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The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund offers its Support to Puente


Puente is a grassroots migrant justice movement established in 2007 when Arizona was in the middle of an anti-Mexican fever. During this period, migrants were faced with unlawful detention, forceful removal from their families and deportation for breaking immigration legislation that was later considered unconstitutional by the law courts.

The human rights organization is focused on developing, educating and empowering migrant communities to safeguard and defend their loved ones. Read more:About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

In protests and acts of civil disobedience, Puente supporters offer a focus on the horrors of Arizona’s SB 1070. For instance in 2012, the migrant justice movement’s famous ‘undocubus’ drove from Arizona to the East Coast promoting migrants rights.

Puente’s #Not1More anti-deportation campaign incorporates several mechanisms like a hunger strike, a 60-mile march to an incarceration center and pressures the president to implement an executive action to aid the predicament of immigrants.

Puente educates immigrants on how to challenge their deportation proceedings. Furthermore, the Migrant Justice Movement manages a ‘Human Rights Crisis Hotline for Refugees and community members. Puente incorporates the art and culture in educating migrants on their rights and funds a program where young photographers and videographers convey migrant experiences.

Puente’s other ventures include helping create ID cards for Phoenicians at the Phoenix City Council; supporting holistic health for the Latinos; providing bilingual programs for children so that they can learn their heritage from stories, field trips and art; and also re-introduction of books outlawed by the state from history courses in the Tucson Unified School District. In 2014, Puente was involved in a federal case seeking to prohibit workplace raid targeting the undocumented immigrants resulting in their deportation.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists who own the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. On the night of October 18, 2007, the two were forced out of their houses and detained by officers under the instruction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Arpaio was connected to some human rights violations including unlawful imprisonment of Latinos, Death of prisoners, and abuse of power.

In Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s case, they were arrested because they published an article in their newspaper detailing the Sheriff’s wrongful acts after broadcasting that the Sheriff had abused his power to subpoena the two journalists as well as their readers. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two individuals that spent most of their career advocating and defending the First Amendment right and so they sued the County Sheriff emerging victorious.

They received a $ 3.7 million settlement which they decided to open the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which promotes and finances other justice movements that advocate for civil, migrant and human rights in Arizona.

Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/jim-larkin/

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