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Advocating for Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

It’s obvious that when Thomas Jefferson wrote this quote, he intended to shed light and wisdom on one basic fact: That people are just humans; all deserving of the same opportunities, advancements, and experiences. However, there are still situations that occur every day to refute this truth. All things considered, there is a need for organizations that are created to advocate for the people’s rights. Read more: Jim | Twitter

One organization that has been a stronghold in fighting for Thomas Jefferson’s quote is, Human Rights First. Founded in the 1970’s, this organization is special and stands out from other. Why? Because the members are lawyers who have a mission to fight injustices across the world. When injustices occur, you need people who can not only support you, but who also understands the legal system.

Their mission is to protect and defend the dignity of everyone through respect for human rights and the rule of law. The situations they handle come from a variety of situations such as: filing charges against perpetrators for the Rwanda Genocide down to fighting for equal business rights for workers against corporations and companies. Human Rights First is only one of many organizations. Some groups have been founded through personal experience with violation of their rights.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created in 2007 by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They know all too well how it feels to be stripped of equality. How would you feel if you were snatched from your home and thrown in jail? No doubt, the answer would be angry, upset, and even scared, especially if you haven’t done anything wrong! Likewise, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey encountered similar emotions when they were unlawfully arrested on October 18, 2007 in Maricopa County.

So how can two men get arrested without committing a crime? By exposing the truth about local Sheriff Joe Arpaio in an article for the Phoenix New Times. Sheriff Arpaio held an infamous reputation for leading Anti-Mexican politics that exuded racial profiling and unconstitutional detention of Latinos. Newspaper and media personnel constantly wrote about his transgressions of inequality which included financial irregularities and office mismanagement.

As a result, Arpaio targeted all writers who took part in writing about him. Thankfully, all charges were dropped against Lacey and Larking. However, they decided to fight back by suing against abuse of power and violation of their First Amendment rights. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin use the settlement they won to support and aid other organizations designed to help with people’s rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

This world needs people who have a passion to help others and who have been discriminated against to come together. Imagine the rights, respect, and equality that can broaden across the nation, if more advocates would support and stand behind people and organizations. Fortunately, thousands of organizations both in the U.S and internationally use their voice and resources to ensure that equality in all areas is available to everyone!