For decades now cases of civil, human and migrant rights violations have been on the rise as a result of ignorance to the rule of law by those in power or by the wealthy who are capable of manipulating the criminal justice system.
People In power and the wealthy do think that they are above the law. It is a shame that most of these people have committed many atrocities to the less fortunate in the society and rather than being placed behind bars they have corrupted their ways to freedom.
This is what has prompted to the rise of groups advocating for the rights of the vulnerable people in the society globally. There are many civil rights groups worldwide that are championing for justice, equality and humanity.
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is one of the civil, human and migrant rights groups that have been at the forefront in leading the fight for justice and equality before the law.
The group is a non- profit organization that was established after two journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin won a lawsuit. The two journalists while working for a media outlet were falsely accused of writing an article that exposed the Maricopa county officials and the sheriff Mr. Joe Arpaio. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
They were arrested and later released following a public outcry in the form of a protest. The arrest was some form of intimidation to the journalists who through the newspaper column uncovered illegal detentions of migrants in Arizona by the county sheriff.
After the two were released from detention, they immediately filed a petition to the courts seeking compensation for damages and after a series of legal battles they won the case and were awarded a 3.75 million settlement fee in October 2007. Instead of the two using the money for their personal use, they decided to form the Frontera Fund.
Based on what the two went through and in light of the inhumane experience the migrants were facing Lacey and Larkin decided to use the fund to help address the plight of migrants in Arizona and its Environs. In addition, the duo decided to sponsor other human rights organization that supported their cause.
United Nations Human Rights Committee
The UNHRC is a human rights group that was formed by the UN to help oversee the civic, human and political rights of its member states. The organization holds meetings at least three times in a year and this meetings member states are required to submit detailed reports on the state of human rights in their countries.
If there are new emerging issues, they get addressed immediately, and solutions are provided for action and implementation. The UNHRC receives funding from members states and well-wishers.
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A New Newsite Covers First Amendment Concerns
About a decade ago two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, won a lawsuit against the self-styled “Toughest Sheriff in America”, Joe Arpaio. He had them unconstitutionally arrested in the dead of the night after they had published an article about a grand jury proceeding, not knowing that they were themselves involved in it. Joe Arpaio was also pushing for everyone who read their online edition of Phoenix New Times to have their identity revealed. They were released after a number of weeks in prison and no charges were filed against them. They decided to sue the county this took place in, Maricopa County in the state of Arizona, and received a $3.75 million settlement. This money established the Frontera Fund where it defends the rights of Latino people in Arizona. It is also used to support Latino nonprofits which support these people in many different ways.
The first amendment is the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights. It established freedom of speech, the freedom to exercise any religion or none at all, the rights of the press, the ability for people to hold peaceful protests, and enables people to petition the government when any of these rights are violated. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey now own and operate Front Page Confidential which is an online news site. The most important issues in regards to the first amendment are regularly featured on this website. They often cover threats to free speech from across the nation. One recent story was in regards to Walmart removing the magazine Cosmopolitan from their checkout lanes. A right-wing group declared that Cosmo was basically porn and wanted it gone from where people could see it, especially children. Walmart decided to roll over instead of protecting the rights of Cosmopolitan which has become a big news story.