CHIRLA- Taking a Leading Role in Advocating for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights in California

There are so many groups that have been fighting for human rights throughout America. The rights that they fight for are human rights, migrant rights and civil rights. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is one of them.

Founded in 1986, CHIRLA leads in assisting diverse immigrant individuals and families. They act as social agents who aim at changing the world by advocating for freedom and mobility, human rights, and democratic rights. The organization purposes to achieve a society that recognizes immigrants fully.

CHIRLA serves institutions, coalitions, and individuals to build power, change policies, and transform public opinion in achieving human rights, civil, and labor rights. The organization works under the virtues of power and love to the community. These drives them towards achieving the intended progressive social change.

The drive behind the formation of CHIRLA was in response to reforms in immigration and the control ACT in 1986 that made it illegal to hire undocumented workers. This created a situation whereby workers were exploited and abused.

CHIRLA’s role is in civic engagement, community education, offering legal immigration services, policy, and advocacy. Their role in civic engagement includes building an active and educated electorate. They have phone bankers and volunteers that enable them to reach out to thousands of voters in both general and primary elections. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/

Their efforts have been in creating a higher propensity in voters to vote their values and family needs. Their civic engagement work expands across California and other states in America. They aim at meeting the needs of the low propensity and the new voters in America. They encourage them to participate in democracy. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

Their role in community education and outreach entails delivering of quality information towards successful immigrant integration. The organization responds to the critical needs of immigrants. They have formed a network of community relationships.

They work in helping the immigrants to understand their civic and human rights. They also educate them on opportunities that can allow them to step into the society. The immigrants are informed on issues that affect their daily lives. The information is offered free of charge through group seminars, workshops, presentations, policy and civic engagement.

CHIRLA provides legal immigration services to its members. Its legal staff and volunteers are supervised by licensed lawyers, doctors, and highly trained personnel. It is through its legal department that thousands of people have been helped to become citizens and get reunited with their families.

Among other work that CHIRLA is involved in is organizing communities to harness the collective power of voices and organizing leadership development strategies, models, and tactics. They also engage in a lot of work on policy and advocacy in their efforts to bringing a systematic change. They press on state, federal, and immigration policies to protect and promote human rights.

About Lacey And Larkin Frontera Fund

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey co-founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which funds human rights organizations throughout Arizona, in America. The funds support groups that work in advocating for human, civil and migrant rights. It also promotes civic participation and freedom of speech in Arizona.

Giving Hope to the Hopeless

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a well-known organization in the United States of America. The organization provides great hope for the oppressed immigrants in the state of Arizona and along the border of Mexico. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The story of the foundation of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is tied behind two journalists; Mike and Jim. The two journalists were fearless in writing and posting stories as well as advertisements that were against the violations of human rights, especially those of immigrants.

In their quest to write stories and exposing evil in societies and governments, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested and jailed.

The two were ruthlessly arrested by the deputies of the Sheriff sent by Joe Arpaio after they wrote a story about the way he abused his office and power by and racially profiling members of the minority groups and mistreating jail inmates. Upon their arrest, the two journalists chose to fight for justice.

They managed to convince a 18th Judicial Circuit Court that the Sheriff had arrested them because of personal interests in an effort to hide his illegal activities of mistreating the minorities and profiling them racially.

The jury decided that the articles the two journalists had written had a sizable amount of evidence that proved that the Sheriff had been perpetrating hate crimes against members of the minority communities.

When the two journalists were released from jail, they sued the county for unlawful arrest and jailing. They won the case and the court awarded them 3.75 million dollars.

The money was meant as a settlement. Michael and Jim saw an opportunity to support the oppressed minority groups directly. To reach as many people as possible, they decided to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The fund has been instrumental in helping groups in the United States especially those in the state of Arizona in fighting and advocating for the rights of the minorities.

There are many groups that have dedicated their resources and efforts to fight for the rights of the minorities, especially the immigrants. One of the groups which guard and fight dearly for the rights and freedoms of immigrants and other minority groups are the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU has stayed on the forefront of pushing for better treatment of immigrants for decades. The organization has, among other unique strategies, used litigation to set favorable legal precedence through court proceedings. The precedence set helps members of minority groups who are often disadvantaged for lack of information and resources.

The organization has gained fame, gaining both fame and hate in equal measure by challenging the constitutionality of oppressive laws like the ones that allow the mandatory and indefinite detention of immigrants.

They strive to prove that immigrants are human beings whose rights should be respected and their dignity restored. Another organization that uses the same approach is the Puente Arizona which is based in Arizona.

These organizations and many others have helped the world realize the various challenges that the minorities are going through. They have done so by helping to articulate those challenges.

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The journey of businessman Cassio Audi

Cassio Audi is former popular Brazilian musician. He was born in Sao Paulo and later joined Viper music band, where he started his career. Viper is a famous heavy metal band based in Brazil founded in the year 1985.

Cassio Audi and his group drew their inspiration and musical style from other British bands as well as a band from London. The group later innovated their unique sounds, which resonated with their audience and further grew their fan base both locally and internationally.

Cassio Audi and his group, Viper, were teenagers, members with age bracket of 13 and 14 years. The members included Yves Passarell played the guitar, Renado Graccia played the drums, Andre Machado lead vocals and played keyboard, Pit Passarel lead bass and vocals and Felipe Machado who handled the guitar.

Cassio Audi and his band played some music genres which included;

Heavy metal

Alternative rock

Power metal

Thrash metal

Viper brought together talented musicians, and they managed to release their first album as a demo the same year the band was launched. They named the demo album ‘the Killera Sword,’ and had Cassio Audi playing the drums. His Facebook Profile.

The album featured hit songs such as Nightmare, Killera Princess from hell as well as Signs of the night among others.

The band’s official album, the soldiers of the sunrise, followed two years later with tracks such as the Knights of Destruction, soldiers of the sunrise, nightmares, and signs of the night. The album became an instant hit, and the band demonstrated how talented they were.

Beyond the public, popular magazines in Brazil; Metal Hammer, Metal Forces, and even Kerrang praised the album, commenting that the Viper band demonstrated pure raw talent.

The album opened Cassio Audi’s band many opportunities which included an epic performance at Motorhead show opening.

Unfortunately, Cassio Audi left the Viper band in the same year they were releasing their second album, 1989. He went back to school to study business, and he is now a successful entrepreneur.