Puente Movement, A Migrant Justice Organization That Can Benefit From the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

The Puente Human Rights Movement is a justice organization for migrants located in Phoenix, Arizona. The organization aims at developing, empowering and educating migrant communities to defend and protect themselves. The main mission of Puente Movement is to enhance the life quality of community members.

Puente Movement Organizing Framework

The organization uses an open hand strategy known as the Closed Fist to organize the build-up of the community’s power. Puente Movement fights enforcement responsible for criminalizing people through the deportation and detention system, racial profiling, and police-ICE collaboration.

Also, the organization combats policies of attrition by building inclusive communities to make the lives of immigrants to be bearable. Therefore, Puente Movement fights attrition with open hands to build resistance within their programs. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida

This group conducts campaigns to unite people and fight against enforcement that criminalizes people. The campaigns are based on the fact that true change only arises if the impacted communities speak and act for themselves. Puente Movement stops deportation by a combination of community organizing, storytelling, political pressure, and legal advocacy. Puente Movement has successfully assisted families and stopped approximately 100 deportations since January 2013.

Puente Movement Involvement

There are different forums that people can use to be involved with the Puente Movement. For example, if you know people with active cases of deportation or in detention, you can email jovana@puenteaz.org or call them on 602-252-1283 for assistance. Alternatively, you can attend their general meetings held every Monday at 1937 W. Adams St. from 6.30 p.m.

People who want to volunteer for Puente Movement can contact them through the email address, volunteer@puenteaz.org. The organization always welcomes volunteers to assist with fundraising, childcare, and legal support for families that face deportation cases.

Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

The co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two co-founders received a 3.75 million dollar settlement from being arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff known as Joe Arpaio. They have dedicated the money from the settlement to fund organizations that advocate for human, civil, and migrant rights throughout Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

On October 18, 2007, the two journalists were arrested in the middle of the night because they revealed the existence of proceedings for the grand jury that sought notes and articles of reporters that covered Joe Arpaio. Subpoenas by the Grand jury made demands to identify the citizens who read stories that involved the lawman from the New Times. Larkin and Lacey prevailed in the Court of Appeals in the US by suing the county and defending their First Amendment rights.

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund aims at supporting groups that advocate for human migrant and civil rights. The fund also assists people in the freedom of civic and speech participation throughout the Mexican border and Arizona.