Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin, and Other Pioneers of Change and Justice

In light of the disturbing, recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, various civil rights organizations held a march in downtown Atlanta. The civil rights organizations included leaders from the Color Of Change, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Muslim Advocates, and Human Rights Campaign.

They all came together to condemn the rallying and violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this past Saturday. They also marched the streets of downtown Atlanta. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Time

The rally’s organizers stated that they’ll encourage President Trump to name the rally a “white supremacist convention”.

However, the following civil rights organizations’ leaders will be in attendance: Jonathan Lipman, the Bend the Arc Jewish Action’s Chief Strategy Officer, Brandi Collins, the Color of Change’s Campaign Director, Scott Simpson, Muslim Advocates’ Public Advocacy Director, and Ben Needham, the Project One America Human Rights Campaign’s Director.

The civil rights organizations condemned the hatred, racism, and bigotry that’s displayed from those groups in Charlottesville. They also stated that President Trump’s refusal to clearly condemn white nationalists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right is leadership failure and confirms once again that he is unfit to serve.

What these Organizations Represent

The Bend the Arc organization is a national Jewish organization that focuses on building the passion and power of the progressive Jewish movement within America.

Jewish people from around the country are brought together to organize and advocate for a more equal and just society. The Color Of Change is the largest US racial justice organization online. Lacey and Larkin assist in people effectively responding to the world’s injustice.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest organization within America that works to achieve equality for gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and queer people. And lastly, Muslim Advocates is an US educational and legal advocacy organization working on the civil rights’ frontlines in guaranteeing justice and freedom for Americans of all faiths.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and the co-founders are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

This organization is dedicated in supporting groups advocating for migrant, civil, and human rights as well as civic participation and freedom of speech throughout Arizona, including the Mexican border, aka “la línea fronteriza”.

Being co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times also, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund resulted from settlement money worth $3.75 million from an unjustifiable arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. On October 18, 2007, Larkin and Lacey were arrested from their homes in the middle of the night by the Maricopa County Sheriff.

They were sent to jail after the revelation of the grand jury existence proceedings that sought reporters’ notes on articles about the Sheriff. The citizens’ identities who read online stories concerning the lawman from New Times were also demanded by grand jury subpoenas.

And as a result, the two journalists, who have spent their careers defending and asserting their First Amendment rights, filed a lawsuit against the country. They won their case in the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.