Human Rights Advocacy Groups

Civil rights, human rights, and immigrants’ rights fall at the heart of every society. These are rights groups that ensure that the dignity and respect for fellow human beings are maintained. In the 21st century, there is no reason why a human being should discriminate on fellow human being. Unfortunately, there still exist cases where the rights of humanity are not respected.

In such a case, who should stand up for the rights of those discriminated upon? Luckily there are people who have dedicated their lives to ensuring that the rights of people are respected no matter what.

Discrimination in many societies come from the same people who are given the responsibility of protecting the rights of the people. This is the reason why governments are usually the main culprits of human discrimination. Others are criminal gangs and rogue business entities.

However, these are just but a few. Human rights discrimination comes in different shapes and forms. In this article, we will focus on a few groups that have played a very key role in ensuring that the rights of people as enshrined in law is maintained. Human rights also go out of the way to stand against laws that may be enacted but are discriminatory.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a foundation that was started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two were also the founders of two media groups, Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

The fund was started to address the plight of immigrants in the state of Arizona. The fund was as a result of discrimination that was meted out to these two journalists when they were arrested for carrying out a story about a Sherriff in Arizona.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has spent most of his time in the journalism career fighting for the rights of the weak in the society. They used to publish stories addressing such cases.

They felt that the treatment they were accorded was not right and they decided to sue the state of Arizona. They won that case at the court of appeals in the U.S. and were granted 3.75 million dollars as compensation.

The Advocates for Human Rights

This is one of the largest groups that spearhead the campaigns for human rights. It was established in 1983 to fight against any sort of discrimination against human rights. It is independent and impartial and addresses the rights of all regardless of the race or origin.

One of its main roles is to investigate and expose cases of human rights violations against refugees and immigrants.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael:

https://michael-lacey.com/
https://angel.co/michael-lacey-3

Dick DeVos Is Helping Community Members Reach Their Goals

In a recent article posted to the Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy DeVos discusses her career and her and her husband’s charitable contributions over the year. Betsy DeVos has worked to help individuals who are less fortunate and could benefit from her assistance for many years. She originally began working in politics while still in college and became the leader of political action committees and party organization. She co founded the Windquest Group with her husband Dick DeVos in 1989, which has allowed them to pursue many other business endeavors over the years. Despite their great success in business and investing, Betsy and Dick DeVos continue to focus a great deal of their attention to giving to non-profit and charitable organizations. Dick DeVos has given a large portion of his time and effort to help a variety of interests from schools to art galleries and museums.

 

Dick DeVos founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation which is based in Grand Rapids, MI to donate to a variety of cultural and community organizations and activities. Some of the million in which I had discovered that he has donated, has gone directly to children’s hospitals, education, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and various other projects aimed at helping residents get ahead and obtain the resources they need to enrich their lives.

 

After some additional research, I discovered that Dick DeVos has taken a real interest in education from the elementary level, all the way up to higher education such as business school. He has even set up an aviation academy for young aviation hopefuls to help them fulfill their dreams of becoming a pilot. Dick DeVos is a highly successful entrepreneur and businessman, but more than anything, he loves to help those individuals who need a helping hand to reach their goals.

 

For updates, follow Dick DeVos on Facebook.

Defending the Constitution from Errant Law Enforcers

Laws are made public for everyone to abide by them. Laws are made in congress and may sometimes have some bias against particular communities and individuals, especially those who are not legal citizens.

However, the American Constitution is very comprehensive and protects every individual from identity discrimination and persecution. The content and context of the American Constitution are made public and everyone is obligated to read the Constitution for the sole reason of defending it. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

The Constitution defends itself through public institutions which may challenge or be used to challenge laws and policies that may be formulated by state and federal officials, either appointed or elected.

Where state and federal officials contravene the American Constitution and seek to infringe on the rights of the people, brave Americans have the right and the responsibility to express their discontent.

More than just express themselves, they also have the right, and responsibility to challenge such officials or laws and policies in the court of public opinion. Such challenges are mostly made by members of the media, and activists. Similar challenges can, and should, be made in courts of law.

Those who vehemently believe in certain ideas that are in line with the American Constitution have been known to brandish them in public and defend them in courts of law, concurrently.

Such are the likes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who single handedly initiated the demise of the most oppressive county regime known to the 21st century in American.

The Maricopa County Lawsuit

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin initiated a lawsuit against Maricopa County for wrongful arrest and harassment back in the year 2007. In the lawsuit, the two veteran journalists accused three county officials of abuse of office. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time

They accused County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Andrew Thomas and special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik of conspiring to silence the media. More specifically, the lawsuit argued that the three conspired to conjure fake grand jury subpoenas that were in clear contravention of the Constitution.

They claimed that the illegally drafted subpoenas were a result of the county officials’ ill-motivated efforts to cover up the illegal and underhand activities perpetrated by the office of the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office.

Exposed for Abuse of Office

Self-proclaimed America’s toughest sheriff has a long history of oppressive tactics of handling his jail inmates and critics. The Phoenix Times and Village Voice Media officials had been on the sheriff’s Case for a while because they wanted to verify whether accusations made by the Phoenix Hispanic Community on numerous counts of racial profiling and brutality were true.

The Phoenix, Arizona community, in general, had been whispering in silent fear about the sheriff’s abrasiveness and authoritarian demeanor. Upon investigating, Larkin and Lacey found out that indeed:

• Prisoners (60 in two years) were dying under Joe Arpaio’s custody because of malicious negligence
• The sheriff’s office was losing large sums of money to embezzlement
• The sheriff conducted numerous unlawful raids in Hispanic neighborhoods and detained Hispanics indefinitely and without due process
• The sheriff intimidated and persecuted any of his many verbal critics
• The sheriff maintained county jails in deplorable conditions and subjected jail inmates to torturous treatment

The alleged fake grand jury subpoenas demanded of the Phoenix Times to surrender Lacey and Larkin’s journalist notes and sources as well as private browsing information of all persons who read articles on the Arpaio tyranny. In defiance, the duo declined to comply and sued for indulgence by the public.

They published the subpoenas and explained how and why they were a breach of the Constitution. The sheriff ordered the arrest of the two: the arrests were made at night, violently and in a suspicious manner.

The public held demonstrations over the arrests and the two were released the next day only for them to initiate the lawsuit. The lawsuit was won and a powerful precedence was set against law enforcers who conspire to infringe on the rights of others.

Larkin and Lacey decided to commit the 3.75 million dollars awarded as compensation to the Frontera Fund; an initiative to protect the Phoenix Hispanic Community and the First Amendment of the American Constitution from further abuse.