When the Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights (ACMR) was formed, the mission was to advocate for the human decency of immigration policies and laws governing the state. Subsequent to the group’s assembly, there has been an even wider focus on educating communities with immigration reform, and the social changes that affect Arizona migrants and their families.
The ACMR advocates for the protections under the law. They work diligently to defend the rights of migrants within the community by bringing together human and civil rights organizations as well as individuals on their behalf. The coalition creates a unified alliance that allows a plan of action for the inclusion and diverse network of all citizens within the state. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
They add substantive value to the local community by continually addressing the issues that affect not only migrants, but also all of those who may be affected by the language within the laws. The ACMR acts on any changes that are in contrast to human civility.
One of the primary focuses for the ACMR in the last decade has been with the Mexican border. Due to the increase in the public’s concern regarding a growth of immigration within Arizona, the ACMR has amplified its efforts to address those concerns in a dignified manner.
The cities within Arizona are among the fastest growing throughout the United States, and the ACMR seeks to proactively protect those who have not been treated in a manner that is consistent with the current laws.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund supports the fundamental philosophies that are needed to bring awareness to the citizens of Arizona to grasp a full understanding of legal and ethical rights. Founded in 2007, by Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin, the organization has united with leaders of the community, and other human rights groups, to gather resources and up to date changes within any laws in order to empower migrants that may become affected.
Through networking and information sharing, the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund has produced numerous resources which have proved to be useful to the Arizona community.
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin both were the subject of an injustice of their First Amendment rights in a case that ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal. As journalists, for the News Times of Phoenix, they both found themselves in a life-changing moment where their freedom of speech was at risk; however, their stand for justice prevailed with a victorious win of their case.
During that time, Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin made a commitment to create a fund that would not only bring awareness of the rights for Arizonians, but to also elevate change when legislation is enacted that is in contrast of a free and democratic society.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has also been the sponsor of many community panel discussions that impacts immigrant and Mexican communities.
With a careful and watchful eye on the government’s actions, the ACMR and the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund play a major role within a call-to-action with migrant laws in the state of Arizona.