Formed by the two co-founders, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the Frontera Fund is came about from a $3.75 million settlement resulting from the pair’s unjust incarceration by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Frontera Fund exists to help promote and support various organizations that concentrate on issues regarding migration, civil, and human rights. This includes topics having to do with low wage households and the issues that minorities face in the country today, particularly immigrants hailing from Mexico.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was the sheriff working the case against the two journalist founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, has since been kicked out of the force due to the abuse of his title. A recent article that surfaced on the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund website details the feats of Bazta Arpaio, who was one of the main grassroot coalitions responsible for getting Joe Arpaio off the force.
In recent news on the Arpaio Archives forefront, Bazta Arpaio has been awarded the Maclovio Barraza Award for leadership. The award has been given to the group July 10th at the esteemed 2017 National Council for La Raza (NCLR) Conference.
The chair of the NCLR Board of Directors, Renata Soto, has much to say on the positive impact that the Bazta Arpaio coalition has had on its community. She went on to explain that they were the ones who put the most pressure on Joe Arpaio, when he was still part of the police force in Maricopa County.
They were the ones who spoke the loudest about their demands that he either change his crooked practices or step down from his position as sheriff and leave the force.
Bazta Arpaio did not back down when Arpaio continued to try and instill fear in those who opposed him and it was they who took to the streets to protest the ex-sheriff the strongest.
It’s true that it was Bazta Arpaio who led the rallies, walk-outs, ran a voting campaign in Maricopa County, and held a strong social media presence on the matter throughout it all. The group was nothing short of determined to embody the change that they were hoping would reflect in their community and it showed. 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
Their name, Bazta Arpaio, which translates as a combination of “enough” with the AZ shortening of Arizona, really kept their eyes on the prize and the name reflected their intention until the goal was achieved.
The Bazta Arpaio was primarily led by mothers who had been previously deported, as well as those who were themselves undocumented and by a number of minorities in the community who shared a sense of kinship for the cause.
The exec. director of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, Viridiana Hernandez, thanked all those who were involved in the movement in her community, including hard workers and families who had been affected by Arpaio’s actions, either directly or indirectly. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has supported the Bazta Arpaio’s efforts with pride since the very beginning.