Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin together co-founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They decided to donate their settlement money from the court case stemming from their arrest to migrant rights organizations in the state of Arizona.
They received $3.75 million from their court settlement. Their arrest which occurred on October 18, 2007, by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio resulted in the two men being taken from their homes and jailed in the middle of the night. They were arrested because they revealed that grand jury proceedings transpired for the purpose of seeking reporters’ notes on new articles about Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Even more, the grand jury subpoenaed to obtain the identity of those individuals who read New Times stories online about the lawman. The two journalists have pursued the assertion and defense of their First Amendment rights their entire careers.Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin subsequently sued the county, later appealing their case and ultimately prevailing in a court decision. 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 Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund currently supports groups advocating for human,civil,migrant rights, freedom of speech, and civic participation throughout the state of Arizona, as well as the Mexican border.
Another group advocating for civil rights is The National Organization for Women Foundation. The “NOW Foundation” is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to achieve full equality for females through litigation and education.
The Foundation targets a wide variety of women’s rights issues. These includes issues on women’s economic justice, body image and health, family law, women with disabilities, representation of women in the media, marriage and family formation rights of same-sex couples, and global feminist issues.
NOW employs multiple strategies in its holistic approach advocating for the rights of women. Their objectives include winning economic equality, along with securing it by means of a US constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
NOW advocates for including a living wage, pay equity, consequences of job discrimination for employers, pension reform, and social security. Other issues include fighting bigotry against the LGBTQIA community and ending violence against women.
They have led the fight against racial discrimination since 1966. The goals of NOW are to fight for equal opportunities in education, employment, and health care for women of color. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook
In its mission to promote reproductive rights and justice, NOW totally supports the ability and freedom of women to have access to legal and safe abortion. It also supports effective birth control and emergency contraception, in addition to reproductive education and health services for all women.
The NOW Foundation is the largest US grassroots organization for women with established chapters in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Its membership and donors number in the hundreds of thousands.