In this world of hate, we need to stand up for the weak and fight for what’s right. Civil, migrant, and human rights are being abused like never before. The greatest weapon we have is Knowledge and unity. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Knowledge is power so let’s strengthen our community with information. Unity is necessary so reach out to any local organization of your choice and get involved in bettering not just your community but your country. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
Below I have compiled a list of the 5 advocacy groups for civil, migrant and human rights that you should know:
- American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU of Arizona)
The ACLU of Arizona has been fighting against unconstitutional laws aimed to hinder minorities since it’s inception in 1959. It is responsible for overturning the law that once banned multi-racial marriages.
- Arizona DREAM Act Coalition
Founded by undocumented students The Arizona Dream Act Coalition fought against the hash 2006 law that required an undocumented student to pay ridiculously expensive out-of-state tuition and excluded them from receiving publicly funded scholarships.
- The Young Center
In 2016, the Young Center launched in Phoenix as part of a nationwide expansion. They help children escaping violence, forced labor, desperate poverty and more. The young center fights for human rights for the vulnerable.
- Trans Queer Pueblo
Helping the LGBTQ+ migrant community of color in being empowered by celebrating diversity as well as producing leadership qualities with support for families.
- The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
On October 18, 2007, Maricopa County Sheriff Jose Arapaio arrested two journalists. Both men were co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media and were targeted for their
content. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were taken from their homes in the middle of the night and incarcerated.
The grand jury issued subpoenas requiring any notes they had regarding Sheriff Arapaio. Even more disturbing the subpoenas demanded the identity of the citizens who read New Times Stories online involving the officer.
Both men sued the county and won a $3.75 million settlement for their unlawful arrest. They’ve dedicated the money they were awarded to support groups that fight for civil, human, and migrant rights.