The Arizona dream act coalition is a human and civil rights group that advocates for the rights of migrants. This group was established by a group of youth who founded it with the aim of fighting for the rights of the migrants on access to higher education and their human and civil rights.
This advocacy group was established sometime after 2006 when the Arizona State passed the dreaded Proposition 300 which required undocumented migrant youths to pay the tuition fee to access education in college. The proposition also barred the migrant students from acquiring merit – based scholarships issued by the public community or well-wishers.
For the past ten years, ADAC has been fighting for the rights of the migrant students, and they have successfully done their job. Recently, the current ADAC education sponsorship program popularly known as ADAC Aspire scholarship program is valued at $2,000 per student.
This value shows that ADAC is more than willing to help migrants achieve their dreams no matter their race, religion, gender or nationality. Considering that ADAC is a non-profit making organization, it cannot fully support such a program on its own. This is where Larking and Lacey come in.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was founded by Michael and Jim. The duo rose to popularity after a drastic turn of events on October 18th, 2009. They were roughed up in the middle of the night and arrested by police on the account that they had revealed court proceedings of an ongoing grand jury that had sought their New Times stories articles and notes from them concerning a Maricopa County Sherriff was known as Joe Arpaio.
Having spent their careers asserting and defending their First Amendments rights, the sued the county. Their case is still among the most prevalent cases in the United States Court of Appeal since it got all the way to the ninth circuit. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
With their careers at the edge of being ruined forever, they fought with determination and later won the case which was settled with a whopping lump sum of $3.75 million. They were released and paid by the county since they helped uncover grand corruption activities and human rights injustices that the County Sherriff had been involved.
Having faced the dreaded courts of the United States, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin chose to create a fund that would help migrant’s rights to be advocated for and well aired.
The fund, known as the Larking and Lacey Frontera Fund, has been at the forefront of supporting groups that seriously advocate for the human rights, civil rights, migrants rights as well as the freedom of speech and civic participation throughout the state of Arizona. The fund also goes beyond its geographical borders especially across and at the Mexican border.
Larkin and Lacey are among the few individuals who are willing to sacrifice their little for the benefit of others and a better tomorrow. Their grants help migrant advocating groups to ensure that no more injustices are faced by migrants and that there are no more migrants deaths recorded.