Somos America is a leading civil, human and immigrant rights group in Arizona. According to Samosamerica.org, the group’s mission is to expand civil engagement and offer leadership development with a focus on the Latino community. Samos is also at the forefront of mobilizing the local communities to help safeguarded the gains made over the years on issues like immigrant rights, equality, human rights and social justice.
As part of its educational efforts, Samos volunteers offer free citizenship classes designed to prepare law abiding permanent residents learn and ace the citizenship test. As part of enticement, students attending the classes are offered breakfast.
The organization invites all interested parties, including the general public and organizations to register as volunteers. The annual membership fee goes towards supporting various initiatives run by the organization.
Throughout the year, the Phoenix, Arizona based civil and immigrant rights group also hosts several events aimed at strengthening its resolve. The Samos America General Meeting for instance, is held annually to discuss current issues affecting immigrant communities along with actions that can be taken to assist them.
Somos America supports comprehensive immigration reform, human rights initiatives throughout the state. The group support for democracy is clearly evident in its decision to promote the march for civil engagement and voter education, which it joined in March 2006. T
he management team charged with running the organization includes the group President, Margarito Blancas; Vice President, Wade Austin Padgett and Patrick Morales, the secretary. Samos is also served by a dedicated board that includes Ralph Martinez, Rosa Maria Soto Castro, Abril Gallardo and Sara Joehnk.
About Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin established Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to support groups that are committed to promote the entrenchment of migrant rights across the state of Arizona. The journalists are also the founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Michael and Jim established Lacey Frontera & Lacey Frontera Fund with $3.75 million settlement money they were awarded by the Court after they were illegitimately arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.
Their decision to sue the County was informed by the journalist’s long history of fighting for the implementation of the first amendment rights. Michael and Jim Larkin continue to use their website to highlight various issues affecting civilians and immigrants in Arizona and across the US.
On 21st July 2017, Laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org reported about the introduction of the DREAM Act and the fights that ensued following the decision. The act was re-introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R) and Richard Dublin (D), who have long supported the move in a bipartisan effort. Immigrants have been waiting for a lasting solution for the woes facing them.
Many immigrants saw their fortunes dwindle following the election of Donald Trump as president. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created in 2012 by President Obama to protect the beneficiaries by shielding them from deportation and providing work permit and Social Security number. Several people close to power have vowed to dismantle the DACA program.
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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are Attempting to Halt Joe Arpaio’s bid for Congress
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey made national headlines in 2007 when they were arrested by Joe Arpaio, the at-the-time Sheriff of Maricopa County. A slow burning rivalry between Larkin and Lacey, two newspapermen, and Joe Arpaio culminated in the two journalists being arrested, having their first amendment right violated.
Newspapers from all over the country had Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey, and Jim Larkin’s names in their headlines. This is one of the reasons the journalists were released from jail; the national publicity forced Maricopa County’s hand in releasing Larkin and Lacey.
Larkin and Lacey were open to sue Maricopa County over the arrest, and that’s exactly what they did. They walked away from the incident with a 3.7 million dollar settlement.
This money was put to good use. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey created a charity and a brand new publication.
The Frontera Fund is a charity that focuses on Hispanic and immigrant rights; Front Page Confidential is a newspaper that publishes content relating to social rights, civil rights, and migrant rights.
The Frontera Fund works alongside charities such as Aliento and 1070 to provide support to Latinos. They also contribute to wide reaching charities like the ACLU in order to help even more people. The Frontera Fund has been in operation since 2013.
Front Page Confidential was founded in mid-2017 and works to expose even more instances of political corruption. In addition to covering Joe Arpaio’s actions and motives, Front Page Confidential extends its coverage to many members of the GOP. The newspaper also covers civil rights violations and many more topics.
With these two organizations, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are making a real change in their community. They are working to fix the damage caused by Joe Arpaio, but they are also working to prevent future damage. Joe Arpaio is now running for Congress, and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are working to make sure he never gets elected.