The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization that addresses the issues of children’s rights, LGBT rights, immigrant justice, economic justice and criminal action reform. The SPLC was founded in 1971, and is a non-profit that seeks tolerance for vulnerable people in society, fights hate and teaches tolerance.
The SPLC monitors the activities of extremists and hate groups across America, such as neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, Black separatists, neo-Confederates, the Ku Klux Klan, Christian identity adherents, anti-government militias, etc. On their website, they provide an interactive map of the United States that shows where these groups reside.
On the interactive map, each group or organization is given a classification. Such classifications include “General Hate,” “Hate Music,””Black Separatist,” “Racist Skinhead,””Ku Klux Klan,” “Holocaust Denial,” “Radical Traditional Catholicism,” “Anti-Muslim,” “Neo-Nazi,””Neo-Confederate League of the South,” “Anti-Immigrant,” “Nation of Islam,” “Christian Identity,” “Anti-LGBT” and “White Nationalist.” Read more: Jim | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Twitter
The SPLC has a variety of educational material available to promote tolerance. They have 75 lawyers and advocates on staff to help with civil rights cases. Throughout 2016 and 2017, one of the their main issues of concern has been the presidency of Donald Trump, and what it may imply for the rights of individuals. The SPLC is concerned about anti-immigrant and anti-minority sentiment, as well as general racial tensions, that may exist as a result of Trump’s presidential campaign.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that promotes the rights of immigrants, free speech and the Hispanic community. It supports organizations that support these causes. Some of the organizations that it supports include Aliento, 1070, American Immigration Council, Arizona Justice Project, Justice for Immigrants and Families Project, Owl and Panther/Hopi Foundation, Kino Border Initiative, Can the Border Divide Us?, Promise Arizona, Si Se Puede Foundation, Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project and many others.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin wrote for the New Phoenix Times, known by the mainstream media as a non-threatening and offbeat publication. The New Phoenix Times published stories about local corruption, mismanagement of funds, the poor treatment of inmates in jail and anti-Mexican fear mongering.
As a result, the Maricopa County prosecutors unlawfully sent subpoenas to the New Phoenix Times, demanding information about everyone who worked for the publication and its readers. They even demanded personal info such as the browsing histories of the publication’s readers. Larkin and Lacey refused to succumb to the subpoenas. Instead, as always, they wrote about the injustice and published it.
The county retaliated by throwing them into jail in 2007. Their situation received a lot of attention, which led to them being quickly let out of jail. For years, Larkin and Lacey were involved in a court trial pertaining to this event that lasted until 2013, when they received a $3.7 million settlement from the county. They used the $3.7 million to establish the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey