We must stand against the awful deeds being committed all around us. The oppressed and the disenfranchised are being trampled upon. Their rights are being stripped from them and their livelihoods are being threatened.
One such group that has stood up against this injustice is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund led by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They stood up against this racist injustice that they saw in their own state of Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
In Maricopa County there was a Sheriff names Joe Arpaio. The self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” was also America’s most racist sheriff. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin saw several things in his police administration that screamed injustice against civil rights.
They found evidence that he specifically asked certain police officers to forge evidence in order to convict immigrants. He would than jail them is some of the most inhospitable jails in America. These jails didn’t even meet health code regulations. They were able to find that Arpaio jailed an above average amount of Latinos, which showed his racial bias and ethnic profiling.
They also showed how he would often abuse his power by enacting retaliatory measures against those who crossed them. This is exactly what happened to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin when they published these findings in the Phoenix New Times.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, on the night of October 18, 2007, showed up at Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s homes with armed men to forcefully remove them from their beds. They were than hauled into unmarked SUV’s with Mexican license plates and illegally detained. Arpaio was hoping this would scare them. It had the exact opposite effect.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would sue the Maricopa County and win over $3 million. It was then that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Mike and Jim knew that others would like to stand against these social injustices. Unfortunately, most of these people did not have the money to make this a reality. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created to empower this people to fight for a worthy cause.
Over the past few years the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has given tens of thousands of dollars to groups who advocate for free speech and civic rights. They viewed the settlement not as theirs, but anyone’s with a passion to fight this fight.
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