The rights of over 325,000 Arizona-based immigrants have been violated for decades. In 2013, the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund was established to support various activist groups that advocate for immigrant rights. More than 25 organizations currently depend on funding from the charity. The founders of the Frontera Fund are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
The two journalist had a hard time when Joe Arpaio was the sheriff of the Maricopa County. They used to oppose the sheriff’s harsh policies that targeted immigrant, and they were once wrongfully detained for failing to obey his orders.
The arrest was based on an invalid subpoena that demanded them give the names and I.P addresses of the writer, editors, and readers of the Phoenix New Times. They sued the county government for infringing their First Amendment rights and were offered a $3.75 million settlement. All the settlement money was dedicated to founding the Frontera Fund.
Aliento is an organization that benefits from the Lacey and Larkin’s charity, and it was started by undocumented youth to offer the Hispanic community healing by using art and advocacy.
It is committed to developing creativity that shows the humanity of U.S-based undocumented immigrants who have often been criminalized and even deported. Aliento strives to change how immigrants are perceived through art creation, education workshops, and leadership development.
Over one million undocumented persons and DACA beneficiaries have been living in fear since Donald Trump became the U.S president. Deportations are likely to occur soon since the DACA program has already been terminated.
Many dreamers have also been unable to get in-state tuition and even driver’s licenses. Currently, less than 7 percent of the undocumented youths have managed to access higher education.
The activist organization has been striving to support the welfare of the individuals who are DACA eligible in Arizona. It worked hard to protect the DACA program before President Trump abolished it.
The primary goal of Aliento is to make sure that the undocumented immigrants are empowered through pro-educational programs, healing, resilience, mindfulness, and addressing deportation issues. The organization currently plans to hold seminars is two states where it will train beneficiaries and advocates of the DACA program.
The retreats will help dreamers to know their rights and also urge schools, business and churches to support them. The founder of Aliento, Reyna Montoya, believes that all immigrants are not safe under the Donald Trump administration.
Justice That Works also appreciates the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund for being one of its benefactors. The organization operates in the grassroots and is devoted to ending mass incarceration in Arizona.
It has been opposing the violation of immigrant rights, detentions, and deportation in the name of making the state safe. Justice That Works believes that surveillance, police, and prison systems show an immoral society that thinks some people can be disposable. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
According to the activist group, the approaches that are used by governments undermine equity, dignity, and safety by encouraging violence against marginalized communities.
It is striving to end the current system that the perpetuates poverty among immigrants and denies them social investments such as education, healthcare, public transport, and many others.