Re-living the activism of James Larkin

James Larkin is a renowned activist who was born in 1874 in Liverpool. He died in 1947 in Dublin. James was a strong activist despite having gotten a very minimal formal education due to where he came from.

His determination led to the formation of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, ITGWU. In 1914 when the lockout at Dublin took place, this Union fell apart and Larkin left for the United States of America.

James Larkin was a leader who worked several jobs before he was hired at the Liverpool docks as a foreman. He was a strong believer in fair treatment and opportunity for workers, whether skilled or unskilled.

He, later on, became a member of the National Union of Dock Labourers where he acquired various skills that made him the Organizer of the Union. He used some strike methods that were considered militant and this forced him to be given a transfer to the Dublin offices.

When at Dublin, James saw a need to continue with his activism and he, therefore, founded the ITGWU. Here he brought together skilled, unskilled and industrial workers together to fight for the same course.

The Irish Labour Party was his next agenda. The Party was responsible for many and vigorous strikes including the one that over one hundred thousand workers struck.

This was in 1913 during the Dublin Lockout. The strike went on for over eight months and the workers emerged the winners by succeeding in their fight for employment that was fair for all. Read more: James Larkin | Biography

When he moved to the States, it was because he was looking for money to be able to support a fight against the British. Unfortunately, before he achieved his target, he was arrested and convicted of communism and criminal anarchy.

He was deported to Ireland after his pardon three years later in 1923. When he stepped foot in Ireland, he could not resist his passion for activism, he brought together the workers through the Workers’ Union and this move earned him the Communist International recognition one year later. James was married to Elizabeth and they had been blessed with 4 children.

James will forever be remembered for his organization and fight for workers. His legacy still leaves on, in the unions that exist to fight for the rights of workers to date.

He continued organizing the fight for workers’ rights up until he died in 1947. The last job he had was supervising the WUI’s Thomas Ashe Hall repairs.

Betsy DeVos Says Yes to Voucher and Charter Schools

Betsy DeVos was appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Education by President Donald Trump. Although some believe that her money influenced her position, many know that her competence and dedication to the education sector earned Betsy her current position. In fact, some background research shows that Betsy has a deep background in the education sector and is the best candidate for the job. Although Betsy is given to philanthropy towards political and charitable courses, her priority has for some decades been education. Asked why she has shown consistent interest in the field, Betsy says that she was dissatisfied with the American Public Education System, which tends to discriminate the kids from the wrong Zip Code. According to Betsy, the system denies the children their ability to achieve the American dream. Instead, Betsy and the husband are in favor of the Charter and Voucher Schools, which address the needs of the kids more personally and offer safer environments.

Betsy did not always know about the advantages of the Voucher and Charter systems until some decades back when she attended a parents’ meeting in Potters House School and realized that the environment was safe and more conducive for the kids. Additionally, she noticed that, albeit most parents could not afford the fees in the system, they preferred to put their children through it for it was safer and more beneficial than the old regime. Betsy realized that if most of these parents failed to raise the required fees, their kids would be dropouts within no time. Consequently, Betsy and Dick DeVos –started financing the disadvantaged kids through the school, a thing they still do to date. Moreover, they identified other similar schools, and they give towards the same.

Betsy DeVos has been interested in politics and leadership since an early age. Her first documented attempt in leadership was at Calvin Michigan College, where she was a student representative on many occasions. Betsy always delivered her promises to the student body, leading to her constant re-election. After college, Betsy also took to politics where she has led many political party committees. Betsy was the chair of the Republican Party a position to which she was re-elected four times before resigning.

Betsy DeVos also runs many foundations and firms, whose interest is helping the disadvantaged in the society. Her father and mother the later Edgar and Elsar Prince taught Betsy to give as a way of being good stewards. Consequently, no matter how much Betsy acquires, she believes that she must share it with the less privileged. Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is the primary channel that Betsy uses to touch the society. The foundation’s priority is education-related courses, as the couple believes that helping poor kids attain a brighter future is transformational to the society.

 

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