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This is why I support “End Citizens United”.

The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States of 2010, in the case of Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission not only caused a stir in the entire American political system, but also endangered our democracy by extending our constitutional right of Free Speech, protected by the 1st Amendment, to multinational corporations and allowing foreign citizens to influence our electoral system, through anonymous and unlimited donations to powerful “Political Action Committees”.

Since the Supreme Court issued this ruling, “End Citizens United” is working hard and with the help of donations from citizens concerned about our democracy, to help elect congressional representatives who pledge to keep corporate money out of our electoral system.

As Professor David Kairys (Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law) expressed so clearly: “Money is not speech and corporations are not people.”

Most believe that the decisions of the Supreme Court are final and unappealable, and although this is true in the vast majority of cases, there are 3 ways to revoke their decisions and that power only falls on the United States Congress.

That is why the work of groups such as “End Citizens United” is so important, which it has the support of numerous politicians and public figures, so that the necessary votes in Congress can be obtained to annul this decision.

“End Citizens United” have managed to raise, alone in 2016, more than 25 million dollars of more than 400 thousand donations made by citizens from all over the country concerned about the cleanliness of our democracy. This money is to help elect candidates who are in favor of reforming the campaign finance system and nullifying the court’s decision.

That is why it is so important to go out and vote in the upcoming November elections because candidates like Sylvia Gracia, Anthony Brindisi, Veronica Escobar, Kathy Manning, Lauren Baer and many others who are being supported by “End Citizens United” will, definitively , reform the financial system of our electoral campaigns and turn it into a system really free of foreign influences and alien to our democracy, which will not be perfect but is the best that currently exists in the whole world.

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The Role of the Frontera Fund in the Lives of Thousands of Children

The Frontera Fund is one of the few institutions that are standing for the rights of migrants that are having their existence in the United States denied.

This has proven true with the problematic situation of DACA, a program that wants to give chances to thousands of children, students, and teenagers in the UNited States. These kids are both students and, almost all of them, also work in when they are not studying at the Universty or school. This has proven to be a better life ethic than of the average American, and it would be very beneficial for the future of the nation to have such individuals in the nation.

However, the idea suffers from uncertainty, as politicians want to close the program in 2018 because of financial reasons and because of the disparity that it brings compared to Donald Trump’s stance on immigrants. Both philosophies with individuals who came from the exterior end up defying each other, and Trump wants to close the program or have it see a renewal of rules. It might be a problem for almost a million of children living in the United States today.

There are people and groups who have not accepted such reality, as many people’s lives are being affected by this decision. Mainly, the Frontera Fund, a group that was created out of an illegal arrest.

It all started when two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, ended up going to jail because of an investigation in the all mighty Joe Arpaio, a Sheriff in Maricopa County. It all ended very badly for both of them when he decided to shut down their investigation by ordering law enforcers to break into their houses, in the middle of the night, and drag them to jail.

However, a national outcry made sure that justice would prevail. Both journalists were released within 24 hours and went home with a considerable amount of settlement money from the county: millions of dollars.

That same settlement money is being used now to fund institutions that fight for civil and human rights. The Frontera Fund, created by Lacey & Larkin, is the name behind the financial support of most of these organizations.

As the biggest funding group of Texas when it comes to fighting for civil and human rights, the Frontera Fund has a crucial role in this fight for justice, as the lives of many people wouldn’t be the same without such support. As another victim declared in an interview, her case of legal abuse needed the assistance of the Frontera Fund to get the necessary representative in court.

As the years progress, the Frontera Fund becomes more and more essential, and the DACA program needs such support more than ever before.

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