It is easy for the rights of people to be violated by others in the society, especially when these people do not have a strong voice to defend themselves, or when there is no one to speak out on their behalf.
Fortunately, there are those who have come out to advocate for civil, human and migrant rights strongly. One of the groups that have come out to do this is The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).
CHIRLA is a group that operates in California and focusses on fighting for the rights of immigrant families and individuals. Their goal is to ensure that all people can participate in a democracy and nation building, regardless of whether they are citizens or not.
They envision a society where migrants shall be involved in important decisions that concern the country, and they shall have equal opportunity when it comes to rendering services, without anyone taking advantage of them because of their status. They firmly believe that your freedom of mobility should not deny you the freedom to be part of participatory democracy.
The formation of the group was necessitated by the passing on legislation in 1986 which made it illegal for a company to hire undocumented staff. This, therefore, made it possible for businesses to take advantage of the undocumented, and violate their rights since, because of their status, they could not go and report such acts. It was an opening which was sure to be exploited by the oppressive opportunistic, and groups like CHIRLA had to come in and seal this.
CHIRLA achieves its goal by empowering people to shape public opinion and advocate for laws and policies which make attainment of civil and labor rights possible to as many people as possible. They have shown that it is possible for oppressive laws and policies to be changed or formulated to give a result that includes the usually disadvantaged.
For bodies such as CHIRLA to succeed in their endeavors, there must be a way in which they can finance their operations, which is usually through donations and other forms of financial aid.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera fund is one such avenue whose primary goal is to finance bodies which advocate for civil, human and migrant rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
It was set apart out of the court settlement money which its two co-founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin – journalists – received when they won a case relating to their wrongful arrest.
They decided to use this money to create a fund through which they would be able to finance other groups, such as the CHIRLA, to enable them adequately carry out their activities in an efficient way.
Their scope is within the Arizona state. They have been able to empower people about their rights. They also act as a watchdog, calling out on legislation which erodes gains realized in human rights. In addition to this, they put pressure on the government to desist from acts that undermine the rights of others.
When groups such as these exist, we are assured of a society where the rights of others shall not be run over by those who feel they can exploit them without question.
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Hispanics Need Not Be Treated as Criminals
Do you desire to make a difference in this world? Do you believe that you are capable of eradicating some evil that exists on this planet? I know that my dream is to stop the evil that exists in the hearts of mankind. Now I understand I cannot do all, I do understand that I can do some.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin desire to stamp out the evil of racism that is occurring in the United States of America toward Mexicans, Hispanics, and Latinos. They are capable of doing this through the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund as well as their media corporation the Village Voice Media. In fact, these organizations were born out of a racial injustice that occurred to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
In their advocacy for immigration reform these two brave men have come up against the vindictive Sheriff known as Joseph Arpaio of the Maricopa County Police Department. They published his evil crimes for the world to see which included brutality, racially profiling Hispanics, abuse of women, and the negligence of children.
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio always believed he was above the law and he manipulated the court system so that he could obtain an illegal warrant to silence Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. He entered into their homes and told them they no longer had the freedom of speech necessary in order to report on the findings about him. He tried to save their meddling in an investigation and were obstructing justice, which of course was not true.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would not let their American rights be violated like that and they ended up winning a settlement which was given to them by the United States of America. That money started the Lacey and Larkin on which advocates for immigration reform.