Over the past few months many Americans have grown increasingly concerned about their values and even their personal safety as they watched a man become elected on a platform of violence, hatred and fear. Donald Trump has done his best to depict people of color and certain races as being inhumane, violent and depraved rapists. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Trump has made it a point to focus his anger at immigrants in particular and has made them a target of hatred and aggression from his frenzied supporters. They are also one of the first groups on his hit list for the first 100 days in office. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida
If these antiquated practices for social order make you uneasy about the future of our country, not only are you a forward-thinking individual, you are not alone. There are many like you who believe that protecting the rights of the individual and demanding social justice are the only ways to bring about the peace and prosperity we hope for.
Here is a list of some of the most important organizations that seek to protect immigrants and their rights across the US.
The Border Angels are in operation all across the border between the U.S. and Mexico. These non-profit volunteers work to advocate social justice and immigration reforms to protect the basic human rights of these people. There are also various educational and awareness programs designed to connect with San Diego’s- immigrant population.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Also called CHIRLA for short, this group focuses on defending the civil, labor and human rights of all the immigrants living in the greater Los Angeles area. This advocacy and organization group is non-profit and volunteers also work to improve the lives of refugees coming in from around the globe.
National Immigration Law Center
This center for legal aid and counsel offers the skills and expertise of its members in fighting for the rights of immigrants with low income. Litigation advocacy and policy analysis are only some of the volunteer services they offer. Check their official website for information on taking local training or making donations. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-larkin-8a2a4213a
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
This organization is dedicated to the protecting and defending the best interests of the children who enter the US on their own. Those interested in supporting their efforts can make donations or volunteer to be a Child’s Advocate in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. or Houston at their main web site.
The Lacey and Larkin Border Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began this fund to support the many different groups that work to protect human and civil rights for those across the Arizona border with Mexico. The two co-founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times dedicated a sizable sum of money they were given in a negotiated compensation to fund immigrant groups operating throughout Arizona.
If the harsh treatment and Trump-inspired aggression against people of specific color or ethnicity is as distasteful to you as it is to these civic-minded citizens, it is important to remember that they need your support. Getting in touch with your local human rights groups can introduce you to the best ways to begin changing your part of the world.