Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

INTRODUCTION

Whether you’re an immigrant or a natural-born citizen, you have been bestowed with certain unalienable rights. This is a maxim that has been enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. What are unalienable rights? These are rights that cannot be taken away and entitles everyone to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Thomas Jefferson originally penned these fundamental rights on July 4, 1776, in the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were heavily influenced by the Declaration of Independence; the Constitution serves as the law of the land and guarantees certain rights for its citizens.

PROTECTING CIVIL RIGHTS

Many organizations have been established to safeguard the constitutional rights of everyone in this country, the most notable being the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). The ACLU was established in 1920 and has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of immigrants and natural-born citizens alike. In 1939, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the ACLU, making it possible for Unions to organize. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

This landmark ruling, which was won on the basis of the first amendment, was one of many victories for the ACLU. The ACLU is committed to advocating justice even when such advocation is unpopular or polarizing; in 1942, the ACLU denounced the government’s round-up and internment in concentration camps of 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. The ACLU has also been known to work with groups as controversial as the Klu Klux Klan and the Nation of Islam.

THE LACEY AND LARKIN FRONTERA FUND

Another well-regarded organization that champions civil and human rights is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which was co-founded by journalist Michael and Jim.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund concentrates their efforts on civil rights, human rights, migrant rights and freedom of speech throughout Arizona; they provide funding for like-minded organizations that believe in safeguarding the rights of all individuals. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was established in 2013 and was initially funded by a $3.7 million settlement awarded to Lacey and Larkin by Maricopa County, located in central Arizona.

According to information provided on the Lacey and Larkin website, the settlement payout stems from the illegal detention of the journalist. According to the article, the arrest and subsequent detention were in retaliation for a news article published in the Phoenix New Times, which exposed corruption in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office. The article described anti-Mexican fear mongering and political posturing in Arizona, as well as substandard health conditions in the jails and the mistreatment of inmates.

CONCLUSION

The arrest and detainment of Lacey and Larkin were determined, by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, to be a violation of the journalist’s first amendment rights. The funds received have been earmarked to help organizations such as the ACLU and “No More Deaths,” which is an advocacy group seeking to end the death of migrants along the United States-Mexico border. As human beings we all have rights, and through the efforts of organizations like the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and the ACLU, those rights are can never be marginalized

REFERENCES

The Incident that Launched Frontera Fund

https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

Grant received from Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund