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Developing the Society by Protecting Vulnerable People

The society is a unit of different kinds of individuals. These people have different needs. Some people are privileged while others are underprivileged. The community develops because of the coexistence of the different individuals in the society. The society should have a coexistence mechanism whereby everyone’s importance in the community is encouraged. This enables people to understand their worth in the society.

It promotes respect in the society and encourages mutual understanding. This shows the need for foundations where everyone’s importance is impactful and encouraged. Different organizations ensure the coexistence of the people in the community.

These organizations ensure that the different people are equally represented in the community. Refugees are vulnerable in the society because people do not embrace them. This is because some refugees have negatively disrupted the community. It creates a tension between the citizens and the refugees.

This has been the case in Arizona because refugees are not treated fairly in the community. This led to the establishment of Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists who were inspired to create a fund to support the refugees in Arizona because of the compromised situations that they encountered.

The fund supports organizations that fight for civil, human, and migrant rights for refugees in Arizona. This fund supports the organizations financially and enables the organization to meet the various needs of the refugees. Empowering the refugees ensures that they can benefit from the community like normal citizens. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook

It reduces the discrimination against them. It enables the citizens to embrace them, and they are treated as human beings by the citizens. This develops a symbiotic relationship between the citizens and refugees. It warrants the security of refugees in the long run. Organizations that promote the human rights of the refugees encourage them to live in good conditions in the places allocated for them.

Some of the countries allocate the places with bad living conditions in the society for refugees to stay. This promotes inequality in the society. It enables citizens to treat the refugees as second-hand citizens. This is not fair. This should not be the case because human beings are human whether they are citizens or refugees. The Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund shield refugees against such treatment in the society.

The civil rights organizations promote the refugee’s right. It is through their participation in the country’s governance. This is a channel to endorse leaders who encourage policies that benefit the refugees. This protects refugees from exploitation while in new countries. It warrants holistic security for refugees when they are in the countries where they seek refuge.

The society should endorse and encourage such organization. This is because they promote equality in the community. It creates a society that develops because it depends on the strength of each member of the community. Sponsors who need to develop different organizations should target such organization that inspires the community positively and encourages its holistic development.

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
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

 

Lacey and Larkin Dog Arpaio Once Again with Front Page Confidential

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the news duo that founded Phoenix New Times and went toe-to-toe with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have once again returned to the byline. Earlier this year the duo founded counterculture news website Front Page Confidential, and immediately picked up where they left off. Front Page Confidential advocates for the First Amendment, offering a wide variety of media dedicated to the subject of free speech. The duo handles the overall publishing and leaves the editing up to Tom Finkel. So far the website has a huge archive related to everything Arpaio, and are definitely going to be a thorn in his side as he seeks a senate seat. Nothing new as they have been a thorn in his side for decades.

 

Lacey and Larkin first grew to acclaim with fledgling alternative weekly Phoenix New Times. Lacey, then a college drop out, founded the paper in 1970. The two turned the college-based paper into a multi-million dollar conglomerate when they purchased Denver weekly Westword. After that they acquired a long list of counterculture weeklies that spanned the nation. But their star really rose during the long tenure of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Arpaio’s questionable tactics enforcing illegal immigration laws made him the heel of many a newspaper, especially Phoenix New Times who dogged him incessantly. The feud between Arpaio and the newsmen reached a head when he had them arrested in 2007.

 

Since the sale of their conglomerate, Village Voice Media, Lacey and Larkin have been busy with philanthropic pursuits. Using a $3.75 million dollar payout from a wrongful arrest case culminating out of their 2007 jailing, Lacey and Larkin formed the Frontera Fund. The fund finances advocate groups across Arizona that fight for migrant, civil, and human rights. The fund has been in operation since 2014.