It was the illegal arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin that led to the inception of the celebrated Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Michael and Jim are both veteran journalists. The misguided and arbitrary deed was carried out by non other than America’s self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff, a one Mr. Arpiao. Mr. Arpiao had taken issue with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for bringing his illegal acts to light. The illegal acts highlighted included;
- abuse of power,
- mistreatment of jail mates
- and his racial profiling of members of the Hispanic community.
Mr. Arpiao was not amused at all by the exposure that the journalists had brought for his flagrant abuse of the Constitution. However, someone really had brought out such vile out to the public.
After a court battle that ended with the court declaring Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s arrest to be without probable cause, the court ordered Maricopa County to pay 3.7 million dollars to both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two civil rights activists then decided to put the settlement cash to further purpose of advancing the purpose of the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.
The Fund’s primary purpose became to benefit the Hispanic community. The community had been the object of gross human rights violations for decades. Lacey and Larkin also decided to help many other groups that strive to protect civil and human rights of migrants of the Hispanic community. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Several societies have been putting in concerted efforts in dispensing help to migrants all across America. One of the most outstanding civil and human rights activist groups for migrants in America is the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU). The ACLU has always been concerned that many immigrants get victimized and stripped of fundamental civil and human rights, the perpetrators being the authorities. In their website, ACLU has made shocking reports that there are over 41 million immigrants in the US. The Union claims that 83 per cent of immigrants gets deported from the United States without going through due process.
The ACLU has been championing for the rights of Migrants for than 25 years now and has participated in major legal battles on behalf of migrants.Their main tactic has been to focus on prosecuting draconian laws which are tailor-made to deny migrants access to justice.The laws not only deny immigrants a channel to have their voices heard, but they also provide for their indefinite and mandatory detention.Such laws only achieve end up criminalizing the refugee status in America. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
Another organization that deals with the protection and empowerment of migrants are the Puente Arizona.The Puente Arizona Society, based in Phoenix Arizona, is interested in not only protecting migrant communities from arbitrary laws but also focusing on educating and empowering the communities. According to their organization framework, they build their society with a closed fist, open hand policy.
The closed fist is for fighting draconian laws and laws that encourage criminalization of their members by way of racial profiling and illegal detention, and deportation.The Open Hand policy is geared towards fighting policies that make the lives of their members unbearable put through by those in positions of power.These policies are mainly aimed at segregating the migrants instead of encouraging people to live in peace and harmony.
There many more groups that are out there championing the rights of migrant communities and we salute all of them.This civil, human and migrant rights groups are the answer to the question, Who will guard the guards themselves?