Throughout America, the human and civil rights of people of all ethnic affiliations have been violated in some form. Civil Rights groups like the NAACP has worked for over seventy five years defending those rights for all Americans. Joining the fight for the rights of others, especially migrant rights, are the team of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Lacey and Larkin are the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and the Voice Media. They were arrested in October of 2007 by the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
The journalists were charged with revealing that the grand jury was proceeding with a search of articles about the sheriff. It was in the middle of the night that the sheriff arrested and jailed them.
Their first amendment right to free speech had been violated. The two filed a law suit against the county. They lost the case at that time.
Larkin and Lacey later won their case in The United States Court of Appeals. They were awarded $3.75 million dollars. The journalists decided to put this money into a fund for the defense of the civil, human and migrant rights of others.
They established the Frontera Fund to assist those who advocated for the rights others. These rights also included freedom of speech, and the participation in any civic event. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is available throughout the state of Arizona. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
It is funds like this that help the NAACP lodge its defense against those who try to take away these rights. The National Association for the Advancement of colored People was organized in 1909 to confront the civil rights issues at that time. Their focus in the beginning was to over turn the Federal lynching law.
This organization realizes that just because a right is gained does not mean that it is a right forever. They work through public education, litigations and advocacy to put an end to all racial bias, especially in the criminal justice system.
They strive hard to protect all peoples’ voting rights by encouraging active engagement. They want to increase fairness in the economy, and are continuously fighting the struggle for educational equality. They were influential in the Supreme Court decision in the case of Brown versus the Board of Education in 1954.
Not only does the NAACP work with governmental issues, they work just as diligently on individual rights. They are at the aid of people who have been unjustly treated by either the law or other people.
With the advent of racial profiling in the last couple of decades and the killing of so many presumably innocent black victims, the NAACP has increased its forces to make themselves to the many requiring their assistance.
When this type of action happens in the state of Arizona, the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is available to help with the protection of a person’s rights. The NAACP defense fund and the Frontera Fund will unite to ensure that a person and their family receive proper advocacy.