Puente is a grassroots justice organization for migrants. The organization was founded in 2007 when migrants in Arizona were facing illegal deportation and detainment. The migrants were separated and from their families because they had broken state immigration laws, and deported back to Mexico where most of them came.
The court later ruled that the laws used to deport them were unconstitutional. Puente main agenda is to empower the migrant community that defends and speak for itself. Puente is known for the famous “Undocubus” which traveled from Arizona to the East Coast advocating for the rights of migrants.
Puente joined other plaintiffs in a federal case that advocated for the ban on workplace raids targeting undocumented workers and convicting them for deportation. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
It has a movement known as #Not1More anti-deportation campaign which has used a 60 mile march to the detention center, a hunger strike and pressure on White House to relieve migrants of the plight by taking executive orders.
Puente educates migrants on how to defend themselves and stands for their rights, and it is also teaching them on how to fight their deportation proceedings. It has a Human Rights Crisis Hotline for migrants’ community. It leverages on art and culture to educate others about migrants’ rights.
It supports a collective, the young photographers and videographers tell migrants stories. Other projects run by Puente organization are collectively advocating for the creation of identification cards to all Phoenicians through Phoenix City Council, supporting and sponsoring holistic health in the Latino Community, offering bilingual programs to kids and teaching them history through field trips, stories, art and underground libraries.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has managed to put a smile on the face United States migrants by establishing an organization aiming at fostering human rights.
Lacey and Larkin have committed the funds from their court settlement to funding immigrant’s rights organization in Arizona. The two were arrested in 2007 for exposing a crucial case on the proceedings of a grand jury.
Using the $3.75 million given to them as settlement, the group is committed to defending and asserting human rights throughout their service in the United States.
Through the leadership of Lacey and Larkin, Frontera Fund has managed to help groups advocating on promoting civil, human and migrants rights. They advocate for the freedom of speech of the migrant’s right.
A story about the subpoena was published by Lacey and Larkin, October 18, 2007. They attempted to meet the judge. On the same day in the evening, Sheriff’s wearing plain clothes came to arrest them in their houses.
They were handcuffed and put in dark SUVs with tinted windows and driven to jail. The charges were dropped five days later partly due to public outcry. In 1970, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin took over an ASU renegade newspaper and turned it into an award-winning, investigative paper.
The paper distributed free copies to stores and in street racks. Lacey had also received a $2 million gift. The donation is alleged to be coming from the lawsuit settlement with Maricopa County.