Know you’re rights

Here in the United States we the people are entitled to certain rights. Everyone has the right to their own opinions and the equal right to speak these opinions freely. This is protected by the first amendment, but it seems that not everyone in this country is familiar with the Constitution of the United States. Our rights are written here in black and white, yet people still overstep their bounds and try to silence those with less influence.

This is where legal action comes in. No matter what right someone has tried stripping from you, you should never be afraid to defend yourself. Even if you don’t have the money to go toe-to-toe with corporate giants, there is always a way to make sure your human, civil, and even migrant rights are upheld and honored.

Look, it doesn’t matter if you’re an American-born citizen or an immigrant trying to make a better life for yourself here, our rights are the same. Not everyone has the resources to go to bat for themselves but, thankfully, there are organizations dedicated to protecting the rights of the less fortunate.

It doesn’t take a fortune to defend yourself and, honestly, if you believe you’ve been wronged constitutionally then there aren’t many lawyers out there that wouldn’t take on your case without up-front cash. The fact is, lawyers know that these rights are protected and that those who are wronged are almost guaranteed to win in court.

Let’s talk a little more about one specific organization. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization based in Arizona. They defend civil, human and migrant rights. Their story is one filled with lies, corruption, and injustice.

It begins with two friends, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, that started a newspaper in their hometown. They were doing what they loved and telling people the truth they needed to hear. The trouble didn’t start until they found some troubling information about their hometown sheriff, Joe Apraio. It seemed the good Sheriff was mentioned in some grand jury proceedings. It was requested that journalists turn over notes on articles regarding the Sheriff.

With this information, Larkin and Lacey found it their right and duty to inform their readers. They released a story covering the goings on revolving around Mr. Apraio. This struck a nerve with the Sheriff, and he wouldn’t take it lying down. He and his deputies took the pair of journalists from their homes in the dead of night while they slept and held them on unjust charges.

Had this been the end of the story, the world may have never heard of the pair. However, these were no ordinary journalists. They would not be pushed around by someone with power just because they had said something truthful. After their release from jail, they got themselves a lawyer and sued the county. Not surprisingly, they won. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook and Phoenix New Time

Along with the court case win came a hefty settlement of $3.75 million. Lacey and Larkin used these funds to bankroll their foundation the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. They now dedicate their lives to making sure no one else suffers the injustice they did.

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