With the all the differences of opinion pertaining to the rights that individuals and groups currently and should have in this day and age, many different civil rights groups have formed, grown and expanded as the times have changed.
There are many basic rights that larger and more established populations have always taken for granted, which is why it is important to understand and appreciate all of the advocate groups that exist throughout the world. Members of these groups spend their days fighting for the rights of others, using their voices and abilities to speak up for those that cannot always do it for themselves.
The American Civil Liberties Union is one of the most prominent and powerful of these groups, and members and their associates work hard to ensure that basic human rights like the ones that are discussed and outlined within the Bill of Rights and the Constitution are applied to immigrants and US citizens alike.
The group uses advocacy, public outreach programs, and targeted litigation to get this message across in the most meaningful ways possible, highlighting the difficulty that millions experience each and every day of their lives. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter
Even though there are many important issues that the ACLU works on (and to improve), some of the most pressing current issues include a focus on expediting the road to citizenship for immigrants, pitting a halt on cases of border patrol abuse, ensuring that the due process of law is followed when cases of deportation occur, and keeping a close eye on present state and local immigration laws, ensuring that discriminatory ones are stricken from the books as soon as possible.
Another organization that works hard to protect and preserve the rights of immigrants is the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. The foundation of this group stems from the unlawful arrest of two media executives – Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin – that were known for publishing stories about the wrongdoing of the Maricopa County Sheriff.
Not only was he abusing the power that was given to him as Sheriff by mismanaging funds, instilling fear of Mexicans and immigrants via racial profiling and settling for unsafe and less than ideal conditions within the jails of the county, but he was willing to participate in unethical methods of silencing his detractors, too. This arrest was the beginning of a change in the tide of this fight that is happening on the Mexican border on a daily basis.
The goal of this group is to ensure that the settlement that this arrest resulted in was put to good use, with Larkin & Lacey focusing on empowering and helping the Hispanic community of Arizona – one of the most discriminated against communities in the nation.
Through this foundation, donations are made to other smaller groups that also advocate for the rights of immigrants and their families – working hard to ensure that their basic human rights are not violated and that their voices can be heard no matter the situation.
Both of these organizations are worthy causes that stemmed from the belief that simply because of their legal status or position, an individual should not be looked down upon.
The fight of individuals against the powers that be may be far from over, but organizations like these two are helping to improve the odds for people that need it the most.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin