The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization was created with the primary aim of facilitating the undertakings of various Arizona-based organizations that fight for the rights of immigrants in the region. Its founders are journalists who are known as Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
The two also co-founded other organizations that were known as Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The duo invested a $3.75 million settlement that made the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to arrest them on October 18, 2007. Arpaio and his deputies arrested the journalists from their houses in the middle of the night because they had exposed a grand jury that was following up writer stories that focused on the Sheriff.
The most surprising thing was that the grand jury supported the Sherriff by issuing a subpoena, which demanded the exposing of the identities of all the people who read online stories about him on New Times. Lacey and Larkin were oppressed for many years and struggled to uphold their First Amendment rights.
They later sued the county and managed to pursue cases to the United States Court of Appeals. One of the first foundations to be supported by Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Jim and Michael have always appreciated the partnerships that they make with various immigrant rights advocates. They have dedicated themselves to supporting human, migrant, and civil rights.
The Arizona branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a foundation that has been operational since 1959. It has been striving to abolish all the unconstitutional laws that have been formed in Arizona to target the minority.
ACLU has made significant accomplishments such as winning a case that challenged laws that were against multi-racial marriages. The organization also played a major part in defending laborer Ernesto Miranda who had been imprisoned based on the testimony that he gave to the police.
Since the ruling of the case, the police are required to read the Miranda Warning to individuals before they start their interrogation. The ACLU created the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit where a conservative federal judge concluded that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his colleagues were racially discriminating Latinos by profiling them at traffic stops. The court stopped the Sheriff from conducting immigration undertakings and unlawful policing. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
The ACLU has been striving to protect the day laborers’ freedom of speech. The organization also won a lawsuit that demanded the ending of law that stopped immigrants from being offered bail. Another unconstitutional law that they challenged is “Papers Please” SB 1070, which permitted Arizona authorities to execute immigration.
The organization is currently focused on abolishing the executive order of Jan Brewer (The Arizona governor) to stop young immigrants from accessing driving licenses. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
It has also filled a case to put an end to a law that orders the deportation of immigrants who are working with fake documents. The ACLU has joined its branches in Arizona and San Diego to create a new office in Tucson that handles border litigation.