Larkin and Lacey: Fighting for Human Rights for All People

Since the Women’s March on Washington and the election of an administration that does not seem to uphold the rights of all individuals, there have been many new human rights organizations being created and long-established ones are kicking into high gear. Learn more about Michael Lacey:

There are many groups throughout the United States that advocate for civil, human and migrant rights and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is one of them.

Founded in 1986, CHIRLA has already made a major impact in the human rights movement. The group is based in California and is made up of diverse immigrant families and individuals who act as representatives of social change. Their goal is to facilitate a world in which everyone enjoys the benefits and freedom of human rights. CHIRLA’s mission is to ensure that all people enjoy the same rights and that our country is inclusive of all immigrants without prejudice.

For more than 30 years, the Advocates of Human Rights organization has been working to improve the lives of immigrants, women, children, refugees, and other marginalized communities in our country. This group provides many services including investigating and exposing human rights violations, representing immigrants and refugees seeking asylum along with training other human rights groups and working to facilitate change with policy makers in our government.

Two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media with settlement money they received after being arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. The pair was arrested on Oct. 18, 2007, after they revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings that were seeking reporters’ notes on all articles covering Arpaio. There was also a demand to know the identity of citizens who read New Times stories online that involved Arpaio.

Lacey and Larkin sued the county and received a $3.75 million settlement that they are now using to fund migrant rights organizations throughout Arizona. They created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund that supports groups like CHIRLA and the Advocates for Human Rights that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights along with freedom of speech and civic participation throughout Arizona.

This also includes on “la línea fronteriza” – the Mexican border. The Colibrí Center for Human Rights became one was one of the first organizations to be supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The group is located in Tucson, Arizona, and works with families, forensic scientists, and humanitarians to put a stop to migrant deaths and other sufferings on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Thor Halvorssen Contributed To Bernie Sanders’ Campaign

In a recent interview with Fox News, Thor Halvorssen admitted that he had given the largest possible legal campaign contribution to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Thor said this right after noting that socialism is directly correlated to some of the worst human rights violations in history. While he did say there were instances where socialistic theory could be applied within a government, it is his contention that on the whole, socialism that becomesthe government is bad news. His mother was killed by Hugo Chavez’ socialist regime, and his father was a political prisoner. Thor Halvorssen’s cousin is still a political prisoner, and so the man has every motive to reject socialism. Yet despite this, he has funded Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Why?

According to Thor Halvorssen, the current democratic front-runner has been regularly funded by existing dictatorships who continuously commit terrible acts of violence against their people. Halvorssen believes these non-humanitarian groups will certainly wield some influence over whichever candidate ends up making it into the White House. Since he believes Ted Cruz is also regularly funded by such dictatorial regimes, he has decided to support Bernie Sandors.

This makes sense from several different perspectives. Thor Halvorssen is well-known to be from the left side of the political fence; there’s no way he could ever justify voting for Trump. The man is involved with a project to adapt a science fiction novel about polygamy and space politics (The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress) into a movie with Bryan Singer. That’s a man who can’t vote very far right of center. Bernie is, in many ways, Thor Halvorssen’s only choice.

It’s interesting how political and moral affiliations define an individual’s choices. Here is Thor, whose mother was murdered in a socialist regime, and who has gone on to found several human rights organizations with an aim specifically to stop such abuses in future, and yet he’s voting for a man with an ideology that, should it see full implementation, will end up facilitating the exact same human right’s violations. Party politics are making this year’s election one for the history books.

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