This article will first focus on a group called (CHIRLA), a group that focuses on advocating for human, civil, and migrant rights. Then, later on, I will discuss something called the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
CHIRLA stands for Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. This organization is a role model for California that brings great influence. It’s composed of a wide range of all families and immigrants alike who portray agents of social change. This is in order to gain a world with full human rights, true participation of democracy, and mobility freedom.
The main reason this organization was formed as a response to the (IRCA) Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The act made hiring workers who were undocumented illegal.
This then created problem in good shape for worker abuse and exploitation which have moved up since that time. Now onto the main mission of the organization. Their mission is to gain a still society which is fully comprehensive of immigrants.
CHIRLA has a belief in a both educated and active electorate. A wonderful thing happened when the Civic Engagement of theirs had reached out to 1,200 new, low-propensity voters through a canvassing operation and coordinated phone bank. Currently, the volunteers and phone bankers have gotten a hold of thousands of voters in primary and general election cycles. The efforts of theirs gave a result of a higher tendency to voters who vote their family needs and the ballot box to the voters.
Now some information about the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Find. The two founders of the fund are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They have brought the settlement money that came out of arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This was to get enough money for migrant rights organizations all over Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
On October 18, 2007, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested the two men because of the settlement they made worth $3.75 million. They were later taken from their homes at midnight and went to jail after the existence of the preceding’s of the grand jury.
The two men had spent their job defending and asserting the rights the First Amendment gave them. In light of this, they sued the country which prevailed the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit. The fund will help groups which will help groups in favor of the three rights and civic participation and freedom of speech all over Arizona.
Why did the former Village Voice Media Owners Create The Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have experienced what no journalist wants to experience: having their first amendment taken away. In 2007, Joe Arpaio, at-the-time Sheriff of Maricopa County, has them arrested simply for something they published in their newspaper, the Phoenix New Times. This led to a lawsuit being filed against Maricopa County. Lacey and Larkin walked away from the incident with $3.75 million.
Now they are using the money to give back to their community. The Frontera Fund supports a range of charities all across the state. They even donate funds to more wide-reaching charities such as the ACLU. They donate money to all sorts of charities;however, they primarily assist the Latino community because they are who Joe Arpaio targeted for so many years.
They have also sold the Phoenix New Times in favor of a newer publication. That new publication was named Front Page Confidential. Front Page Confidential is a more goal-oriented paper. Unlike the Phoenix New Times, it doesn’t merely focus on one geographical area within America. Front Page Confidential publishes stories related to corrupt politicians from all over the United States.
About Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio didn’t always behave as a racist. Prior to 2005, Joe Arpaio was attempting to make a name for himself by being extremely harsh on crime. It didn’t matter about the color of a person’s skin; Arpaio was simply trying to satisfy his voter base. It all changed in 2005 when he finally fell in line with the local Republican party. That’s when Joe Arpaio started to target immigration. Eventually this led to an illegal arrest in 2007 that eventually resulted in a criminal contempt of court charge against Arpaio; however, he was pardoned by President Donald Trump.