For many years now, civil, migrant and human rights have always been abused by people in power and those who have money. Such people do so because they tend to think they are above the law or they can buy their freedom whenever the issue is in the limelight.
That is why groups advocating for such rights have come up to ensure that we all live in a world full of justice, equality, and humanity. There are many of these and below are just but a few of such foundations which are at the front line of ensuring the maintenance of civic, migrant and human rights.
Larkin and lacey Frontera fund
For many years now, the Larkin and Lacey Frontera fund is known to be always at the forefront when it comes to making sure that justice and equality prevail through fortification of the rights. This non-profit organization began as a result of a won lawsuit by two journalists, namely; Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
It all started when the duo was falsely accused and arrested by the then sheriff of Maricopa, Joe Arpaio. They were later released after the public took to the streets to protest against the arrest. The sheriff had made the arrest as a strategy to prevent the journalist from uncovering his dirty business which involved illegal detainment of the Arizona migrants.
After their release, the two immediately filed a lawsuit which they won in October 2007. Instead of using the money to their benefit, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey started the foundation which we now see today. This they did after seeing how deep the migrant problem in Arizona was. Through the group, they can ensure humane treatment of all the migrants most notably the Mexican who are there in large numbers.
They also go out of their way to support other groups which are also on a similar path through funding such as La Linea Fronteriza and many others. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is based in Phoenix Arizona and mainly relies on donations from well-wishers, charity events and membership fees to be able to carry out its activities.
United Nations Human Rights Committee
In a bid to ensure that the world is a better place for everyone, the United Nations formed this body to precisely oversee the civic, human and political rights of the member states.
Each state has to present a report on how it’s ensuring the implementation of the rights during the meetings held thrice in a year. The issues that may have come up are addressed and a solution brought to table.
Committee on elimination of racial discrimination
As the human race, we are blessed to be people with different colors and from different countries. However, some people tend to maltreat others simply because of their race that is why ICERD was formed. It is an independent body which works to ensure that everyone is treated equally irrespective of where they come from or the color of their skin.
The members provide a report during the conventions held annually on the measures they have put in place to make sure that they eliminate racial discrimination and recommendations on how to make the guidelines more efficient are also made.
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The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential – The Result of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Fight Against Injustice
Before becoming the owners of Front Page Confidential, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin owned Village Voice Media, a giant in the newspaper industry, producing over a dozen publications. They operated newspapers all over the country, but it was in Arizona, the place they called home, that the Phoenix New Times became the most notorious name under the Village Voice Media banner.
Joe Arpaio was their medium to notoriety. Arpaio was terrorizing Maricopa County as its Sheriff, arresting individuals for no lawful reason. He was especially critical of Hispanics, exhibiting his nationalist mentality. Eventually, Arpaio was put in his place by a judge when he was ordered to stop enforcing immigration law and targeting Hispanics. Arpaio ignored these orders resulting in a criminal contempt of court charge. Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio, aligning his views with Arpaio and in turn, Arpaio’s supporters.
Front Page Confidential knows about this. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin spoke about Trump’s political agenda in regards to Joe Arpaio’s pardoning with their former newspaper, Phoenix New Times.
Joe Arpaio isn’t the only person on the minds of Lacey and Larkin. John McCain, Orrin Hatch, and Paul Ryan are also frequent targets of Front Page Confidential. However, as Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election, he is no longer a problem for the people of America.
Another creation coming from Lacey and Larkin is The Frontera Fund, an organization that takes their efforts to another level. The Frontera Fund helps Hispanics directly, offering them educational support and other services via partnerships with other charities.