ALCU Activities and the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The San Francisco, CA based human rights organization, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) runs a human rights project across the US through its offices in New York, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and California. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

The projects cover advocacy, public outreach and litigation. These projects are carried out in-line with ACLU’s long held commitment to protect civil liberties and civil rights of the immigrant community living in the US.

The impact litigation program run by the group aims to defend and expand the rights of immigrants, ensure equal justice for all civilians under the law and enforce constitutional guarantees. The program is also focused on challenging laws that deny or make it difficult for immigrants to enjoy full access to the judicial system.

Today, ACLU is one of the largest civil liberties advocacy groups in the Supreme Court, thanks to its strong team of more than 200 attorneys and a vast network of non-attached attorneys.

The organization’s legislative advocates are also a common sight in federal and state government offices, where they work closely with policy makers to ensure laws that protect civil rights are strictly observed. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/mike-lacey/

Some of the landmark cases the organization has challenged, include the litigation against Secretary Rumsfeld to institute abuse and torture of detainees and the use of material witnesses and enemy combatant designations to force detention with trial.

ACLU has also challenged the challenging selective law enforcement and wanton discrimination. ACLU offers public representation on various judicial chambers, including appellate and federal district courts.

About Larkin and Lacey Fund

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was established to support groups that advocate for migrant, civil and human rights in Arizona and its boundaries. The fund also supports efforts to promote civil participation and freedom of speech.

According to a prologue appearing on Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund website, the fund was established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the founders of Village Voice Media and the popular Phoenix New Times. The journalists established the fund following the vivid event of October 18, 2007.

On this date, Michael and Jim were arrested in the dead of the night on the directive of the Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. They were accused of revealing the existence of undercover grand jury proceedings seeking reporter’s notes highlighting Sheriff Arpaio.

Michael and Jim sued the county and awarded a settlement of $3.75 million, which they used to establish the fund.

 

Larkin and Lacey Put Money Where Their Mouths Are

When Michael Larkin and Jim Lacey first started their first small newspaper, the Phoenix New Times, in 1970 they never could have imagined how big their voices would be. Fast forward nearly 60 years and the long-time friends and business partners are one of the biggest proponents of free speech in the United States.

 

After selling their two largest companies, Backpage and Village Voice Media, the couple are launching another company, the news website called Front Page Confidential. The website will focus on keeping the First Amendment right to free speech alive particularly in the migrant community. This community is very near and dear to the hearts of Larkin and Lacey who are long-time Arizona residents. They have made it their goal to maintain the rights of all residents of their state including Mexicans living undocumented.

 

The couple also recently used their $3.75 proceeds from the winning lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arapaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s department. The money helped establish the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund which is being used to help advocacy groups in Arizona. These groups assist migrants and especially those living near the Arizona/Mexico border. The pair will continue to fight for the right of free speech and have shown that they will not give up even when arrested.