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Fighting for the Oppressed around the World with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is known for opposing immigrants in the United States. In the past, he has been accused of abusing the immigrants and turning a blind eye to the issues affecting immigrants. On his part, he encourages harassment, rape and child molestation. These are not the only people that he has managed to piss off in the past few years. He had been sued by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in a case they won receiving a settlement of $3.75 million. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are well known for their careers. Jim is the founder of an organization called Village Voice Media while Michael Lacey is the founder of Phoenix New Times.

The gentlemen said that they had filed a case against Joe on 18th October 2007 when he ordered their arrests. The two gentlemen had been arrested for exposing grand jury proceedings covering the sheriff. They are not the only people to be subpoenaed as the readers who had read the story were also issued with papers. Michael and Jim are known for dedicating their lives to defending the first amendment. The settlement was awarded by the ninth circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. They said that they would use the money for charitable causes within the state of Arizona and in the United States. Among the things that this fund will be used to fund include civic participation, freedom of speech and immigrants’ rights. The fund will also be used to fund human and civil rights movements.

Another organization that strives to change the lives of other people around the world is Amnesty International. Up to date, this organization has over 7 million members who help the organization in one way or the other. They say that their mission is to be part of research that will play a role in helping reduce human rights abuse. At the same time, the organization allocates some of its resources in helping people whose rights have been violated to get justice. This organization was born out of an article called the Forgotten Prisoners by an activist lawyer known as Peter Benenson. Amnesty International was, therefore, established in the year 1961 and has maintained its offices in London since then. This organization manages to change things by influencing public opinion. Once the public opinion about an issue has changed, they can exert pressure on the government which has to look into the issue.

Amnesty International focuses on several issues. These issues include prisoners of conscience as well as people who have been hindered from expressing their opinions because of one or two reasons. However, the organization has a mission of not interfering with political questions. Before the organization can engage on an issue, it has to do its due diligence to ensure that it has its facts correct. However, the organization emphasizes the need of solving issues in a non-violence way. Among the areas that they have specialized in the last 40 years include refugees’ rights, ending torture as well as rights of prisoners of conscience.

Learn more:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media

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