Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a renowned foundation that is committed to offering financial aid to immigrant and civil right activists who are based in Arizona. The organization was created about one decade ago by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two individuals are journalists and are greatly acknowledged for the efforts that they make in protecting the rights of immigrants. They own well-recognized magazines, which are Phoenix News Times and Village Voice Media.
They strived to uphold their Fifth Amendment rights during their journalism career and due to the oppression that the faced from the Maricopa County Sherriff, Joe Arpaio. In October 2007, the duo revealed the dirty secrets of a grand jury that protected Arpaio.
The jury was holding proceedings to stop journalists from publishing incriminating articles about the sheriff. The story made Michael and Jim be arrested for allegedly interfering with the work of the jury.
The jury did not want people to read negative stories about the sheriff, and it subpoenaed the New Times magazine to give it the names of residents who frequently visited its website to read the negative stories. Arpaio abused his power and profiled immigrants at various highway checkpoints.
The sheriff department violated the Fifth Amendment rights of Michael and Jim, and therefore, they filled a lawsuit against the county governments. The two journalists pursued the case to the U.S Court of Appeals, and they were offered a settlement of $3.75 million.
Larkin and Lacey have committed themselves to advocating for immigrant rights, and they invested the money in the formation the fund. They currently co-manage their charity organization, and they have benefited a couple of individuals and groups that support immigrant right.
The American Civil Liberties Union is a revered organization that is devoted to advocating for the rights of immigrants. In the last six decades, it has alway been striving to eliminate laws that aim at oppressing immigrants.
It has currently established divisions across the country. ACLU’s Arizona-based office has made significant accomplishments. It filed and won a petition in 1960 to legalize multi-racial marriages in the state. It was on the frontline in ensuring the Ernesto Miranda was released from prison.
Miranda’s case attracted national attention since he had been sent to jail for rape based on information that he provided to the authorities during an interrogation. Since the exoneration of Ernesto, the police are required to inform everyone in their custody about their rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
The campaigns and petitions that ACLU has filed have significantly transformed the lives of immigrants in Arizona and the rest of the country. It helped in barring local police from enforcing immigration laws by winning a case that stopped the use of the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation.
The organization has many lawsuits pending in court. It is striving to prevent immigrants from being deported due to lack of the right work and travel documents. UCLU is also against the executive order of Governor Jan Brewer to stop issuing driving licenses to immigrants in the state.