Fronting Grassroots Civil Liberties; Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Civil liberty groups all around the world play an important role of championing human rights and protecting refugees and immigrants. The support offered by these organizations comes in variety of forms, including food, healthcare and legal services.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice- LA) is a leading American legal center based in Los Angeles, CA. The center promotes creation of coalitions; advocates for civil rights and grants legal services and education to Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians.

As of today, Advancing Justice- LA stands out as the largest civil rights and legal organization championing for the rights of Asian people and interrelated communities. Since its establishment in 1980, the group has grown from 1 attorney to a strong team of 80 attorneys, leadership trainers, researchers and support staff. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

The core services provided by the legal center include; Direct Services, Leadership Development, Impact Litigation and Policy and Research Services.

The legal and education services offered under Direct Services target people who understand little or no English. In terms of Policy and Research, the center has the capacity to defend civil rights through legislative means and advocacy.

The Impact Litigation services provided include lawsuits and legal actions aimed at making systemic changes in the society, business and government circles.

Members of the public and other interest groups are encouraged to participate and donate to the organization to support its mission to impact the community positively. In 2017, over 500 volunteers donated their time and skills to help Advancing Justice – LA carry out its objectives throughout the US.

In a strategy to sensitize the public and stakeholders about its services, Advancing Justice – LA periodically publishes reports on voter data, census information and client stories. Public information is also relayed via newsletters and press releases.

About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

The Cofounders of the Phoenix New times and Village Voice Media, Michel Lacey and Jim Larkin established the now well-known Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to support migrant rights groups in Arizona.

The fund benefitted from $3.7 million settlement awarded to the newsmen by a Court in Arizona for wrongful arrest by the then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The journalists were arrested on the night of October 18, 2017 for revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought reporter’s notes on the Sheriff. The grand jury subpoenas also demanded to know the identities of New Times readers interested in Arpaio articles.

Unperturbed by the forces that want to curtail civil liberties, Laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org continue to report on various issues affecting immigrants and civilians in general. The news article portal covers a host of topics under; DACA/DREAM, Arpaio Archives, In the Media and Trump Watch.

One of the latest installations about Donald Trump is a proposal by civil rights groups to encourage citizens of Arizona to exercise their freedom of speech by matching against Trump, during his visit to the state. The President is expected to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and 45 people criminally sentenced and pardoned by the Sheriff.