Larkin & Lacey: Effective Advocacy of Human Rights

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Even though we live in the future where people are seemingly more civil, this doesn’t eliminate the need for advocacy groups who push their agenda of justice throughout the world as a shining beacon of hope for the struggling masses. These organizations represent the people who sometimes need a little encouragement towards creating true change. Now, there is change and then there is true change.

True change has longevity, which is difficult to achieve with the ever-fluctuating governmental changes and amendments. However, the basic tenants of the constitution of the United States resonates in the heart of each person. One very effective group is the American Civil Rights Institute which tackles the difficult racial issues troubling many citizens. They educate people who may not be aware of the immense ramifications of racial and gender inequality.

They focus primarily on education and policy research through the support of various constitutional amendments for the betterment of society as a whole. Through their funding, they are capable and successful in creating change in government. They advocate for example, the rights of marriage between same-sex couples, pushing the rights of the constitution and the power thereof towards effective reform.

Another generous and prominent advocacy for human, civil and migrant rights is the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the Co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They have extensive history in perceiving the power of words, and the people who distort them towards their own benefit. Whether it be prestige or simply money, there is subtle crime being implemented in government whether they like to admit it or not.

Their story really says it all. Upon releasing information in their media that they were being targeted by police to obtain their articles and personal documentation, they were later arrested. This took place in a sketchy way, in the middle of the night, almost as if they didn’t want anyone knowing. Read more:  Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

They were taken to separate locations and interrogated based on what they released. When they were freed, they sued and managed to get a three million dollar settlement fee which was then used to found the Frontera Fund. 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/6427818/Michael_Lacey

Although it was quiet a misfortune for them to go through, it would not have been possible to create advocacy towards this cause of stopping police from abusing the constitution without it. It is a bitter-sweet situation as they have successfully made their voice heard in the political side of things, while continuing to support related groups through generous donations. They realize the importance of getting the word out, and were taught a valuable lesson that no one is immune to mistreatment.

Nobody is perfect, therefore having a voice to point this out is crucial in government reformation. They continue today to fund projects towards liberty and freedom of every individual, carrying the experience first-hand under their belts as a testimony to the need of such powerful advocacy organizations. Money is quiet powerful in that it makes people listen!