The fundamental rights and responsibilities are guiding principles to ensure people live in peace, love, and harmony. In some circumstances, those rights can be infringed due to different reasons; they can be due to race or if you are from another country as an immigrant. Due to this infringement, many groups have come up to fight for civil, human, and immigrant rights.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is one of those noble groups. It is based in California championing for the immigrant individuals and families who want to realize the right for participating in democratic processes. They fight for all people to be included in the democracy even the immigrants. This group was formed in 1986 after the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
This act insisted that immigrant workers who did not have papers were illegal to be hired to work. This was a way for immigrant workers to be used exploitatively and abused. Another of this group was the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Its main agenda is to protect the civil and human rights of immigrants. This is possible because of the litigation, advocacy, and outreach to its set objectives. This group has the biggest litigation process in the whole of USA.
Another of this group will be The Amazon Watch. They are based in San Francisco, and they work in the Amazon Basin. They are affiliated with environmental and indigenous groups to ensure that there is the advancement of rights of the indigenous people. This was brought about by the immense growth of projects such as the oil and gas. Furthermore, there are The Advocates for Human Rights.
This group is championing for human rights in the world. They have been around for the last three decades trying to improve the rights of the women, children, and immigrants. They are involved from the local grassroots to the international level.
Out of these groups, they are two selfless individuals; Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who have put themselves out there in championing the human rights’ fight. They are co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to fund the organizations, through their fund; Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which are out there fighting for migrant rights throughout the whole of Arizona. Their source of the fund will be the settlement money they got out of the arrest made by the Sherriff Joe Arpaio.
The two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were arrested from their homes late at night and jailed after writing an article about the Sherriff following the grand jury procedures that wanted to see the reporters’ notes on articles concerning Sherriff Arpaio. The grand jury went head to subpoena the list of identities of citizens who set their eyes on the New Times stories online concerning the Sherriff.
After learning this, Lacey and Larkin who spent their career fighting for the First Amendment rights sued the county, and they won $3.75 million. This money is used to fund groups that are out in Arizona and on the Mexican border fighting to uphold the civil, human and immigrant rights.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin