Natural Resources Committee

Michael Lacey & Jim Larkin Say Binational Concert Unites With Artistic Expression

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey say the 4th binational concert, also called Without Borders Concert, proves not only can we find a way to come together, but talent transcends any wall. The Binational show “Without Borders” was organized for the first time in 2014, as an initiative of the Consulate of Mexico, and teacher Lory Keine. Keine is the director of music at the Cochise school. Larkin and Lacey said, the stage was divided by a fence, but everyone was united by artistic expressions.

Agua Prieta Mayor, Héctor David Rubalcaba said he was happy that everyone joined and reiterated the commitment to continue working through different actions. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida

The dividing line between Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora was the setting for the event, with an ensemble from the Sonora University Choir, the Sonora State Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Binational Chorus of Conchise College of Arizona. There was also artistic presentations on both sides of the fence, as a gesture that exists between Mexicans and Americans.

Frontera Fund philanthropists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin said the bi-national concert symbolizes the unity and diversity of both nations. The wall is actually allowing individuals to demonstrate just how close everyone can be, above all else, how much people will stick together.

Officials hope these bi-national events create opportunities for frank and open dialogue, through cultural expressions.

There are still broad issues when it comes to the border, like the border tax President Trump wants to impose, and environmental issues surrounding the border.

A lawsuit was filed in Tuscon last April by The Center for Biological Diversity” and Representative Raúl Grijalva. Grijalva is a Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee of the House. The lawsuit seeks to halt work on the border fence until the government completes a study on the impact the construction has on the rivers and endangered species.

This is the first legal obstacle this new administration has faced with the border fence. A study was completed in 2001 that analyzed the surrounding environmental concerns, and although there are guidelines, the government has ignored dozens of legal requirements.

Anecdotally, it is alarming says Larkin and Lacey, but analysis is needed, and the construction must be halted. Aside from activities that give a voice to these concerns, the Frontera Fund helps to expand programs and provides more visibility to various causes.

Developed in partnership by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the Frontera Fund partners with smaller grassroots organizations, distributing grants to help with mobilization, awareness and programs that focus on biases, and human and civil rights abuse.