How the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Advocates for Civil and Immigrant Rights

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a charity organization that is based in Arizona and has been striving to support the operations of activists who protect civil and immigrant rights. Its founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, are appreciated across the state for their efforts in fighting for minority rights.

They are also the proprietors of renowned new magazines that are called the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix News Times. The journalists have been brave in their career, and they have been upholding their Fifth Amendment rights.

In October 2007, they exposed the operation of a corrupt jury through an article that they had written for their magazine. The jury was biased, and it defended the Maricopa County Sherriff, Joe Arpaio, who harassed immigrants. Arpaio and his deputies later arrested Lacey and Larkin from their homes claiming that they were interfering with the secrets of the jury.

The grand jury stopped journalists from writing incriminating articles about Joe Arpaio, and it even subpoenaed the New Times to give the names of anyone who ever read negative stories about the sheriff. Maricopa County’ Sheriff department profiled and criminalized immigrants at highway checkpoints.

Arpaio violated the Fifth Amendment rights of Jim and Michael, and this made them sue the county government. The U.S Court of Appeal ordered the county of offer the journalist $3.75 million as settlement fees. Lacey and Larkin have always advocated for civil and immigrant rights. They used money that they had been awarded in creating the fund, which has to date facilitated the undertakings of several organizations.

American Civil Liberties Union is an acknowledged foundation that has been advocating for immigrant rights for the past six decades. It has branches across the country, and they are all committed to eliminating unconstitutional legislations that harass immigrants.

The Arizona-based branch of ACLU is one of the organizations that are funded by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. It made its first major accomplishment in 1960 when it managed to win a case that legalized multi-racial marriages in Arizona. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase

The organizations made great contributions towards the exoneration of Ernesto Miranda, who had been sent to prison for rape. There was no evidence against him, and the court used a statement that he had given to the police in making a ruling. Miranda’s appeal facilitated the passing of a law that orders the police to inform suspects about their right when they are in custody.

The undertakings of ACLU have transformed the lives of many immigrants across the country. It won a petition that it had filed to end an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants. The organization also stopped the police from enacting immigration laws by winning a case that ended the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation.

ACLU is currently pursuing several cases in court. It is determined to ensure that immigrants are not deported for lacking proper work and travel documents. The foundation is also opposing an executive order that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued to stop young immigrants from being given driving licenses.

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Jim Larkin

Tammy Mazzocco Loves Real Estate

Tammy Mazzocco says that selling real estate is the ideal job because each day is a new adventure in helping people. Tammy is a RE/MAX sales agent in Pickering, Ohio and the four surrounding counties. Having started her real estate career as a secretary to a commercial real estate company, she has lots of experience in the industry.

It wasn’t long before she traded her secretarial role to that of a sale agent, as she had seen several people she knew make very good livings by selling real estate, and she thought, “Why not me?” Tammy is a people person, and real estate is all about people and helping them to satisfy their dreams.

In a report by Yelp, Tammy says that it is important to focus on the people part, as all of the other technical details will pretty much take care of themselves. People are generally out of their comfort zone when they are looking for homes, and Tammy Mazzocco strives to ease their discomfort and be a helper and not a hindrance. First of all they are in a new geography and they have lots of questions about that. Secondly, they are about to make one of the largest financial commitments of their lives.

Tammy Mazzocco tries to get into their shoes so she asks lots of questions and listens a lot. She is also full of the necessary facts that people want to know such as schools, neighborhoods, driving conditions, financing, local customs, and many other things people want to know about.

The number one thing that is most important is to spend time with prospective clients looking at new homes with them. This is a critical bonding time. If Tammy can spend a day or two in this activity, she will usually get the sale. People will want to spend the time, and Tammy is an expert at helping them and they will reciprocate.

When America will be Great Again

Since Donald Trump’s election, illegal immigration into the United States from Mexico has dropped by 40 percent. While Trump supporters call this a victory, will turning America into a place fewer people want to go make our country “great again?”

The injustice of indigent people costs us billions

Every day, indigent people are incarcerated without any representation. People are unjustly convicted and, as inmates, denied humane treatment. Not only is illegal immigration in decline, but also education. Foreign students, often paying full tuition to colleges and universities, now hold perceptions of America as less welcoming to immigrants. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Along with this some 32 billion dollar blow to the economy, business travel has also seen an over $200 million loss since Trump’s executive ban. This is an industry in which even a 1% decline in international travel will cost the U.S. 75,000 jobs and $3 billion in taxable wages.

People are simply afraid to come here.

Arizona Justice Project

Our quality of justice is compromised every time the accused are imprisoned without access to justice. The Arizona Justice Project, one of many organizations working to overturn wrongful convictions, has already received over 5,000 pleas for help from victims of manifest injustice.

With support from the Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund, the group represents Arizona inmates with unheard claims of innocence and educates communities on the wrongfully convicted.

In cooperation with Arizona law schools, the Justice Project brings expert lawyers and investigators to a case otherwise denied resources for proof of innocence. Their teams work tirelessly to provide information, evidence and testimonies supporting inmates’ claims.

Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund

The fight against injustice of indigenous people has evolved to over 60 organizations focused on the borderlands alone. The Arizona Justice Project is but one of which funded in part by the Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund: an effort incidentally, and ironically, started by this injustice.

In 2007, two Village Voice Media executives, Mike and Jim, were arrested by an armed unit on orders from Maricopa County’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin had been reporting on the mistreatment and deaths of Maricopa County inmates, as well as Arpaio’s anti-Mexican fear-mongering and abuse of power: discriminatory persecution, racial profiling, and unlawful detainment.

After a cover story about “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” for the Phoenix New Times, the two writers were forced from their homes and dragged into separate jails managed by Arpaio. Their article exposed the Maricopa County Attorney’s office (friends of sheriff Arpaio) for attempts to acquire the personal information of both employees and readers of the Phoenix New Times.

As national outrage erupted, Lacey and Larkin were released after less than 24 hours, without any charge. When the court determined no probable cause, $3.7 million was paid in settlement by Maricopa County, in 2013. With this, the Fontera Fund was, then, immediately initiated to support Hispanic communities which have also fallen prey to similar abuse and injustice.