Reconstructing lost lives through philanthropy and volunteer work
Jim and Mike are the co-founders of media houses Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. They had dedicated their lives to ensure the people of Arizona get the best treatment when it comes to human rights. Politicians in the State of Arizona had put in place laws that infringed the rights of immigrants. These laws were enforced by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were arrested on October 18, 2007, for one of their articles that looked into the corruption of the local law enforcement. Both Larkin and Lacey were arrested from by Sheriff Arpaio from their homes late at night. What made the case even more appalling is the grand jury asked for the names of people who had read the article online.
Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey had spent all their career lives asserting and defending their rights as per the First Amendment. They later came to sue the country and became successful in doing so. They received $3.75 million in the settlement.
They both decided to dedicate all the money from the case to support groups that defend the human rights of migrants. They both started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The organization ensures that all civil, migrant, and human rights are adhered to throughout Arizona and along the Mexican border.
Human rights organizations are important around the world as they put their efforts into protecting the rights of every individual and fight human rights abuses. They do so by extensively monitoring government actions and grass-root level actions in relation to human rights.
One of the groups Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund assist is the Owl and Panther Project – Hopi Foundation. Several immigrants get into the United States have suffered or witnessed torture and violence. These immigrants tend to even include children. This ends up leaving them with wounded souls.
Refugees in Tucson seek refuge at the Owl and Panther center. The center was established by The Hopi Foundation in 1985, to treat refugees who were suffering from family issues, community loss, poverty, and general pain. It was incorporated in 1987 as a non-profit organization by the State of Arizona.
The Owl and Panther center assist them through storytelling, nature trips, and artwork. The organization focuses on presenting a nurturing community by ensuring that they feel safe regardless of being in a foreign land. By doing so, they can explore different ways of having the refugees’ brilliant ideas shared with the people around them. Today, various refugee families from Somalia, Nepal, Ethiopia, Iraq, Guatemala, and Congo seek solace at the Owl and Panther center. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The Owl and Panther Project achieve their set goals by putting to use the various donations that they receive from well-wishers. Through volunteer work, they can support their projects and the communities they serve. By honoring the Donor Bill of Rights, they assure all their partners and donors that their contributions are put to good use. The Owl and Panther Project staff are always eager to advise on how best to contribute the projects that you may wish to support.