Protecting civil, human and migrant rights is a crucial and essential act. While many communities right’s are at stake today, there are groups in America who look to advocate for and defend them. An organization that looks to support these advocacy groups is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, have used settlement money gained from their arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fund their funding organization. After being unjustly arrested for news articles about the Sheriff in 2007, Lacey and Larkin were awarded a $3.75 million settlement.
The two then used this money to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, an organization that assists groups who are advocating for civil, human and migrant rights. These groups also defend freedom of speech and civic participation in Arizona, which includes along the Mexican border.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund currently supports numerous advocacy groups. One of which is the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. The ACLU of Arizona was founded in 1959 and since then has successfully challenged unconstitutional laws in Arizona that target minorities.
One example is the 2007 Melendres v. Arpaio federal class action lawsuit, which ruled that Sheriff Arpaio and his deputies had engaged in racial profiling of Latinos at traffic stops as a part of their immigration patrol. The ACLU of Arizona also works to protect the free speech rights of day laborers. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
In addition to the ACLU, Promise Arizona is another group that is supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Promise Arizona is known locally as Paz, the Spanish word for “peace”. The faith-based human rights organization works to help Arizona become a more welcoming place for all people. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
By holding house meetings and going door-to-door in local neighborhoods, the group speaks directly to individuals in the community about their hopes for creating a better Arizona.
Trans Queer Pueblo is also one of the many groups that the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund supports. The mission of Trans Queer Pueblo is to create a community that fully respects and acknowledges LGBTQ+ migrants.
The group operates a free health care clinic called Clinica Liberacion for 100 undocumented LGBTQ+ patients. Members of the clinic and its health advocacy forums write letters of support for LGBTQ+ migrants in detention. Through this, the group has currently liberated over 15 individuals from immigration detention.
These are just three of the many incredible organizations supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Other notable groups include the Arizona Justice Project, the Kino Border Initiative and The Young Center. There are currently 29 groups in total supported by the fund.
For more information on the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and the organizations they support, please visit www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org.