Co-founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund helps a number of organizations whose efforts affect Americans everywhere, especially for those organizations located in the state of Arizona. The pair are also the founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, which is a media outlet they were working for the night they were both arrested in their homes by the Sheriff of Maricopa at the time by the name of Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio had taken the pair into custody after the journalists posted an article detailing the grand jury proceedings seeking journalist’s notes on the Maricopa County Sheriff. It was this event that sparked the start of the Frontera Fund.
Once Larkin and Lacey sued the county for the wrongful incarceration, they received a settlement in the amount of $3.75 million, which they then used to create a fund in support of causes that they both held dear to their heart and have spent their careers in support of. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund has been put into place to support organizations for causes such as civil, human, and immigration rights. If you were to take a peek at their website, you would see that there is a high concentration on migrants, minorities, and organizations that help low income families.
The Frontera Fund follows all the most recent news events and happenings with those organizations that they are in support of. This includes some notable organizations located in Arizona, such as the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, which has been in the news quite a bit as of late.
The “Dreamers” are what the members are referred to and it’s the very first organization of its kind to be run by young adult immigrants in Arizona. Those who founded the organization were themselves undocumented students and through the program they’ve helped fight for the rights of immigrants who enter the states for legal work and who seek to achieve a higher education of their own. In recent news, the Arizona DREAMers have come together to stand up against those at the capital who have decided to try and get the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program removed.
At the heart of this decision lies the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who, along with a number of other high level officials, have signed a letter to President Trump requesting that he end the DACA Program. This has been requested in light of the president’s decision to turn down the extension of the DACA Program into other states, as well as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (or DAPA) Program that was proposed to the courts.
The decision behind turning down such a program came from a number of lawsuits that were filed at the time and the fact that the Supreme Court’s vote came to a tie in the decision to move forward with the program or not. That being said, this is bad news should Trump choose to end this program under the same reasoning.