End Citizen United: Uniting Citizens For A Greater Cause.

End Citizens United (ECU) is a Political Action Committee (PAC) funded by grassroots donors. ECU is a non-profit committee based in Washington, DC and has more than 3 million members. Established on the 1st of March, 2015, the PAC’s purpose is to retaliate against effects of Citizens United and reforming the campaign finance system by putting a stop to Big Money in politics. ECU plans on achieving this by targeting a list of 20 Republican members in Congress in 2018. The PAC is calling this list “the Big Money 20”. The list comprises of Republican politicians that chose their own interests over constituents by accepting large donations and supporting legislations that were beneficial to their donors.

End Citizen United supports Democrats because they believe that they can be the harbingers of meaningful change. They plan on putting a stop to big money in politics and electing campaign finance reform advocates and working with them to undo the work of Citizens United. ECU plans on achieving this feat by spreading the word about the issue of money in politics as a nation-wide priority, utilizing grassroots membership to demonstrate political power and working with ballot measure campaigns to pass pro-reform laws.

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According to ECU’s group executive director, Tiffany Muller, the Big Money 20 are the “worst of the worst in Congress” and their names are: Ted Cruz, Dean Heller, Paul Ryan, Mike Bishop, Rod Blum, Mike Bost, Mike Coffman, Ryan Costello, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Duncan Hunter, Will Hurd, Darrell Issa, Tom MacArthur, Pat Meehan, Erik Paulsen, Rob Pittenger, Dana Rohrbacher, Peter Roskam, Claudia Tenney and Mimi Walters. The PAC hopes to raise and spend $35 million on the 2018 re-elections. According to experts, most names mentioned in the list will be subjected to fairly difficult re-election; however, Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan seem to be incapable of loss. ECU’s big fundraising goals are now dependent on a large number of donations not exceeding $5000 due to the fact that they operate as a conventional PCA.

While the odds may seem formidable, the possibility of this plan coming to fruition is fairly valid due to the PCA having more than 3 million members. According to polls, stopping special interest money in politics is a high priority concern for Americans, after terrorism and job creation which is a crucial aspect that plays in favor of End Citizens United. Tiffany Muller plans on using all of End Citizen United’s resources to try and accomplish results similar to that of the 2016 Nevada Senate race between Joe Heck and Catherine Cortez Masto, where Cortez Masto won a huge amount of favor and support upon incorporating reform messaging in her strategy. With a fair amount of odds playing in their favor, the End Citizen United’s vision might be close to accomplishment.

Find more about End Citizen United: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/end-citizens-united

Larkin and Lacey’s Heroic Lawsuit

What makes someone a real hero? That’s a question that sparks all kinds of answers. To most people, heroes are those who are willing to sacrifice themselves for a greater cause. In that sense, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are most certainly heroes. The two of them achieved what many believed to be impossible.

Lacey and Larkin met in the early 70s after they both dropped out of Arizona State University. Lacey started a small weekly campus newspaper as a response to the ultra-conservative local media. Before long, that paper gain popularity and Larkin joined the team. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

After he joined the team, he and Lacey led Phoenix New Times to the number one spot. A few years later, they bought another newspaper out of Denver. That was their first step to building their multimillion-dollar media conglomerate called Village Voice Media. They ran VVM and New Times until they sold VVM in 2012.

As for Phoenix New Times, that paper was their weapon against a corrupt sheriff. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was described as a racist bigot who got off on persecuting Latinos. Lacey and Larkin stood against his abuse by revealing to the world how disgusting he really was.

The entire situation ended with him having them arrested in the middle of the night. Everyone in Phoenix knew Arpaio’s “Selective Enforcement Unit”. Basically, it was a team of heavily armed deputies that did Arpaio bidding whenever he wanted. He sent these deputies to Lacey and Larkin’s homes, where they forced the two men into unmarked SUVs.

Now, as surprising as that sounds, Arpaio’s actions are far worse. What made him hate Lacey and Larkin so much was their in-depth investigation into his life. They told the world about many of his misdeeds, lessening his reputation in the eyes of many.

The morning after their arrests, the rest of the country heard about what Arpaio was doing. They were immediately released and filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County. During the trial, more of Arpaio’s misdeeds came out. He repeatedly used fake subpoenas to silence his critics, including his assault.

By the end of 2012, the duo finally won their court case. They were awarded $3.7 million, which they used to support migrant-rights groups along the Mexican border. They started the Frontera Fund, which also helps advocate groups of freedom of speech.

Fabletics Growth in the Athleisure Brand

Fabletics an online retail business that deals with women accessories and sportswear has positioned itself strategically in the market. The company enrolled for a membership model that allows them to interact more with their customers. Fabletics offers customized on-trend fashion at subsidized rates from their competitors.

 

Kate Hudson, the co-founder of Fabletics, contributes to the growth of the business to a $250 million business within three years. Market trends change triggered innovation of a different selling mechanism for this company. The subscription mechanism seems to yield results for Kate Hudson brand. The firm will be opening other walk-in stores in Illinois, California, Hawaii, and Florida. Market positioning and strategies for Fabletics has contributed to their growth and yield results for their fashion membership brand.

 

Fabletics Uniqueness in The Reverse Showroom Technique

 

Fabletics have implemented distinctiveness in the browsing. They have focused more in on building customer relationship through improved reliability and making sure they offer results. Fabletics membership is different, 30-50 % of walk-in customers are already members where else 25% get registered before living the store. During the shopping any clothing a customer tries, gets posted in their shopping cart. The destination of purchase does not matter, but the customer receives services whether they buy at store or retail. To find out the Fabletics gear that suits you, you can take a Lifestyle quiz.

 

 

Fabletics the Athleisure Brand

 

Fabletics came into existence in 2013, and within three years Kate Hudson and other founders grew the company revenue to $250 million. Besides her lack of knowledge in entrepreneurship, Kate Hudson the actress was approached by Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg. The three ambitious individuals started the athleisure brand triggered by lack of stylish, quality and well-priced women workout gear. Kate makes sure that athleisure brand meets the expectations of the modern women. She is involved in the design process and works closely with the team. Her keenness in monitoring weekly sales gives an idea of what clothes are selling more in the market.

 

Better Business Bureau rated Fabletics top for its performance and improved customer satisfaction score in 18 months. The company also recorded tripled revenue growth in 2014. In 2015 – 2016 the online retail company grew by 43 % and it is projected to hit a $250 million sales by 2017. Fabletics has a membership pool of 1.2 million members.

 

The two investors and celebrity aim was to offer the best product in the industry at almost half price. Success did not come easy for Fabletics, but hard work and committing to provide quality has yielded results. Through the support of Kate, Fabletics introduced different strategies in their customer service departments. They also managed to install new information systems to make sure they kept track of inventory.

The Successful Lacey-Larkin Frontera Fund

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin established the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Back in 2007, they founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which has grown to be among the most significant Frontera funds in the United States. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was widely known for mistreating people and pushing them away was arrested by Lacey and Larkin. They came from the community of Hispanic and lived in Arizona.

At some point, they were arrested from their homes and taken into custody with no guilt of their own. In the past, the Sheriff had arrested many people especially those who were coming from Latin America and other countries.

Since Mike and Larkin came from media framework, on a spread of the news about their arrest, many people especially who had Latin-American genealogical tree were highly agitated. Lacey and Larkin filed a lawsuit against Arpaio for defamatory pursuance.

They were compensated with $3.75 million settlement. The Frontera fund focuses on supporting groups that champion and relentlessly campaign for domestic, human, and migrant rights in addition to freedom of speech and civic engagement all over Arizona and the Mexican border popularly known as the La Linea Fronteriza.

Lacey and Larkin have always been hopeful to willingly help people and defend them from such malicious acts mainly people from the Hispanic community.

More organizations are being formed across the nation to safeguard the rights of the people. Justice that Works is a non-profit organization that is devoted towards authorizing and unchaining the minorities to become risk-free and healthier. It focuses on protecting their interests and rights through restructuring the judiciary system in Arizona.

Justice for Immigrants and Families Project is an organization geared towards helping non-detained immigrants facing deportation through free or low-cost services which are legally accepted. This is because Arizona is composed of more than 325000people who are unexpressed. It also focuses on promoting access to justice for immigrants in different counties especially Maricopa. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

Other organizations include American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, The Frozen Immigrant and Refugees Act and Promise Arizona among other people. Many detainees in different counties are fighting repatriation.

Majority of them are impoverished and cannot afford to commission lawyers for fair and equitable legal services. These organizations work to help people in detention especially women and unsupported immigrant children, domestic violence survivors and people seeking shelter and protection.