Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
It all started one horrifying night on October 18th, 2007, when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were abducted from their homes by vans with Mexican license plates and tinted out windows. They were put into separate jails, though released shortly after.
Larkin and Lacey were the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They published articles about corruption that was taking place under the wing of Sheriff Arpaio. As a result, Larkin and Lacey were issued Grand Jury subpoenas by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, requesting that they disclose personal information about the writers, editors and readers of the Phoenix New Times.
It was even requested that they disclose the IP address and internet histories of readers. Instead of succumbing to these requests, Larkin and Lacey published articles about them. This is what got them arrested.
Larkin and Lacey pursued a court battle about being wrongfully thrown in jail that lasted for many years until 2013, when they received a $3.7 million settlement from Maricopa County. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey used this money to establish the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund gives support to a wide array of organizations that advocate for free speech and the rights of immigrants and people in the Hispanic community. Currently, much of their posts on Facebook have advocated for DACA and the DREAM Act. Also, the topic of keeping in state tuition for DREAMers in the state of Arizona comes up quite a bit on their Facebook profile. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Some of the organizations and initiatives that the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund support include Owl and Panther/Hopi Foundation, Arizona Dream Act Coalition, 1070, Aliento, American Immigration Council, Center For Neighborhood Leadership, Trans Queer Pueblo, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Program, Puente, Kino Border Initiative, GED2DACA, Can The Border Divide Us?, The Young Center, Si Se Puede Foundation, SySTEM Phoenix—College X Trips, Tuscon Samaritans/Los Samaritanos, The Colibri Center For Human Rights, Cultural Coalition—Day of the Dead Phoenix, No More Deaths—No Mas Muertes, Fundacion Mexico, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU of Arizona), PACH (Phoenix Allies For Community Health), Raul Castro Institute, Justice For Immigrants and Families Project and Two American Documentary Relaunch.
The American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union, also known as the ACLU, is one of the organizations associated with the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The American Civil Liberties Union was founded on January 19th, 1920, in response to the government arresting thousands of people, accusing them as being “radicals” and denying them their constitutional rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union has made its way from consisting of a small group of people that could barely fill a room to an organization made up of offices throughout the United States of America, upward of 1.6 million members, staff attorneys that number in the hundreds and volunteer attorneys that number in the thousands.
The ACLU involves itself in a full gamut of civil rights issues, including some of the issues that are near and dear to the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. For example, they clearly support the rights of immigrants and racial minorities. However, the ACLU also supports people who may have opposing or unpopular views, just for the sake of defending people’s civil rights.
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