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Civil Rights Advocacy Groups Bring Wide-Range of Protection for Citizens

When it comes to civil liberties, America has a far greater advantage than most other countries. However, there are still period’s when it becomes necessary for organizations to act on behalf of a person, or segmented population, to protect those civil rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) provides a guardianship for the nation by preserving individual rights and liberties based upon the Unites States Constitution and the laws abiding all citizens. The ACLU works diligently to defend those who have unjustly lost their civil rights as well as those who are in danger of losing their rights.

The mission of the ACLU is first and foremost to defend and preserve the Constitution and the amendments governing the country. The primary purpose and function of the ACLU is to act as an advocacy on behalf of an individual with proceedings determined necessary in order to resolve the infringement of their civil rights.

With a staff of lawyers and volunteers, the ACLU works to keep American citizens free from adversarial actions afflicted by companies, businesses, organizations, and in rare occasions, other citizens.

The laws pertaining to all U.S. citizens are very well understood and researched by the ACLU in order to protect them. The ACLU also uses those same laws to inform the defending party of a citizen’s rights prior to any legal proceedings in order to bridge the gap between party misunderstandings.

In 2007,  Lacey and Jim founded Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to help protect the citizens of Arizona from losing their civil rights. The case reached the United States Court of Appeals for an ultimate victory for the protection of their freedom of speech rights as journalists.

After their landmark First Amendment case, and subsequently vindication, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used their experience to bring awareness to the public. They both formed the foundation to elevate needed resources to protect the rights of Arizonians.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin spent over a decade perfecting the organization to meet the needs of Arizona. Today the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is greatly utilized as an advocacy and support group for the protection of civil rights, human rights, and migrant rights, in addition to freedom of speech rights. The organization is well-known within the community as a formidable resource for the civil protection of the Mexican border.

The ACLU affiliate of Arizona was formed more than 50 years ago, when it officially became a charter within the state. The charter was established by a request of 120 members of the national ACLU through a questionnaire prepared and voted upon for the change.

Each affiliate within the ACLU consists of two separate entities; a social welfare group and a public charity. The social welfare entity is prohibited by law from engaging in any lobby formation.

With over one million members nationwide and an annual budget of $100 million, the ACLU has taken the lead on cases involving gender issues, voting rights, religion, affirmative action, and immigrant rights.

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