The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund originates from very much the same type of injustices that the two founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have stood by for the lot of their careers. The pair of journalists and founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media were arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the night of October 18, 2007.
They were arrested due to including revealing proof in an article posted through their media outlet Village Voice Media, that the grand jury had demanded all journalist notes on the sheriff. What is even more shocking is the the subpoenas made by the grand jury, which demanded the identities of anyone who frequented the site after the article on the sheriff had been posted.
Both Larkin and Lacey joined together in a lawsuit against the county and eventually received a settlement of $3.75 million for their troubles. This settlement money was then dedicated towards a cause important to them and the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was formed. Its name is inspired from “la línea fronteriza” or the Mexican Border.
This name signifies one of the most important issues that Larkin and Lacey represent and support with their fund. Immigration, civil, and human rights are at the forefront of the fund’s concerns and it shows.
One trip to their website and you will be met with some of the most recent news having to do with the Mexican border, laws related to immigration, minorities rights, and many more topics of strong interest. Some of the organizations that the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund are in support of include the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU of Arizona), and No More Deaths or No Más Muertes, just to name a handful. Read more: Phoenix New Time
Recently posted on the website’s news feed are a few articles for the emergency surrounding the DACA program, which means Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s just as the title implies – the organization exists solely to help immigrant youths who enter the country of the U.S. from being deported.
Other benefits that members gain from the DACA program also include being able to work in the states for a period that could potentially be renewed, the opportunity to get a driver’s license, a social security number, and even access in-state tuition in order to seek higher education.
There have been a number of articles posted about the DACA in particular lately. This is due to the fact that the government, particularly Trump’s administration, may be considering ending the program. Currently, this is a looming threat but the rumor may not hold water.
The big concern has been the fact that exas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the Trump administration requesting just that; an end to the DACA program, which helps countless youths in improving their futures in the states. So far, tension rises about this issue, especially since nine attorney generals have also signed their names in approval of this request.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: