Compassionate and sane people are currently facing tough times. Recently a Republican, who assaulted a reporter, made it to the House of Representatives. It seems that Trump and his fellow Republicans are slowly digging themselves into a deep hole that may see them get to Russia if they are not careful. However, it is worth noting that for every Jeff Sessions and SB4, there is another smart law and sensible sanctuary policy being put in place.
There are a number of great people working hard to uphold the American values of equality, openness and freedom. Apart from the organizations being supported by Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund to fight for the rights of immigrants, LGBT, unaccompanied children and DACA recipients, there are other ways of resisting Trump’s policies. Here are five of the most notable efforts.
5 Notable Efforts
In Denver, the city council voted to lower the maximum penalty imposed on petty offenses to be less than 365 days. This ensures that immigrants who are convicted for petty offenses are not deported by the federal government.
The American Friends Service Committee in Denver is a volunteer group that assists immigrants to attend their court hearings and ICE check-ins. They also assist them on finding and paying for legal counsel. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
California has devoted a large share of its budget to assisting immigrant residents especially in getting legal services to immigrants faced with deportation. An organization in Austin, Texas is organizing a dissident network of safe haven businesses on how to protect immigrants by ejecting ICE agents who do not have proper warrants before they make arrests.
Volunteers organized and visited stores and neighbors as a show of solidarity with Arabs, immigrants and Muslims.
About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
Lacey & Larkin Fund was established by two personalities Jim Larkin together with Michael Lacey. The two had earlier co-founded Village Voice Media as well as the Phoenix New Times started the fund by dedicating all the $3.75 million they received as settlement from a suit against Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricupa County.
The Sheriff had arrested them at night and jailed them for claiming that there existed some proceedings by the grand jury on him. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who spent most of their careers asserting as well as defending their rights as guaranteed by the First Amendment, had instituted a suit against the county and prevailed in the US Court of Appeals. The fund is meant to assist groups fighting for migrant, civil and basic human rights.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and 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