Lacey and Larkin’s Resilience and Magnanimity Sets ALCU of Arizona on the Path to Greater Height
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s encounter with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio presents great lessons for human rights’ groups and activists including the ALCU of Arizona. If these lessons are put to practice, they will take any civil organization to greater height. Here are some details of what actually happened.
On the 18th of October, two journalists, Lacey and Larkin, with a record of defending and asserting their First Amendment rights, were bundled out of their homes in the dead of the night and further jailed on the orders of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio .
Before this incidence, these two fellows had recently made public the existence of high level jury proceedings to cover-up the County’s atrocities and prevent him from facing the wrath of the law. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was quick to know they were responsible for the leakage and decided to take his pound of flesh.
The journalists, as usual, sue the County with a demand of $3.75 million for damages. At the end of hearings in the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit, final rulings went in favor of the two activists. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
The court also approved the financial demand compelling the County to pay the entire amount. It was a victory for these distinguished journalists and the global human rights movement. This understanding prompted these men to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund as a medium for empowering civil, human and migrant rights groups in Arizona and beyond.
ALCU of Arizona has been displaying resilience similar to what Lacey and Larkin did. For instance, in less than a year after the formation of the organization in 1959, it appeared in court successfully challenging and overturning a state law prohibiting multi-racial marriages. The defense of Ernesto Miranda still lingers in the hearts of Arizona’s residents. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
If not for the prompt intervention of ALCU of Arizona, he would have been unjustly prosecuted after he was convicted of rape with the only evidence coming from police confession.
Even today, the group has not gone asleep. At the moment, the ACLU of Arizona is spear-heading a protest against Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying young immigrants the right to request and possess driver’s licenses even though there is a federal permission in place that allows these young fellows to stay in the country through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
What the ALCU of Arizona sorely need at the moment is the financial capacity to carryon the good work. Money is needed to execute lots of programs. No organization can accomplish much without adequate funds.
For fearless organization like ALCU that keep stepping on the toes of erring government personnel and private individuals, the source of their funding is restricted to members. This is why the assistance provided by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund will go a long way in helping the organization pursues its goals and objectives.