Active American Groups Defending Civil Liberties

Even in the new millennium the last vestiges of hatred and discrimination have not been forgotten. Those belonging to certain racial groups as well as refugees and migrants have been the brunt of persecution, the likes of which would have made the Gestapo proud.

But perhaps the most saddening notion is that this aggression and hostility toward our fellow men, women and children is not restricted to the fringes of our society but perpetrated by the man in the White House.

Despite this latest tide of discrimination and hatred, the vast majority of Americans believe that banding together and lifting the downtrodden is the only way to put an end to brutality and create a better world. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook

If you feel the same, you are in the company of folks like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and many more. The following article will introduce you to many forward-thinking individuals who have formed organizations and groups that fight for civil liberties and human rights.

The Border Angels

All across the US-Mexican border, the rights of humans are in danger now more than ever. Trump’s aggression against those he feels are responsible for financial and social disruption is not only misplaced. This is where the border angels work to protect the rights of migrants and those in need. Regular educational programs and seminars are only part of the services they provide in this region.

National Immigration Law Center

In an effort to extend a hand to those immigrants and especially those who have found themselves in strained financial states, this law center offers solutions to their plight. In addition to educational and orientation programs, the national Immigration Law Center works to provide advocacy and policy analysis for each situation. More information can be found at the National Immigration Law Center Web Site.

The Lacey and Larkin Border Fund

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey established the Border Fund to provide financial resources to those advocacy groups working in and around the Arizona area. The two men also founded the Village voice and Phoenix New Times periodical. When they received a generous sum of money as a settlement for a clear case of abuse of authority, they immediately donated the resources to those who work to prevent this type of abuse.

CHIRLA (The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles)

Immigrants and refugees come from across the globe to seek a better life in sunny California. CHIRLA works with the many different ethnicities, races and political refugees that arrive in the Los Angeles area. As an advocacy group, CHIRLA not only defends the rights of these people, but also works to provide education programs that improve their lives as well.

Final Notes — these are only a few of the many organizations in operation today to fight for human rights and defend the downtrodden. If you believe that lifting your fellow man, woman and child is the path to a better tomorrow, don’t sit this one out. Your skills, time or resources are in great need, find a way to put some action to those beliefs.

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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Still Targeting Joe Arpaio

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are certainly acquainted to controversy. One of their most nationally publicized instances of controversy was when they were illegally arrested by Joe Arpaio. The story made national headlines, featured in publications such as the New York Times and USA Today.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists themselves. During their time in college, Lacey and Larkin worked together in order to provide students with a liberal alternative to the school’s conservative paper. After the school began to express their distaste for student protesters, Lacey and Larkin caught the attention of students with their truly free publication.

Lacey and Larkin had a similar motive at the Phoenix New Times, a paper which they eventually purchased together. At the New Times, Lacey and Larkin had one primary target: Joe Arpaio.

Joe Arpaio had been running the county police department like a dictator, even opening a self-proclaimed concentration camp to house inmates. The New Times had been writing about all of Joe Arpaio’s activities, at least until Lacey and Larkin were arrested.

A judge declared the arrest illegal, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued, and they were awarded nearly 4 million dollars.

With this money, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey created The Frontera Fund, a charitable organization that was created to help Latinos. Latinos are the primary recipient of Lacey and Larkin’s altruism because they feel like they share something in common: they were all the victims of Joe Arpaio. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin also donate to more well-known charities such as the ACLU.

Even though Joe Arpaio is no longer Sheriff of Maricopa County, Lacey and Larkin still consider him a threat. In the pages of Front Page Confidential, Lacey and Larkin’s newest paper, they still cover Joe Arpaio extensively.