The Importance of Civil Rights Organizations

The importance of organizations that advocate for human, civil, and migrant rights cannot be gainsaid. These organizations have played a big role in fighting for the rights of minority groups, which are often voiceless and oppressed.

They have also helped in educating people on their rights so as to ensure they can speak up and take action when they realize they are being treated unfairly. In many cases, the people know their rights but public officials disregard them, and many such officials walk away scot-free because of corruption in the public systems. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter

This is where civil rights organizations come in to save the day. By mobilizing and enlightening the public, they are able to ensure that basic human rights are respected and that people are treated with dignity regardless of their race, gender, or political affiliations.

There are many civil and human rights organizations, and more keep coming up as more and more people realize the importance of joining the fight for freedom and human rights. Some of these are Standing Voice, International Migrants’ Rights Advocacy, Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund, American Civil Liberties Union and Immigration Voice to mention but a few.

Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin established the Lacey &Larkin Frontera Fund in 2014. They were inspired to start the fund by their wrongful arrest in 2007 in Arizona for calling Sherrif Joe Arapaio out on his misdeeds.The case attracted a lot of attention from the public all over the US, and this led to Lacey and Larkin being cleared of all charges and released.

After a long-winding court case, the two received $3.7 million as compensation for their unfair arrest, and this is the money they used to start the Lacey & Larking Frontera Fund. They collect money from well-wishers and distribute it to charity organizations that advocate for the rights of the Hispanic community.

The fund supports more than 25 organizations in the US including Promise Arizona, Justice that Works, the Colibri Center for Human Rights, Arizona Justice Project, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and Kino Border Initiative among others. It has greatly benefited the Hispanic community in the US.

Apart from providing financial support to the Hispanic community, the organization also provides them with information on various issues to do with immigration. This helps them stay up to date with the law and guides them when dealing with various immigration issues. The foundation also helps members of the Hispanic community stay connected and supports each other.

Conclusion

Civil rights organizations have been of great help to minority groups in the US and beyond. Through them, minority groups are realizing that they can take a stand and say no to oppression and discrimination based on their race, gender, beliefs or anything else.

These organizations also ensure that no one is above the law and that people in positions of authority are taken to task for their misdeeds. What the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund has been doing for the last three years is just an example of the impact that these organizations have had on minority groups.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/