The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU as they are more commonly known, is a political activist organization operating out of the United States of America, and have a lengthy and varied history of defending the rights and freedoms of American residents, both foreign and domestic, stretching back 97 years, to when they were founded in 1920 to combat increasing government censorship, which was in direct violation of the First Ammendment. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
The ACLU provides lawyers and legal experience to those who would otherwise not be able to afford the services of such an experienced and veteran legal team, but more than that, the ACLU takes specific interest in cases where the outcome would set a negative precedent for the future, which would thereby negatively affect the future outcomes of cases dealing with similar issues.
In this way the ACLU provides long-lasting and valuable protections to the constitutional rights of those residing within the united states, citizens in particular, but to all those who may find themselves unjustly prosecuted by the state, weather by systemic discrimination on the part of jurors and judges, or through the unlawful admission of evidence, that should otherwise be overruled, or declared inadmissible in a court of law.
In a similar fashion to the ACLU is the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund, a trust created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after their unjust and unlawful arrest by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona in October, 2007.
The fund dedicates the 3.7 Million Dollar settlement from the appeals case to combat similar injustices throughout the United States, but in particular near the US/Mexico border, an area referred to by the fund’s creators as “la línea fronteriza” or “The Border Line”.
This fund will prove a great boon to the ACLU and similar organizations as they continue the ongoing battle to defend the rights and liberties of those who find themselves unjustly coerced by the legal system. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
The fund was created by the two journalists, both co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media after they won an appeals case, resulting from an arrest on October 18th 2007, when the two were dragged from their homes in the early hours of the morning, presumably as an attempt to cover up the journalists’ findings, as they had revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings, which had subpoenaed reporter’s notes on the sheriff who would later arrest them.
The fund will surely ensure that the rights and liberties of US residents, citizens and visitors alike, shall be protected under the just and fair rule of law.