Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Gaurdians Of The U.S. Constitution

The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that all people living in the United States have a right to “due process” and “equal protection under the law” regardless of race, nationality, or citizenship status.

The legal status of immigrants has become a national crisis. The rights of unnaturalized immigrants have occupied America’s conscience.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a prominent organization that aggressively protects the civil rights of individuals harmed by violations of their Constitutional rights. The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project addresses the detention of immigrants such as the right to a fair hearing, the right to constitutionally protected criminal bond hearing, and it is seeking legislation permitting immigrants to attend school, obtain professional licenses, and to apply for driver’s licenses.

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) defends and works to expand immigrant and refugee rights, regardless of immigrant status. In 1986, the NNIRR was founded. Its goal is to organize immigrant communities to fight for social and economic justice.

NNIRR is dedicated to secure the health and safety of immigrants to ensure they live peaceful lives. NNIRR was a founding member of Migrants Rights International (MRI). Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook

The Global Forum on Migration & Development (GFMD) advances our understanding and reinforces the relationship between migration and development. The GFMD is associated with the UN and supports policy makers from a wide range of governments to bring together their expertise from all regions and countries to address all stages of economic, social and political development.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists and former owners of a progressive “counter culture” national chain of newspapers. They had an on-going dispute with the infamous Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and published his address in their Phoenix New Times newspaper. A jury found them innocent because their First Amendment rights of free speech were violated.

They brought a civil lawsuit against Arpaio and reached a $3.75 million dollar settlement for False Arrests. The ACLU Foundation of Arizona honored Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin at its annual Bill of Rights Dinner for exposing police misconduct when Arpaio refused to turn over the records of the readers of the newspaper.

Lacey and Larkin formed a Frontera Fund to support Arizona’s migrant rights organizations. The Frontera Fund has also been used to assist undocumented women seeking access to abortions.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin donated $2 million dollars to Arizona State University to support the Lacey-Larkin endowed chair. Further, the University will offer a new program whose purpose is for students to write on U.S. and Mexico immigration issues, offered in both Spanish and English at the Cronkite School. The endowed chair will exclusively highlight Latino and borderlands issues.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/