The PACH organization, which stands for Phoenix Allies for Community Health, gathered volunteers and sprung into action earlier this week as the temperature in Phoenix, Arizona, climbed up towards 120 degrees. The heat was posing a health threat to people who did not have the resources available in order to cool down.
One relief worker, Amy McMullen, said that the volunteer efforts began with a class about heat emergencies and how to offer assistance. Then, volunteers set out in vans in order to locate people on the streets who needed help.The efforts resulted in 35 to 40 interventions with many positive effects.
Natural emergencies such as heat waves are one area of activity for PACH, but far from the only one. PACH serves the Phoenix area’s health needs in many ways. It’s roots go back to migrant civil rights, when street medics formed the PACH platform due to the disparity in care that they witnessed at 1070 protests.
The medics were well aware that undocumented immigrants that do not have health insurance faced many barriers when it came to receiving health care. In the case of a doctor’s visit, an uninsured individual could walk away with a hefty bill and no way to pay it, thereby deterring them from seeking care in the future. Rather than prevent diseases and illness, this leads to a perpetuation and worsening of chronic cases and can lead to even larger bills and problems down the road. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The PACH founders set about to change this by offering undocumented immigrants a resource for funding health care. This has had astounding effects, and has helped thousands of people. The health of a community is based on the health of the individuals, and with a holistic approach PACH strives to lift up all members of the Phoenix community equally.
The PACH efforts represent one way that people living in Arizona are striving to improve the lives of others. The state faces many unique challenges related to border control laws, social injustices, and human rights violations.
Foundations such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund support the reforms that are occurring. There are many changes that still need to happen! IT takes a lot of hard work to effect change, and only the tireless work of individuals will do it.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was launched by two individuals, Mike Lacey, and Jim Larkin. Mike Lacey was born in New Jersey, and came from a working class family. He moved to Arizona to study at Arizona State University.
It was there that he decided to start a newspaper, and he actually dropped out of college in order to focus entirely on its inception. Lacey teamed up with Jim Larkin, an Arizona native who also attended Arizona State University. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
Together the two propelled the Phoenix New Times to success. About ten years ago, however, they were arrested related to an article that they published in the paper. This was found to be an unjust detainment, and the two received a multi-million dollar settlement. They initiated the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund with the settlement money.
THE JOURNEY OF MICHAEL LACEY AND JIM LARKIN’S CAREER.
The journey of this two great men begins at Arizona State University. They both dropped out of campus and teamed up to transform the campus paper into a self-sustaining business, of which they did. With Michael Lacey being the executive director and Jim Larkin the head of advertising, New Times grew. It grew further in 1983 when they purchased Westworld that enabled them to embrace a lot more papers that were like-minded. In their article, Phoenix New Times, they revealed the grand jury targeted the writers, editors and shockingly even its readers. This led to their arrest on October 18th, 2007 by Joe Arpaio, an anti-immigrant sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. The two were then released within 24 hours due to public outcry. To settle the lawsuit for wrongful arrest, Maricopa County paid Lacey and Larkin $3.75 in 2013. The two partners invested the money in the establishment of Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which aimed at settlement proceeds distribution throughout Arizona. The company was then renamed to Village Voice Media Holdings, and since its founders were committed to the First Amendment, it was known for long-form investigative reporting and had a magazine section that featured music, arts, food, writing, and film. VVM reached up to 9 million readers and 56 viewers and also got honors like Pulitzer Price. It was then sold, and the founders invested their time in publishing an online classified site they had founded 12 years back, Backpage.com. In 2015, they also sold Backpage.com and are now focused on Front Page Confidential that expresses their devotion to free press and covers issues of First Amendment.