Sightsavers Works Fiercely For The Rights Of The Disabled

Of all the groups that face discrimination, the handicapped are perhaps the most disadvantaged of all. While there are many reasons for which one might face discrimination of one sort or another, the physically handicapped are some of the only ones who face a very real physical limitation. However, there is absolutely no reason why such people cannot lead healthy and productive lives. Society has many needs, and a person can usually find a place to contribute in spite of a physical limitation.


It is an uncomfortable fact that 80% of the world’s disabled individuals live in third world countries, where there is neither the understanding nor the resources to take care of their needs properly. An affliction of the eyes, in particular, can be a death sentence in these parts of the world.


It is with this understanding that the Global Disability Summit attempts to change these problems. Their work is intended to call attention to the problems faced by disabled individuals every day and to call for greater protections upon the rights of the disabled. The summit was attended this past year by 800 delegates from around the world, and representatives from certain companies as well.


One of those is a UK-based charity called Sightsavers. Sightsavers works throughout the under-developed world to help treat the causes of avoidable blindness and to promote eye health in general. Sightsavers took a very strong and straightforward role in this most recent summit, calling on all member nations to not only guarantee the rights of the disabled but also to guarantee accountability and transparency in the reporting of the same.


With over 300 signatories to this agreement, it would be very hard to call the summit a failure. And beyond the signing of the agreement, a number of countries agreed to specific measures that they would take to help ensure the rights, dignity, and inclusion of those who suffer from disabilities. Nine countries promised to change their laws. Eighteen governments agreed to enact new policies. Thirty-three signatories made monetary contributions, with the largest amount coming from Australia. Australia pledged a total of 16.4 Million for aid to Syria. The UN also got on board with a pledge to change UN policies to allow for greater inclusion within their agencies.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin condemn violation of human rights in Maricopa

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin created the Frontera Fund, an organization that supports protection of human and civil rights in the state of Arizona.

They created this organization so that they could stop the numerous cases where immigrants living in the state were subjected to discriminatory treatment. No other state in the United States has recorded a high number of racial discriminations cases against Latinos like Arizona.

Lacey and Larkin saw it fit to fight the oppression that was facing the immigrants by establishing an organization that would help rights defenders to carry out their role.

Since it was established, the Frontera Fund has worked with tens of organizations, all involved in various activities of defending the immigrants’ community against discrimination.

Lacey and Larkin created the foundation after winning a court case in which they had taken the state to court accusing it of breaking the law when arresting them in 2007.

The court gave them $3.75 million which they are now using to carry out the campaigns they have against the oppression of immigrants in Arizona.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have done a commendable job of fighting injustices for the past four decades. They have used the media outlets to push for justice for all. They are the former owners of the Village Voice Media, a company that owned 17 publications one of them being the Phoenix New Times.

The Phoenix New Times was widely used in exposing the actions of the Former Sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was an anti-immigration crusader who did not allow undocumented immigrants to live peacefully in his county. He would arrest anyone he suspected of not having identification documents allowing them to be in the country.

Lacey and Larkin used the Phoenix New Times to expose Joe Arpaio after realizing that he was torturing many immigrants living in Maricopa in illegal jails he had created for that purpose.

They went behind the scenes to investigate all the rot that as happening and what they found out was worrying.

Hundreds of immigrants were held in poorly maintained tent jails with unbearable living conditions. On top of that, they were tortured and some even killed by officers under the orders of the sheriff. Arpaio labelled himself "America’s Toughest Sheriff" as a sign of intolerance to the rule of law.

Arpaio ruled Maricopa County for 24 years and was finally bundled out of the seat in 2017 after years of using his office to shield himself from prosecution. After his ouster, he was charged with ignorance to court orders given in an earlier court case.

He pleaded guilty and a sentencing date was scheduled towards the end of the year. The sentencing however never took place after President Trump pardoned him. Read more: Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

Lacey and Larkin are concerned that the immigrants were denied justice by the president.

The fact that Arpaio has gotten away with some serious case of human rights violations in the 21st century is a clear indication that the current administration has no place for multicultural society.

Noted Chicago Business Man & Philanthropist Perry Mandera Discusses Business in Wide-Ranging Interview

Founder & CEO of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera, engaged in a conversation with IdeaMensch covering a range of topics, including his dedication to philanthropy, the entrepreneurial principles that drive how he operates his business and what a typical day looks like for him.


In the interview, Mandera briefly described his daily schedule, one which includes composing up to three hundred business emails, lunching daily with clients and employees and attending nightly events or meetups up to four times a week, all in service of his ever-expanding business. He would go on to describe himself as a perfectionist when describing habits that make him productive, and highlighted this as a mindset he tries to instill in his employees. “My logic is that if you train people to do it right the first time, you avoid a domino effect of others having to fix your mistakes,” Mandera said.


Mandera also discussed his dedication to philanthropy, particularly as it relates to children, declaring, “I love helping people in need. I have a soft spot for children. I try to help them have better tomorrows, financially. Whether it’s helping with their family, tuition, clothing, food, you name it.”


Perry Mandera is the founder and CEO of The Custom Companies Inc., a freighting and transportation company founded in 1986. A Marine Corps veteran, Perry Mandera first became involved in transportation tour of duty where he aided logistically by trucking supplies and personnel. After earning an honorable discharge, he would work for a few years in the transportation industry before opening a business in 1980.


Mandera would run for office and win election in 1984 into Chicago’s 26th Ward. He would sell his business the next year, and launch The Custom Companies the year after that. Today, the Northlake-based company generates around $2 million annually in revenue and employs in the hundreds.


Perry Mandera, in addition to his business success, is well known for his charitable efforts. He operates the Custom Cares Charities, which distributes a portion of The Custom Companies’ profits to various organizations.


IC System has been around for more than 80 years providing accounts receivables services to their patients who seek debt freedom. Founder Ruth and Jack Erickson founded the company in 1938 outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. The company was founded on principles centered on providing honest and ethical services to patients and clients involved in each case.

Throughout the years the company has been handed down through three generations of Erickson family members, eventually becoming a finalist for the better business bureaus Torch awards for ethics for three consecutive years under the Erickson families leadership. The company is the leader  in its industry, and the first debt collection agency to transition to computers from typewriters in the country. Their innovative practices with IC systems follows the latest regulatory standards such as CFPB, TCPA, AND 501®.

IC Systems is not just the leader in its industry in innovation and all-around effectiveness in their tactics, they are also the leader in their industry in their philanthropic practices. IC Systems is the most charitable debt collection company in the Country through its variety of corporate responsibility initiatives, donating time, services, money, and resources to each community it represents. The company also encourages employees to contribute to their charitable spirits, by donating to organizations such as the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, Toys for Tots, and others. The Philanthropic practices of the company obligate it to also exercise corporate responsibility through using sustainable practices, such as emphasizing carbon neutrality through effective use of energy and renewable resources, the company considers the environmental impact when making purchasing choices for the infrastructure of land.

IC system is licensed and bonded in every state and territory in the US following all necessary requirements. The company is also Able to collect debts in all 50 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico through the study of all company patients who seek to remedy their debts. Ic Systems remedying of US debtors debt comes from the company’s research of their patients in each US State and Territory. The research concluded that many of the individuals with past-due balances have them due to living in areas that are extremely distant from their original area of service due to family relocation and life circumstances. In a majority of cases, it was found that many of the individuals may have relocated several hundreds of miles away from their original location of acquiring debt and may also live in a completely different state altogether.

IC systems Remedy the debt of US citizens by ensuring that the company has locations and is licensed and bonded in all 50 State sand US territories providing convenience and outstanding service to clients and patients alike. All patients can utilize many of their numerous locations found virtually everywhere in the US and all of its territories, making IC system the most efficient accounts receivables company in the country!