Groups Who Fight for Equal Rights for the Vulnerable and the Bravery of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

Groups who advocate for civil, migrant and human rights are typically those who fight to protect such rights when the government threatens to eliminate them. One of the most well-known ones is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU fights to maintain the inclusion of immigrants, minorities and any other vulnerable groups into the Constitutional rights. They work on both the individual and collective level. Read more: Phoenix New Time

Anyone who feels that their rights were violated in places such as airports may personally file a report with the ACLU. The ACLU makes it a point to be keenly aware of rights regarding everything from workplace drug testing to LGBT. As a result, the ACLU is considered to be one of the leading organizations in the field of civil rights in the U.S.

Organizations like the ACLU believe in seeing everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, as equally human. As a result, literally everyone deserves to live the same Constitutional Rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Among these rights include that of Freedom of speech, Freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, Freedom of assembly, and, last but not least, Freedom of the press.

On a more personal level, co-founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have used their settlement money to fund migrant rights throughout the state of Arizona.

On October 18, 2007, they were arrested for revealing grand jury information in the article, Grand Jury Targets New Times and Its Readers and other articles containing information about Sherriff Joe Arpaio’s abuses of Constitutional rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

In the article, they accused authorities, particularly Sheriff Arpaio and special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik, of targeting them with grand jury subpoenas to illegally profile their readership beginning on New Year’s Day, 2004. Arpaio and Wilenchik were supposedly trying to weed out illegal groups such as illegal immigrants, Mexican drug cartels, turf disputes, etc. in that way.

Lacey and Larkin ended up spending a night in jail on a misdemeanor charge as a result. Lacey and Larkin received a $3.75 million settlement from Sheriff Arpaio as a result of that incident.

Larkin and Lacey’s fund is called the Frontera Fund. Aside from migrant rights, they also fund organizations that advocate for maintaining the Freedom of Speech and the right to civic participation for everyone. The latter strives to include the Mexican border.