As social unrest and instances of racially motivated violence increasingly grab the headlines today, there are also a growing number of organizations that are hard at work advocating for human, civil and migrant rights. This is a dichotomy that has existed in human societies for ages. On one hand are people who hate and seek to harm anyone that doesn’t look or live exactly like them.
On the other hand are people that recognize the value and power diversity brings to human societies. A willingness to exploit and denigrate people that are different is a hallmark of man’s baser instincts. Civilized, intelligent people are willing to learn from each other and grow together.
The struggle for social justice for people of all races, classes and places of origin is a noble one. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere.”
That statement has universal applicability and every day there are people in organizations large and small that are fighting for social justice. Often their struggle doesn’t get the international media coverage that led to victories in the struggle for human and civil rights in places like the United States and South Africa. But still all over the world there are people working night and day to secure social justice for all. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
These people understand that if they don’t stand up for the poor and the less fortunate their humanity is devalued. It the face of social injustice man’s boasting of forays into outer space and scientific advancement, or his advanced intellect and civilization ring hollow.
As long as man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man is allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, the human race’s so-called advancements are diminished. But all over the world there are people that believe in peace and prosperity for all men that are continuing to advocate for change and call for social justice.
Journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two people involved in the fight for social justice that are making a difference. They’re the founders of the Frontera Fund and sources of financing for people involved in the fight for human, civil and migrant rights.
Co-founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times, these men spent their entire careers defending free speech. In 2007, they were arrested for refusing to give up their notes and sources of information about the nefarious dealings of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona or the identities of people who read the stories online.
Lacey and Larkin sued Maricopa County and won. They were awarded $3.75 million dollars. Rather than keep the money for their personal use, they put it in a fund supporting people and organizations involved in the battle for migrant rights in Arizona.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is now being used to provide the vital tools groups in Arizona need as they continue to work to ensure civic participation, freedom of speech and human, civil and migrant rights are guaranteed to all people in Arizona.
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