Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two journalists who have always been the voice of civil, human, and migrant rights as well as free speech and they have never stopped fighting for these most fundamental rights that we all have. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Although human and civil rights are available to all humans and they should be, these rights are also the most important ones that we have. Unfortunately, these benefits are usually the ones being violated by the very institutions we elected to protect these rights. Many law enforcers end up using their power and reputation to get an edge over other people, and some use their reach to be above the law.
That is why the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is aiming to support all the groups that are passionate and fight for civil, human and migrant rights and the essential freedom of speech.
Although there are many groups that have the non-profitable goal of fighting for the rights of every citizen, they often struggle with not having monetary support backing their decisions and actions with real resources. The creation of the Frontera Fund, however, has changed this reality forever.
This fund came from the $3.75 million settlement money awarded to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin when the two journalists sued the Maricopa County when they were illegally arrested on October 18, 2007. Why were they arrested? Because the two journalists were doing their job and investigating the past of a law enforcer that had already been accused of fraud, corruption, and irregularities. It was the famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Their incarceration was the result of them exposing the grand jury proceedings that sought reporters notes for articles about Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
They also revealed that there were even subpoenas issued by the grand jury demanding the identities and information of individuals who follow the news articles involving Sheriff Joe Arpaio. All of these as well as the incarceration of the two journalists were clear attempts of a cover-up and the suppression of freedom of information as well as a right to privacy.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are calling for all the groups out there that fight for these most important rights that we have to come to them if they need funding and support. Because if we do not fight oppression and violation of our most basic rights, then there will be more impunity by the very institutions we expect to defend our rights.