Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Funding Healing

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This fund is dedicated to helping fund immigrant rights organizations in Arizona. While both men have always been champions for human rights, the reason they have taken such an interest in charity surrounding human rights is personal.

In 2007, the co-founders of Phoenix New Times were arrested for publishing information on the office of then Sherriff Joe Arpaio. After being released, the resulting lawsuit netted them $3.75 million. Instead of using this money for other things, Lacey and Larkin chose to start their own fund.

Even though Lacey and Larkin dealt with the negativity of their event, they have chosen to use it as a positive experience and channel it into good work for their community. With a growing Latin American population, Arizona will surely benefit from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fun.

It will open doors for many organizations, allowing them to expand and reach even more people in the future. On the foundation’s website alone, they are already publicly supporting almost 30 foundations and constantly expanding. For Lacey and Larkin, it is a personal passion, one they seem determined to foster and grow.

Aliento is a group that has collaborated with Lacey and Larkin to utilize the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to further their impact. This group is primarily made of immigrants and their families working towards supporting other immigrants. They are youth-led. Members may be documented or undocumented. They also might be single adults, LGBTQ individuals, single parents, or large families.

The point of Aliento is to make an impact on what they are doing and help heal the community through the arts. The group often works with young children, and they are hoping to challenge the stereotypes that go along with undocumented immigrants. They provide resources and friendship for those that might not otherwise have access to it. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook

Some of the resources that Aliento offers are art workshops, open mic nights, community organizations, and leadership development courses. Staff within Aliento have found that art therapy can have a tremendous benefit on individuals of their target population.

Since people of this status are living in fear of deportation, they can be under a significant amount of stress. Further, there are some that have had to deal with the direct effects of deportation already. While art may not take away the pain, the therapeutic environment can be beneficial for healing.

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