People from the state of Arizona are familiar with Village Voice Media as well as Phoenix New Times. These are media organizations fighting for the rights of the minority in the State. One person that these two organizations know well for oppressing the rights of the minority is Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County. This sheriff has a longstanding conflict of interest with the founder of these two organizations.
The sheriff cannot agree with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on many issues affecting immigrants. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have often opposed him on encouraging child molestation and turning a blind eye on the rape of immigrants. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin often accuse him of abuse of power and his office.
Since the year 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been in a court battle with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two gentlemen had sued the sheriff for ordering their arrest for writing articles about him and his dealings. The bad blood between the two and the sheriff began when the sheriff ordered the arrest of these gentlemen for publishing details about a grand jury proceeding involving the sheriff.
In this lawsuit, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were awarded $3.75 million as damages for their trouble. Disturbing reports about the sheriff were revealed during the case where the sheriff was accused of issuing subpoenas to people who had read the report published by these two gentlemen. Despite their troubles, Michael and Jim decided to dedicate the settlement to the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
This is an organization that stands for the oppressed especially human rights and civil rights. They also represent people who have been denied civic participation and freedom of speech. All their efforts are concentrated in the State of Arizona. However, they often take cases from New Mexico and other surrounding states.
There are other organizations that stand for human rights in the United States. Human Rights Foundation is one of these institutions and is based in New York. The organization was established 12 years ago by a Venezuelan-born human right activist known as Thor Halvorssen.
Since its inception, the Human Rights Foundation has represented thousands of people from many nations. Some of these nations include Panama, Pakistan, China, Cuba, Uganda and Venezuela.
The country has also represented people from Swaziland, North Korea, Haiti, Equatorial Guinea, Bolivia, Russia and Kazakhstan. Notable events and conferences by this movement include Sime MIA, Oslo Freedom Forum, Hack North Korea, College Freedom Forum and San Francisco Freedom Forum. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Being an international organization means that they have dealt with notable prisoners of conscience and human rights activist. People associated with this organization include Alvaro Vagas Llosa, Mart Laar, Park Sang Hak, Jacqueline Moudeina, Harry Wu as well as Vladimir Bukovsky and Ramon Jose Velasquez. Most of their funding comes from well-known donors and institutions.
For instance, they receive funding from Open Society Foundation that is funded by George Soros. They also receive funding from individuals such as Zang Toi, Craig Newmark, Bill Browder and Anne Archer. Other people who fund the organization include Brock Pierce and Steven Pinker.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/