Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are media executives for the Village Voice and the Phoenix New Times and are also the founders of the Frontera Fund, to fight for Human Rights. The Fortuna Fund was created to support migrant rights in Arizona.
In 2007, they were arrested for writing an article for the Phoenix New times about the Sheriff of Maricopa County and his Selective Enforcement Unit who has styled himself as America’s Toughest Sheriff.
Within 24 hours they were released and all the charges were dropped. This then set up a long court battle that was centered on First Amendment Rights. The legal procedures for obtaining a subpoena were ignored which made the subpoena invalid, and the court made it abundantly clear that they were arrested without probable cause. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Maricopa County was ordered to pay Lacey and Larkin the sum of $3.7 million, which is what they used to set up the Frontera Fund. They intend for the fund to support and benefit the Hispanic community that has been the brunt of civil rights abuse and racial animus.
They quietly distribute Frontera Funds money for the benefit of nonprofit organizations that are advocates for Hispanic causes and civil rights. These are the groups that fight for the human, civil, and migrant rights, civic participation and the freedom of speech throughout the state and including the Mexican border.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, the American Civil Rights movement made strides in changing the social interaction and political spectrum throughout the United States. Advocacy groups had at that time been in place for quite a few years, however until this movement took place, they didn’t have much power on political issues.
A non-profit educational and legal organization, The Center for Constitutional Rights works toward advancing and protecting the rights that are guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution along with Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The revitalization of a more progressive civil rights agenda on a national level is the commitment of the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights.
Perhaps the best known civil rights advocate’s organization is the ACLU who fights for the rights of persons who are being discriminated against. The ACLU was founded in 1920 to try to protect the rights of American by distributing information through the media and by litigation and lobbying for congressional action.
The cases that the ACLU are involved in usually, stem from the First Amendment rights issues. The most emphasis in these cases is where rights violations are at stake.
In 2014, one of the first organizations that the Larkin and Lacy Frontera Fund supported was the Colibri Center for Human Rights.
Other organizations that fight for Human and Civil Rights include the American Civil Rights Coalition, who work with state and federal offices to end racial and gender preferences or classifications.
The American Civil Rights Institute to educate the public about racial and gender preferences, The Center for Constitutional Rights who work to protect and advance the rights that are guaranteed by our United States Constitution and the Declaration of Human Rights.