With the current trends in the society, groups fighting for human rights have been playing a vital role. Before the establishment of the groups, the less fortunate in the society were treated as inferiors through exploitation from those in power and the rich.
The groups have since then had a common goal in ensuring all humans are treated equally and their rights upheld. Among their key areas of concern have been civil, human and immigrant rights all which are the key towards upholding a civil society and strengthening the rule of law.
Lacy and Larkin Frontera Fund
This is one of the most vibrant groups that was established and named after its co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two are also the key contributors to the establishment of the Phoenix new times and the village voice media cofounders.
While developing the idea of the human right organization, their main aim was a dedication to funding various migrant rights organizations in Arizona. Before setting up the organization, they had run a story featuring Sherriff Joe Arpaio.
The story led to their arrest, but they were released after one day after demands from locals. It is through this that they made an appeal in court and sued the country over their arrest a case they won and granted a 3.75 million settlement.
This is the resources they used to set up the human right organization that has since then been in defense of the oppressed. More to this, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund organization has been key in fighting for freedom of speech and civil participation of citizens.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
This is yet another organization that has become vibrant of the times. The original set up of the organization was in California where their main aim was fighting for Californian Citizens and immigrant families. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The group has also been key in fighting for the right for human mobility all aimed at contributing to the democracy of the citizens. The main agenda for the establishment of CHIRLA was to nature a society that would allow the inclusion of everyone in the society.
CHIRLA was founded back in 1986 after the amendment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act that was allowing employers to offer jobs to undocumented employees.
This was an act that CHIRLA founders viewed as a method of abuse to workers. To its way of working, CHIRLA utilizes the shifting opinion of the public that aids them in making policies that advocates for human rights.
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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin – Front Page Confidential has Launched
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, after a run in with Joe Arpaio in 2007, had to make some drastic changes in their business lives. They were committed to these changes because, despite them being at it for years, their battle with Joe Arpaio was long from over.
As journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin worked together to lead their team in investigative efforts into Joe Arpaio, who was Sheriff of Maricopa County at the time. The team investigated him because he was known to abuse his power, abuse people, and abuse the justice system. In the Phoenix New Times, they finally published an article that Arpaio believed gave him the right to arrest them. They published the details of a court subpoena.
Joe Arpaio was wrong. The courts decided that in individual has the right to disclose the information in a court subpoena that they have been served. The only laws on the books concerning the release of such information pertains to the issuer of the subpoena, not the recipient. The result of the illegal arrest was a 3.75 million dollar lawsuit towards Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The journalists sold off the Phoenix New Times and set up shop in a more altruistic manner with The Frontera Fund: a charity. In order to assist the victims of Arpaio, who were primarily Hispanic, The Frontera Fund donates money to causes that relate to immigration and assisting the Hispanic community within Arizona.
They haven’t given up on their journalism though. Lacey and Larkin also created Front Page Confidential, where they are still continuing the fight against Joe Arpaio. They have even branched out to a wider range of political opponents. Any politician that wishes to oppress or discriminate will eventually find themselves the topic of an article by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Front Page Confidential launched in August of 2017.