Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund Helps Many Organizations in Arizona Bring Awareness to Human Rights

In Arizona, Paz is a local organization that is faith based for the human rights of immigrants and migrants. Paz is the Spanish word which translates to English for Peace. The program was created in 2010. The organization held a SB 1070 prayer session at the Phoenix State Capital for 103 days.

During this time period, members from Paz were holding demonstrations as Sheriff Arpaio was on trial for his unconstitutional policing. Not only was Paz holding demonstrations at courthouses in Arizona, they were also holding demonstrations in Washington D.C.

Director Petra Falcon is just one of the several human rights activists that faced arrest while in Washington D.C. While in Washington back in 2013, Petra was holding up a street while protesting was going on while they marched for immigration reform.

Paz holds accomplishments which include the promotion for civic engagement for training the young, they conduct a successful voter registration that is non-partisan and for pressuring the Obama administration to address immigration reform.

The organization also held clinic to help those to get informed on how to register for the DACA card. DACA is known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook

The mission for Promise Arizona is to help the younger generation to create leaders which will aide in building up Arizona to welcome in all people. They hold meetings which send them into neighborhoods where they ask people what they would want and to encourage others to dream big.

The name Sheriff Arpaio is one that has been in the news for his stance on breaking the first amendment. In October of 2007, stories were being ran on the news site Phoenix New Times media where he was being sought for practicing outside the areas of law. 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

While the stories were being ran about the sheriff, the grand jury had handed down subpoenas which demanded the people who were reading the stories were to be identified.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin refused to release the names and were later arrested. The two of them had spent their whole careers defending the rights of the first amendment and they later sued the county and won.

After winning the 3.75 million dollars, the two of them started the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. This fund is used to help other organizations that offer support to immigrants and migrants in Arizona. One of the very first human rights organizations that they lended help to was the Colibri Center.

The Colibri Center runs the Missing Persons Project where they connect families with forensic scientists who gather the missing persons reports and uses the information to help identify those who have been found dead.

The use of DNA samples is to help relatives of those missing migrants to be used to help identify the hundreds of people that are still unidentified after they have died while trying to cross the border.

Not only is the goal to help families learn of the death of a loved one but to also help families to come together and build communities. It is here that they are able to share the stories and to help bring awareness to human rights.

Orange Coast College Receives $1 million for planetarium

Orange Coast College, a large community college located in Costa Mesa, California, has recently received a generous $1 million donation from a former professor, Mary McChesney, that will contribute to the college’s development of a new planetarium expected to be completed by fall of 2018 (Money, 2017). According to Money’s article published in the Los Angeles Times, McChesney’s donation “will be used to fund a Foucault pendulum — a device used to demonstrate Earth’s rotation” (2017). The former professor of English and Spanish hopes the planetarium will be influential in educating a new generation of students and provide an educational resource for residents in the vicinity of the Orange County college (Money, 2017).

 

Located forty miles south of Los Angeles, and one of the largest community colleges in the nation, Orange Coast College serves an estimated 24,000 students every year (Orange Coast College, n.d.). Many students attend Orange Coast College with their eyes set on transferring to a four-year school in the future; it is “one of the top transfer institutions in the country” (Orange Coast College, n.d.). The college emphasizes low-cost education for the sake of helping students achieve their goals in an affordable way and thus allow them to easily apply their skills to either a trade profession or towards completing their undergraduate degree at a transfer school (Orange Coast College, n.d.).

 

The college offers a wide variety of academic programs to suit all students including business, consumer and health sciences, counseling, kinesiology, literature and languages, mathematics and sciences, and much more (Academic Divisions, n.d.). The college also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities that include sports, a student newspaper, various active clubs, and events that are held throughout the year (OCC Student Life, n.d.). The college’s main offerings are two-year associates degrees, certifications, and lower-division classes that can be used to transfer to a four-year university (Orange Coast College, n.d.).

 

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Academic Divisions. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu

 

Money, Luke. (2017, July 11). Retired professor donates $1 million for new planetarium at

Orange Coast College. The LA Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com.

 

OCC Student Life. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu

 

Orange Coast College. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wikipedia.com