The rasta advocate Bob Marley beautifully told us to get up, stand up for our rights, and to not give up the fight. We are seeing more disgruntled Americans choosing to stand up in support of social issues even if it doesn’t affect them.
The players from the German soccer team Hertha Berlin kneeled during a soccer game in support of Colin Kaepernick even tweeting the hashtag #TakeAKnee. Others are choosing to boycott corporations, restaurants, and even holidays that go against their moral compass and family values.
It’s unfortunate that in 2017 civil, human, and migrant rights abuse are still a global issue. In North America, systemic discrimination, poverty, and weak leadership have the people fed up and looking for answers.
Now more than ever people are galvanizing and organizing. We still face insurmountable odds in our fight for equality, but we must never give up. Challenge and never stop challenging for this is how we will implement change.
We’ve compiled a list of the advocacy groups we feel are challenging civil, human and migrant rights abuses in North America. Get to know, contact, and support these groups in any way you can.
The 7 Advocacy Groups You Should Know
- Si Se Puede Foundation
Started by Alberto Esparza the Si Se Puede Foundation to provide underprivileged children with free help with their homework. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
He also offered physical activities like sports and dance in the style of folkloric. They promote and assist students in mastering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
DACA centered movement made up of an undocumented community of artistic youth using their blessings and voices for advocacy. They mobilize and equip DREAMers with information and tools to empower their cause.
Sparked in 2007 Puente is an organization that fights for migrant rights issues through grassroots efforts. They teach migrants how to maneuver safely while in America’s border and how to legally fight deportation as well as a plethora of other subjects for their benefit.
- Fundación México
This foundation focuses on elevating DREAMers by providing scholarships for every one of them of Mexican heritage.
- The Colibrí Center for Human Rights
The Colibrí Center for Human Rights Provides a very grim but very needed service of locating, claiming, and bringing home the remains of migrants. Scientist uses various forensic methods to help families get answers.
- Kino Border Initiative
A group providing peace of mind for deportees and migrants on a daily basis. Kino Border Initiative provides information and services such as clothing, hygiene products.
- Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded Village Voice Media as well as the Phoenix New Times. These two journalists wrote articles speaking truth to power for migrant in Arizona. Sherif Joe Arpaio had both men snatched from their homes.
He then tried to strong arm them through grand jury subpoenas so the two would reveal the identity of their audience. The ramifications of his illegal actions concluded with a $3.75 million dollar settlement that they have wisely chosen to use for furthering their cause of the people.
It’s difficult to watch the politicians and the media ignore the plight of our brothers and sisters in Mexico. It was appalling to watch Mr. Trump throw paper towels to our suffering Puerto Rican brethren.
The disrespectful cherry on the top is using brown people’s disaster to bolster political rhetoric. The pseudo -bureaucracy must stop and that is why we must become not only politically aware but politically astute!
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