Civil Rights Groups in the United States

Many organizations in the United States advocate for civil, human and migrants rights. They do so by organizing protests, participating in legislation concerning laws that defend human rights and providing funds to other groups that advocate for human rights.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was founded by journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two are co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. This organization was as a result of their arrest by Maricopa County. The Frontera Fund protects migrant rights across Arizona. On October 18, 2007, the two were taken from their homes late in the night by armed deputies and jailed.

Lacey and Larkin’s arrest was due to their disclosure of the corrupt dealings of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Grand jury proceedings demanded the journalists’ records on articles and their notes that covered Sheriff Arpaio. More to that were the grand jury subpoenas that demanded the identity of their readers of New Times stories online about the sheriff. Larkin and Lacey sued the County and fought for their First Amendment rights.

After appealing in the Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, they were awarded a settlement of $3.75 million. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey dedicated the whole amount into establishing the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and funding other organizations that advocate for migrants’ rights across Arizona. Up to date, their organization promotes freedom of speech, human rights, immigrant rights and civic participation.

The Center for Third World Organizing which was launched in 1980 to promote social, economic and racial justice for people of color. CTWO offers training and resource centers which uphold actions for equal human rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights promotes world justice, empowerment of immigrants across the world, and advocates for human rights.

It is one of the influential organizers of refugee and immigrants representation in international events such as the Xenophobia in South Africa and United Nations Conference Against Racism. This organization has also been in the forefront in protests at the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings.

National Organization for Women was founded in 1966 to protect women against discrimination. The organization advocates for gender equality regarding equal representation and payment at workplaces. They offer civic education to women so as to empower them in matters revolving around their education, social and health decisions.

The National Immigration Project promotes justice and the fair treatment when it comes to immigration law along with social policies as well as the criminal system. The association calls for actions and holds movements to solve issues of immigrants. It also supports other organizations that are community-based, legal representatives and immigrants and more so offers technical assistance to them.

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights was founded in 1950 to advocate for civil and human rights. It contains more than two hundred state organizations, and its principal focus is equality in the society.

LCCR is not inclined to any particular section of the society but rather protects every citizen of the United States. Since 1957, the organization has held countrywide legislative advocacy for all civil rights laws.

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