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Join the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to fight for Migrant Rights of the Hispanic Community07.02.17

Different non-governmental organizations work to support the civil rights of people who have been victims of discriminatory hiring practices, racial profiling, and other forms of bias. The organizations enlighten victims about their rights and help them pursue legal recourse. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

One such organization is the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund that has been on the forefront in the fight for civil, human, and migrant rights for the Hispanic community. Most migrants face a lot of challenges trying to cross the eighteen-foot border fence when traveling to the US from Mexico.


Geography plays a huge role in reaching the US-Mexico border. Poor migrants from Central and South America have to ride atop a freight train that runs north through Mexico to cross the border. They are faced with dangers such as robbery, theft, and arrest by the Mexican police.

Lack of money

Numerous migrants are crossing the southwest border unlawfully come to the U.S. to look for work and who have a limited amount of cash. A coyote who helps you cross the border may charge lots of money, yet he does not guarantee a successful trip.


The California Border is heavily guarded, which forces migrants to cross via the remote parts of Arizona. Those who get injured along the journey are left behind since they can’t keep up with the group.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Formed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the organization was established to help the Hispanic community that has borne the brunt of racially discriminatory practices and civil rights abuse for years. Jim and Lacey started off as journalists where they co-founded the Village Voice Media, an alternative weekly newspaper in Phoenix Arizona in the 1970s.

The company at the time was known as New Times Inc. while the publication was called New Times. By 2001, New Times Inc. had grown to publish 13 newspapers in the major states in the US. However, in 2006 Michael and Jim acquired the Village Voice group, thus re-launching to become the Village Voice Media Holdings.

Though Village Voice Media had borne their fair share of battles, Lacey and Larkin were the only journalists arrested for what they published and advertised. In 2007, they were jailed for allegedly violating the grand jury secrecy act by Joe Arpaio, a Maricopa County sheriff. The case would have ended their long careers and company had the County Attorney, Andrew Thomas not dropped the charges against them.

However, Larkin and Lacey moved to court to sue Thomas, Arpaio, and Dennis Wilenchik, the special prosecutor for the violation of the First Amendment Rights and misuse of power. In 2012, the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that there was no probable cause for the arrest since the prosecutor did not consult the grand jury. The County of Maricopa settled the case in 2013 by awarding Lacey and Larkin 3.75 million, which they used to establish the Frontera Fund.

The Fund

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Foundation aims to support groups that advocate for civil, Human, migrant rights, the freedom of speech, and civic participation of the minority Hispanic community in Arizona (including the Mexican Border).

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Kabbalah University Increases the Number of Kabbalah Students Worldwide07.02.17

Studying the principles of Kabbalah is the foundation of the 40 Kabbalah Centres around the world. These Centres are physical locations where seasoned instructors in the ancient Wisdom Kabbalah hold classes on its practical aspects. Kabbalah is not a religion, as some may think, but it is a spiritual wisdom that has been passed down from generation to generation. It originated in the times before Abraham and was particularly studied among the priests and spiritual leaders.

The First Kabbalah Centre is Founded

In 1922, the first Kabbalah Centre established in Israel, and for several decades it was the only Centre. During the 1960’s, Rav and Karen Berg, who were Americans, became students, and they studied there for 10 years.

When they left, they came back to the United States and founded the first Kabbalah Centre in America during the 1980s. They translated many of the ancient docs of Kabbalah into English and as many languages as possible. Their translations were significant in the Kabbalah Centres because more people were able to study.

Kabbalah Goes Online

Kabbalah means “to receive,” and Kabbalah Centres allow individuals to study spirituality in a practical way, so they can receive wisdom on how to live their lives better. Instructors focus on the Creative Light, and students aim at becoming closer to its life-giving force.

Volunteering is the main activity for students at the Centers. Karen Berg believes that it is significant for the student to give to the community so that the community benefits of Kabbalah as well as the individual.

The Internet has allowed Karen Berg and her son to start Kabbalah University where people are able to study wherever they live. They no longer need to live close to a Kabbalah Centre established. Kabbalah University comes out of the Los Angeles Centre where students are taught online in virtual classrooms.

Meditations and videos are posted daily and it is a central location for events such as conferences, dinners, and study groups to be announced. Since Kabbalah has been on the Internet, students or interested parties can now participate in Kabbalah Wisdom classes online in their own homes or meeting rooms.

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