Lacey and Larkin arrested by the FBI

Joe Arpaio’s 24 years tenure as the Sheriff of Maricopa County has been on the spot for its stance on the rights of the immigrant’s community. In his years as the Sheriff, there was a high number of human rights violations which went on in the county.

He was the main man behind these violations since he ordered his officers to commit them. Arpaio has been a controversial figure in the country. He caught the attention of the country when he came up with allegations of President Obama birth certificate.

Together with Donald Trump, they pushed the then president to come out clean and provide his birth certificate. The step taken by Joe Arpaio was one of the actions that showed his inclination on matters of immigration. He was intolerant to immigration and used lethal power in his county to deal with immigrants. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter

Calling himself the American toughest man, he led a movement known as the birther movement which pushed for all undocumented immigrants to be evicted from the country. Together with his supporters, they saw the immigrants as the cause of the problems facing the country in terms of job opportunities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media

The county of Maricopa has a very high number of immigrants who come from the southern country of Mexico. The actions of Arpaio to discriminate these people reached a point where it could no longer be talked in high.

The level of discrimination was too high, and the media had taken up the cases o human rights violations that were going on in the county and taken them to the court of public opinion.

In 2011, there was a reprieve for the immigrants after he was charged in court and ordered to stop the violations of human rights against immigrants. He, however, did not relent. He made sure that immigrants continued to suffer under his regime.

Joe Arpaio did not only fight the immigrant community but also anyone who dared to criticize him.

 Larkin and Michael are two journalists who suffered for exposing the Sheriff. Through their media outlet, the two journalists made sure that they exposed Arpaio for all the crimes he committed while he was the sheriff of Maricopa County.

In retaliation, Joe Arpaio ordered for their arrest. The arrest case would later lead to a compensation of $3.75 million to the two journalists. This was a huge reprieve to the two journalists as they now have enough money to sponsor human rights groups which aim at stopping the violation of human rights in the country.

The law enforcement seems to be still in an attempt to stop the duo from running their media business. Recently after opening a website known as “Front Page Confidential,” the two journalists were arrested for allegations of committing crimes while running another website they previously owned.

The Backpage.com which was also shut down as the FBI raided any office related to the two as well as their homes. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are going to face charges in court. They will answer to 93 counts of breaking the law through various activities they did via Bakcpage.com.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Disparity ravages the world. People get caught up in desperate situations all the time. Many of these desperate situations pertain to identity—politics, gender, sexual preference, age and social lass.

Those who have something above others abuse and take away from others. The emergence of civil rights groups gives evidence to the fact that human beings, like Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, are conscious and fully ready to change these problems.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

This organization operates on the awareness that undocumented immigrants, as well as Hispanics, are in highly vulnerable positions in American society. Undocumented immigrants do not enjoy the same privileges and protections in American society as citizens, and they usually try to keep a low profile, so predators take advantage of them.

They face economic uncertainty. There are large numbers of undocumented immigrants in the Hispanic demographic, though not all Hispanics are undocumented immigrants. Many Hispanics are either citizens or documented immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

In fact, there have been parts of the United States, like where the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is, that have been historically inhabited by Latino people who are citizens. However, these facts do not keep Latino people from being racially profiled. Latinos are profiled as being “illegal” or foreign just because they physically look Latino.

Even people from Puerto Rico, who are United States citizens by default, are profiled as being “illegals” by some ignorant folk. Despite the fact that there are many different cultures, races, ethnicities and mixed races in the Hispanic world, there is a prevailing idea in the United States that “they are all just a bunch of spics.” Hispanic people are very proud of the countries where they come from, and may have their opinions of other Hispanic ethnicities or get annoyed if you think that they are something else.

Unfortunately, that “they’re all a bunch of spics” attitude has permeated so far into the minds of Americans that authorities racially profile Latinos and accuse them of being “illegals” on the basis of appearance.

This is what Sheriff Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County who harassed Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, did. Latino people who were legal citizens found themselves inconveniently detained and humiliated.

I hope that none of these people who were detained on the basis of “looking illegal” didn’t have someplace important to go! I hope that none of these people had a job or a wedding to go to, or a child waiting at school!

Black Lives Matter

In the early 2010s, Black Lives Matter started as a way to make the world more aware of the fact that Black people are being racially profiled and murdered by cops. The founders also say that the organization exists to make people aware of the inequalities that already exist within the Black community. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

For example, despite the fact that there is a strong maternal element in the Black community, there has also been an element where men have dominated over women and gained more credit.

Human and migrants’ rights group – their role

Human rights protection is a global affair that needs to be addressed by every country in the world. Long are the days when discrimination of some communities was seen as legal.

The world is way past that and any government that allows or practice discriminatory tactics needs to be condemned in the strongest terms possible. The exercise of human rights should never be a preserve of any government. It is a mandatory affair.

They must be implemented without hesitation. Human rights are considered to be part of the law of the land in many countries around the world. Even in countries that do not have the rights under their constitution or do not have a constitution at all, these rights apply as part of the international law.

Human rights were set out in the 1948 United Nations Declaration on Human rights. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

In the world today there groups or organization that stand out in the protection of human rights. These groups fall under three categories. They are; human rights groups, civil rights groups, and migrants’ rights groups. In almost every country, these groups have a presence.

The number one role is to monitor the status of human rights practice in the society. They are supposed to speak up for any illegal activities that deny people their rights. A few of these organizations include:

The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights is an organization that has been in existence for about thirty years now. The organization has been supporting protection of rights of minority groups such a women, children and immigrants from all over the world.

The Advocates for Human Rights, however, remains an independent, nonprofit and non-partisan rights group. Their only stance is on the protection of human rights. This organization has its outreach even at the grassroots level.

The Advocates for Human Rights also offers free or low-cost legal support to people seeking asylum. The group comprises of lawyers who have a responsibility of educating victims of human rights violations on the action to take as well as offering free training intended to create awareness among the people on their rights.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The purpose of this fund is to fund non-profit organizations that stand up for the rights of immigrants into the state of Arizona. The fund group was created by journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They had been arrested for revealing the contents of a grand jury proceeding report involving a notorious Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Michael and Jim sued the state for violating their rights. They won the case, and the appeals court ordered they be paid $3.75 million as settlement fee. This is the money they used to establish the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

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Human Rights Foundation Founder Thor Halvorssen Believes Socialism Is Wrong But He Donated Money To The Sanders Campaign

Thor Halvorssen gets a bad taste in his mouth when he hears the word, socialism. And he should. Halvorssen’s birth country, Venezuela, is a pitiful version of socialism. There’s not much more anyone can say about Venezuela except that the country has the largest deposits of crude oil in the world. Thor lived a nightmare during his early years, and he doesn’t want the United States to fall into the same trap that has kept his countrymen in poverty for decades.

 

Thor recently expressed his opinions about socialism and the primary election in a Fox News interview. Even though Halvorssen is against socialism, he has contributed to the Bernie Sanders campaign. He explained his choice by simply saying Hillary Clinton’s track record is so tainted with missteps that he couldn’t support her. Thor also said that Sanders form of socialism is not the same as the socialism that American’s have learned to hate through the years. Sanders call his form of socialism, “Democratic Socialism.”

 

Democratic socialism, according to Thor Halvorssen, is a milder, and much more aspirational ideology. Sanders is not saying that he wants the government to take over certain industries, but he does want the government to be more generous to workers, and he wants to give them more power. Sanders main objective is to break up the big banks, and he wants to stop the influence that money brings to the political arena. Sanders also wants the government to police businesses more closely, so American jobs and money stay in the United States.

 

Halvorssen is on board with all of those changes. He believes Sanders can work with both Parties to get things done. After all, Bernie isn’t really a Democrat. He’s an independent that has been working with the Democrats and the Republicans for years. But it is an uphill battle for Sanders, according to Thor Halvorssen. The Democratic establishment has its own agenda and Bernie isn’t part of that exclusive club. But the people see the difference in the candidates. Perhaps Sanders will pull a Democratic socialist rabbit out of his hat and get elected.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

https://www.crunchbase.com/person/thor-halvorssen

http://www.theatlantic.com/author/thor-halvorssen/