Groups that are helping the world become a better place!

The world can be a dark and scary place to live filled with countless atrocity’s that if go unchecked can lead to its ultimate destruction. No matter how dark there are still some organizations out there that try and shine some light in that dark scary place. Here are a couple of the civil, human or migrant rights organizations that are out there in the world on the front lines.

amnesty international is a worldwide human rights organization consisting of 7 million plus people. It is funded by private donors and its members so they like to say they are owned by no one person or no one ideology. The group investigates and exposes facts of atrocities and other bad things that governments, people, or organizations inflict on other groups of people, religions, or organizations. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Amnesty international was started in 1961 by a British lawyer Peter Benenson, when he wrote an article about two Portuguese students that raised a toast to freedom. Amnesty international have been on the frontlines of cases for individual’s rights such as Jenni Monet, The Berks Kids, Maxima Acuna and Ilham Tohti just to name a few.

Another wonderful organization is The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund in Arizona. The Frontera Fund was started by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin two journalist that founded the village voice media. The men were arrested by sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “selective enforcement unit” for writing un favorable articles about the sheriff.

The two men were later released 24 hours later after public outrage, and all the charges dropped. The men then sued the Maricopa county sheriff’s office the ninth circuit court of appeals decided in their favor saying they were unjustly arrested and detained. The appellate court’s decision made it possible for a 3.7-million-dollar settlement to be paid to Lacey and Larkin by Maricopa county in 2013.

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Frontera fund went on to benefit many different civil rights organizations in Arizona. a few of those organizations are the ACLU, American Immigration Council, Promise Arizona, and Aliento. The organizations that are funded are largely aimed at helping the large Hispanic community in Arizona.

In 2014 as many politicians begin to run I Mike and Jim begin to distribute funds to worthy non- profit groups that advocate for civil rights and causes of Arizona’s Hispanics. The fund is still funding and helping many non-profits today.

After the demonization of anyone with brown skin by Sheriff Joe Arpaio Mike Lacey was quoted saying “I think the people of Arizona are better than this. Of course, Jim and I stand with migrants. We are all migrants”.

These two organizations are just two of many in the world that battle every day to make the world a better place to live and you can help. If you would like to help people like Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin join the local groups in your area, volunteer at shelters or food kitchens or donate to the ones mentioned in the article above. you don’t have to join large organizations or even join an organization at all you alone can make a difference in the world.

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