The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who were also the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, a news outlet that reported on the topics that the pair found most near and dear to them.
An incident, which led to Larkin and Lacey to form the Frontera Fund, happened while they were both working with the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. It was after they wrote an article with details on the Sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio, which revealed that there had been court proceedings for all journalist notes involving the sheriff.
After Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested by Arpaio from their homes in the evening of October 18, 2007, they decided to sue the county and were awarded a settlement amount of $3.75 million. Once they received the settlement, they used the money to form the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, which works to support organizations fighting against such injustices due to civil, human, and migrant infringes of rights on individuals and families.
Posted on their site are articles following Joe Arpaio, Trump Watch, and anything in the media having to do with any organization that the fund supports.
Supported organizations include many groups that fight for immigrant rights, particularly in the state of Arizona, as well as a few organizations that fight for those living in low income and for other minorities.
The Cultural Coalition is one of the organizations that can be found on the Larkin & Lacey website. This is a movement to preserve both Mexican and Chicano traditions and was formed by Carmen and Zarco Guerrero.
They are artists who are highly active in the Phoenix community and The Cultural Coalition often puts on events where their artistic abilities and flair for activism can be put to the greatest use. Their organization often hosts events, such as dances, poetry, live music, art shows, educational activities, and festivals. Each of their events are always free for the public to take part in.
Larkin & Lacey are proud of sponsoring El Dia de los Muertos Phoenix by Cultural Coalition. It is a huge event, which often attracts upwards of 10,000 people on a single day in October from all over the world. El Dia de los Muertos usually includes the performance of around 150 artists and an artists’ mercado.
This includes musical and other types of performance arts. Everyone can participate in dancing and singing with the Catrinas and Catrinos, creating altars for remembrance of those who have passed on, and walking the traditional candlelight procession that honors the dearly departed on one of the most memorable Hispanic holidays.
Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies
You can participate in the next El Dia de los Muertos celebration in Phoenix on Sunday, October 29, 2017. It will be located at Steele Park in Phoenix, Arizona, at 300 E. Indian School Road. If any details are to change, you can easily find information about it by contacting The Cultural Coalition in advance.