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How Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have Empowered Activists in Arizona

Many human, civil, minority and immigrant rights advocates currently operate in the United States. These nonprofit organizations need to be funded for them to conduct their activities efficiently.

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a remarkable organization that was established to offer financial aid to activist foundations that are based in Arizona. The fund has been operational since 2013 when it was created by Jim and Michael. The two were journalists, and they are recognized for fighting the corrupt administration of Maricopa County’s former sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

The sheriff harassed immigrants who lived in the county and also activists who advocated for their rights. Michael and Jim published stories that exposed him to the public, and this led to their arrest in October 2007.

The detention of the two individuals was against their Fifth Amendment rights, and therefore, they sued the county government for the violation. They were paid $3.75 million as settlement fees and used the money in setting up the charity initiative.

The outstanding support of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund has enabled many foundations to accomplish their missions. An example is the Arizona Justice Project, which has been fighting for the exoneration of the people who have been wrongfully imprisoned. It also strives to protect individuals who are facing injustice due to proper legal representation.

AJP believes that many people from disadvantaged backgrounds do not get justice since they cannot afford to pay attorney fees. It has filed several appeals to release wrongfully jailed individuals, reduce sentences for the over punished prisoners, and also to ensure that inmates with critical diseases access proper medical attention. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
and Phoenix New Time

The Arizona Justice Project argues that the rights of every person are compromised whenever injustice against one individual is left to prevail. It has been seeking for help from law schools across the state, lawyers who are willing to do pro-bono cases, and investigators to ensure that it achieves its mission.

AJP has more than 36 appeals in court. The group prints and distributes free newsletters that create public awareness on fallacies of wrongful detention, updates on its petitions, and also inform lawyer and law student on developments that occur in the forensic science world.

The charity work of Michael and Jim has also supported the Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC) in running its activities. The group has been operational since 2006, and it was created by young undocumented immigrants who studied in Arizona. The students were determined to end an unfair law that made them pay high tuition fees.

The cost of education was too high for them even in community colleges. ADAC also protested the blocking of undocumented students from being given public scholarships. The Hispanic youths felt that they were being oppressed and fought the injustices without the fear of being undocumented.

ADAC is still determined to ensure that all immigrant youths have access to a decent and affordable education as well as formal employment.

It recently went to court to challenge an executive order of the Arizona governor that stopped the issue of driving licenses to undocumented immigrants.

5AM Ventures

Scott Rocklage’s Impressive Scientific Career

Scott Rocklage’s idea to start 5AM Ventures is pretty literal to the firm’s name. He explains that just like five in the morning, 5AM Ventures is focused in the early stages of an enterprise’s establishment.

He spends his days dealing with both the business and scientific side of his firms. He does not have a standard nine to five with predetermined errands but instead he has prescheduled or impromptu tasks. Some days he attends board meetings while others are spent handling life science. Read more: Scott Rocklage | LinkedIn

Scott Rocklage works with a broad network of scientists, business experts and physicians who collaborate to make 5AM Ventures a birthplace for medicinal innovations. He is highly driven by the need to alienate suffering caused by cancer and works tirelessly to study genotypes and mutations that could lead to a breakthrough.

To maintain high productivity at work, Scott has learnt to integrate competitive professionals in all spheres of the business.

Scott’s portfolio displays his undeterred focus in the niche with a long list of achievements he has manifested over the years. Scott Rocklage has a bachelors in chemistry from MIT and a doctorate from the same institution.

He joined 5AM Ventures in 2003 as a managing partner and graduated to be the managing partner in 2004. He has performed intense research that led to the approval of three drugs by the FDA, namely, Cubicin, Omniscan, and Teslascan. Learn more about Scott Rocklage: http://www.rennovia.com/team/scott-m-rocklage/ and http://5amventures.com/team/scott-m-rocklage-phd/

Scott has an extensive experience in administration of medical institutions which affords him the expertise to lead 5AM Ventures to unchartered territory in the medical world. He previously served Cubist Pharmaceuticals as a chief executive and chairman.

He worked for Nycome Salutar as president and CEO and chairman at Relypsa and Novira. Currently he serves on the boards of Rennovia, Cidara, Kinestral, Pulmtarix and Epirus as chairman.

Scott Rocklage is the recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research at the Richard R. Schrock laboratory. He is a holder of more than 30 United States patents and is the author of over 100 peer review publications.

Scott values organized time and attributes his successes to the accurate anticipation of every tasks’s output.