Women’s Civil Rights Organizations
Women have a long history of fighting for civil rights and social change. In the 1800s, millions of women got involved in politics via grassroots efforts. They joined community organizations and churches. Women used these institutions as vehicles to exert political pressure in America. There were many issues that women put their time and energy into in the 1800s.
One of the most notable movements was the temperance movement. Temperance is the concept of abstaining from alcohol. Alcoholism was a huge problem in the United States, and women were directly affected by it. Women also fought for the right to vote, which came into reality in 1920.
In the 1910s and 1920s, topics such as contraception, abortion and the idea that women should work in the public sphere without any shame were considered to be radical. A lot of people wanted access to contraception, though, at the same time, contraception was considered to be something illicit and dirty. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
In the 20th century, there were all kinds of civil groups formed by women. There were women’s groups for different political stances—both conservative and liberal. In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a huge whirlwind of social turbulence that went on.
By the end of this turbulence, the hard work of socially active women in politics and on the grassroots levels resulted in more civil rights legislation, better accessibility to contraception, legal abortions and various other policies.
Organizations for Immigrants
Immigrants have always had it tough in America. They have always been verbally and violently abused. Different ethnic groups of immigrants have suffered from being singled out and belittled. The Americans of today are the descendants of immigrants who were stereotyped and harassed. A lot of people descend from ethnicities of people who were thought to be lost causes in terms of succeeding in society and behaving politely.
All or most times, immigrant groups adjusted pretty well and climbed up the social latter. Now, for example, many ethnic enclaves that descend from these people are safer, more affluent, more educated and nicer to live in than ever. Of course, many of these ethnic groups had rocky beginnings, living in overcrowded slums and being exposed to gang activity and violence. However, they rose up.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin realize the potential that undocumented immigrants from south of the border have in American society. A lot of Americans look down their noses at Latino immigrants, saying that Latino immigrants are not good for society and that they will never lead to progress.
Americans further try to prove this opinion by pointing to all of the violence and underachievement that goes on in both Latino neighborhoods in the United States and Latino countries. However, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was born out of the belief that Latino immigrants do have the potential, and that they just need compassion.
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