Shedding Light on Groups That Fight For Human, Civil and Immigrants’ Rights

Discrimination and historical injustices have led to the rise of several groups fighting for human, civil and immigrants’ rights.

The groups fight for a common cause to achieve the international human rights standards and strengthen the role of law as well as upholding a civil society. Some of these organizations include;

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The two philanthropists are also the founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.

The organization was founded the United States Court of Appeal declared that they get a $3.75 million settlement for illegal imprisonment. The two journalists had earlier run a story about Sherriff Joe Arpaio criticizing him of corruption in the Maricopa Sherriff Department. The two philanthropists were arrested on October 18, 2007, and sent to separate prisons.

The arrest raised eye brows of citizens, and the two journalists were released 24 hours later. In the court, it was declared that the detention breached their First Amendment rights and the Maricopa County was directed to pay them.

They decided to dedicate the money paid towards defending First Amendment rights of discriminated people especially those of Hispanic origin in Arizona.

The Frontera Fund also supports and funds other groups the advocate for migrants’ rights, civil, human rights, civic participation and freedom of speech.

Migrants Rights International (MRI)

Since the turn of the century, this group has been fighting to end political, economic and social challenges facing different communities across the globe.

Violence against immigrants has risen in the recent days, and this has prompted the organization to push governments to harmonize their strict immigration reforms. MRI also strives to see immigrants being included in legal protections in all countries across the globe. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

ACLU is known for fighting for human and civil rights especially for those individuals whose rights and liberties are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. It does so through outreach, litigation, and advocacy. This organization has the largest litigation program in the United States.

For over 25 years, the organization has been on the forefront to protect freedom and rights of immigrants. This has been implemented through challenging laws denying immigrants from accessing the justice system.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

CHIRLA is based in California and is one of the leading advocates for rights of immigrant families and individuals. The organization also campaigns for the right and freedom of free mobility in the nation. Its main agenda is to see the inclusion of everybody including immigrants.

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George Soros Thinks Capitalism can Endanger the Purity of Democracy

George Soros, a well-known philanthropist and billionaire investor, thinks that democracy can be threatened by capitalism. Though he is a beneficiary of financial markets, considering his investment success in financial markets, Soros believes that the uncontrolled entry of market values into the human life and society is creating a significant threat to the values of democracy. He further stated that open society is no longer experiencing a threat from communism, but it is from capitalism. Soros confirms that when the open society concept was introduced in the 1930s, it considered both Nazism and communism as the biggest threat to the concept due to its totalitarian ideological base – focusing on state control over people and behaving as if they possess the ultimate truth.

Post World War 2 and after the collapse of communism in the 90s, Soros thought that the communities could work towards a global open society concept and many of the Open Society Foundations in the East started working towards that goal. However, he says that the foundations in the West did not reciprocate the same feeling. Therefore, he began thinking about the concept to make it address the current needs of the society. During his re-examine, Soros identified that open societies more prevalent in the current world to lead to political action explained by Karl Popper – the intellectual who coined the term of open society – in his book.

Soros extended the concept of open societies and explained that excessive individualism could also tamper the idea of open society. Extreme market competition creates less cooperation and reflects instability and considerable inequalities. Soros thinks that laissez-faire capitalism that projects the magic of marketplace has all the possibilities of a breakdown, unless if it is working towards a common goal. Soros further acknowledges that he would not put laissez-faire capitalism to the buckets of communism or Nazism. While totalitarian concepts directly oppose the open societies, the laissez-faire policies inadvertently do it.

Soros is a Hungarian-born American investor. He was born in 1930 and migrated to the U.K. after the Second World War. Soros completed his graduation from the London School of Economics and migrated to the U.S. in the year 1956. He started investing in the Wall Street as a stock broker and founded his hedge fund management firm named Soros Fund Management in 1970. In the later years, Soros utilized the opportunities of currency market trading to earn larger profits, and the company grew significantly.George Soros has contributed more than $12 billion, as of today, to various organizations working for transparency, promoting societies with equality and justice, accountable government, and freedom of expression. Since the early 80s, he started founding Open Society Foundations across the globe with missions of political correctness and inclusiveness of all the voice. Currently, his Open Society Foundations have operations in more than 70 countries.