Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund Leading Fight for Human Rights

In the more informed society that exists today, many organizations have come up whose work lies between advancing human and civil rights, the rights of immigrants and refugees and promoting peaceful multi-racial and multi-ethnic human relations.

This is done in many ways such as advocacy, coalition-building, empowering people and community education. Some of these organizations are discussed in this article. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

The Border Action Network (BAN) is a human rights organization in communities living near and around borders as well as immigrants. Their work is funneled towards promoting equity, safety, justice, understanding and dignity within societies of all cultures, races, religion, origin and sexual orientation. Coalicion De Derechos Humanotos has its operations are at grassroots level around Tucson in the US promoting human and civil rights.

No More Deaths is another organization which works to ensure that they alleviate death and suffering on the border of the United States and Mexico. The organization tries to educate the masses to uphold human rights, fights deportation, provides phone calls to affected families and provides assistance to those who have been detained.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an established body that responds to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and helps the people that have been affected to rebuild their lives.

The organization saves many refugees and helps them to find housing and monetary assistance, wellness promotion, counseling services, youth development, job search services and preparation for US citizenships. Other organizations include the Border Network for Human Rights, Northern Border Coalition and the Casa de Proyecto Libertad. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

Founded by two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has established itself in Arizona to aid other smaller organizations that fight for civil, human and migrant rights as well as the freedom of speech and civil participation.

The mission of the organization is driven by an incident, which saw the two journalists being arrested by Sherriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County after exposing that the grand jury had proceedings that were seeking written articles about the Sheriff.

The worst part about these proceedings was that the grand jury was also hunting the names of any citizen who had read the articles published on the New York Times.

Lacey and Larkin sued the Maricopa County and in the end, they triumphed in the court of Appeals in the United States for the ninth circuit. From this, the two received $3.75 million as settlement money from this arrest. It is from this money that the two have funded their organization.

Their mission has sold in many areas and has consequently drawn support from other organizations such as the Colibri Center for Human Rights, which was the first to support them in 2014.

 

Larkin and Lacey Launch Two New Endeavors

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have long been huge proponents of free speech and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The two life-long friends founded the Phoenix New Times in the early 1970s and grew the venture into a large media conglomerate with 18 newspapers across the country.

 

Larkin and Lacey were falsely arrested by for exercising their First Amendment rights in 2007. The arrest was ordered by Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. The couple successful sued the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office and were awarded a settlement of $3.75 million. The pair have recently launched two endeavors, the Frontera Fund and a news website, Front Page Confidential.

 

Larkin and Lacey are using that money to establish the Larking and Lacey Frontera Fund that will be used to protect migrant rights. The fund will be used to provide monetary funds to human rights groups in the state of Arizona.

 

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund will support groups that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights as well as freedom of speech and civic participation along Arizona’s southern border with Mexico.

 

Their other endeavor is the news website, Front Page Confidential. This news outlet will focus on news that relates to the exercise of free speech and how important it is that American retain that right.