Organizations fighting for human rights

When it comes to human rights a lot of time money and dedication goes into the cause this is why various organizations that have dedicated themselves to this work are considered inspirational.

The organizations take on various aspects of human and migrant rights and work towards the liberation of the people who for one reason or another may be oppressed. The following are some of the well known organizations that have been able to achieve that.

The Frontera fund

This was an organization started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are both journalist career-wise. They began the Frontera fund as a way to fight for the Hispanic community around them but have now expanded to the entire Arizona area as well as countrywide.

The inspiration to begin the fund was as a result of an arbitrary arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. These arrests were made in the middle of the night and what followed was a national outcry which then resulted in their release.

The duo of Jim and Michael then sued the county as well as the sheriff’s office for the infringement of their first amendment rights the ninth circuit court ruled that in fact their rights had been infringed upon and as a result, the county had to compensate them. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

The final settlement was reached in 2013 where they received 3.75 million dollars. This entire amount was dedicated towards the starting of the Frontera fund which today has achieved tremendous results in fighting for the rights of the Hispanic community that has for long suffered violations, especially around the border areas.

The reference to them as illegal migrants does not take away the human dignity that they should be accorded but this is something especially those tasked with enforcement tend to forget. The Frontera Fund works with others both individuals and organizations to ensure that there is equality for all.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is one of the most known and highly regarded human rights organizations across the globe. They have endeavored to achieve this throughout that they were received the Nobel peace prize for their work. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

They work through various methods that include community mobilization lobbying as well as litigation they have been able to deliver over one hundred and fifty people who had been jailed in oppressive regimes for their believes or other factors and they were accorded their freedom back.

The organization continues to work with communities and governments worldwide in the hope of achieving more freedom for their citizens.

The History of Jim Larkin: the Unwavering Trade Unionist

Labor unions have been in existence for a long period. To be a labor union activist, one must possess the qualities of a good leader and must be ready to defend the rights of workers at all costs.

In Ireland, one such a person was Jim Larkin, a trade unionist, and labor activist. Jim was not deterred from his work even with the little education he had at the time. He worked towards what he believed in.

Jim Larkin was born on 21st January 1876 in Liverpool England, but his parents were of Irish origin. His family was poor hence he was brought up in Liverpool’s slums where the poor reside.

Due to his family’s financial status, Jim had little chance to get a good an education. To supplement his family’s income, he worked a lot of manual jobs during his youth before becoming a foreman in the docks. Read more: James Larkin | Biography

Mr. Larkin was a committed socialist, and he believed that workers were treated unfairly hence he wanted to advance their rights. He became a member of the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL). Larkin later in 1905 became a full-time organizer of the trade union.

However, Mr. Larkin’s active militant methods of striking alarmed NUDL which made him be transferred to Dublin. After being transferred in 1907, he founded the famous Irish Transport General Workers’ Union with a goal of uniting all Irish industrial laborers, both unskilled and skilled into one union.

In conjunction with James Connolly in 1912, Jim Larkin co-founded the Irish Labor Party which organized a series of strikes in Dublin, the most significant being 1913 Dublin Lockout leading over 100,000 workers in a strike which lasted for eight months. The strike was fruitful as the workers won their rights for fair employment.

At the start of WWI Jim organized a series of anti-war demonstrations. In 2014 he moved to the United States for an educational tour as well as raising money to fight the British. While in America, he joined the American Socialist Party and the then Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) creating bad blood with the American government.

While still in America, he still influenced Ireland’s the Easter Rising in 1916 where his friend James Connolly died. As a remembrance to his friend, he founded James Connolly Socialist club in March 1918 in New York.

Due to his Communist links and activities, he was perceived as a threat to the American government and was convicted of creating anarchy and communism in 1920. He was later pardoned after three years and consequently deported to Ireland.

In 1924, Jim Larkin organized the Worker’s Union of Ireland. In 1945, he became a full member of the famous Irish Labor Party. Until his death in 1947; he was active in advance for the rights of workers.