One too many people have been admonished, beaten and jailed for fighting for human rights. With graft and inhumane treatment being a common aspect of society, only the bold and fearless stand up to people promoting the violation of civil and human rights.

It all starts with a small group of activists who do research on communities and initiate mass action to resolve issues affecting human rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

You would expect that in a country with well-stipulated laws, people in government will heed to the Constitution. It is a shame that many of these laws are not followed. The ugly effects of racial and gender discrimination are still felt.

Moreover, the media is still facing intimidation from influential personalities. Several organizations have been established in respect of human rights. Their influence is not only felt in the United States of America but also the world as a whole.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

In Phoenix, the state of Arizona, two journalists, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin, were arrested and jailed by a county sheriff by the name Joe Arpaio. Their detention in the year 2007 came after writing incriminatory articles on the sheriff with regards to graft and the poor state of affairs in the county. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

The journalists highlighted how the county sidelined Latinos, mistreated inmates and how the sheriff mismanaged county funds. The county sheriff did not take the matter lightly and went ahead to issue an invalid grand jury subpoena to coerce the journalists to reveal particulars of the article.

The sheriff even went as far as demanding for a comprehensive consumer portfolio of the Phoenix New Times, where the article was published. The other inmates instigated an outcry that culminated into a national public demand for the release of the journalists.

The public outcry sensationally led to court hearings at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal which proved the journalists’ innocence, beyond any reasonable doubt. Furthermore, in 2013, they ordered the Maricopa county to pay them a whopping 3.7 U. S dollars as a settlement.

Lacey and Larkin have helped the Hispanic community, in particular, the Mexican immigrants, to seek justice from racial discrimination. The duo still supports small organizations that advocate for human, civil and immigrants’ rights.

Conclusion

Thanks to these great personalities, democracy has been taken a notch higher. Governments are keen on delivering justice and keeping the law through relevant authorities. The citizens feel encouraged that they can rely on the rule of law and that their voice is indeed heard.