Civil human and migrant rights are socially constructed fundamentals that have been established to ensure peaceful coexistence of communities with different cultures.
There are numerous civil, immigrants, and human rights foundations that have been established globally to foster social minority acceptance, human protection as well as world peace. The American Immigration Council is a good example of these organizations.
The American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council is a non-profit organization based in Washington DC which works to shape Americans feelings towards immigration in respect to the United States’ immigrant history.
The organization fosters the formation and implementation of policies and laws that honor America’s immigrant past. It also promotes the development of positive attitudes towards the immigrants amongst the American citizens.
The organization runs programs that educate the American citizens about the invaluable contributions of the immigrant communities; both in the past and present; to the rich American culture.
These programs are inclusive of education and international exchange programs whereby scholars are given the opportunity to experience different cultures and are educated on cultural tolerance and acceptance.
The American Immigration Council also has legal and policy programs which foster the formation and upholding of humane immigration policies, promote legal justice for the immigrants, and ensure that legislation on immigration respects both humane and constitutional rights. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
The American Immigration Council works to ensure fair judicial process for immigrants whereby immigrants are empowered to stand up for their rights. The organization also ensures that government is held accountable for injustices against the immigrants.
Through research and analysis, the council educates the American citizens on the enduring contributions the immigrants have made in America and promotes the formation of rational immigration policies in regards to fundamental American values.
The programs of the council are funded through donations from various sources including the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a fund dedicated to funding immigrant’s rights organizations in Arizona.
According to Biz Journals, the fund was established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who are the founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Lacey and Larkin dedicated the $3.75 million settlement from their incarceration on October 18, 2007, in Maricopa County by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the Lacey and Larkin Fund.
The journalists, Lacey and Larkin, were arrested for disclosing the proceedings of a sensitive court case that sought after reporters’ notes on articles about the Sheriff. The grand jury had also demanded for the provision of the identity of the citizens who had read the news articles on the same that published online.
Following this, Lacey and Larkin sued the county in a bid to defend their First Amendment rights. The two journalists won the case in the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit and were thus granted $3.75 million as settlement for their unlawful incarceration.
Lacey and Larkin committed their settlement fees to the support of human right organizations that support civil advocacy and participation, freedom of speech as well as migrant rights though out Arizona including at “la línea fronteriza” which is, the Mexican border.
Through their leadership, the fund has been used to support human rights groups and has contributed greatly towards the achievement of justice for the migrants and oppressed groups in the society.