The Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC) is one among the many organizations that are funded and supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This specific organization majorly focuses on championing for higher education and more so immigrant rights. It is run by immigrant youth who are passionate about getting a similar educational opportunity just like any other Arizona youth.
The quest for equality started back in 2006 when Arizona passed a law, Proposition 300, which demanded an out-of-state tuition fee for undocumented youths to have an opportunity to receive higher education. As a result, it rendered underprivileged youth helpless and ineligible to get public scholarships that were merit-based.
Consequently, many immigrant students had no alternative but to drop out of school and eventually lose direction in life. This prompted some few students from Arizona State University to come up with a support group that would unite them as the immigrant youth. This group founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition which has grown massively to date with members coming out to demand their rights bravely and unashamed. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
ADAC has a vision of a better world where the undocumented immigrant community and their inter-sectional communities can freely work, live, and get transparent access to dignified education without the worry of public prosecution.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition not only participates in social but also political endeavors by mobilizing their own to take part in fostering for leadership in Arizona, promoting equity for higher education, and promoting civic engagement. With this in place, immigrants can strengthen their relationship with other communities, therefore, acquiring necessary services for their families’ integration.
Both immigrant youth and parents are challenged to take up the mantle and seek for their justice thus expanding their advocacy boundaries. The ADAC has a strong leadership arrangement having Karina Ruiz DE Diaz as their esteemed president. She believes that changes do not just come overnight and therefore persistence and unity are key for their success.
About Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were unfortunate to face firsthand police brutality. The two were forcefully arrested at wee hours of the night without a substantial cause. They were allegedly at fault for revealing a jury proceeding which allowed reporters to send in their notes with regards to articles concerning a Sheriff. This happened on October 18, 2007, with Sheriff Joe Arpaio behind the injustice.
Michael and Jim Larkin are co-founders of both Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. After their incident, they dedicated themselves to financially supporting groups and organizations that fight against human injustices similar or not to what they underwent, through their very own Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
It was even more disturbing that the jury demanded for every citizen who accessed the New Times online story to be identified. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey vowed to channel their career to defending themselves and the people of Arizona holding on to their First Amendment rights. They went ahead and sued the county and held it responsible for violating the people’s constitutional rights.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is currently serving a noble cause by standing with similar groups seeking for the freedom of civic participation and speech throughout Arizona.