Browse Month: August 2017

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund determination to end Immigrant Injustices

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a renowned non-profit institution that is based in Arizona and is focused on offering finances to individuals and organizations that advocate for the rights of minorities. It was created about one decade ago by Michael Lacey and Jim Larking who are successful Arizona-based journalists. The two individuals own the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media.

The capital that was used in the establishment of the fund was acquired from a lawsuit that the journalists had filed against the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. The sheriff violated the Fifth Amendment rights of Lacey and Larkin, and a federal judge ruled that the county offer them $3.75 million as a settlement fee. They channeled all the money in advocating for civil, human, and immigrant rights in Arizona.

Jim and Michael have donated towards various activist groups. The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition is one of the organizations that have benefited from its excellent work.

The foundation was created by different immigrant youths and has been protecting the rights of the young foreigners who wish to be offered legal employment in Arizona. The founders of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition were unknown students who were striving to accomplish their dreams in the United States.

The organization has been fighting for the abolishment of the 2006 law that forces all undocumented immigrant students to pay high amounts of money for them to enroll at American learning institutions. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

Immigrant students have also been barred from accessing publicly sponsored scholarships even if they are merit-based. The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition was formed since the young people felt like there was the need to fight against the oppression that Latin youths faced.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is also a great benefactor of the Arizona division of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The organization has been operational since 1959 and is committed to ending different unconstitutional legislations that target minorities. In 1960, is managed to overturn a law that made all multi-racial marriages illegal in Arizona.

The group also gained fame due to its participation in the Ernesto Miranda’s exoneration. The appeal case attracted national attention and led to the introduction of the Miranda warning. ACLU also defended Jim Larking and Michael Lacey when they were illegally detained by Joe Arpaio.

ACLU has also been ensuring that the freedom of speech of day workers is respected. It strived to end the harassment of immigrants by the police by abolishing the “Papers Please” SB 1070 law through petition.

The law had permitted the sheriff and local police departments to enforce immigration laws. The organization has spent the last couple of months fighting an executive of order that was issued by Gov. Jan Brewer to bar some immigrants from receiving driving licenses.

Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus Take on Cancer Research

What does Groupon and Date-Rich Cancer Treatment have in common? They are both the brainchild of one of tech’s biggest stars, Eric Lefkofsky. A recent article in Tech News Spy highlighted exactly what Lefkofsky has been up to since launching the startup Tempus. Tempus is a revolutionary company that is seeking to build the world’s largest library of human molecular and clinical data as well as construct a full external operating system that will make that data available to people working on cancer reserach or patient care.

Lefkofsky first began looking into cancer research after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Known for his thirst for knowledge, Eric began to dig into cancer research and was dismayed to learn that there was a huge disconnect in the oncology field between the collection of actual data and how that data was being applied through digital technology. There was a huge amount of data being generated about cancer patients, their treatments and the outcomes but that information was not useful because there is no streamlined system in place that makes it accessible in an efficient manner.

After discovering this, Eric co-founded Tempus with the load of paving a new path to make data-enabled precision medicine the foremost tool used in cancer care. Tempus turned to technology to develop a platform that could analyze a cancer patient’s molecular and clinical data in a way that would produce effective information.

The final goal Tempus and Eric Lefkofsky have is to match help doctors match cancer patients with treatments that would work based on the data they have available and more information click here.

Eric Lefkofsky is probably best known as the co-founder of Groupon. However, he is also known in Chicago’s tech circles as a top influencer and mind. He has donated millions of dollars to cancer research before partially taking that research upon himself with the founding of Tempus and Eric’s lacrosse camp.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and also hold a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. After graduating law school, he put his entrepreneurial mindset to work and became a power player in the dot-com world, forgoing the practice of law. He sits on the board of the Art Institute of Chicago and of Lurie’s Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.