Human, Immigrant and Civil Rights Inspired by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

**UPDATE 2-23**

A Reality Check into the Presidential Pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio

A recent Presidential pardon caused widespread protests by people across the United States. The pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio was not matching with the cruelties he did during his office terms in Maricopa County. Several people who are victimized by him came to speak against the Presidential pardon and expressed their disappointment in the development. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were the most prominent victims of the sheriff’s hate campaigns and suppressive measures. They are news reporters and co-owners of Phoenix New Times. Since Arpaio elected to office in 1992, for the first time, the news reporters were exclusively covering the inhuman treatments and scandals committed by him.

Both were arrested in 2007 by the sheriff illegally and put behind cells, which created public anger against the sheriff and his office. While coming to the Presidential pardon, Lacey lashed out at President Trump and said that he is a moron, and the latest act of saving Arpaio proved it. He continued that the development could be explained as a marriage between two crooked individuals. According to him, Arpaio advocated racism, torture, and more, and there were parades of endless corpses in his jails. The sheriff was creating highly brutal jail conditions to experiment new forms of tortures.

A tent city prison was the most infamous, and the sheriff called it as a concentration camp for him. Arpaio was credited with inmate suicides, beating deaths in his prisons, jail fund diversions worth many millions, and more. His jails were also notorious for sex-crimes that were primarily targeting children. Most of those atrocities did not see the light due to nonexistent or poor investigations. However, the harassment towards Latinos ended with Melendres class action, and that finally concluded with the criminal conviction of the sheriff. Lacey expressed his dissatisfaction on the justice system of the country as he thinks that Arpaio would have leveraged by his age even if Trump did not save him.

He also added that the criminal conviction was not deemed to punish the sheriff for his brutal acts but for not following the court order to stop the racial profiling. It meant that people who lost their career and life due to the sheriff would not get their deserving justice. While recollecting the arrests of Larkin and him in 2007, Lacey confirms that the reporters of Phoenix New Times were continuously tortured by the sheriff and his security personals. The reporters of the newspaper were not allowed to attend the press conferences of Arpaio, threatened by the officials, and not providing any county records to the newspaper even after several requests.

While recollecting the incident, Lacey added that he and Larkin arrested from their homes at midnight. They were handcuffed and locked behind bars without the access to the attorney. However, the arrests without following the procedures and not considering the First Amendment rights of the reporters created strong reactions from the civil society. People protested against the arrests, and the public anger made the sheriff to release the journalists within 24 hours. The prolonged legal battle on the breach of the First Amendment rights of the journalists ended in 2013 with a compensation order of $3.75 million to them.

**UPDATE!**

Advocacy Groups Use Technology, Laws and Aggressive Actions to Support Youth Immigrant Rights

When the Trump Administration decided to make changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), there was a force of opposition within the immigrant community; mostly from younger generations. The program is the only thing that has shielded them from any sort of deportation or adverse actions against their future citizenship.

 

The youth activists, who are opposing the changes, are among the protesters all across the United States including a sit-in at Trump Towers in New York City where Mr. Trump previously resided. The protest signified to the country that there is a movement taking place that is a nationwide act of solidarity, and a new-age civil rights movement.

 

One of the more progressive advocacy group’s leading the nationwide protest around the country is moveon.org. MoveOn is the largest and most-effective digitally advanced advocacy group within the technological world. Founded in 1988, the advocacy group can get the word out on social awareness issues faster than other groups. The advocacy group has made it clear that if democrats within Congress refuse to act then grassroots efforts will be elevated for bringing justice for the potentially 800,000 young people facing deportation.

 

The group’s stand on the immigration issue is supported by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). The NIJC is dedicated to providing assurances to the immigrant community that their human rights and civil protections will be safe-guarded. The group has worked on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers with pro bono attorneys. The advocacy group has been successful with helping more than 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees with legal services. NIJC has set positive precedents throughout the country to accomplish human rights and civil protections using hundreds of attorney’s from some of the most-prestigious and leading law firms in the country.

 

The Lacey and Larkin Foundation also uses the technological advancements within the modern day world. Founded in 2013, the organization continually builds a foundation of resources, materials and updated policy changes, and conveys the information through all social media platforms and other technological means. The information is available when needed directly for the immigrant community. When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin first established the fund with a $3.75 million settlement received from a First Amendment landmark case (Lacy v. Arpaio), it was initially due to the anti-Latino conditions within the Arizona community. Since that time, the fund has grown into a nationally recognized support for immigrants and migrant workers including the Arizona youth.

 

With technology transforming the world into one large market, people are traveling every day to live in different countries. This is in search of employment and survival. To some immigrants, the political and civil status left them with no choice but migrate.

Unfortunately, most countries have policies that make the life of immigrants very difficult. Most of the immigrants, cannot practice democratic rights or participate in any decision making of the country. In the worst scenario, they are denied the most basic needs. As a result, many philanthropist groups have been formed to improve the lives of the immigrants. Some of this humanitarian groups include;

The American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA)

AILA was founded in 1946.The Organization was initially known as Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers (AINL).The firm has sufficient law professors and attorney to meet their needs.

AILA foundation is unbiased and serves everyone equally. The firm is a non-profit organization created with an objective of helping the immigrants. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The attorneys represent the immigrants in acquiring permanent homes in the state. Besides the settling home, the attorneys are committed to educating the people on immigrant’s law.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The founders of the Frontera Fund are the two journalists who founded Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been known for fighting for their rights in most times of their career. The two published the evil acts of the Sherriff. On learning this, the sheriff arrested the two journalists from their homes at 12midnight.

The public held demonstrations, demanding their release. Lacey and Larkin were, therefore, released in less than 24 hours. Ongoing to court, the arrest was considered illegal. The two received a compensation of $3.75 million.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the money in financing the humanitarian groups of Arizona. Currently, the organization’s project is on the DACA foundation.

DACA foundation was formed to take care of immigrants who are in the state illegally. The organization has 800000 beneficiaries.

The firm gives the members a chance to complete their unfinished business. Some members complete their education while other acquire the legal documentation to remain in the country.

Lately, the foundation is facing some challenges. The Texas Attorney General accused the organization of not having the right documentation to support its existence. The Attorney General with the support of nine other officials has ordered the Trump Government to shut down the organization. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey

Its close down would cause severe damage to the big number of beneficiaries. The members are worried, especially, after Kelly made his announcement. He said that despite the efforts the staff was putting on the matter, the organization was still unstable.

The Frontera Fund has promised to ensure that the DACA issue finds a permanent solution. This has restored the hope of the members.

The Arizona settlers are very angry at the action taken by the AG. They have described the action as ungrateful and malicious.

The Arizona occupants, explain that the immigrants have also contributed to the well-being of the state. Deportation is, therefore, a mean way to pay back the immigrants.

 

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Attempt to Bring Change to Arizona

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the former co-owners of Arizona newspaper, The Phoenix New Times. The duo met in college, where they created a school news paper in order to combat the conservative views or the University administration. The duo are still in business together. They currently co-own Front Page Confidential and run The Frontera Fund.

 

Joe Arpaio is the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. During his 20 plus years as sheriff, he terrorized Hispanic residents with his methods of racial profiling and abuse. Arpaio is currently campaigning for a seat on Capital Hill as the Senator from Arizona.

 

Joe Arpaio was first introduced to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin through the Phoenix New Times. The paper was publishing articles pertaining to Arpaio and his illegal activities, which you can imagine, made Arpaio very angry with the journalists. He was so angry that he chose to violate the first amendment by arrest them for their journalism.

 

This event eventually led to the creation of Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund. The two journalist promptly sued the county that employed Arpaio and they ended up winning almost 4 million dollars. The money has went to a charitable cause, they created two public service organizations to assist Arizonians.

 

Front Page Confidential is their main catalyst to combat the Senate run of Joe Arpaio. In addition to making sure Arpaio never holds office again, the paper also produces content relating to other corrupt politicians such as Orrin Hatch.

 

The Frontera Fund is the more direct approach to assisting the State of Arizona. The organization provides funds to charities that have been a vital part of the community for years. ACLU of Arizona is just one organization that The Frontera Fund works in collaboration with to bring change to Arizona.

 

Avaaz gives a voice to people around the globe

Avaaz means song or voice in Persian. It is mostly an online-organization at the moment, but it is expanding its effort into real-world protests and to organizing disparate group of activists who are interested in different causes. The causes, for the most part, are all considered progressive causes. So far, only the issue of net neutrality falls out of the progressive bubble.

 

The current focus of Avaaz is to demonstrate leadership through people who are trying to serve the world. The form of servant leadership encouraged by the organization is not easily grasped at first, but it is easy to understand in concept. Avaaz wants to encourage others to engage in leadership through example. The site lets people start their own petitions and organize protests about the causes they care about.

Members can also use the resources provided by the site to spread news about protests related to important causes, and keep up on the latest news involving many progressive ideals. The organization, which takes its name for Persian, started almost six years ago. In 2011, the Arab Spring and Iranian protests were in full swing. Members of Avaaz helped Iranian protesters by setting up proxy servers. The protesters could use these servers to upload videos of the protests on public web sites.

The organization continues the work it started five years ago, and it is working to oppose some of the more extreme policies favored by the current presidential administration. It does not have a US-focus, however. It works with like-minded people around the globe.

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Larkin & Lacey

You may think that only people who are in the minority have civil rights that should be defended. This is not the case. It may be surprising to you, but even demographics that exist in large numbers, or are the majority, need protection. A good example of this is laborers. Nearly everyone is a laborer.

However, that does not mean that laborers don’t suffer from human rights abuses. Laborers started unions to work together and to have a political voice. From these unions came labor organizations that weren’t just unions themselves, but consisted of a variety of different unions working together.

Two great example of this were the Congress of Industrial Organization and the American Federation of Labor. These two organizations opposed each other, though they eventually melted into one organization—the AFL-CIO. In the 2000s, due to internal discourse some unions left the AFL-CIO and started their own rival organization—Change To Win. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Unions, more or less, do a pretty good job to protect the rights of their members. Many provide health insurance, career guidance for the children of members, income in times of unemployment and guide members toward employment. The unions set humane hours and rates that employers are supposed to follow.

The American Southwest is flooded with an enormous Hispanic population. Much of this population consists of immigrants, and many of those immigrants are undocumented. Sheriff Arpaio, a local politician in Maricopa county, was wrongfully racially profiling and roughly handling people who he thought were “undocumented.” Two writers, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, wrote about this in a publication.

As a result, they had their houses broken into by law enforcement, and they were forced into separate jails. After the incident, the two men pursued this wrongdoing in court.

Because they were in the right and Maricopa County was in the wrong, they gladly received a huge settlement. Instead of living the high life and throwing their money away on ludicrous, frivolous stuff, they invested in the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has a deep zeal for promoting the existence of DACA. They are outraged about the recent decision to stop and restrict DACA. Their cause is provide as much help as possible to immigrants in every way, shape and form–from giving rations to those who are making the trek over the border to those who are living here and are in need of education.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
http://james-larkin.com/

George Soros: Creating a Liberated and Equal Society

One of the most influential businessmen today is George Soros. He was born in Hungary and had to endure the Second World War as a young boy. His ethnicity is Jewish, and during the occupation of Hungary, his family managed to evade the Nazis who are pursuing Jews in order for them to be executed on concentration camps. The horrors of war have been implanted on the mind of the young George Soros, and he vowed to change the world one day if he managed to get the chance. When the war is over, George Soros headed to London to study, and after he graduated, he immigrated to the United States. He had a very difficult life overseas at first, but he managed to adapt, and used the skills he learned in school to create a business and invest in so many things. His fortune came when he established a fund, and everything happened so fast that he was already making millions of dollars. These millions would soon turn into billions, and his financial empire would soon taking over smaller corporations and acquiring other firms. He then managed to set up satellite offices around the world, and the sheer number of profit coming into his personal wealth resulted to him being named as one of the most successful investors in history. Learn more about George at Biography.

And then, George Soros remembered the war he has witnessed as a child. The horrors of it flashbacked into his memory, and he have seen how inequality became evident in the world. Discrimination is prevalent, racism still exists, and inequalities are noticeable with the rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer. There is also oppression happening all throughout the world, with different governments persecuting their own people who are trying to fight for change. The present condition of society has contributed to his eagerness that these negativities must come to an end. He created the Open Society Foundations, which aims to connect groups and organizations around the world who has the same objective as he do – to push for a world where there is no discrimination, and everyone is equal. This foundation has helped a lot of people, especially those who are considered to be society’s outcasts. George Soros has given over $12 billion to support these groups, who are doing the best that they can to promote equality, especially for states that have oppressive governments. George Soros is very positive that despite his old age, he will still be able to see the fruits of his labor, and that he would wake up one day to see that everyone is living in perfect harmony full of love towards each other.

Aside from him supporting groups and organizations under the Open Society Foundations, he is also actively participating in philanthropic activities. He is giving away scholarships to deserving children across the globe, and has given some of his fortune to charities and researches that would benefit the lives of everyone. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.

Sources:

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267

Thor Halvorssen’s struggle for human rights

Thor Halvorssen’s passion for human rights pushed him to launch the Human Rights Foundation. He is not known much to the common man, but unilateral dictators suffer sleepless nights on the mention of Thor Halvorssen. He is a challenge to these dictators because of his unstoppable passion and goal of eliminating violations to human rights throughout the world.

Thor has always been against unilateral dictatorship and does not discriminate against anyone. He is 39 years of age and applies any workable strategy to accomplish his mission towards human rights advocacy. He has different reasons for this fire that burns inside his heart; to see justice and human rights offered to everyone.

Halvorssen’s mother was from Venezuela while his father was Norwegian. His father, Hellum, worked as an ambassador in Norway under anti-narcotics sector. He was investigating a cartel when he got arrested. Thor lobbied tirelessly until his father was freed. His mother died in a shooting in Venezuela in 2004. Thor wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal explaining the incident.

After witnessing the injustices that led to the death of his parents, it is now easy to understand why he decided to engage in the advocacy for human rights. His mother died during a peaceful protest while his father was one of the political prisoners. He does not have only base his advocacy on politics. He is also interested in public policy, civil liberty, public interests and pro-democracy advocacy. He has always been against human trafficking and slavery because they undermine the human rights of the victims.

Currently, Thor Halvorssen is working with Bryan Singer on a film entitled The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. He has had his opinions featured in the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the National Journal, the New York Times, and the National Public Radio among others. He has also appeared on television courtesy of BBC News, CNN, Fox News, Aljazeera and Hannity & Colmes. This is enough evidence that Thor Halvorssen is doing a commendable job in fighting for human rights. The Human Rights Foundation has made his passion a reality.

https://www.facebook.com/thorhalvorssen for more.