The civil liberties within the United States have taken a larger platform within the last decade. With seemingly increasing injustices that Americans find themselves, there has been a greater need for organizations to interject.
Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have provided the citizens of the U.S. population great advocacy of support to resolve differences of opinion regarding the constitution. In addition, the ACLU has taken on cases where the injustices were outright violations of a person, or group’s, civil rights.
When protecting the civil rights of U.S. citizens there is always a chance that the opposing views will take issue with an organizations stand on the issue. However, the ACLU has made a consistent pattern of never engaging within the matter it represents, one way or another; with the exception of how the matter is viewed within the law.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two very well-known and popular publishers of the News Times in Arizona. In 2007, they reached a settlement of $3.75 million after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in their favor for a landmark First Amendment case.
Stemming from their U.S. constitutional right for freedom of speech, their case prompted the two to join forces and form the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund with an unprecedented $2 million donation after reaching their settlement. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
Today, the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund helps to assure that there are resources available to Arizonians who are at the risk of losing their civil rights as well as proactively informing the public with knowing their rights. The fund has created the opportunity to bring awareness to the community in ways that are designed to strengthen the people of Arizona.
The network of resources are kept up to date on issues that affect the citizens of Arizona, but also to keep them informed of potential injustices throughout the country.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin both were honored by the Arizona ACLU charter with the Libertarian Award for their efforts and support of the freedom rights for the citizens of the state.
The ACLU has taken on many issues that not only are in contrast to popularity, but even those views which the organization disagrees with. As a democratic society, the ACLU represents the idealistic view of freedom for all regardless of an individual, group, or beliefs. For this reason alone, the ACLU is sought-after for representing civil liberties when other organizations choose not to become involved.
In many cases, the ACLU is the most productive choice with pursuing an injustice due to the organizations reputation and influence.
The organization has a wealth of knowledge with its use of over 300 staff Attorney’s throughout the country and in its charter offices, as well as countless Attorneys who represent ACLU clients on their behalf.
Currently, there are 1.2 million members who are affiliated with the ACLU. The ACLU has an annual budget of $100 million which is also used to outsource litigation actions necessary to bring a matter to resolution.
Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/