Doing the Right Thing For most of us, “doing the right thing” means doing the right thing when it is easy, or convenient, or doesn’t take too long. For Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, it means doing the right thing, period. Founders of the Phoenix New
For most of us, “doing the right thing” means doing the right thing when it is easy, or convenient, or doesn’t take too long. For Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, it means doing the right thing, period.
Founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, they dedicated themselves to exposing the wrongdoings of the self-named “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Nevada.
On the night of October 18, 2007, both journalists were arrested by deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). When the dust settled, the dynamic duo had been released, all charges had been dropped, and Maricopa County had settled to the tune of $3.7 million dollars. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook
Of the settlement, they donated $2 million to establish a “Chair in Borderlands Issues” at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to be name the Lacey-Larkin Chair. The rest they used to establish The Frontera Fund to “support groups that advocate for civil, human, migrant rights, and freedom of speech throughout Arizona.”
Throughout America, groups are working to do help others, these include:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose purpose is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person… .”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), fighting to make sure that individual rights and privacy continue to be protected in the age of electronic communications.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), a non-partisan group, established in 1947, defending religious liberty in America.
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), an alliance organizations promoting and protecting civil rights.
The National Urban League, working for equality for African-Americans.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), working to defend the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States.
The National Immigration Project is a network of legal advocates working to defend the rights of all immigrants. 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 Innocence Project Works to exoneration innocent inmates by challenging wrongful convictions.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP), as the name states, works to abolish capital punishment.
The Gamaliel Foundation is an association of religious individuals and groups working for social justice.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) works to advance the rights of people with disabilities.
The AARP Public Policy Institute acts in support of issues related to the elderly.
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) provides legal advocacy on issues that affect children and youth.
The National Research Center For Women & Families (NRC) upholds the health safety of women and children.
Families USA works to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
Through these and other organizations, everyday people come together to help others and plant the seeds of hope.