The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund was born when two men, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, won a settlement from Maricopa County in Arizona. The county had given them a huge settlement due to an incident that happened where their civil rights were being impeded upon. On October of 2007, suspicious vans with Mexican license plates rolled up to their homes. People came out of the vans and kidnapped Larkin and Lacey from their homes.
Fortunately, Larkin and Lacey were not really being kidnapped; they were just being abducted by government authorities and carted off to jail. Due to an outcry of people saying that what happened wasn’t right, Larkin and Lacey were released from jail in less than 24 hours.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that gives attention to other organizations that support it’s causes. The causes that the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund passionately fight for include the rights of immigrants, free speech, the rights of LGBT people, the rights of people who are wrongly incarcerated and the rights of individuals in the Hispanic community.
The Anti Defamation League, or ADL, was founded in 1913. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
They are dedicated to fighting any form of hate, though the are specifically focused on anti-antisemitism. On their website, they describe themselves as being “rooted in Jewish values.” They are pro-Israel, and they make many efforts to secure safety and legitimization for Israel.
The Anti Defamation League does work to influence local and national laws. They also train law enforcement about hate crimes, extremism and terrorism.
On their website, you can find press releases about news that is near and to their cause. Some of their stories about current news having to do with anti-antisemitism, anti-immigration and anti-LGBTQ.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909 by mostly white liberal people. The organization was founded as a result of the constant racism that people in black communities were enduring. Events, such as a riot against backs in Illinois in in 1908, and recent lynchings, spurred the founding of this organization. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
The NAACP still fights civil rights issues. They also focus on disparities in health, education, the criminal justice system and voter empowerment. The NAACP acts as a legal advocate in issues concerning civil rights.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund was founded in 1974 with the goal of promoting the rights of Asian Americans. AALDEF works alongside Asian communities to secure rights for everybody by combining education, litigation, organizing and advocacy.
AALDEF is a national organization with a fourteen-person staff. Their staff includes seven lawyers. Over 300 volunteers support AALDEF. These volunteers include students, lawyers and community workers.
The AALDEF provides multilingual legal advice for low income Asians and Asians who have just arrived here as immigrants. They also litigate cases that significantly impact people in the Asian American community.