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Nathaniel Ru and Sweetgreen

The health and fitness industry has a huge opportunity in the years ahead. Many people today want to improve their overall health and wellness. One of the best ways to do that is through eating healthier food.

Fast food has traditionally served customers who just want food fast and cheap. However, there are some companies that are investing in providing healthy food to customers in a variety of ways. Read more: Nathaniel Ru Blazes a Trail in The Height Food Industry | Affiliate Dork

Nathaniel Ru is a business owner who has had a lot of success with Sweetgreen. This is a company that is growing rapidly. Not only does the company provide great food, but the customer service is among the best in the industry as well.

Starting Out

Nathaniel Ru has led a life with a lot of great experiences. He started off in college getting a business degree. He thought that he wanted to work for a major company. However, he also had a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and helping other people reach their dreams with their fitness.

He decided to combine both passions in his life. When he started Sweetgreen, there were many people who thought he was crazy. Read more: Nathaniel Ru | Crunchbase

The health food industry was still small at that point. He strongly believed in his idea, and he was able to get the capital needed to get started. Although it was tough to be profitable in the beginning, Nathaniel Ru did a great job of adding value to customers and growing the business.

Expansion

With the success of his company, Nathaniel Ru is looking for additional places to build fast food locations. His customer base is around the country.

He wants to grow as quickly as possible, but he also wants to maintain the quality that is in his food. With some of the changes that he is making to the business, he is hoping to serve more customers than ever before.

Nathaniel Ru spends several hours a week giving back to the community. He strongly believes that business owners should help people who live in the local community as much as possible. This is another reason that so many customers love working with Nathaniel Ru and Sweetgreen.

End Citizen United Endorses Krysten Sinema

End Citizen United is a PAC that is focusing on introducing important reforms in the United States. The organization was founded just recently, and it was already making considerable changes in the campaign finance system.

Since it was established, End Citizen United has taken its time to understand American politics, and it has been successful in most of its operations. Last year, the institution played an essential role in the presidential election. Although their presidential candidate did not win the election, the PAC is still determined to make sure that it drives its point home. According to the top leadership of the political action committee, the fans of the organization have been giving a lot of money so that they can ensure that their candidates win in the election campaigns. The institution supports democratic candidates in the elections because of the policies they support.

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A few months after it was introduced into the market to introduce change, the organization shocked many because of the popularity it had acquired. When the founders announced that they would be raising money to support several candidates, people from the six states of America came out and gave more than two million dollars so that they could ensure that the candidates won in the challenging elections. The main aim of the institution is to end the black money that has been given to political campaigns so that they can acquire prominent positions in the country. According to End Citizens United, the black money should never find its way in the American politics. The institution faced a major setback in November last year when the presidential candidate they were supporting lost to Donald Trump. However, this has not affected the institution; they are still looking forward to making changes by electing the right people to the Senate. The Senate will be electing its representatives next year. Political parties are campaigning for their candidates of choice in the challenging races.

Krysten Sinema, one of the most popular congresswomen in the country has announced that she will be in the race. Fortunately, End Citizen United has accepted to endorse Krysten Sinema for the Arizona senatorial race. According to the political action committee, Krysten Sinema is the best candidate for the highly contested race because of various reasons. First of all, when working as a congresswoman, the successful Krysten Sinema proved to the country that she is very honest. Her transparency and accountability when handling all her responsibility have played a fundamental role in her endorsement. Tiffany Muller says that Krysten Sinema is the most suitable person for the senate because she knows the needs of the people. Furthermore, she belongs to the Democratic party, and she has all the qualities of a leader.

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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Bring Hope To Those in Arizona as well as in other areas

Village Voice Media started out as one editor and one publisher. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were responsible for the informafion gathered and what needed to be done to help imigrants and migrants in the United States.

The newspaper in Phoenix was slated as being the alternative weekly paper. They were the only paper that was not afraid to step on toes in order to be heard. When many other papers decided to not publish certain stories, this paper did.

Village Voice Media has been in the news for a number of reasons however the one reason that they are most known for is the 2007 arrest of the founding partners.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had been arrested for leaking grand jury facts and for violating the secrecy laws surrounding grand jury’s. The arresting sheriff, Joe Arpaio roused the men from their beds in the middle of the night and tossing them in police cars and booking them.

The charges that were being brought against Jim and Michael were eventually dropped by the county attorney and the pair sought out financial gains from their wrongful arrest. It was this money that was used to help out immigrants and migrants in the United States.

The money that Jim and Michael received from the settlement was 3.75 million dollars. They established the Frontera Fund to help out those who are Hispanic in Phoenix to get the help they need to be in the United States legally. They also allowed for others to be helped by advocating for civil rights and for enforcing free speech.

A specific organization that the Frontera Fund works closely with is Border Angels. This non-profit organization is based in San Diego and was founded by Enrique Morones in the late 80’s. The main focus of this group is to help migrants get the rights they deserve and to focus on immigration reform. They also are helping to cut down the number of deaths that the border sees each year by helping those find a safer way of entering the country. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

The goal of Border Angels is to engage the community to have the education it needs as well as the awareness through programs which involve taking guided tours into the desert to set water out for the migrants crossing the border to have access to clean drinking water while crossing the border.

They also help others to learn about the border policy surrounding the United States and Mexican border regarding policies and experiences of migrants and immigrants.

In San Diego, the outreach programs through Border Angels helps those in the area to have access to day labor and to receive free legal assistance through programs held in their offices each Tuesday of the month.

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Nathaniel Ru

Nathaniel Ru successfully attained a BS in Finance in 2007 from Georgetown University in the School of Business. After graduating he joined his friends to begin Sweetgreen a famous salad food chain.

The restaurant gets its ingredients around the local town because they trust it is the best. Furthermore, Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman, and Nicolas Jammet also began an event by the name Sweetlife, this event is all about music festivals and of course food, the community is able to come together to be at this event. Various top music artists are also included not forgetting the best chefs too. Read more: Nathaniel Ru | Dynamic Dialogues and  Nathaniel Ru | LinkedIn

The three friends met at the university and more specifically at their entrepreneurship class. They had something in common which is having parents who are great business people and this made their dream easy to achieve.

After graduating, the launching of their fast food chain was held. The trio has specific principles that they obey and they also ensure that their employees follow them, they are; thinking sustainably, keeping it real, making an impact, adding the sweet and ‘win, win win’.

Sweetgreen is an incredible food chain and very helpful, so may pass bye to get their salads and more importantly students stop by after they are done with their lectures. The trio has their salad delivered fresh, organic and healthy.

Sweetgreen is now inclusive of the best food chain in the food industry. Big names such as Danny Meyer, Steve CAS, and Daniel Boulud support the developing business. Their great recipe is extraordinary. The food chain is now in over 40 places.

Nathaniel Ru clarifies that the firm is working on good products that will go around the community as well as other organizations whether local or traditional. The business operation of Sweetgreen is carried out via a website or a mobile app.

Nathaniel Ru and his colleagues ensure that their customers are always served first. They have a situation whereby every year 5 times they close their offices so that together with their employees they can work in the restaurant. The company has presently started a branch in Los Angeles to create more success.

Sweetgreen ensured their staff members have better bonding among them these will make them work swiftly and also Nathaniel Ru provides better environs for them to work hence these motivates them in delivering better services. Lastly, Sweetgreen also ensures that they pay their workers enough salary to take care of the family fully.

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A Look at the Principles and the Wisdom of Kabbalah

Kabbalah is the ancient knowledge that elaborates how life and the universe are interrelated. This wisdom is a paradigm for existence. It teaches that all aspects of life, such as relationships, health, and careers, come from the same source.

Kabbalah tries to explain how life works at the core level. It also teaches people to view life in a particular way that enables them to access the fulfilment they need. Kabbalah principles are in line with teachings of all religious groups, faiths, and ethnicity. One unique aspect of this knowledge is that it emphasizes free will, meaning there is no coercion. Kabbalah seeks to deepen one’s knowledge in understanding of the universe and life.

About Kabbalah Centre

Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization whose main offices are in Los Angeles, California. This institution offers teachings on Kabbalah and courses in the Zohar. Lessons and classes are offered through study groups and city-based centers. This organization’s presentation was developed by Philip Berg and his wife, Karen Berg. The Kabbalah Centre has an international multi-ethnic staff of tutors that guides its global student community.

Kabbalah teachings approach begins with enlightening students about the general knowledge of Kabbalah. This organization also tries to relate religious and spiritual beliefs with the wisdom of Kabbalah. Zohar describes biblical stories such as the passage of red sea to the teachings in the book of Zohar. Kabbalah Centre has published a series of books with Kabbalistic commentaries. This institute also teaches the concept of Klippot, a philosophy that states that everyone has a connection to the metaphysical-spiritual world, which is blocked by Klippot to prevent that intense energy from penetrating the physical body. The Kabbalah Centre is involved in various philanthropic activities. This organization donates to the American Red Cross, Partners in Health, and Habitat for Humanity.

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Thor Halvorssen supports Bernie Sanders with Reservations

The head of the Human Rights foundation, Thor Halvorssen, criticized Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on The Intelligence Report. He appeared with Host Trish Regan on the Fox Business Network show in early March.

Clinton, according to the head of the Human Rights Foundation, has received support from Middle Eastern regimes. Many of these regimes support the use of torture and engage in other human rights violations. The Intelligence Report Guest informed the host that he did not donate to the Clinton campaign. Although Hillary Clinton held no official cabinet position at the time, her husband instituted a policy that let the CIA send people to countries that endorse torture. United States policy changed after the September 11 attacks, and the government began supporting enhanced interrogation techniques. Civil rights groups widely criticized these enhanced interrogation techniques, which included water boarding, as torture.

While he praised the ideals of democratic socialism and said it could work, he also warned that authoritarian candidates may rise to power using the ideals of socialism. As soon as these despots get into power, their promises of helping the people quickly become a human rights nightmare.
Even though Halvorssen (https://about.me/thor.halvorssen) donated to the Sanders campaign, he did so with reservations.

Hugo Chavez represents a modern example of this phenomenon, but the same thing also happened in the Soviet Union. Josef Stalin did not care about the ideals of Karl Marx and was more interested in advancing his own power. The Soviet Dictator may not have committed genocide, but millions of people suffered under his reign.

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Racists Ramifications Ring Out Around the World

We know that racism, sexism and discrimination are still around. Despite the world of the 21st century being a connected, technological wonderland, these archaic issues are prominent today. So, when these wildly debated issues come up in our highly connected world, it’s easy for the entire globe takes notice.

The social networking site Twitter has grown to become a common place for news, debates, and information around the clock. Recently, the “#Woke” campaign has caught the attention of millions. The idea behind the movement encourages becoming aware of everyday controversies (or being “woke” to them), such as racism, sexism, gender issues and more. The movement has garnered a strong following, and early this January in South Africa, that following had a new topic to discuss.

Right at the start of the new year, KwaZula-Natal real estate Penny Sparrow angered millions with a highly controversial post on Facebook. While it’s tradition for many people around the world to celebrate New Year’s Day bay the sea, Sparrow complained specifically about about the crowds on her local beach. She notes a “discomforting” amount of litter and “black on black skins,” remarking further on the beach goers’ apparent “no education whatsoever.” In just a few days, the comment drew international attention, and she has since posted an apology on her Facebook account as well.

But the comments made by Sparrow aren’t just offensive; they carry potentially legal fallout. Brenda Wardle is a legal analyst and the Chief of Operations for the Wardle College of Law. She notes that “… free speech or even freedom of expression, unlike human dignity, is limited by specific clauses in the constitution.” The South African Democratic Alliance has since cut ties with Sparrow, and filed criminal charges against her.

Wardle’s understanding of human rights and their protection under law has made her an advocate for social justice. “Simply put,” she points out, “she unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impaired the dignity of black people by using racially offensive language.” She has taken to multiple social media platforms to address growing concerns of racism and other social injustices.

In addition to the legal ramifications, several people close to Sparrow have been targeted by angered activists. Charmaine Crowie (Sparrow’s daughter) and Jawitz Property (Sparrow’s former employer) have both made statements saying that they don’t share Sparrow’s views. However, for the people of South Africa, it’ll take more than words to heal this wound.


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Balancing Rights Against Freedom Through Woke Twitter

Social and political awareness has found a voice. That voice is manifesting itself in the form of a movement that is taking aggressive action against those that they feel are committing cries of racism. Watching social media posts for what is believed to be insensitive, against the dignity of people because of race, religion or gender is how Woke Twitter is taking a stand against crimes of dignity.

Out of Cape Town South Africa three such perpetrators have been identified. The issue for some is how this new movement is causing irreparable harm to people like the three identified in the real world. People are losing their jobs, their form of self support and their viable way to feed their families.

While any are beginning to take notice of this new movement, it does leave some questions unanswered. Legal analysts, like Brenda Wardle worry about the implications that this movement will have on basic human dignity and rights. She has spent many years aiding the less fortunate in protecting their rights in the workforce, and the community as a whole.

She states that while Woke Twitter is a new idea and does bring to light many racist and derogatory remarks that should not be tolerated in any situation, she also feels that these individuals, in defending those who have been victims are further dehumanizing them. She sites some statements that likens these victims to monkeys in a jungle.

Another aspect of grave concern is the repercussions on the children of those accused. One such child was receiving threatening phone calls because of posts her mother had made. Ms. Wardle, and other activists do not feel that this is the right thing to do. Te best way to deal with the issue of racism is not to terrorize young children.

The key is that while people do have the right to state their own opinion, it should not take precedence to others rights and opinions. The Woke Twitter community feel that more whites in South Africa need to take a stand and speak out on the injustices that are happening all around them.

The online community involved in this situation seems to only offer the advice of staying aware of what is happening. This does not address the racist remarks, nor who gets to make the determination if they are racist at all. Will harmony someday ensue? It will take time to know for sure.

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North Korea’s Youthful Defector

It is a common occurrence for those opposing the government to find themselves in an awkward situation where they could not trace back how they got in, at the first place. For instance, discrimination and cultural differences have lead to the fall of many countries upheavals. Besides, there are some who did not like the situation in their countries, hence making adjustments on how they will establish a new way of life. The brave ones have championed for the formation of the human rights groups that would offer support to other people’s lives. An example of such a person is Yeonmi Park, who is a renowned defector and human rights activist. At only 21, she has managed to prove her country wrong in matters relating to human rights affairs.

Due to political instability in North Korea, Park, and her parents fled to seek refuge in a foreign country. As she grew up, she believed that the North Korean leader was a god who could even read her thinking capability. She had an assurance that anyone who talked negatively about the leadership practice of North Korea would eventually die. Park spent fifteen years in her motherland and the years have been a critical part of her energy to bring salvation of human rights to the country. She later quoted saying that while in North Korea; she could never imagine that some countries offered all rights to their citizens.

Yeonmi once narrated her story on youngvoicesadvocates indicating that living in North Korea was extremely difficult for her family. They experienced all the characteristics of underdeveloped countries that included; poor means of transportation, constant power outages, and a very untidy. Despite all the suffering and continued torment, she was forced into worshiping the authorities, for there was no other option at the time. She was terrified by the way that people could disappear and never be seen again. It was like one day she would disappear too. In one of her speeches, she goes forward to explain how her classmate’s mother was punished publicly in an execution that she attended.

Yeonmi father used to work in a North Korean government where everything seemed okay until when he was arrested for illegal trade. He was jailed and offered hard labor, and it destabilized the family. After a short period, she stopped going to study in her enrolled university and opted to travel to Pyongyang and fled to China.

On getting to China, she realized that North Korean refugees are unrecognizable and had to seek job opportunities to support her life. On the same note, her mother managed to get a job as a dishwasher. She once told her congregation that there were times when she had to pretend that she could not speak for fear of being recognized as a North Korean defector.

Park is now focused on her course and believes that her opinion was right when she opted to move out of North Korea. Most of her family is in North Korea, and they have been kept under close surveillance by the government.

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