Various non-profit organizations that have been established to advocate for human, civil, immigrant and minorities rights need to be funded for them to run their operations efficiently. Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a liberal initiative that was created about five years ago to provide financial aid to various activist groups that are located in Arizona.
The foundation has been operational since 2013 and has successfully managed to change the lives of many Mexican immigrants who are based in the United States. It was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who are fearless Arizona-based journalists. They are also the owners of news outlets that are known as Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
The two wrote many stories that incriminated Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff, for abusing his power by harassing immigrants. The articles irritated the sheriff, and this made him order an illegal arrest in October 2007. Michael and Jim sued the county for violating their First Amendment rights, and they were given a $3.75 million settlement fee.
Larking and Lacey Frontera Fund has supported many foundations to run their activist undertakings. It has been a benefactor to the Arizona Justice Project, which was created to provide legal aid to innocent people who have been jailed and those who are apparently facing injustices.
According to the AJP, many low-income people have suffered injustice because they do not have enough resources to pay for their legal fees. It has volunteered to assist individuals who have been wrongfully convicted, prisoners who have life threatening conditions but lack decent health care, and inmates who have been overly punished.
Arizona Justice Project believes that the freedom of all Americans is compromised when one person suffers due to injustices. It has managed to accomplish its mission of protecting people by collaborating with pro-bono lawyers, law schools across Arizona, and investigators who provide it with witnesses and new evidence.
AJP is currently striving to solve about 36 cases that have been presented to it. The organization regularly offers news letters to ensure that the community is informed about the progress of its appeal cases, creating awareness on various misunderstandings that deal with illegal imprisonment, and updating lawyer and law student on forensic science discoveries.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC) has also been receiving aid from Jim and Michael’s initiative. The organization was created by undocumented students who lived in Arizona. They were against legislation that was approved in 2006 to deny them a chance of being offered scholarships that were publicly funded. The law also forced undocumented individuals to pay significantly higher tuition fees than American students.
The young people struggled against the injustices without fear even though they were not documented. ADAC has been advocating for the rights of Mexican immigrant youths who live in Arizona and also ensuring that they pay affordable tuition fees.
It has filed a law suit against the governor of Arizona for refusing to issue their driving licenses even though they had been cleared by the Department of Homeland Security.
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