The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was established to support various migrant rights organizations that are based in Arizona. It was founded by two renowned journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Lacey and Larkin are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
They spent $3.75 million settlement that made them be incarcerated on October 18, 2007. The Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested them from the homes at midnight after exposing the actuality of grand jury proceedings that pursued journalists noted on various articles that covered the Sheriff.
What was more astonishing was that the grand jury had given subpoenas that demanded the revealing of the identities of people who read any stories that involved Arpaio on the online platform of New Times. Lacey and Jim Larkin have spent many years of their profession defending and upholding their First Amendment rights.
The two sued the county, and they have eventually succeeded for the ninth round in the United States Court of Appeals. The Colibrí Center for Human Rights was among the first foundations to receive financial support from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Michael and Jim are excited about every partnership that they make. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has devoted itself to facilitating the activities of various human, civil, and migrant rights organizations.
American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona’s branch is an organization that was founded in 1959 and has been fighting against unconstitutional Arizona legislations that target minority. The foundation won a court case in 1960 to change the state law that prohibited multi-racial marriages.
Another accomplishment of the organization is heading the defense of laborer Ernesto Miranda, who was apprehended for rape based on his confession to the police. The case led to the formation of the Miranda Warning that the police are obligated to read before they start interrogating an individual.
The ACLU began a historical federal class action lawsuit that was known as Melendres v. Arpaio. A judge decided that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his other deputies participated in racial profiling of Latinos in various traffic stops. Arpaio was prevented from executing immigration and unconstitutional policing.
The ACLU is also appreciated for defending the freedom of speech of day laborers. It also won a case that led to the abolishment of a law that denied bail to immigrants. The organization also challenged the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation that allowed the Arizona authorities to enforce immigration.
The ACLU is currently working to stop the executive order that was given by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to ban the issue of driving licenses to young immigrants who had federal permission to live in the U.S through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It is also struggling to abolish a law that makes working with fake documents a deportable felony.
Arizona and San Diego units of the ACLU worked together to establish a Tucson office that was devoted to dealing with a Border Litigation Project. The program is dedicated to stopping harassment on the borders.
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