In times of unrest and injustice, only a handful of people emerge from problems and rise as survivors. A few select people also make sure to carry others with them and, such is the tale of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two ordinary people who did an extraordinary task by showing the highest form of selflessness and bravery.
The story of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s path towards a lifetime of courage started a decade ago when these two media executives got wrongly penalized by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County’s Sheriff for publishing a news article. This cover story was for a Phoenix Newspaper that covered the various misdeeds of the Sheriff and his unit.
The news article, in turn, brought attention to Joe Arpaio and his various conscious acts of hatred against Latino cab drivers and other minorities in Arizona. People also quickly began to understand that intimidation of anyone who did not agree to Joe Arpaio was a tactic used by the Sheriff since many years and would continue to be used by him until he was in power.
Shockingly, the Sheriff took it upon himself to deny granting Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey their civil rights while compromising on their first amendment rights as well. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://james-larkin.com/
The illegal arrest and detainment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey led to a series of events such as a nation-wide cry for their release with all charges dropped as well as a lawsuit that the two media representatives filed against the Maricopa County.
When justice finally prevailed, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were granted a settlement amount of $3.7 Million which they used to create the Frontera Fund, an organization with noble goals of undoing damages done by Joe Arpaio and his unit amongst other people who actively engage in acts of hate against the Hispanic community in Arizona.
The Frontera Fund concentrates its acts of goodwill to the Hispanic community in Phoenix and Arizona; however, this organization has tied up with other noble foundations such as DACA that focus on doing good in other regions.
The Frontera Fund aims at helping Latinos get their civil rights and more importantly, human rights and live a dignified life that is devoid of crimes such as racial profiling, segregation, and discrimination.
Due to the negative attention, the Sheriff had received by performing acts of hatred on Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey as well as the Hispanic community, the people of Maricopa County chose not to re-appoint him as Sheriff for the next term. He was also considered to face serious jail time for all that he had done.
Alas, Joe Arpaio, a long-time supporter of President Donald Trump, wasn’t served his just desserts as he was granted a presidential pardon. However, this did not mean that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were are any less dedicated to continuing on their path.
If anything, they stood together united with other organizations to ensure that the world is once again a liveable lace devoid of depraved acts of vengeance and personal vendettas amongst other senseless acts of crime against minorities.