Ryan J. Farrick

Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.

James “Whitey” Bulger’s Family Will Sue in Crime Boss’s Killing

The family of deceased Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the government. Bulger, reports Fox News, was killed inside a West Virginia prison just over a month ago. The circumstances surrounding his death remain uncertain. Hank Brennan, described by Fox as Bulger’s long-time attorney, told the Wall Street

African-American Factory Workers Sue General Motors

Nine African-American workers say they faced regular racism and severe harassment at General Motors Co.’s Toledo, OH, factory. The Toledo Blade reports that the nine employees—some of whom have since left GM—claim the company allowed overt racism, lending to a hostile work environment and fear-infused atmosphere. A lawsuit filed by the group claims that complaints

Bullied Iowa Student Settles With Waukee Schools

An Iowa student whose parents say she was bullied without consequence has reached a settlement with her local school district. The Des Moines Register reports that the parents of 11-year old Berkley Maschka filed a federal lawsuit against Waukee Community School District, claiming its administrators did nothing to protect the girl from ongoing harassment. When

Baltimore Lawsuit Wants Immigrants Back on Public Benefits

Baltimore is filing a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that President Trump’s penalization of legal immigrants who use public benefits has had a profoundly negative effect on local communities. The Washington Post reports that Baltimore believes the administration’s expanded definition of ‘public charges’ is threatening the city’s immigrants and its efforts toward revival. “The

Montana A.G. Tim Fox Tries to Move Missoula Gun Fight to Supreme Court

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is taking a challenge to Missoula City’s gun ordinances to the state supreme court. Fox already lodged an appeal with Missoula District Court, which didn’t pass muster. The petition for escalation to the Supreme Court was filed on November 29th. However, Fox has yet to file an opening brief. The

9th Circuit Won’t Let Trump Toss Immigrants’ Asylum Applications

On Friday, a U.S. appeals court refuse to let the Trump administration discard asylum applications from immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. POLITICO reports that, in a split 2-1 decision, judges of the 9th Circuit Court determined that the ban is incompatible with existing law. “Just as we may not, as we are often

Trump’s “Public Charges” Declaration Riles up Immigration Advocates

A Trump administration initiative that’d brand some immigrants “public charges” is provoking harsh reactions from across the country. The Department of Homeland Security, which is nearing the end of its public comment phase, would make it more difficult for some migrants to renew visas or receive authorization to reside in the United States. Under its

Microsoft Asks Governments to Regulate Facial Recognition Technology

Microsoft is asking governments around the world to adopt legislation geared toward regulating the use of facial recognition technology. The request was released Friday by the company’s president, Brad Smith. And while it may seem unusual that an oft-criticized tech company wants restraints on its own products, Smith voiced concern about the spread of powerful

NYT: Trump Organization Employs, Uses Illegal Immigrants

The Trump Organization has responded to claims that elite properties owned by the president employ illegal immigrants en masse. “We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and very strict hiring practices,” a Trump spokesperson told Fox News in an e-mailed statement. “If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent