The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund distributes money to nonprofit groups to advocate the civil rights of Hispanics and migrant workers. The organization was created out of a settlement for $3.7 million awarded to Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey in 2013.
In 2007 Lacey and Larkin were removed from their homes under the orders of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Both men worked for Village Voice Media. The sheriff was outraged because the men had they had written stories exposing his political posturing and fear-mongering directed at Hispanic migrant workers. Larkin and Lacey were released from jail within 24 hours with all of the charges dropped.
Larkin and Lacey started the Frontera fund because they believe in helping those who are less fortunate. They realize how many perils are faced by the Mexican immigrants who come to Arizona to work and find opportunities.
These immigrants were detained and demonized by Sheriff Joe Arpaio as were all individuals with brown skin. This was a great injustice and Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey are standing by these men and women with pride. They realize we are all technically immigrants and entitled to work for a better life.
The Arizona Coalition For Migrant Rights
The Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights operates throughout the state and is comprised of refugee, migrant, community, indigenous, human and civil rights, religious and labor organizations. The are the advocates for an immigration policy that is fair and work to expand and defend the rights of Arizona migrants and their families. They educate the communities regarding the advancement of social change and immigration reform.
Their goals are to seek justice and awareness for the refugees and migrants. This includes the detainees in criminal and administrative proceedings within Arizona. Larkin and Lacey use a unified voice to developing a plan of action with a network that is diversified. They use education and organization to promote legislation and change that is just.
They have increased the shared information and communication between the participants and the members of the coalition. They help organizations with their needs with training, promotion and support. They are a resource, a forum, an advocate and a vehicle to help the indigenous and the migrants.
The ACLU has guarded the nation’s liberty for almost 100 years. They work with the communities, the legislatures and the courts in the defense and preservation of the rights and liberties of individuals guaranteed to everyone in this country by the laws of the United States and the Constitution.
The ACLU takes on the most difficult cases regarding civil liberties and issues. They defend all people from the overreach and abuse that comes from the government.
The ACLU has in excess of 2 million members, supporters and activists who fight to protect everyone’s rights. Their organization operates all over the nation and fights with passion in all fifty states as well as Puerto Rico to safeguard human rights. They demand equality for all people, all workers and all residents of the nation.