Larkin & Lacey: Civil Rights

Civil rights groups have been engaged in immense and sometimes intense campaigns to voice out issues that concern the human race. As such, they have grown, and continue to mushroom every so often. Several countries today credit the expansion of their social, economic and political spaces to actions spearheaded by civil rights groups.

Whereas some are extremely vocal, well known and the scope of their work familiar, others pull strings behind the curtains but still manage to bring action where necessary.

Perhaps one of the most actively discussed units of civil society groups is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender commonly known as LGBT. Whereas laws that govern the existence of these groups vary from country to country, the general representation is people who are sexually inclined to any of those categories.

With twenty-two countries in the Americas and Western Europe recognizing same-sex-marriage, the role of such organizations is well cut out.

The Arizona-based Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a significant support to groups that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights as well as freedom of speech and civic participation. On October 18, 2007 Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, were arrested by Sheriff Joe from their homes in conjunction to the grand jury demands to reveal identities of citizens who read New Times stories. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Time

The result of the bruising legal battle was a $3.75 million settlement awarded by the Supreme Court. This fund has been of central support to Arizona-based civil rights groups.

One of the beneficiaries of the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is the faith-based southern Arizona ministry, No More Deaths. The organization has been a key supporter to migrant offering drinking water, food and supplies, medical care and shelter to migrants at a southern Arizona camp.

The organization is also instrumental in documenting cases of migrant abuse by authorities, helping migrants to recover property lost during arrests and so on. Acknowledging, the challenge the organization aims at saving lives by helping migrants.

One of the world’s largest civil rights organization is Amnesty International(AI).The vocal and highly regarded outfits founded in 1961 has worked with a wide range of issues that touch on the state of humanity.

With a core focus on conscience. The gist is to seek ways of expressing the opinion other than violence. As such, concentration has been given to efforts of non-intervention on political affairs, a deliberate commitment to gathering facts on individual cases and promoting human rights.

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