May 20

Demanding for Respect of Human Rights with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

There is a great concern, confusion, and fear amongst immigrant communities, especially after the recent United States election. The fear of deportation, losing what one has built over the years, and probably becoming a refugee once again is evident amongst immigrants and minority groups in the United States.

Many groups and institutions have come forward to express their disapproval on the U.S. President’s stand on the issue of the immigrants. Most of this human, civil and immigrant reform groups consider the move inhumane and total disregard for the rights, and freedom of movement of the people. Hence, they have come forward to offer their support and solidarity to the affected individuals.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is one of the institutions that have created a broad line of legal and political defense for the immigrant and human rights as well. They have built a strong movement for economic and social justice for all. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

They are trained journalist by profession. They channeled their returns, which first came from their wrongful arrest to financially support the migrant rights institutions in Arizona. In 2007, they accrued $ 3.75 million as compensation for their detained by the County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

They were arrested and jailed after revealing information about the Sherriff, which was crucial in an ongoing grand jury proceeding. The board needed the journalist’s notes on published articles about the Sheriff. Larkin & Lacey fund supports other groups with a similar mission in Arizona.

The Border Network for Human Rights

The Border Network for Human Rights is another vocal human rights and immigration reform advocacy group in the United States. It is based in Texas and has 700 families under its wing. It organizes civic-minded individuals and movements in southern New Mexico and west Texas area and boundaries. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund and Jim Larkin | Huffington Post

Southern Border Communities Coalition

Southern Border Communities Coalition was formed in 2011 and has unified over 60 organizations in CA, San Diego, and Texas. It was founded to bring accountability and proper enforcement of border practices in the United States.

The United States’ government does an excellent job of providing adequate resources in the broader patrol. However, there was no appropriate oversight of the border policies, which makes easier for the boundary communities to breach them. The brunt of these policies adversely affects the resident’s human rights, their businesses, international relations, and the environment.

The founders of the Southern Border Communities Coalition saw it necessary to bring sanity to the borders and restore humane and rational reform policies, prevent loss of life and restore lost human dignity. These groups are sources of strength and affirmation to the immigrants and other individuals whose rights have been violated; hope is not lost.