Words With Grace Praise All

6Oct/17Off

Larkin & Lacey

The AFL-CIO was developed in 1955. It is a combo of two opposing labor organizations—the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the American Federation of Labor. In the 2000s, opposing views lead some labor unions to break off from the AFL-CIO to start a labor rights organization called Change to Win.

Labor organizations have been a real godsend when it comes to regulation being placed on employers because they were actively involved in politics that lead to such regulations. However, labor organizations were also involved in pushing for wars to happen.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, brilliantly crafted by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey is a one-of-a -kind organization that caters to the needs of DREAMers and people who cross the border and stay here illegally.

However, Lacey and Larkin see this as an issue of human rights and ethics. They see the immigrants who are coming here as beautiful people in pursuit of better lives for themselves, not “illegal” aliens from Mars.

Plan International is an organization that saw its founding more than 80 years ago. Its founders were a journalist from Britain named John Langdon-Davies, and a refugee worker by the name of Eric Muggeridge. Plan International was founded in 1939 to aide children who suffered from the Spanish Civil War. Langdon-Davies came up with the idea of sponsors sponsoring misfortunate children. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Today, Plan International works for children's rights and quality of living in 70 countries. Their plan is to affect the lives of at least 100 million girls within the next five years. They have a number of campaigns, including Because I Am A Girl, which emphasizes October 11th—the International Day of the Girl.

Plan International also provides people with opportunities to sponsor children in other parts of the world. Contributions as a sponsor are tax deductible, and go toward projects in the communities that sponsored children live in.

NAMBLA is a far cry from the organizations mentioned above, due to the questionable nature of its plight. What is NAMBLA? NAMBLA stands for North American Man Boy Love Association. The name says it all.

Founded as a support group in 1979 for men who desired to have romantic and sexual relationships with boys and underage adolescents, it consists of very, very few members. The people who do work for the organization are volunteers, and NAMBLA is not as well endowed with money as other civil rights organizations.

Of course, there is a very, very, very, very gray area between what is considered to be predation and victimization and what is considered to be consensual and truly wholesome—especially when you are talking about legal adults having sexual and romantic relationships with minors. People grow and come unto awareness about certain things at different ages.

There is a kernel of truth to what NAMBLA has to say—maybe not when it comes to young, underdeveloped kids, but perhaps when it comes to developed adolescents who are making their own decisions and are pretty aware of what they are doing.

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15Sep/17Off

Daniel Taub – A Distinguished Diplomat

When Daniel Taub was appointed as the Ambassador to Israel, one of the mysterious facts was his life. He was born in Britain, and nothing will change his practices and beliefs as a Jew. Daniel Taub had to give up his citizenship and start a new journey of representing the nation which he immigrated 30 years earlier. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.parashadiplomatit.com/ and http://www.parashadiplomatit.co.il/

According to Mr. Daniel, it was a privilege to raise his children in their homeland. A nation where their family of origin exiled 2000 years ago.

Based on the facts about his family history, Mr. Taub is aware of the opportunities they experienced in Britain. In that case, Daniel Taub was to express his gratitude by bringing Israel and Britain together.

As mentioned before, Daniel Taub was brought up in London and attended Oxford University. He was also an alumnus of Harvard University from where he completed his Degree in International Law.

In 1989, Daniel relocated to Israel, where he worked as a combat medic in the department of Israel Defense Forces. In the same department, under the international law division, Daniel Taub also worked as a reserve officer.

Mr. Daniel joined the Foreign Ministry of Israel in 1991, where he held various diplomatic and legal posts. Since he was an expert in international law and specializes in various areas such as counter-terrorism.

Daniel was appointed as one of the Principal Legal Advisors at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. With the position as the legal advisor, Mr. Taub represented Israel in various joint fora including the missions involving the United Nations.

As a legal advisor and distinguished diplomat, Mr. Daniel Taub was involved in the peace talks between Palestine and Israel. After good interactions with his counterpart from Palestine, Daniel manages to make the two nations reached an agreement.

His good record with negotiations made him also participate in the peace process between Syrian and Israel. During the Gaza flotilla incident, Daniel Taub was the head of the observer delegation team, which represented Israel in the International Court of Justice and the investigative committee of UN. The hearings were about the security barriers affecting Israel.

While serving as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr. Daniel managed to put a lot of emphasis on technology and trade links between the UK and Israel.

He also ensured that there was a clear focus when it comes to issues such as interfaith and cross-culture activity. Therefore, he hosted many outreach programs including cultural events, which were meant to bring different communities together.

 

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22Aug/17Off

Of Civil, Human and Migrant Lines; the Blurry line

Crossing the threshold of a country sometimes strips one of all dignity. There being no clear laws on migrants and immigrants, one may cease to enjoy their fundamental civil and human rights. It begs the question, does being an undocumented migrant make anyone any less?

The answer is a resounding ‘no’ since every human being is entitled to human rights. Lack of knowledge on civil, human and migrant rights, can lead to loss of lives, exploitation, and abuse by employers and others. This is one of the reasons civil, migration and human rights organizations have been formed, to safe guard these rights.

American Immigrant Lawyer Association (IMLA)

A powerhouse of knowledge and legal representation, the American Immigrant Lawyer Association (IMLA), a voluntary outfit has over 13,000 law professors and attorneys. This group’s cornerstone is imparting knowledge on immigrant legislation and representing the minority and most vulnerable communities including asylum seekers, students, foreign entertainers, and athletes.

Founded in 1946, this force put up its headquarters in Washington D.C in 1982 leading to widespread impact across the country. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Time

This non-partisan and non-profit organization represents individuals in need of permanent United States residency. It also supports the myriad of migrants who are required by the local and international businesses to thrive.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Once a force to reckon with in the local agenda, this coalition has since grown, and its effects are felt nationwide. This coalition is not an individual effort but rather works with other groups, institutions, and individuals to realize justice.

Founded after a 1986 Act; the Immigrant Reform and Control Act, this body has since strived to influence policy, develop a public opinion and agitate for civil, human and immigrant rights.

CHIRLA can offer protection to the undocumented workers who would otherwise be abused and exploited by employers who cash in on the fears that characterize such workers. CHIRLA formed the Coalition of Garment Workers Advocates (CGWA) for equality in the enjoyment of the labor laws. Better working conditions are further enhanced by the Garment Worker Centre (GWC) created in 2001 to unite workers and ensure humane working conditions.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The dynamic duo of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin made a statement and impact with the $3.75 million awarded by the courts as a settlement in a case regarded as upholding implementation of their First Amendment rights.

This handsome sum granted to them by an Arizona court has been donated to offer much-needed support to human rights groups agitating for migrant rights across the state of Arizona.

In a show of the sheer power of the fourth estate, Lacey and Larkin further promotion in the freedom of speech through empowerment of the immigrants through knowledge, a feat even the Sherriff who sparked the whole legal process does not begrudge them but rather shares an agreement with them.

It is a blurred line between civil, human and migrant lines since where there is a migrant, so much of civil and human rights can be ignored, denying the migrant their right as a human being.

These groups working in this area offer technical expertise, knowledge and capacity building to ensure this minority is cared for as part of humanity as evidenced by the Lacey and Larkin fund that provides the much needed monetary support.

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