Lacey and Larkin, Fostering Global Cohesion

Global cohesion and peace is something that has evaded our world for many centuries. Civilizations have gone to war with each other, cultures have gotten conquered, people have ended up as hostages, and others have died all in the name of ‘peace.’ Due to the raging wars, individuals have been forced to migrate from their war infested countries in search of refuge in neighboring nations only to end up in the hands of oppressors.

To the migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border, mistreatment coupled by oppression happens to be a norm. Because of the hate directed towards refugees, migrants have gotten exposed to unlawful deportation, torture, and even murder. However, human and civil rights groups have sprung up to take action against law enforcement agencies including border security that is quick to do more harm than good to migrants. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

For instance, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project got created so as to offer detainees in fear of getting deported legal support. Through the organization, detainees have been able to gain access to competent and impartial lawyers, something that has helped most of these victims successfully fight back.

Also, the group has offered legal support to immigrant children who happen not to have a parent or legal guardian. It is because of the efforts of The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project that many refugees have had a second chance to rebuild their lives.

Since The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project strives to protect the rights and freedoms of minority groups, it has initiated a program meant to provide essential services to ‘special needs’ migrants.

The refugees are either mentally ill, look frail, are in search of asylum, running away from domestic violence, or those individuals who have at one time survived torture. For the many years that the group has been in existence, it has provided high levels of services to both children and adults.

The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project has been receiving funding from The Frontera Fund, an organization created by Michael and Jim. Out of their kind hearts, Jim and Mike made use of their court settlement money to do something good for the Hispanic community.

Since the duo has always wanted to see that individuals from poor backgrounds regain their dignity, they chose to use the $3.75 million that was given to them to do something meaningful for the world to see.

It is in 2007 that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin got wrongfully arrested and detained by the then Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. At one point in time, Jim and Mike had covered and published a story about the atrocities committed by Arpaio while in office. Since the allegations against Joe seemed to shed some bad light on the law enforcement officer, he resulted to arresting the two journalists in the cover of darkness, in a covert kind of operation.

News of the arrests soon reached an angry public who demanded the immediate release of the duo. It is then that a long court battle ensued between Maricopa County and the two journalists. Luckily, Jim and Michael won and got a $3.75 million compensation. From that glorious day, the idea for The Frontera Fund was born.

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In The Footsteps of Larkin & Lacey

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the consequent entitlement of dignity and human rights is what lead to the emergence of human rights and civil rights based groups. These groups continue to play a cardinal role in focusing international community on human rights issues. Among the rights mostly advocated for are civil, immigrant and human rights groups. In this article, we are going to focus on some of the organization that has been on the forefront in advocating for these rights.

Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one of the organizations that advocate for civil, minority and human rights. The group sprung after the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on October 18, 2007, where they were taken out of their homes and jailed for revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought reporters notes on articles covering Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

It is from $ 3.75 million settlement in this case that started funding migrant right organizations throughout the state of Arizona. The two journalists support lobby groups that advocate for civil, human, and asylum seeker rights as well as freedom of civic participation throughout Arizona. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the fund are such as, Justice that Works, Promise Arizona and Aliento. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Advocates for Human Rights

For more than 30 years, Advocates for Human Rights has been on the forefront of human rights movement by creating as well as maintaining lasting, holistic, and detailed change on a local, national and global scale. Since its establishment in 1983, its programs has changed the lives of women, refugees and immigrants, ethnic and religious minorities, children and marginalized communities. Learn more aboutJim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/

As an independent, non-partisan non-profit organization, they rely on support from various partners and volunteers. The organization seeks to investigate and expose human right violations, represent refugees and immigrants seeking asylum, engage policy makers as well advocating for sound policy.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch was established in 1978, and it’s widely known for advocacy, partnering up with local human rights watch groups, fact-finding, truthful reporting and correct use of media. According to its website, Human Rights Watch publishes an impressive 100 reports on human rights conditions in 90 countries around the globe.”

The organization’s US program on immigration directs its effort in changing unpleasant policies which do not conform to the current status of deportation and detention.

This is mainly achieved through revealing of insecure working conditions and crimes that illegal asylums fear reporting. Carrying out this program takes the due concern on labor issues, flight from discrimination as well as the family unit. Further, the process ensures the protection of immigrants from US deportation. It protects both the citizens and non-citizens from the devastating impact that would result from unlawful deportation.

Socialism Is A Violation of Human Rights, Says Thor Halvorssen

Recently on a Fox News interview, film producer Thor Halvorssen made some very interesting observations in reference to the candidates of the upcoming election.

Regarding Bernie Sanders’ campaign, Thor began by noting that socialism is a violation of basic human rights, and the discussion which ensued ended up noting many Bernie Sanders supporters don’t actually have any idea about the socialist policies Bernie intends to implement. Through the course of the discussion, Thor revealed some pretty frightening experiences he had personally had with socialist regimes; but despite this, he was also sure to note that he had made the largest campaign contribution legally possible to the Bernie Sanders campaign. His reasoning was that, despite socialism’s decidedly anti-human rights leaning, the pick from the Democratic Party was far worse. He never mentioned Hillary Clinton by name, but he did note that she had been funded by a cavalcade of regimes and dictatorial entities, and that such would be far worse for the country than Bernie’s stridently socialist bent. He also pointed out that the establishment candidate on the right side of the fence (Ted Cruz, whom he also refrained from mentioning by name) also regularly accepted contributions from parties with dictatorial roots negative to the country.

What is most interesting about this interview is that Halvorssen (HuffingtonPost), despite being leftist, will concede that the primacy of socialism represents a violation of human rights. The reason is a sort of government bureaucratization of the populace; a process implemented often in a dictatorial way which ends up killing many. Thor Halvorssen noted as an example that very often socialist governments will artificially set prices, undercutting the economy and facilitating shortages that end up causing humanitarian abuses.

Halvorrsen has personal experience with human rights violations. His mother was killed by the Hugo Chavez regime, his father had been a political prisoner, and he has a cousin that is currently incarcerated for similar reasons. Obviously he can’t vote on the “right” side of the fence, but that he is so opposed to Clinton that he would willingly endorse a socialist candidate says a lot about the current political atmosphere.

Additional Information:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thorhalvorssen/#29b821aa1e52