People will always be entitled to having their rights. This is because every individual needs to feel safe and free to do what their hearts desire as long as it is correct with others. Despite this being a reality everyone would like to be exposed to, it is not. Day in day out at least there is someone who’s right is being curtailed because of one reason or the other.

It may be because of differences in race, selfishness among other reasons. Because of that, so many groups have sprouted with the aim of fighting for rights of the people who are denied to experience that. These groups are all over the world because unfortunately this is a problem experienced everywhere and they fight for migrants, civil and human rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Amazon watch is such a group. Based in San Francisco and working in the Amazon basin, their primary goal is towards fighting for the rights of indigenous’ people. This area is developing so fast and having massive projects like the oil and gas pipeline.

It is evident that when such projects begin mushrooming in a place, they attract many people. Therefore, the Amazon watch ensures that its population is not left out.

Another group that is doing a magnificent job is the Advocates for Human Rights. For them, they do not only fight for human rights locally but also in the region and global level.

For more than 3o years, they have been in support of women, children and even immigrants by ensuring that when countries are reinforcing the rule of law, the international standards of human rights are incorporated. With the assistance from volunteers, staff, and partners, they are doing a good job.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund, which is founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin is also among the important groups in line with fighting human rights. A while back, these two reporters and co-founders of Phoenix New Times, wrote a story on the sheriff Joey Arpaio and he did not take it kindly, as a result, got them arrested on the October 18th, 2007 and jailed.

After they sued the county, they won and got a settlement of $3.75 million. As a result, the money brought about the Lacey & Larkin Frontera fund. The money is used towards the funding of groups in the whole of Arizona who are fighting for migrant rights. From migrant, civil and human rights groups, the Frontera fund is also supporting freedom of speech one being la línea Fronteriza.

Having mentioned those groups and what they stand for, it is true that all of us should make sure that despite our differences we should not maltreat other people. Embrace equality and live in harmony.

It is the only sure way of not interfering with other people’s rights. All in all, all the groups working towards this important course should be applauded for the job well done. For it is true that caring is a good act.
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Larkin and Lacey Launch the News

It was over ten years ago that journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were dragged from their homes by night and arrested by an illegally obtained arrest warrant. The arrests were coordinated by the Maricopa County Sheriff at the time, Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Arpaio had a personal mission to take down the Village Voice executives due to their steadfast reporting on his long list of questionable career moves that centered around anti-immigration policies and using fear as a motivator of the public. Most recently, Maricopa County had issued jury subpoenas demanding the newspaper reader’s personal information, including browser history and IP addresses. In less than 24 hours after their arrests, all charges were dropped. However, Maricopa County would face justice in court; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the arrests as a major First Amendment violation. Lacey and Larkin were awarded $3.75 million to be paid by Maricopa County.

 

Larkin and Lacey used the settlement money to begin the Frontera Fund, an organization that seeks to defend the rights of the Hispanic community in Arizona, as well as the many immigrants that have been marginalized in the fight for civil rights. The Arizona community is particularly close to Larkin and Lacey’s hearts as they are deeply engrained in the community and call it their home. Not to be forgotten, they also launched online newspaper publication Front Page Confidential to keep their loyal readers up to date with the latest news and commentary and keep their right to free speech alive after it was so forcefully tested. One of their latest articles highlights John McCain’s record and reminds readers of his longstanding career of warmongering and self-promotion. Larkin and Lacey will never shy away from reporting the truth; not ten years ago and not today.