The world is undergoing an unprecedented era of democratization, which is characterized by a free flow of democratic ideals throughout the world. However, there are many places where this surge of democratic values such as civic, human and migrant rights faces political and cultural hurdles. These hurdles have stymied the realization of a freer and democratic world. Numerous civil society organizations that seek to break these hurdles by running extensive campaigns calling for the provision of basic human rights, civic rights and the rights inherent to migrants.
The issue of migrant rights has become a hot issue given the current colossal flow of migrants towards Europe from the less stable areas in the Middle East. The role of civil society organizations is very crucial in keeping a careful check on the policies of countries, which they formulate, most of the time, in the light of their geopolitical interests. The following paragraphs discuss some organizations that work in this line.
Driven by their passion for serving humanity and forging a just and democratic world, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin together established Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. Through this Fund, Lacey and Larkin help organizations and groups that raise their voice for civic, human and migrant rights. Recently, the duo has decided to give the money they got through a settlement over their arrest with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to organizations working on migrants. The estimated worth of the money is $3.75 million.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports a wide array of civil society organizations groups across the U.S, including American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Arizona Justice Project, Centre for Neighborhood Leadership, and many others. The basis of this Fund lies in the arrest of Lacey and Larking in 2007 by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sherrif.
The two had been writing in their newspaper about the wrongdoings and infringements of the Sherrif, who in retaliation had ordered their detention in a bid to silence the voices challenging his corruption. Lacey and Larking started a series of legal actions against the Sheriff citing the rights under the First Amendment. They won the legal battle and were compensated $3.75 million, and this money became the basis for the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund.
By profession, Lacey and Jim Larkin are adept journalists who co-founded a couple of news outlets: Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They focus on the issues people face, particularly migrants, in Arizona, their home state. The two champion the rights granted to citizens under the First Amendment by the Constitution of the United States.
With their percipient editorials and news stories, Lacey and Jim Larkin have earned an immense reputation for their objectivity and their dedicated service to humankind. The fact that the two have decided to give away a huge sum for a humane cause reflects their vision for a democratic and free world.