In the United States, there are records every week of people having their civil rights violated, be it by direct assault, illegal arrest, oppression, censure, racism, and other serious aggravations.
With that in mind, many groups of people have bundled together to form teams, organizations, and institutions with the goal of advocating for civil and human rights and protecting these victims.
Most of them raise awareness of the problem that many communities, usually the poorer ones, are facing. They educate others on the importance of standing up for the rights of everyone, not mattering their gender or cultural origin.
Other organizations take a more direct, aggressive approach, investigating crimes and aggressors who have done illegal things and exposing them to law enforcers. Many of them have been very successful in helping the police, and the investigators find civil rights abusers and criminals.
For last but not least, these organizations usually have the common goal of mobilizing people and having them join the cause while also raising the awareness of the majority of the population.
By doing so, they are increasing the voices of the victims of these assaults, and the mobilization in streets make sure that they are causing enough noise for the most influential people in the political scene to be aware of the problem.
One of these many organizations is the Frontera Fund, in Texas, which was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists who faced legal oppression and were taken by their homes without any warning.
What happened to the founders of the Frontera Fund was unique, but it still goes to show how much of a problem some law enforcers can pose when they are out of control. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were two journalists who were investigating Joe Arpaio, a Sheriff of the Maricopa County. When the Sheriff found out about that investigation, in fear that they would find something that would incriminate him, he arrested both of them in the middle of the night to take them off-guard.
Although that arrest was ineffective and only put them behind bars for 24 hours, only a single day, that was enough to cause a national warning and many people mobilized in favor of the two.
After that arrest, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received millions in settlement money.
With that money, instead of spending on themselves, they founded the Frontera Fund, which is currently one of the biggest funding organizations that advocate for civil rights in America.
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