The American Civil Liberties Union is one of the most vocal human rights groups in existence. The group was started in the 20th century to advocate for the civil liberties of people who were arrested unconstitutionally. It has successfully defended millions of people since it was started. It has become a trusted defender of the weak.
The union has more than a million members today. It has offices all over the nation. The ACLU employs more than 300 attorneys who are assisted by thousands of volunteers. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter
The offices around the country have helped it to focus on citizens at the grassroots level. Some of the causes that it champions include a woman’s right to choose, the right to privacy, and the right to due process. The ACLU has committed itself to defending the freedoms of individuals.
The union has fought against all kinds of government abuse all through its history. They collaborated with the NAACP to fight against racial segregation in schools. This led to a decision that did away with the “separate but equal” rule by the Supreme Court. The union spoke out against the relocation of Japanese Americans to relocation camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The union has participated in more cases at the Supreme Court than any other organization. Jim and Lacey have been a part of the main human rights cases over the last a hundred years. The union was recently involved in representing citizens that were affected by the Muslim ban set forth by President Trump.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to start a fund with the $4 million settlement that they won in a court case. The Lacey & Larkin Fund will support organizations that are concerned with the rights of migrants. The two journalists started Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.
Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa Country. He orchestrated the arrest of the two journalists in October 2007. They were escorted out of their homes and jailed on questionable terms. The arrest took place after they had uncovered a list of jury proceedings on articles that covered the Sheriff. The proceedings focused on the notes that journalists had written about the said articles.
The subpoenas also looked for anyone who had read articles about the sheriff on the New Times. The reporters felt that this was unconstitutional and it infringed on their rights. They were awarded the settlement by the ninth circuit of the United States Courts of Appeal after a lengthy legal process. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
The fund will also support human rights advocate groups including those that champion for the freedom of speech. They are also looking to offer support to causes that encourage civic participation on several agendas in Arizona including the Mexican border.