There are many groups in the country that are fighting for a common cause: the civil, human and immigrant rights. These groups fight to implement international human rights standards that uphold a civil society and strengthen the rule of law.
- Lacy and Larkin Frontera Fund
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was set up by Phoenix New Times and Village Voice media co-founders, Michael and Jim. The foundation is dedicated to funding migrant right organizations throughout Arizona.
It was set up after the two journalists run a story about Sherriff Joe Arpaio and they were later arrested on the night of October 18th, 2007, in their homes. The two journalists had revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought reporters’ notes on articles covering the Sheriff. Read more: Phoenix New Time
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin, who had spent their careers emphasizing and defending their First Amendment rights, sued the county and won the case in the United States Court of Appeals, and were granted a 3.75 million settlement.
The Lacy and Larkin Frontera aims at supporting advocates for civil, human and migrant rights, as well as freedom of speech and civic participation in Arizona as well as the Mexican border.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
The organization is set up in California and has become a leader in the fight for immigrant families and individuals. They also advocate for the right for free mobility human rights contribution in democracy.
The organization’s main agenda is to make possible a society that will enable the inclusion of everyone, including immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights was set up after the 1986 act; Immigration Reform and Control Act, which made it against the law for employers to hire undocumented employees.
This was viewed as a way for taking advantage of and abusing workers. The advocacy group also wants to work by shifting public opinion and building power while changing policy for full civil, immigration and human rights.
- The Advocates for Human Rights
The Advocates for Human Rights is among the groups that are spearheading the world’s human rights movement. The group is an independent, impartial, non-profit organization that was established in 1983. It aims at creating and upholding lasting, comprehensive and all-inclusive change on a local, national and global scale.
It investigates and exposes human rights violations, represents immigrants and refugees that are seeking asylum, trains and aids groups that are fighting to protect human rights, engages the public, policy makers and children, and it also pushes for legal modifications and advocates for sound policy.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union is an immigrant’s Rights project that is committed to expanding and enforcing civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants. They also aim at fighting public and private discrimination against the immigrants.
The ACLU has been on the forefront to protect the rights and freedoms of immigrants using targeted impact proceedings, promotion, and public outreach for more than 25 years.
The advocacy group has been involved in almost every major legal battle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, putting its focus on challenging laws that reject immigrants access to the justice system, execute indefinite and mandatory confinement, and discriminate on the foundation of nationality.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are champions of the First Amendment. After winning a $3.75 million lawsuit against Maricopa County for wrongful arrest in Arizona, they founded the Lacy & Larkin Frontera Fund with the intent to distribute the funds to Latin-American groups in Arizona. Hispanic and Latino non-profit groups that deal with migrant rights are given grants through the fund. The wrongful arrest incident occurred back in 2007 under Joe Arpaio’s reign as sheriff of Maricopa County. Grand jury subpoenas were issued trying to find out details about Lacey and Larkin, the newspaper they were writing for, Phoenix New Times, and readers’ personal browsing histories including IP addresses. After writing about it in the paper they were promptly arrested. They were released in less than a day following a huge public outcry. The charges were bogus and it was later found that the grand jury warrants involved were illegally filed.
Lacey and Larkin’s current foray into the world of journalism is Front Page Confidential, an online publication dedicated to news, commentary and especially the historical perspective as it relates to free speech issues. Their personal histories and commitment to the Constitution and the right to a free press have made them stalwarts in the fight for equal rights and justice.