The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is the brainchild of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. It was established from a $3.75 million settlement that Maricopa County gave to them in 2013, after an unlawful arrest on October 18th, 2007.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund’s goal is to protect free speech, human rights, the rights of immigrants and the interests of the Hispanic community. However, extra importance is placed upon the Hispanic community and immigrants’ rights.
They strive to achieve their plight by supporting organizations that advocate for these causes. They support a long list of organizations, including Promise Arizona, Justice that Works, Arizona DREAM Action Coalition, Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project, GED2DACA and many others.
Alaska Innocence Project
Alaska Innocence Project’s mission is to identify people who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, investigate their cases and exonerate them if they have been wrongly convicted.
The Alaska Innocence Project is trying to educate the public and foster a culture where there is concern about people being wrongfully convicted. It is a non-profit organization that was founded on August 21st, 2006. The Alaska Innocence Project is lead by a lawyer named William B. Oberly.
Sioux City Human Rights Commission
Sioux City Human Rights Commission is an organization that is located in Iowa. It investigates allegations of discrimination. It is a branch of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and it was founded due to the fact that the Iowa Civil Rights Act requires every city with a population of more than 29,000 to form a commission that ensures that civil rights rules are being followed.
Iowa has twelve protected classes: disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, creed, religion, color, race and national origin. Discriminatory events must be categorized into one of these classes. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Flex Your Rights
Flex Your Rights was founded in 2002 by Steven Silverman. The point of this organization is to educate the public about their rights and about the search and seizure processes that cops do.
Flex Your Rights creates and distributes media in order to educate people about this topic. Some of Silverman’s films Include “BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters,” “10 Rules For Dealing With Police” and “Not Guilty: A Juror’s Guide to Protecting Good People from Bad Laws.”
New York Civil Liberties Union
The New York Civil Liberties Union was founded in November of 1951. It was an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. It defends and promotes the Bill of Rights, and it fights for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
It’s activities include litigation, community organizing, public education and advocacy. They have opposed the school-to-prison pipeline, Kendra’s Law and the NYPD’s policy of keeping a database of people who were stopped and frisked by police. The New York Civil Liberties Union has shown support for the Reproductive Health Act and the rights of domestic workers.
Journalists Lacey And Larkin Launch Front Page Confidential
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are business partners in the journalism industry. They used to own New Times Media which puts out free weekly independent newspapers like the Phoenix New Times. This newspaper was first published in 1970 after the Kent State Shootings occurred. In October 2007 they were both arrested by sheriff deputies working for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The charges were for printing secret grand jury information in this newspaper. Lacey and Larkin had a long-running feud going on because they often revealed potential crimes Arpaio had committed the horrible way he treated Hispanic people in Maricopa County. The county attorney dropped the charges the next day and then Larkin and Lacey sued the county for violating their free speech riots and illegally having them arrested. The won their case in December 2013 and were awarded $3.75 million. They used these proceeds to start Frontera Fund which now provides money to Hispanic rights organizations across Arizona.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey recently got back into the world of publishing. They now have a website called Front Page Confidential which is found at frontpageconfidential.com. Many of the articles posted on this website have to do with free speech issues. A recent one is defending the free speech rights of the comedian Kathy Griffen. A number of months ago she had posed with a fake Donald Trump head that had been severed from his body. She received a lot of criticism from right-wing Republicans at the time but she says she doesn’t repent what she did and joked that Mike Pence would be next. Another article is about the ACLU target Anti-Israeli boycott movements across the nation and a win they just had in Kansas. Protesting against Israel is a free speech right that all Americans have.