Everything appears threatened at this point in time. From health and safety, to security and the rights of women and the LGBTQ community, it’s NO secret that certain groups of people are being denied freedom, equality and justice. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
In point of fact, were it NOT for the impenetrable resistance deflecting some of these injustices, the human rights system as a whole could be in a far greater mess than it is now.
But as the ongoing threats to human, civil and migrant rights persist, so does the public resolve to have it squashed snowballs.
Here are some of the groups and organizations that are working together with the public to ensure that even the most vulnerable populations are equally protected and safeguarded against societal injustices.
The Coalition for Human Immigration Rights
This is the leading human rights protection group in California. Its primary focus is on ensuring there’s an all-inclusive society, immigrants included.
In order to achieve this, the group has been trying to alter public opinion and establish power while amending the policies for human, civil and immigrant rights.
Formed on the heels of the 1986 act—Immigrations Reform and Control Act, no group in the state of California has been more vocal against the exploitation and abuse of workers in the state.
ACLU Immigrant Rights
This project was started as a way to ensure both human and civil rights of immigrants stay protected. The organization has been able to achieve this through advocacy, outreach and taking legal actions where necessary. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The project has grown such that it now conducts one of the biggest litigation programs in the country, through district courts and the Supreme Court.
The project is also dedicated to educating immigrants about their rights. That’s together with implementing all the constitution guarantees that goes a long way to ensuring everyone is served justice regardless of their immigration status. The group has so many times challenged the legality of the law, which tends to deny immigrants their rights to judicial processes.
This organization is headquartered in San Francisco, even though they are only concerned about the Amazon basin. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The group works with indigenous groups and other environmental organizations to advance the rights of indigenous people. All this started after some large scale development projects such as gas and oil pipeline started interfering with the way of life in the region.
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
The fund program was started by two Phoenix New Time’s journalists, Jim Larking and Michael Lacey, after they were arrested from their homes at night and jailed for running a story about the local sheriff.
Larkin and Lacey were able to sue the county afterwards, motivated by the fact that they had earlier on fought towards getting the first amendment rights implemented. They did manage to win the case and were awarded $3.75 million.
It’s after the arrest that they decided to use the money, the whole of it, to fund organizations or groups that are at the front line fighting for migrants’ rights throughout Arizona.
Border Angels is a non-profit, all-volunteer program that was created to advocate for immigration reforms and social justices with regards to the US-Mexico border. The project focuses on creating both awareness and outreach programs to the immigrant population at San Diego.