The Larkin & Lacey Frontera fund started because of the unlawful arrest of two journalists. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were removed from their homes on October 18, 2007 in the middle of the night by Maricopa county sheriff Joe Arpaio.
They were unlawfully detained due to articles they were in possession of that contained information about the sheriff Arpaio. Larkin & Lacey are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
After their arrest the grand jury subpoenaed information pertaining to the identities of those who read the Phoenix New Times story online that contained information about Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin spent their life as journalists adhering to the first amendment right to free speech; they decided to sue Maricopa County for infringing upon that right. These two journalists prevailed in the US Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit and were awarded an impressive $3.75 million.
Larkin and Lacey have decided to use their law suit winnings towards fighting for the rights of migrant workers in the United States and established the Frontera Fund. They fund several migrant rights organizations throughout the state of Arizona.
These organizations are support groups that that are advocates for civil and human rights. These groups also promote the freedom of speech and civic participation along the Mexico border and all throughout Arizona.
Promise Arizona which is locally known as PAZ is one of the support organizations that the Frontera Fund supports. Paz is the Spanish word for peace and this organization was founded in 2010 when members conducted a prayer vigilant the state capital in Arizona. This faith based human rights group held demonstrations on court house plazas not only in Arizona but also in Washington D.C.
Some of Paz’s highlighted accomplishments include training young leaders, conducting non-partisan voter registration drives, and hosting clinics to inform and educate people about deferred action for childhood arrivals.
This community outreach organization goes door to door and asks members to join their cause with the end goal of creating a more friendly and all-inclusive Arizona.
The Arizona Justice Project is another group the Frontera fund supports. The goal behind this group is to help those who are incarcerated and claiming innocence are able to get their claims heard rather than slipping through the cracks. This group also hopes to help those who are in jail and suffering from diseases such as PTSD.
They want to ensure that all inmates receive the proper care that they should be receiving. The members of this Fronter Fund supported group believe that injustices happen to individuals and this causes our collective freedoms to also suffer.
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