As Trump escalates his war on the press, journalists and whistleblowers are being attacked and criminalized for exercising their first amendment rights at an alarming pace. We watched Greg Gianforte body slam a reporter only to become elected and let off with a slap on the wrist.
We can see these sentiments embraced more solidly every day, watching our civil liberties slip away in real time. Major news organizations are being banned from White House briefings. Journalists are being arrested and jailed for reporting on court proceedings involving their towns sheriff.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin took their case before The United States Court of Appeals after a grand jury subpoenaed the identities of every citizen that read their online report. They were stripped from their homes in the middle of the night for their reporting, and the people they informed were scrutinized and implicated for perusing constitutionally protected information.
Lacey and Larkin won their settlement and where reimbursed 3.75 million dollars for the attack, an used this money to establish an organization dedicated to protecting civil, human, and migrant right.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund connects and supports groups that advocate support for these rights, fighting back against the oppression that they and others have suffered as authoritarian ideas begin taking footholds in the minds of a people trained by fear.
Through fear, entire cultures are being criminalized and targeted with inflammatory rhetoric that exaggerates and amplifies the acts of a few to manipulate public perception of the majority. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
Because of fear, children are being torn from their parents and detained in prison-like conditions for existing. Because of fear people are labeled as illegal, stripped of their human identity and their existence invalidated.
When it comes to fighting fear, education isn’t the only tool we have at our disposal. And that’s a good thing because research shows that the minds of people that are easily manipulated by fear tend to run on emotion, not logic.
To really stand a chance organization and cohesiveness have to be central to the movement. With so much effort being put forth through so many different organizations, being able to solidly connect will provide the force to impact public activism on a much larger scale.
The Lacy and Larkin Frontera Fund works to give people their voice back, providing a platform for social justice that can directly influence policy through the efforts of many. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
By supporting organizations like the American Immigration Council, programs are being designed to inform the public’s perception on immigration by showing that our cultural identity depends on it.
We are a nation of immigrants and none of us have to look very far into our past to see our roots in other countries, and once people begin to understand more clearly the principles of our identity we can once again thrive and prosper on the diversity that built this nation.
By defending human and migrants rights we can protect future generations from the nightmares of authoritarianism.