The Frontera Fund was founded by two colleagues from the media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two also founded the Village Voice Media, which was responsible for their run-in with the powers that be and their being cast into the limelight.
The village voice was an alternative news instrument in the Phoenix area of Arizona. The newspaper led to their arrest by Joe Arpaio for doing what they knew best and what the media is meant to do; highlighting events of interest within the community.
The Frontera Fund is a direct product of justice that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were granted by the Arizona courts after they sued the former County Sheriff for wrongful arrest.
Larkin and Lacey were awarded a $ 3.3 million. They decided to channel the cash to the launching of an organization that would fight for the rights of immigrants and minorities in society, and in Arizona in particular.
The Border Angels
Incidents of authorities trampling on the rights of minorities are commonplace in society. Consequently, organizations such as the Frontera Fund are formed to counter the damaging repercussions of such regimes. The Border Angels is an organization that was started with objectives that are similar to those of the Frontera Fund. Learn more about Larkin and Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://james-larkin.com/
Border Angels was started by Enrique Morones. Its primary focus is the issue of migrant rights. The organization is based in San Diego. It also seeks to prevent immigrant deaths that can be avoided along the border. Border Angels was started in 1986.
Border Angels is also active in community social development. It has created awareness programs that seek to enlighten immigrants and other minorities on their rights as provided for in the American constitution. Border Angels also travel to remote places where immigrants cross the border.
They place water-cans along the routes where the immigrants pass. The staff at the organization are also afforded visits to the border between the US and Mexico so that they learn some history of that border and the policy that governs it.
The organization has a range of outreach activities including the Day Labour Outreach program. They also provide free legal support to the immigrants. The central objective of the border Angels is to restore truth, justice, and freedom for immigrants. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
In 2014, Border Angels were proactively involved in solving the immigrant crisis that involved unaccompanied children moving from Central America and trying to find their way into the USA. In that crisis, the organization managed to extend warmth and love to the children by buying them toys, food, and clothes.
The officials of the organization also offered a counter strategy to the demonstrators that were protesting against the entrance of the immigrants who were seeking documentation to stay on in the US.
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union is yet another organization that offers services to the minorities. It was formed way back in 1959. It is, perhaps one of the oldest such organizations in the US. Arizona has been notorious with immigrants.
The American Civil Liberties in Arizona has successfully rebutted the efforts to change laws that targeted immigrants and other minorities. One of the landmark cases was the 1960 quashing of a law that had banned interracial marriages. Thus, Lakin and Lacey are not alone in the fight against impunity, and in defending the rights of immigrants and minorities.