Civil Rights Defenders
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media. They are using the money they raised after their arrest by Sherriff Joe Arpaio on October 18, 2007 because of the grand jury proceedings that sought reporter’s notes about the Sherriff. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Grand jury subpoenas also demanded the identity of online readers. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund will support civil, human, and migrant rights along the Mexican border. In this CNN.com article, ()http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/08/world/what-is-difference-migrants-refugees/index.html), refugees are defined as a group of people who have to flee their homelands because of war or persecution because of the following characteristics, race, religion, nationality, membership of a social group, or political opinion often contrary to the accepted opinion.
A refugee is outside of their country of nationality and is unable to be in their country. Migrants however have to be processed according to their guest nation’s immigration laws.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been business partners since the founding of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They received a $3.75 million dollar settlement. Michael Lacey is a blue-collar owner of the Phoenix New Times, and Village Voice Media, both considered older versions of alternative press.
Lacey believes in not letting politicians get away with anything. The Phoenix New Times was started in 1970 at Arizona State University. Larkin and Lacey have covered the way Trump decided to pardon Sherriff Arpaio. The Department of Justice seems to feel that this case should no longer be presented.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have given $162,000 to the Arizona democrats. After the infamous arrest which was a legitimate story, Lacey and Larkin got out on $500 bail at 4 a.m. attracting the attention of other news media publications.
An organization devoted to fighting right wing extremism is the People for the American Way. It was founded in 1981 by Norman Lear, and late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, as well as a group of business, civic, religious, and civil rights leaders disturbed by televangelists.
Their vision is a diverse democracy where differences are respected. The mission of this organization is to promote the American Way and defend it from attack.
Also, this organization seeks to promote progressive politics. People for the American way views itself as a shield against right wing extremist political ideas.
One action People for The American Way takes is to restore the Voting Rights Act which the right has suppressed as well as stirred up a frenzy about mass illegal voting that doesn’t exist. These organizations mentioned are both related to protecting civil rights laws in the United States.
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