In the mid-2000s, the Phoenix New Times published stories testifying to the discrimination and corruption of Maricopa County, in Arizona. The founders of this publication, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were sent subpoenas that invasively demanded personal info about everyone having to do with the Phoenix New Times.
They made it publicly known that they were sent these subpoenas, and were harassed by the authorities as a result. After a set of legal events that lasted several years, Jim and Michael finally won a settlement that consisted of $3.7 million.
Inspired by their struggle, they started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, an organization that is is associated with a whole slew of other social justice organizations having to do with civil rights, with a focus on what is happening in the state of Arizona.
Femen is a feminist organization that was founded in 2008. It is a Ukrainian-French organization. Femen stages over the top, satirical protests to bring attention to inequalities in society. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
They commonly practice what they call sextremism—the practice of protesting with their tops off, in order to question patriarchal values, objectification and disparities between men and women.
Black Lives Matter is an organization whose founding in 2012 was inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin, as well as all of the injustices that marginalized groups have faced in the past Black liberation movements of the 20th century.
They claim that despite the fact that the organization is called “Black Lives Matter,” they are not trying to say that other people’s lives don’t matter.
They are just trying to put it out there that Black lives do matter and it is a big deal if a Black person gets hurt—just as much of a big deal as if anyone else gets hurt. They engage in protests, and they communicate through social media about recent news.
The ACLU, or the American Civil Liberties Union, was established to protect the civil rights of people in the United States of America. Started in 1920 by a relatively small group of people, it has grown into a national organization that has offices in every state.
Their focus is very broad to the point where they are willing to protect people with unpopular or controversial views if those people have truly suffered from having their rights impeded upon. There is a local ACLU that is associated with the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.