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Changing the World via the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

There are many civil right activist and organization devoted to fighting the mediocrity and injustices of the world. Unfortunately, there is more of the injustices that there is of people who have the courage to make the difference. Luckily there are organization such as, The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) who is doing just that.

The ACLU fights for individual rights and its been doing it for over 100 years. To learn more visit https://www.aclu.org/. Currently one of the most controversial movement is against migrant workers. Migrant workers rights are often violated by denying them access to education, basic social and economic rights, health care, and they are subjected to discrimination. Arizona is at the center of this turmoil.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, co-founders of the Village Voice Media, are doing just that trying to defend the rights of the migrant workers, and immigrants. VVM (Village Voice Media) has earned their spot among the top alternative news outlet in the country.

Founded in 1970, ,VVM, has made their mark by not shying away from providing facts regarding anti-war movements, radical politics, and civil rights violations. These topics are often avoided by other popular news outlets due to there controversial nature. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

In October 18, 2007 Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested. Why? Well no charges were filed. Speculations have been made that it was due to the publication made that revealed the misdeed of Arpaio Sheriff’s office. Many would tread with caution after their encounter with a vengeful Sheriff’s office, but not Michael and Jim. Read more: Phoenix New Time

After demonstrating that their arrests had been unlawful; better put unconstitutional, Maricopa County awarded them with 3.7 million in settlement. Michael and Jim started the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund shortly after.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is dedicated to fighting civil rights, human rights, and racial discrimination in Arizona. It is important to note that both Jim and Michael turn their negative experience and joined with the community to fight for human and migrant rights.

They are changing lives of many immigrants,but more importantly they are changing the world. It is important for the The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to inspire other to not be silence and to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. There are many injustices in the world and only when brave individuals like Michael and Jim take a stance is there a real impact in the world.

Areli G. Valencia

Source: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/

https://www.aclu.org/