Some governments do not cordially welcome the idea of people challenging authority or better still condone this height of bravery. However, the societal ill have to be fought regardless of what it takes. The route featured with amicus resolution, humane apprehension and law enforcement for the people and not against them. This is an ideal state we long for, but apparently, this is far from reality.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund came to being following a harsh ordeal that left some arrested, charged and then follows the cumbersome lawsuits seeking a fair judgment. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the persons who had to bear the cross so a human rights foundation could be. The duo is media mogul torn in between tasks of report writing, editing, and overall management at the time. Similarly, they have co-founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Read more; Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
In their daily errands to complete media assignments, they published an article which was doomed to have breached the secrecy laws and one that should not have gotten in the mainstream for public consumption.
The piece was whistleblowing over bound acts of the sheriff. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County ordered their arrest on 18th October 2007. The arrest took place at midnight and taken to police cells from their homes.
This followed public protests for the arrest, and they finally got released. The lawsuit nonetheless was not withdrawn, and in 2009 a $3.75 million was paid to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin as compensation for the unlawful arrest by the Sheriff.
The two close friends chose to establish a movement to air out issues affecting people. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera was born to enforce and support civil, human and migrant rights.
Other than these roles, Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund educated the public on their right, the rights applicable at the border and their freedom of speech. Its scope is not limited in Arizona but extends to the surrounding areas up to the Mexican border.
While at the location, it works together with non-profit organizations such as the Border Angeles. It primarily looks at the migrant rights and their reforms. This match in the two organization’s goals and vision has made it possible to work for the people together.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
It was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after the $3.75 million compensation by Sherriff Joe Arpaio. The fund has helped the Hispanic community know their position and rights as human beings or when not on native land. Its impact is already being felt since the media has freedom of expression and termination of human suffering due to racism or bias.
Michel Lacey is a Mathematics professor, a journalist and University of Illinois alumnus. He is also the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Chair. Jim Larkin, on the other hand, is similarly a journalist and a trade unionist with the Socialist Party of America and Industrial Workers of the World. Their suffering has begotten much success through the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.