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Organizations Promoting Equal Rights to Marginalized People

The Mexican people are known to have through negative actions in the United States of America. The racism involved has seen a lot of innocent Mexican blood being poured or discrimination at workplaces because of their ethnicity. However, brave individuals and organizations have come up with strategies for promoting inclusivity in the society.

Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund (MALDEF) was founded in the year 1968. It has its main offices in Los Angeles, California. The building housing the MALDEF headquarters is managed by the MALDEF Property Management Corporation (MPMC). The building exudes a conducive environment for charity works as it hosts other notable charity organizations that labor tirelessly to improve the lives of the minority and marginalized communities.

Other satellite offices are in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Antonio, Atlanta and Washington DC. The organization advocates for the civil rights of Latinos. It also provides education to Latino community and includes litigation services. This organization organizes and sponsors award galas and the yearly Latino State of Union Policy roundtable. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

All activities carried out by the Mexican Legal Defense Educational Fund aim at pushing for social change, respect for human rights, promote employment and improve access to politics.

The institution is driven by the desire to have Latinos join the socio-economic and political agenda in America. In their quest for justice, there exists a financial need to support legal activities as the victims may not necessarily have the sufficient financial muscle. MALDEF welcomes any financial support that can assist in facilitating the success of the worthy cause.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested and detained two journalists by the names Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Their arrest, in 2007, came after the two featured an article about graft and poor conditions in the county jails. The article highly incriminated the county boss who was the least pleased with the accusations and sought to teach them a lesson. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook

The two reporters hailed from Phoenix in Arizona State. The journalists complained of the mistreatment of Latino inmates in the county jails and how they were discriminated. The feature further revealed the rot in accountancy of funds allocated to the county government.

Sherriff Arpaio issued a fake subpoena, allegedly from the grand jury. This was in an attempt to force the two journalists to reveal all particulars of the report. Moreover, The sheriff demanded a definitive list of consumers of the Phoenix New Times.

The outcry of prisoners incited the general public to demand the journalists to be freed. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal conducted court hearings which exonerated the journalists from charges leveled against them. They were proved innocent and released from detention.

In 2013, Maricopa County was instructed to pay Lacey and Larkin a settlement amount of 3.7 million U.S dollars. The journalists used the cash to establish a foundation to support the Mexican community most of whom were immigrants to the United States. They also offered a helping hand to other budding civil rights organizations that lobbied for human and civil rights.

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