The 2016 U.S. Presidential election campaign season has led to a major shift in the way the world is viewed by people of all political persuasions and different backgrounds.
One area that has seen a major boost is the level of political involvement of young people around the U.S. and the level of individuals shifting their educational focus to politics over their first passion of the arts; however, the artistic world has been seeking new ways of encouraging those with an interest in theater and other artistic areas to use their skills to raise awareness of human rights abuses.
Across Texas and Arizona, the loss of human rights is being explored by a series of arts based groups who are coming together to make sure the real life feeling associated with unlawful imprisonment and the loss of free speech.
One Houston based project has been put together by a group of set designers who have recreated a detention cell used to imprison illegal immigrants from Mexico who are detained in the state. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
The problem facing many different arts groups who are looking to develop their politically motivated artistic works is the problem of GOP politicians slashing budgets across the board for the arts and educational programs.
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund has recently made the decision to use some of its funds to develop artistic programs with their basis in highlighting the loss of human rights in Phoenix and Tuscon; the Frontera Fund is seeking to add a new level of funding to the arts for groups who are seeking to ensure human rights are protected along the U.S. Mexican border.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of the Frontera Fund and did so in an attempt to protect others from similar issues to those who have been robbed of their human rights in the same way as these two journalists were.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had uncovered and reported on a Grand Jury investigation into the work of Arizona County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, this revelation came prior to the two journalists being detained by Sheriff Arpaio in an illegal fashion.
The Frontera Fund was established using the $3.75 million financial settlement given to the two journalists because of the actions of Sheriff Arpaio and now works to protect the human rights of those along the U.S. Mexican border.
In the course of its work the Frontera Fund has sought to develop the role of community leaders and the community at large in protecting and fighting for the human rights of all people in Arizona and along the U.S. border with Mexico.