of Arizona. This was when he also explained how these founders of New Times had been arrested. This was after illegal as well as overbroad grand jury subpoenas had been published. This was in the double-bylined cover story that was titled “Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution.” Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
He also stated how the County Attorney along with the Sheriff had conspired in order to put New Times out of business. Hence they made use of the criminal system. This was done in order to prevent anyone from exercising civil liberties. In this way, the honorees had put these two persons, their families as well as their business at a high degree of risk.
This was when Hay further pointed out that all these events were only a part of the long line of actions that were made to defend civil liberties by the publication, New Times along with its owners.
This honor has been given to these two journalists for all that they have managed to achieve for civil liberties. Hay declared that this arrest by the Sheriff as well as the County Attorney is only one of the incidences. Rather, these two have been defending civil liberties for nearly 38 years now. This is why Hay presented these awards to Michael Lacey as well as Jim Larkin as they have been the Civil Libertarians for the past thirty-eight years.
This was when Lacey and Larkin won a standing ovation from all the attendees at that event. They also gave a speech at the event. Michael Larkin stated that the conflict with Sheriff Joe Arpaio is still not over. He stated that Mr. Arpaio is a thug with guns. Hence everyone at Village Voice Media is prepared to resist him.
This was followed by an address by Jim Lacey where he praised his fellow newspaperman. He stated that the abuses that have been perpetrated by Joe Arpaio along with County Attorney Andrew Thomas are specifically against the Mexican immigrants. This has led to trampling down of the constitutional rights of journalists. He said that they are specifically after the Mexicans.
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Millennials are becoming stronger than ever, even after their suffering during the global recession. They are coming alive with new visionary ideas and strong optimism. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported in 2011, that millennials opened nearly 160,000 new businesses each month. Nearly 27% of all millennials are self-employed. One of America’s rising entrepreneurs is Sawyer Howitt.
Sawyer Howitt graduated from Lincoln High School in Oregon and has already learned the financial and operation aspects of running a successful business. He has discovered unique ways of connecting consumers with different brands. He’s concerned with customer service. He was recently appointed as project manager for Meriwether Group, where he will find ways for businesses to adapt to the ever-changing technologies.
As a bright young millennial, he is working to better his community by donating to a number of charities, mentoring youth and has recently begun fighting for women’s rights. You can find Sawyer Howitt either fishing, playing racquetball or at a Portland Trailblazers game. Sawyer Howitt is succeeding in part due to the easiness of securing small-business loans and security workplaces with short-term leases. This allows for less up-front capital.
Sawyer Howitt has named eight cities that are prime for launching a business and they include: San Francisco, Austin, Salt Lake City, Palo Alto, Denver, Yorba Linda, Minneapolis and Santa Monica. Entrepreneurship captures the interest of established businesses, investors and city officials. Silicon Valley is becoming a thing of the past.
Sawyer spent his time in college focusing on business and finance. He continues to work with projects that seek to change how commerce will work in the future. Sawyer is expected to attend the University of California, Berkeley this fall. He is planning on graduating from the Entrepreneurial Finance degree program. He continues to grow his knowledge through work at the Meriwether Group.
The co-founder and president of Highland Capital, James Dondero, graduated from the University of Virginia with highest honors from the school of Commerce and majors in Finance and Accounting. He has had over 30 years of experience working in credit and equity markets which specialize with high-yield investing. Highland Capital has been dealing in developing Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and credit-oriented solutions since 1993.
Mr. Dondero commenced his career in 1984 as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program. Besides he has worked as the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare and also as a member of the board in the American Banknote and MGM Studios. He is a very hardworking philanthropic individual who supports several initiatives in education and public policy.
Also, James Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). As a result, he earned the right to use the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
This week President James Dondero made an announcement that stated the firm’s decision to award $1 million challenge grant to assist the Family Place. The latter is a leading organization in Dallas that supported family violence victims, and in the coming months, it was targeting to raise at least $2.8 million for its Legacy Campaign. This day was the Family Place’s 21ST Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards.
The Family Place has already raised over $200,000 since October 4 announcement to the Legacy Campaign. The amount will be matched by Highland’s grant of $100,000. As a matter of fact, Highland’s challenge grant plays a vital role in ensuring the attainment of the goal of fundraising $16.5 million with only $2.8 million needed to reach the target.
Dondero said that he was quite impressed by the philanthropic support that took place to the final stage of the campaign in a single year. “We are proud to make investments with various generous individuals in the community,” Dondero said.
The Campaign by the Family Place Legacy had contributed immensely in support of the construction of a centralized Dallas Counseling Center. The Center was meant to provide counseling for victims of violence in the family. The operation of the facility is also under the Family Legacy Campaign.