Michael Lacey and Jim Larking Standing with the Oppressed.

Imagine what a non-governmental organization with seven million followers is capable of. The huge following is the reason why Amnesty International is very thorough and effective in what they do. When it comes to research concerning human rights, the organization is very thorough.

They extend this to ensuring that something is done to prevent human rights abuses from continuing. This, therefore, means that it is their sole responsibility to demand justice for the oppressed. Their efforts are distributed across the globe as they have representatives in many countries across the globe. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

For those that can remember, Amnesty International was established in the year 1961. The person responsible for the establishment is Peter Benenson. He managed this feat by influencing the thoughts of his peers through an article called The Forgotten Prisoners. He published this article in a newspaper known as the Observer. This was back on 28th May 1961. Since then, this organization has been seen as the reference human rights activist group that is used by other organizations.

The organization has managed to grow by influencing the opinion of the public on various issues. At the end of the day, the change in public opinions manages to pressure governments. During the course of these years, Amnesty International has been recognized with several awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1977.

They were recognized for their efforts to end torture. Another award that they won one year later is the United Nations Prize in Human Rights.

There are many prisoners of conscience who have been set free after the intervention of Amnesty International. Some of these people include Constantin Noica, Luis Taruc, Ogla Ivinskaya, Patrick Duncan as well as Agostinho Neto. Other prisoners include Hu Feng, Antonio Amat and Maurice Adin. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Phoenix New Time

Through Artists for Amnesty, the international organization has produced world class work such as The Help, Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave as well as Trouble the Water. Other important works include The Constant Gardener, Catch a Fire, In Prison, My Whole Life, Bordertown, Blood Dimond and A is for Auschwitz. At the Death House Door, Invictus, as well as Lord of War are other films that have been produced thanks to Amnesty International.

The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is another organization that focuses its efforts in eradicating oppression in the State of Arizona. This organization is funded by two gentlemen namely Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These are rich men who made their wealth in the 1970s and 80s by investing in the media industry.

Lacey & Larkin are attributed to the establishment of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. Just recently, they received a settlement of $3.75 from Joe Arpaio who is a sheriff in Maricopa County.

The sheriff had violated their second amendment rights by arresting them in the middle of the night. They have been fighting this case in the law courts for the last 10 years. After the great win, the gentlemen said that this money would benefit the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.