When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin realized that the grand jury looking into the Sherriff Arpaio case was compromised, they decided to fight back. Little did they know they were to be arrested and detained jail for their actions. They fought back harder, and today they have the funding to successfully run the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
Through a lawsuit filed against Sherriff Joe Arpaio, Larkin and Lacey won over $3.75 million. This was a turning point in their lives in which they decided to open their nonprofit organization, Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. This organization now supports civil right groups in Arizona and Mexico fighting for civil and human rights for marginalized migrants.
Arizona Dream Act Coalition and Promise Arizona are two human rights groups that directly benefited from Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. Both groups are led by immigrants leaving in America who feel oppressed by being denied rights to education and justice.
Arizona Dream Act Coalition
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition or ADAC was founded after the oppressive 2006 law that advocated for high out of state tuition for migrant students.
The same law also locked out undocumented students from state provided scholarships to needy deserving students. This caused an outrage among the founding members of ADAC who had to fight their way into gaining private scholarships reserved for American college students.
Today, ADAC is still advocating for low tuition fees to migrant students in colleges. The student led group is also active in the political circles advocating for human and immigrant rights for the ethnic minorities.
ADAC recently appeared in an Arizona caught challenging the Arizona governor for refusing to grant ADAC member driving licenses. The adamant ruling came despite the fact that ADAC members, and other undocumented students, were granted American citizenship.
Promise Arizona is a faith based organization that fights for the rights of Hispanic and Asian minority groups. Locally known as PAZ (Latin for peace), the group was launched in 2010 after the passing of the SB 1070 bill against immigrants. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
SB 1070 granted Arizona police the permission to detain any immigrant who was ‘suspected’ to be living in American illegally. Despite the outcry against this harsh law, similar bills were passed in other states like Indiana, Utah, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Ever since the passing of the law, there has been a rise in ration profiling targeting Hispanic and Asian groups. The police would arrest anyone who looked and sounded foreign with the guise that they are acting under the passed law. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Promise Arizona has fought back vigorously against SB 1070 and their efforts have yielded fruits. They are part of the civic groups that pressured the Obama administration to look into the reforms of the immigration laws that oppressed the minority.
Today, PAZ is practicing their civic duty in training young leaders to take up strategic positions in society. The group also conducts nonpartisan voter registration exercises during election times. PAZ also hold civic clinics where they educate the masses on human rights and register new members to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had no idea how their actions would spark a movement in Arizona. Today, the voices of the minority are heard, thanks to group like ADAC and PAZ that benefit directly from the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.