America is a land where human rights are held in high esteem. This is the reason why several groups advocating for civil, human and migrant rights are up and running in the U.S. today some of these groups include the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
There are also some philanthropist groups that are out to help uphold human rights in the society, and an example of such is Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.
NNIRR is one of the strongest immigrant rights groups in this country. The group is famous for the role that it played in the formation of MRI (Migrants Rights International), a global network of migrant rights organizations. Through MRI migrants have made their voice heard in various parts of the world and different countries.
MRI begot Global Coalition on Migration, a multi-sector alliance that helps NNIRR in executing its mandate. It also collaborates with Women in Migration Network to address the plight of women.
Based in Los Angeles County, CHIRLA works to address the rights of immigrants. Though it started by operating locally, this organization today has a national presence. CHIRLA has since sponsored a number of legislation and policies that are meant to protect immigrants.
It helps advocacy groups and networks that deal with migrant rights to attain their goals. One of such organizations is the Coalition of Garment Worker Advocates which received great help from CHIRLA in 2001. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
ACLU is one of the largest groups of its kind and has a membership of more than 1,000,000 people. This organization has various local affiliates in all the States and the District of Columbia. It acts to protect the civil liberty of the citizens whenever such rights are at risk of being violated.
It offers legal support either directly or indirectly to the vulnerable individuals in such scenarios. ACLU is basically made of two closely-related non-profit organizations, with one being the American Civil Liberties Union and the other is the ACLU Foundation.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was donated by Michael Lacey and his colleague Jim Larkin to various human rights organizations in Arizona. These two philanthropists remitted the $3.75 million which they received as a settlement for their wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.
These two journalists founded Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. They were arrested from their homes late in the night and jailed for a crime that they actually didn’t commit.
The two later sued the county and won the case earning them the compensation. They decided to use all the money in supporting migrant, human and civil rights activities. They advocated for these rights and also sponsored civic participation.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was also meant to advocate for the freedom of speech in the state of Arizona. “la línea fronteriza” – the Mexican border was one of such organizations that were going to benefit immensely from this fund.
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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin find a New Voice with Front Page Confidential
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have enjoyed a storied career. The college dropouts turned newsmen founded Phoenix New Times back in the 70’s, and went on to create a nationwide conglomerate in the 80’s. Their work with both the New Times, and Village Voice Media, has made them giants in the world of counterculture news and long-form investigative journalism. Their famous feud with former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which ended in their equally famous 2007 arrest, followed by a somewhat famous wrongful arrest trial, is still talked about. Although they sold Village Voice Media back in 2012, the duo has been hard at word advocating for the Latino community in Arizona. Using the $3.75 million dollar settlement from their wrongful arrest case, Lacey and Larkin created the Frontera Fund, a charity that finances migrant-rights organizations throughout Arizona. Their work has benefited the Latino community, bringing them more jobs, creating outreach programs, provided legal representation, free healthcare, and even food. Through the fund the duo continues their fight with Arpaio, who also holds a prominent place in their new website.
Earlier this year Lacey and Larkin returned to the news with the formation of alternative news source Front Page Confidential. Front Page offers articles dedicated to free speech, and used the platform of the internet to make them available to a wide-reaching audience. The site advocates for the First Amendment and contains the same long-form journalism, and lively articles the duo is known for. Joe Arpaio has a whole section all to himself, complete with article after article dogging his current Senate run. Although the two went out at the top, it looks like Lacey and Larkin still have much to say. Front Page will surely make their voices heard.