All human beings are equal in the eyes of God and the law. However, it is not the case with fellow men. People are classified or divided on the basis of various external factors, which make them be viewed as superior or inferior.
Irrespective of personal standings and beliefs, all human beings have their rights in the society. Moreover, every human being ought to be respected just as others regardless of various differences. Racial difference is one major basis for discrimination in the modern world. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
Migrants have a hectic time exercising their rights in a foreign land, and they are looked down upon by the indigenous. They are segregated and left out of societal developments and welfare. They are disadvantaged in all respects and have no say in the matters that concern them. Fortunately, members of the community with hearts filled with compassion have witnessed this cruelty and have remained silent for long.
Some have joined the migrants in the fight against all kinds of discrimination through active activist groups. A good example is the Frontera Fund founded by Lacey and Larkin to foster for the recognition and to honor the rights of the disadvantaged Hispanic community in the state of Arizona.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are renowned and influential media figures at Village Voice Media. The Frontera Fund came about over a decade ago as a result of their advocacy for the rights of the disadvantaged in their locality. Consequently, they underwent a rough experience, which fueled them even the more.
Like every other profession, theirs in the media had its fair share of risks. Among their responsibilities was to uncover and inform the public on the vices being perpetrated without their knowledge.
For this reason, one beautiful evening as they were relaxing at their home in Phoenix, suspicious cars made a grand entrance. They would later know that it was the Selective Enforcement Unit from Maricopa.
Lacey and Larkin were arrested, handcuffed, and shoved in the unmarked vehicles with tinted windows carrying the Mexican plates. Even more frustrating, the pirates locked them up in different jails away from the solace of each other. The duo was languishing in prison for standing by the truth.
They had exposed the ills of Arpaio by publishing an article in the ‘Phoenix New Times’ about his ill treatment of immigrants. He was the leader of the gang that oversaw all wrong-doings in Arizona despite being in authority.
He supported the anti-Mexican fear-mongering and political affectation in the state. Moreover, the duo unmasked the irregularities in finance and mismanagement of the sheriff’s office and the power abuses against those that dared speak against the authority.
Luckily, after the public learned of the adversities facing the two, they took to the streets and demanded their release. True to the saying that unity is power, they were released in less than 24 hours. In addition, this injustice instigated an insurgency that led to the founding of Frontera Fund, which was initially funded by the $3.7 million compensation that Lacey and Larkin received from Maricopa County.
The Frontera Fund Foundation purposes to assist the disadvantaged like the Hispanic community in Arizona, who since the duo’s childhood were victims of discrimination, civil right abuse, and racism. Despite being natives, Lacey and Larkin have vowed to uphold the rights of the migrants regardless of the immense challenges.
Larkin & Lacey vs Arpaio
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are committed to protect any threats against the freedom of speech and First Amendment rights in the United States. The two have returned to journalism and launched the Front Page Confidential, an online news site that features articles, commentary and historical perspectives relating to their cause. Larkin and Lacey’s Front Page Confidential gave an inside look at what went down on October 18, 2007, when the two were arrested without probable cause by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio had ordered his unit of armed deputies, who were notorious in the area for their uncouth actions, to arrest the journalists while they were at their homes. They escorted them in unmarked vehicles with Mexican plates and booked them in two separate county jails under the management by Arpaio.
After years of legal battle, Larkin and Lacey had successfully sued the Maricopa County sheriff after it was finally ruled that they were illegally arrested. The Arizona county had paid the journalists $3.75 million to settle the lawsuit. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had use the money to help launch the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, a foundation that promotes civil, human and migrant rights as well as free speech. They have given grants to local Arizona organizations that have actively shown that they are pro-migrant and advocated to protect Latino and Hispanic rights. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Selective Enforcement Unit were exposed in an article by the journalists for their excessive discrimination and racial profiling towards the Latino-American citizens living in the state.