Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund: Championing for Human Rights

All over the world, there is escalating human rights situation especially in war zones and countries suffering from political instability. Lack of peace across various regions has lead to a global migrant crisis as thousands are rendered homeless. To escape political violence in their home countries, the sought refuge in various countries as migrants.

However, human rights violations are not confined to warzones and politically unstable territories. It is a ubiquitous phenomenon that has gripped even developed and politically stable countries such as the United States, France and Britain.

Fighting for human rights including the rights of migrants is born out of a strong conviction that human rights violation is demeaning, dehumanizing, barbaric and debasing. Whether at individual or organizational level, fighting for human rights is a response to the outrageous violations of human dignity. It is a decision that is made out of the conscience of mankind that human beings have inalienable rights that define their very own being. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund and Jim Larkin | Twitter

Organizations such as Amnesty International, the Advocates for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch among others are committed to ensuring that all humans enjoy their entitlement to freedom of speech and self-determination among others. These are considered as the highest aspirations of humanity and should therefore be guaranteed and protected.

These organizations are dedicated to their cause and usually run projects worth millions of dollars. While most of them receive funds in the form of donations, others benefit from unlikely sources: settlement fees for court cases involving human rights violation. One such fund is Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.

A Befitting Dedication to Migrants’ Causes

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was founded out of the $3.75 million Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received as settlement in a case where they arrested and jailed for exercising to the right to free speech.

 Larkin & Lacey and business partners were arrested on suspicion of breaching privacy laws after they allegedly revealed information pertaining grand proceedings. Basing their defense on their First Amendment rights, the duo who co-founded Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, prevailed in the case they brought before the justice system.

The settlement fund will be distributed to various human right advocacy groups throughout Arizona including those championing for the rights of migrants among other special interest groups. The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund will be used to promote their civic participation while also sensitizing them on their fundamental rights and freedoms especially those guaranteed under the First Amendment.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

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