Larkin & Lacey

Through the past several hundred years in America, women have faced a lot of hardships. This is a theme that has transcended racial, cultural and religious lines. Even in cultures that seem more outspoken and politically inclined, women were traditionally looked down upon, given less legal rights and objectified. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter

However, the extent of women’s rights varied per culture. For example, when the Dutch owned New York, married women had property rights. Once the English took over, the law was changed so that women lost their property rights when they married. There was a pretty big demand for contraception and abortion, but those things have been very taboo, condemned things.

In 1873, the Comstock Obscenity Laws made it illegal to give contraceptives, send contraceptives through the mail and give information about contraception. The extent of the law varied based upon location.

Women did not have the right to vote until 1920, though prior to that women had the right to vote in some states and localities. Women were not able to attain work or training in many types of work, and some types of lower paying jobs became gendered for women. People have been pushing for an Equal Rights Amendment to pass for many decades.

The National Organization for Women is one of the organizations that fights for this amendment to be passed. For those who want to study women’s history and feminism, the National Organization for Women is a notable organization to do research about. 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

Hispanics and immigrants have always been given a hard time. Hispanics come from places that were heavily influenced by Spanish-Latin culture. Their countries and cultures have Catholic origins.

Hispanic is an umbrella term for people from these places who are of any race, or mix of races. Many of these people are Amerindian, or a mix of Amerindian and European—also known as Mestizo. As a result, many times their cultures have values that stem from Amerindian societies, as well as African societies.

A vast amount of these people appear to be non-white, or mixed. Because of all of these facts, Hispanics have always faced prejudice and hate in American society. Undocumented immigrants are especially vulnerable to these prejudices, because they face the threat of suffering from their status, as well as the threat of racial oppression.

Good Samaritans such as Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have weaved together organizations, such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, to assist Hispanics and immigrants in their journey through life.