The selflessness of Activists

In active justice processes, every subject is discussed with just objectives. In passive justice processes, there are never any legal grounds for discussion: subjects get subjugated without any just objectives. Such processes are unconstitutional and rampant in the United States, especially in Arizona where the Arpaio legacy is adamant in resisting its deconstruction.

Veteran journalists and civil rights activists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had to go through tumulus events to initiate deliberate efforts to wane the precedence of racism and oppression established by the Arpaio tenure.

Other civil and human rights activist groups have put in similar efforts to end oppressive policies and administrations across the United States.

However, the struggle is real and difficult. Still, activists have to put in concerted efforts to secure the liberties of all the people as enshrined in the Constitution. Some of the groups that have braved the fight for decades include:

  • The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
  • The Amazon Watch
  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Puente Arizona
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ rights project

The young but spirited Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has despite its inexperience, continued to lead the assault against discrimination of Hispanics and immigrants in Arizona. The initiative draws inspiration from the brave way its founders fought off America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff and even ended his tenure of tyranny through litigation.

The founders, veteran journalists and founders of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, stood up to the unscrupulous sheriff notwithstanding his reputation for viciousness. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

They, like any other civil rights activists, had all the reason to be opposed to what the sheriff had been doing with his mandate. He had been enforcing immigration laws unlawfully, profiling Hispanics racially and misappropriating funds. He had also let his over 60 jail inmates die of treatable diseases while in his custody in a period not exceeding three years.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund got to practice one of the most fundamental activist maneuvers even before it was launched officially. Civil and human rights activists groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) employ the open fist approach to set a legal precedence against oppressive public officials.

Larkin and Lacey sued Maricopa County for wrongful arrest and prevailed. They had hoped to set precedence against the oppressive tactics of the abrasive Sheriff and their tact worked. They used the settlement awarded from the law suit to set up the Frontera Fund which now funds other activist groups to use litigation to further causes they share and propagate.

Other legally acceptable strategies that activists use to champion for the rights of the oppressed include awareness campaigns, boycotts and strikes, peaceful demonstrations and funding politicians who are supportive of their causes. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter

Rights are not given, they are inalienable. However, people and groups can conspire to infringe on the rights of others. Enjoying rights, therefore, is an active process that requires rights to be defended from abuse. Activists defend the rights of other people. However, people should defend their rights independently and refrain from infringing on the rights of others.