Organizations Against Injustice and Discrimination
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU of Arizona) is an organization that was founded more than half a century ago in 1958 in the month of September. The group came to be after three members of The American Civil Liberties Union based in Tucson sent out a questionnaire to the other members of the The American Civil Liberties Union.
The survey asked the 120 other members of the Union if they thought that there should be a chapter of the Union in the state of Arizona as well. The answers were strongly positive, and so the Union extended to the state of Arizona as well in order to defend the rights of individuals through legislation, public education, as well as litigation. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has had a large number of wins over the course of its existence and operation. In 1960, the ACLU of Arizona was the winning side of a court case managing to overturn a state law which was banning marriages between people of different races in the state of Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
The ACLU of Arizona was also leading against the defense of Ernesto Miranda – a laborer who was convicted of multiple criminal activities including burglary and assault. The convict had been arrested and interrogated without being informed of his rights by the police. The case resulted in the formation of the so-called Miranda Warning.
In 2007, The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona took an active part in the process of launching and litigating a federal class action lawsuit which has been described as ”iconic”. The case was Melendres v. Arpaio.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio together with his deputies have been exposed for racial profiling of Latinos. The Sheriff was prevented from unlawful policing as well.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has been defending the rights of immigrants throughout the state of Arizona for many years and have been victorious almost every time.
One of the many supporters of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The organization is dedicated to supporting organizations that are based in the state of Arizona. The organizations that the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund support are working towards defending the civil rights and immigrants rights of people.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund was created by two journalists who were colleagues – Mr. Jim Larkin and Mr. Michael Lacey. The two journalists had dedicated their career to exposing individuals and companies who have been breaching the First Amendment rights of people – both natives and immigrants.
The two colleagues created their organization Frontera Fund after they were arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio whom they had exposed for unlawful behavior.
After Mr. Jim Larkin and Mr. Michael Lacey had been released, they filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff and won the case with a settlement amounting to $3.75 million.
They used the settlement money in order to support organizations the fight for human and civil rights and fight against discrimination and injustice committed by individuals and companies.