Nexus CEO Mike Donovan: Local Police Must Be Accredited

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In case you missed it, I penned an op-ed that was published in The Daily News Record earlier this week about the need for our local law enforcement and jails to be accredited.

Accreditation — the word sounds like something we would want in organizations providing services to our communities. Particularly when those agencies have the responsibility of keeping our communities safe and guarding the constitutional rights of all citizens. Would it surprise you to know that some police agencies and jails in our community are not accredited? Would it surprise you more to learn that some don’t even want to be?

 Click here to read the full op-ed.

We Stand by Sadie Elledge

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Like so many people in our community and around the country, I was outraged when I heard about what happened to Sadie Elledge, the young waitress at Jess’s who instead of a tip, a guest left her a hateful message on a receipt. Racism is unacceptable anywhere in our society, and it’s especially troublesome when it happens around the corner from our office.

At Nexus, we’re all about supporting the Latino community by reuniting families that have been separated by immigration detention and offering them free legal support. We also take a firm stance against hate speech, and are there for its victims in times of need.

Sadie’s story touched out hearts. It’s so important for young people to get a good start on life and know that the world can be a truly beautiful place filled with love and opportunities. Sadie, and people like her, deserve every chance to pursue their dreams.

That’s why we are proud to announce today that we have offered Sadie, and she has accepted, a two-year scholarship at Blue Ridge Community College. I’m sure that Sadie has a bright future ahead of her and we are proud to stand by her.

Nexus CEO Mike Donovan Commends the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office for its Exemplary Performance on I-81

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“I commend the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Donald Smith for their performance in the arrest of a suspect after a heated car chase along Interstate 81. The deputies involved demonstrated incredible care, restraint, and professionalism in discharging their duties—even when their own lives were in danger. As we have witnessed in other cities, such incidents and even routine police stops, can often become violent, which is why we should praise our local officers for their exemplary conduct and civility last night.”

Nexus CEO Mike Donovan Praises the Justice Department’s Decision to Stop Using Private Prisons

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“We can never truly hope to reduce recidivism and welcome offenders back into society as long as they are served by private prisons that depend upon returning clientele to protect their financial bottom lines. Today’s decision by the Justice Department is a significant first step toward moving beyond a system that by design creates a permanent underclass of citizens. I urge the Administration to continue pursuing opportunities for significant criminal justice, money bail, and prison reforms, and hope that this departure from the use of private prisons will be adopted in the context of civil immigration detention as well.”

Breaking Through: The DNC, Harrisonburg’s Resettlement Center, and Nexus

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In this week’s episode of Breaking Through, Evan Ajin, David Briggman, and Jim Hershberger discussed the work of the Harrisonburg Resettlement Center, which has helped thousands of refugees.  In addition, this week’s guests discussed the the Democratic National Convention, which attracted a diverse spectrum of participants.

Breaking Through also examined how Rockingham County residents can fix/pump their septic systems with help from grants given by the Shenandoah Valley Soil Water and Conservation District.

Finally, Mike Donovan discussed Nexus Services’ employee court system.

 

Breaking Through Radio: Racial Tensions, the American “Melting Pot,” and Missing Evidence

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In this week’s broadcast of Breaking Through radio, Mike Donovan discussed the development of racial tensions in society and the importance of developing equality in America today. Following, Donovan, Evan Ajin, and David Briggman shift to express their opinions on individualism, diversity, and America as a “melting pot”. Finally, Briggman and Donovan spoke on Augusta County Sheriff office’s missing evidence scandal.

Mike Donovan’s Op-ed in Fox News Latino

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Nexus CEO Mike Donovan recently penned an op-ed that was featured in Fox News Latino:

We’ve heard the rags-to-riches stories of immigrants who come to this country with very little and make a better life for themselves, achieving the American Dream. These are the profiles of famous Hispanic celebrities, policy makers, business owners and sports heroes who are highlighted in the media and become the benchmark for Latino success in the U.S. But what about the thousands of undocumented immigrants we don’t see in the glossies who are currently in detention, without the privilege to freely live, work, or defend themselves in court?

Click here to read Mike Donovan’s op-ed.

Breaking Through: Politics, Dominion Power, and Nexus Helping Children

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In this week’s episode of Breaking Through, 
Republican and Democratic National Conventions elicit a political discussion between Andrew Jones, David Briggman, and Christopher Jones, the mayor of Harrisonburg.

Also, Breaking Through examines the adverse effect of Dominion Power’s pipeline with local guestsFinally, Nexus Services partners with Dairy Queen to support the Children’s Miracle Network as well as UVA’s Children’s Hospital.

Mike Donovan’s Commentary Featured in The News Virginian

Nexus Services, Inc. CEO Mike Donovan’s recent commentary on President Obama’s commutations was featured in The News Virginian:

Taking a different view on the commutations is Nexus Services president and CEO Mike Donovan. Nexus, based in Verona, provides GPS tracking of immigrants and also offers pro bono legal services.

Donovan said he applauds the president’s “historic decision to grant clemency to 214 nonviolent federal inmates. Most of these individuals were low-level drug offenders and many were serving life sentences under outdated sentencing guidelines.”

To read the full article, click here.