Rights are not Privileges

Here in the United States, we have the privilege to drive unless our licenses are revoked. We have the privilege to pursue any line of work we wish unless we are found guilty of such crimes that put others in danger or threaten their lives. These are privileges, not rights.

No, our rights are things that can never be taken from us. Not even if we commit these heinous crimes against our fellow man.

These include the right to free speech, the right to a fair and just trial, and the right to the freedom of religion. These are the rights that we are entitled to that no one can revoke for any reason.

That is not to say that some cannot try. Employers, billionaires, and sometimes even law enforcement have been known to overstep their boundaries.

For the most part, this results in one of two outcomes. Either the person who has had their rights challenged stands up and defends them legally and peacefully, or the person rolls over and takes it. The second is unacceptable, but it happens.

But how do you defend yourself in these situations? How do you go to bat with these corporate giants and men and women of power? What can an average Joe do to stand up for himself?

Well, the answer is pretty simple. See, there are actually groups out there that advocate for civil and human rights in the US and the rest of the world. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one such organization that operates in Arizona. They stand up for those who don’t have the resources to do so themselves. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

With the Frontera fund and in many other cases, there is an interesting story behind the evolution of the organization. It’s a story of corruption, wrongful imprisonment and the freedom of speech.

Several years ago two friends by the names of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded a paper called the Phoenix News Times in their hometown in Arizona. They spread the truth and ran stories that they believed people had a right to know about.

When word reached them that the good sheriff of their town, Joe Arpaio, was the subject of grand jury proceedings which requested authors notes on the Sheriff, the pair felt it was their duty to inform the public. This was absolutely within their rights as journalists and was in no way criminal or illegal. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter

This didn’t stop them from being arrested. They were actually taken from their homes in the middle of the night while they slept and booked into custody under a few trumped up charges.

Mike and Jim spent the night in jail before their unavoidable release. Had their story stopped there no one would know their names and the Sheriff’s blatant disregard for their rights would have gone unpunished.

Thankfully, Lacey and Larkin were not the types to take things lying down. Soon after their release they sued the county for their wrongful imprisonment and won a hefty sum of over $3million. These funds were used to start the Frontera fund in order to help others who had faced the same troubles.

So, remember to stand up for your rights, and, if you lack the means, there are plenty of foundations out there to help. A quick search of the internet could find you the help you need.