Ever since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our American society has went on a long journey to ensure that everyone, no matter race, ethnicity, place of origin, and many other identifying factors, are treated equally. The journey has not been easy, and it is far from over, but that is the purpose of having organizations that aim to work with Americans or those coming to America so that they can live the life they intend to live. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU for short) is one of the longest standing organizations working to protect individual rights and liberties under the Constitution and letter of the law.
The group was formed by civil liberties activists in 1920, a time where oppression of minority groups in America was rampant. Ever since then, the ACLU began working to crack down on oppressive policies and made significant stride in the areas of voting rights, free speech and the freedom to assemble. This included a Supreme Court victory in 1939 allowing unions to peacefully organize and assemble.
Also, the ACLU stood up for the Japanese minority who were being sent to internment camps in 1942. The ACLU is frequently called upon to make the case on why certain groups should be allowed the freedom to assemble, and they make constant victories to counteract the erosion of any civil liberties. The ACLU continually works in a modern setting as well.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the co-founders for both the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Their fight for migrant rights started when they were arrested from their homes by Sheriff Joe Arpaio after releasing the information that grand jury proceedings existed seeking reporter’s notes on certain articles covering the Sheriff.
This resulted in a 3.75 million dollar settlement in which they are using for their fund. The settlement money through the fund is used to support groups that advocate for civil, human, and migrants rights, fitting the agenda with which Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have founded their careers upon as reporters in Arizona. Going through the hardship of illegal detention has given rise to one of the country’s most rigorous and persistent groups to fight for underrepresented voices in America.
This is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. The group was created after two Portuguese students were jailed for raising glasses in a toast to freedom. The lawyer Peter Benenson was outraged, and wrote an article on the incident, receiving tremendous letters in response and sparking a movement in support of the students.
The collection of mass support became Amnesty International’s foundational structure. In modern times, the group works more specifically on issues relating to the global refugee crisis, and is working to stop the Trump administration’s immigrant ban.
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