Trade Unionist, James Larkin

James Larkin was born in Ireland. His immigrant parents; Mary Ann McNulty and James Larkin brought him up in slums. Theirs was a struggling family, and James offered his support when he was seven years old. He would go to school and after classes would work so that his family would get something.

This state denied him much formal education, and when his father passed on, he had to quit school. He replaced his father in the company that he worked with. But he only worked with the firm for two years, before he was released.

Employment in Liverpool was not easy to come by, especially for James Larkin, considering that he did not receive much education. He remained unemployed for some time before he landed on a foreman job.

He worked at the docks for quite some time, until a strike that involved foremen took place in 1905. Little did he know that this strike was to transform his life completely.

The National Union of Dock Laborers identified James Larkin and developed an interest towards him. Soon, he joined the union, and a few years later, moved to Dublin.

Jim Larkin did so because of a feud over leadership that involved him and the secretary general of UNDL, James Sexton. James Larkin then deployed militant strikes while in Dublin. He did this without permission from the union. His methods were shocking, and the union had to let him go because they did not agree with him.

James Larkin then formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, ITGWU. He had witnessed the fact that most workers of Irish descent were not treated fairly. This, to him, was not supposed to be so. He, therefore, saw it necessary to bring them all together under one union, both the skilled and those who were unskilled.

The party that followed ITGWU was the Irish Labor Party, which he formed together with James Connolly with the aim of leading strikes to advocate for the rights of workers. The party led several demonstrations and strikes, and so was the lockout of 1913 among. The lockout involved 100,000 workers.

After the great strike, James settled for a few years before moving to the USA. In 1920, he was charged with criminal anarchy and socialism, and was imprisoned. He got pardoned a few years later. James was deported to Ireland the same year. He passed on in 1947.

Learn more about Jim Larkin:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml
http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/

George Soros Knows Why Capitalism May Be Under Siege

George Soros is one of the world’s foremost philanthropists. To date, he has given away $12 billion dollars supporting individuals and organizations across the world who fight to end oppression. The entities that he supports all defend and promote equality and justice. Much of his support helps people who have faced discrimination purely on who they are.

Born in Hungary in 1930, he managed to live through the Nazi occupation of the country from 1944-1945. The Nazis murdered over 500,000 Hungarian Jews during the occupation. His family survived by falsifying their identity papers and hiding their background. His family helped many others to do the same. Much of who he is and what he has accomplished are a direct result of having lived through unimaginable hardships. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.

In 1947, Soros left Budapest for London, and worked as a waiter in a night club and railway porter to pay for his studies at London’s School of Economics. He emigrated to the US in 1956 and mastered the art of investments and finance. This is where he made his fortune.

At an early age he made the connection that money, power, and influence can get things done in the world. It was in 1970 that Soros decided to launch his own hedge fund. Today, his accomplishments include the Open Society Foundation. This is a network of partners who fund projects in more than 100 countries.

He adopted his philosophical views years ago as the result of a book he read called Open Society and its Enemies. Karl Popper’s book makes the case that no ideology has a monopoly on the truth. Today, Soros believes that it may be capitalism that threatens the United States. Learn more about this article at washingtontimes.com.

Societies can only grow and flourish when they allow for a true freedom of expression, governance by the people, and total respect for each person’s individual rights. From South Africa to the Communist Easter Bloc and cultural exchanges between the west and Eastern Europe, Soros has used his money, influence, and power to make a positive change in the world. Every cause that Soros backs exemplifies his ideas and beliefs in an open society.

George Soros owns Soros Fund Management LLC. His firm invests in fixed income and public equity markets. His firm also looks to invest in coal, coke, gold, copper, and other energy resource projects. The firm invests on a global scale. Founded in 1969, Soros Fund Management LLC is based in New York, New York.

Dick DeVos Shows How Career And Philanthropy Can Work Hand In Hand

The first member of the DeVos family I became aware of was Dick DeVos, who became President of AmWay in 1993 after a short, but successful stint as the President of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise; DeVos has become a major part of the philanthropy scene in the U.S. through his devotion to the cause of education reform in many different areas of the U.S.

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An interview with Betsy DeVos in the Philanthropy Roundtable details the work she and her husband, Dick have completed to make sure as many families as possible have access to the best educational options available. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos have both been major donor’s to the Republican party, but have made sure their educational reform options have crossed party lines to take in lawmakers from each and every political party. Dick and Betsy DeVos have also made sure the work they have completed continues when new laws have been passed; the work continues with marketing options paid for by the DeVos family to make sure as many members of communities featuring school choice know of deadlines and their rights as possible.

Dick DeVos has always maintained an interest in the local community of Grand rapids, Michigan the DeVos family have always called home; DeVos has completed many programs in the area designed to aid the local community, including his work with the Grand Action Plan and improvements being made in the airline industry in the area. This devotion to Grand Rapids is something I have always been impressed by and can be seen in his work with his of Windquest Group, which is an investment company DeVos has used to back local businesses he feels are in need of support and an injection of funding, according to Wikipedia.