Stream Energy

Off late, we have seen a lot of organizations that are a part of corporate America to be involved in charitable causes. For some, it is all about the empathy and a kind feeling towards the victims which would eventually help them to augment their reputation in the market and for others, these altruistic efforts are extremely helpful to manage the reputation when there are adverse effects like a decline in profits or any undesirable scandals. Whatever might be the reason, Stream Energy, the Dallas based energy firm, has been extremely aggressive when it comes to helping the communities and transforming their lives for better. Assistance during Hurricane Harvey is just one of the many instances where Stream Energy associates have done an incredible job by providing assistance which is truly something more than mere financial help.

 

Homelessness is another aspect that is very personal to the vision of Stream Energy. The organization and its employees have done a tireless job in tracking the number of homeless people in the Dallas, Texas area and they were quite shocked to see the 24% surge in the homelessness count in the Big D. To facilitate their efforts, Stream Energy has partnered with Dallas based Hope Supply Co. and organized an annual splash event where they did a tremendous job to cover the meal costs of more than a thousand homeless children from the North Texas region.

 

Providing the homeless with food was not the only criteria as a part of the effort. It was more to include the homeless community together and give them an experience of a lifetime. Besides money, many children were also provided with basic supplies, diapers, and clothing. Stream Energy has been directly involved with this noble cause for more than 4 years now. Helping people with suffering has been a part of the company’s vision and their team has put in a lot of hours in identifying the needs as well as helping people and reshaping their lives. While all of his has been quite fruitful to the business, it has also proven how the firms in the Dallas, Texas area have been so much involved in causes like these.

 

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What Was Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Reaction To Trump Pardoning Joe Arpaio

Lacey and Larkin have, for over two decades, not only witnessed the heinous overthrow of morality and law by Joe Arpaio during his tenure as Maricopa County sheriff but also tasted his brutality.

His pardon by President Donald Trump after conviction due to contempt of court, therefore, came as a surprise and disappointment in what seemed to the highest office of the land condoning of overrun of human rights

The genesis of Arpaio’s jail and pardoning

In 1992, Joe Arpaio a retired Drug Enforcement Administration officer was elected to head the Maricopa County sheriff department, a position he would serve for six terms.

Elected as a reform candidate, Arpaio would later remake himself into “America’s toughest Sherriff.” A title earned and maintained through a massive exploitation of human rights.

Lacey and Larkin, publishers with Phoenix New Times, would closely monitor his inhuman actions, especially those relating to the mistreatment of immigrants keenly and report them to the world through the weekly newspaper.

Some of the most atrocious mistreatment of Arpaio’s subjects the two covered includes the mismanagement of county jail that saw a rapid increase in inmate deaths through suicides and beating.

They also highlighted the brazen cover-up of crimes by natives against undocumented immigrants through poor and non-existent investigations as well as the misuse of $100 million jail funds by the Sherriff’s office. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

However, it is his constant unwarranted harassment of the Latinos that gave rise to the Melendres v. Arpaio class action suit in 2013.

In his ruling of the case, US District Judge Murray Snow called for a $70 Million compensation of the offended as well as a litany of reforms in the county administration with a monitor to foresee their implementation.

However, in July 2017, Arpaio was found in contempt of court for defying this order and remanded in a state penitentiary awaiting sentencing, only for the President to come to his rescue.

Lacey and Larkin confrontation with Arpaio

Due to their constant reprimand of Arpaio’s actions and publication of his atrocities in their New Times publication, Lacey and Larkin often found themselves under his radar. He started hatching plans and rooting for their arrest.

In 2013, Arpaio served the two with a subpoena for publishing his official address on their newspaper with strict, albeit unconstitutional, instructions not to disclose the receipt of the notice or their compliance it, which they never obeyed.

The two would go on to narrate how they were later hauled from their homes in the middle of the night by the sheriff’s deputies in unmarked vehicles with Mexican registration plates.

This sparked a public outcry that prompted the district attorney to issue a statement terming their arrest unconstitutional and unwarranted. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The two would later sue the Sherriff for illegal arrest and detention, a suit that led to a $3.5 million settlement in their favour. The settlement also cleared the path for the Melendres v. Arpaio class action.

Larkin and Lacey’s reaction

Shortly after the public announcement that Arpaio was a free man, the two issued statements condemning the president’s action.

They read political mischief in the move arguing that the president only did it as a payback to one of his earliest presidential campaign backers and as a vain attempt to gain the 30% approval ratings dip by Arpio’s sympathizers in Arizona.