On the night of October 18,2007 journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were arrested by deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on what they considered to be trumped up charges. The founders of Arizona newspapers the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media later sued and were awarded over three million dollars.
Lacey and Larkin distributed the money to migrant rights groups in Arizona through their own non-profit organization, The Frontera Fund. Throughout America, there are many Laceys and Larkins, giving freely of themselves to benefit their communities. These advocates of the common good work through many different organizations.
The Anti-Defamation League has been, since 1913, working against all forms of discrimination.
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) provides assistance to state and local groups in community organizing on issues influencing poor and minority children.
The Public Policy Institute of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) researches and campaigns issues affecting the elderly.
The Innocence Project works to exonerate the wrongly convicted.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) fights intolerance through litigation and learning.
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) protects the rights of low-income immigrants.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) works to insure the civil rights of 40 million Latinos living in the United States.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) have been working to defend the separation of church and state since 1947.
The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) promotes the freedom and openness of emerging technologies worldwide. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends constitutional rights under the law.
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is primarily a research organization at Columbia University which works to identify and prevent child poverty.
The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) advocates for humane working conditions for workers worldwide.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America focuses on after school enrichment programs for children.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, protects the legal rights of immigrant children cut off from their families.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty works to end homelessness in America.
Border Angels is an all-volunteer organization advocating for immigration reform on the U.S. Mexico border.
The National Immigration Law Center fights for the legal rights of immigrants.
Campaign Zero works to end violence by law enforcement.
Advocates for Youth provides programs to help young people make better choices.
The National Immigration Forum works to help immigrants gain citizenship and find jobs.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), advocates for legal rights for Muslims.
AmeriCorps*VISTA works nationwide on programs to empower the poor.
In communities across America, good people are working for what they believe.