Michael Lacey & Jim Larkin are renowned journalists who co-founded the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. The duo used the mighty power of the speech to reveal the existence of the grand jury proceedings, which required reporters` notes on the publications covering the Maricopa County Sheriff, but they were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the middle of the night and jailed.
The jury also demanded for the identity of the readers who read New Times articles online. However, Lacey and Larkin spent their careers and time in defending their rights. After winning the lawsuit, they were compensated a lump sum amount of money worth $ 3.75 million because of their arrest.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin formed Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund using the money they received from the settlement of their arrest. The foundation aims at supporting groups that champion for the human, civil and migrants` rights and also the freedom of speech throughout the states of Arizona.
It is notable that many groups have been formed to advocate tirelessly for the civil, migrants` and human rights across the globe. These organizations dedicate their resources to promote and foster human rights by ensuring that there is no violation or abuse of any human right.
For instance, the Arizona Project Justice is one of the groups that fight for justice in Arizona. The team provides legal help to inmate and people who serve life in prison because of the injustice in the delivery of judgment.
The organization ensures that these people are passed on trials, and justice prevails per the constitutional law. The group works handily with lawyers and students in law schools to ensure no inmates serves a sentence for the crime he/she didn’t commit. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook
The Disability Rights and Education Fund is another active group that champions for the rights of the less fortunate and disabled persons. The team relentlessly equips the disabled with the appropriate skills and expertise that enables them to change their lifestyle by being educated to earn a living. They empower the handicapped with education so that they can be self-reliance.
PEN America believes that freedom of speech is a fundamental right to the whole world. PEN America advocates for the freedom of speech and encourages people to be free when it comes to expressing themselves. Many authorities’ takes power to their hands and discriminate the people who are below them but with PEN America justice is their key focus and human should have the freedom of expression.
In conclusion, all these groups will not work and function without a funding body. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund focuses more in financing the organizations that champion for the rights of human, migrants` as well as the civil rights.
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