Voicing the Plight of those Crying in the Wilderness

There are numerous groups and organizations that fight effortlessly for the rights of immigrants and other minority groups. Some of these groups and organizations are:

  1. i) Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law which was formed by President John F. Kennedy to help advocate for civil rights of migrants. The non-profit organization was formed with an aim of eradicating discrimination of the immigrants by bringing together groups that represent both racial and ethnic minorities who are faced with economic disparity.
  2. ii) Black American for Just Immigration group that advocated for the respect of the rights of the minority black Americans. The group has been leading in enlightening, educating, organizing and advocating for social, racial and economic justice.

iii) Council on American-Islamic Relations whose main goal is to fight any form of discrimination against the Muslims. The organization is one of the largest civil rights groups that protect Muslims from being victimized along religious lines.

Muslims have been victimized in some countries; especially the United States of America by being labeled terrorists and this organization has to be on the forefront of making sure that their rights are protected. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

Of all the groups and organizations, few can match the kind of work done by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, an organization whose base is in Arizona and the border of Mexico. The fund was started by two veteran journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who were both co-founders of Phoenix Times and Voice Media, the news and information outlets that fought for the rights of the minorities.

One of the things that the two celebrated journalists fought for was the implementation of first amendment rights.

During that time, Maricopa was under the tyranny of a Sheriff by the name Joe Arpaio. Joe was a notorious Sheriff who had formed a habit of arresting people and accusing them of falsely and charging them with offences he could not prove in a court of law. He used to mistreat jail inmates, discriminate members of minority communities along racial lines and used his powers and office to avert justice.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin fell under his wrath after they had written a story that exposed him. He thought he had succeeded but the truth is he had picked a battle with the wrong target. Both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin managed to convince the jury that they had been falsely arrested and accused and that Sheriff Joe had arrested them to safeguard his own personal interests.

When they were released, the two sued the county. They won the case and awarded a resettlement of 3.75 million dollars.

Instead of using the cash for their own benefit, Michael and Jim decided to use the cash by setting up Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The foundation was aimed at providing financial support to organizations that are advocating for the rights of immigrants.

The foundation does not advocate for the rights directly but financially supports groups and organizations that champion for the rights of immigrants. The organization has its operations in Arizona and has widened its operations to the Mexican border.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821

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