Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is an initiative founded by business partners and the pioneers of Phoenix New Times Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Both were students at the Arizona state university when they started the phoenix new times weekly magazine to cover the ultra-conservative local media’s coverage of student anti-war protest.
The paper grew from covering the university unrest to highlighting social and political issues attracting a significant number of readers across the state.
It was during one of the coverages of the paper on a grand jury subpoenas that targeted the papers writers, editors and to some extent, the readers, that the two were put behind bars on the night of October 18, 2007.
As a result of a loud public outcry on the arrest, Lacey and Larkin were released, and all charges dropped. This article aims to cover the birth of the Frontera fund that was as a result of the arrest of the two founders and its activities at funding all social justice groups that advocate for the civil, human and immigration rights.
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a foundation that supports groups that fight and advocate for the rights of the immigrants in Arizona state and America as a whole.
The organization came into light after Lacey and Larkin’s case got a ruling in their favor by the Maricopa County a total of $3.75 million as a settlement to a wrongful accusation by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Both journalists used the proceeding paid to them to form the Frontera fund with the aim of settling the Latin American groups throughout the state of Arizona.
The immigrants had a hard time in the County and were subject to wrongful arrest in the Maricopa state prison that was under Sheriff Joe.
The jail was in a deteriorating condition unfit for the stay of the immigrants, but the anti-immigrant sheriff went ahead to arrest them where he subjected them to racial profiling, mistreatment, and deaths of jail inmates.
Having grown up in the state, Larkin had had a first-hand experience of the suffering of the Hispanic community hence the wish to help the less fortunate in the County who had experienced the brutality of the state police. It was in 2014 that the initiative started issuing out more funds to nonprofit groups that advocate for the immigrants civil and human rights.
One of the groups that benefitted on funds from the Frontera group is the American Immigration Council. It is a Washington D.C based nonprofit organization that works hard towards honoring immigrates in the United States and also helping the citizens to embrace and act right towards the Hispanic community. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Its activities are a success through education and international exchange programs that taught on the history of the immigrants and their possible contributions towards the American culture.
The aim of the group is promoting legal programs that support and encourage humane policies and achieving justice for immigrants under the law and also ensuring that they honor the constitution.
With the help of their lawyers, American immigration council has been able to liberate the Hispanic community from racists and other anti-immigration groups.
The future and the fate immigrants in the Arizona state and the whole of America has been addressed well with the help of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Police brutality has subsided, but I hope that more help groups will come into the light and help the Hispanic community to settle properly and enable them to work to support their families and also help steer America back to its glory.