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Jim Larkin And Michael Lacey’s Fight For Justice In The Frontera Fund

When it comes to battling the forces of what you believe inhibit freedom and justice for all, the old saying is that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy have lived by this saying and have been serving for a long time as voices of dissenters and more recently as advocates for fair immigration laws.

Larkin and Lacey understand just how difficult life is for the many Latino families who pour across the nation’s border each year, and at their publication and charity company the Frontera Fund, they put out articles and raise money to help needy immigrant families.

One of Lark and Lacey’s biggest foes has been former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was recently voted out by county residents in the 2016 elections. After losing that election, many people who felt Arpaio ruled the county with an iron fist thought they may have seen the last of him when the news became that Arpaio may be heading to the very jail that he detained both legal and illegal immigrants in.

But they became disappointed when it was announced that President Trump would pardon him. Yet it’s not deterred Larkin and Lacey From now seeking to undo the former Sheriff’s actions through their activism.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy both have a long history in journalism dating all the way back to the 1960s during the Vietnam War.

It was a cartoon that was published in a Phoenix newspaper portraying a protester in a bad light that had Michael Lacey, a then Arizona State University student upset and wanting the real stories to be made known about student activists. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

It wasn’t long after that he started having them published in a small paper under Village Voice Media, a media company that’s been the parent to the Phoenix New Times and other editions published in other cities. Jim Larkin soon joined Lacey and the two started building a large newspaper conglomerate over the years.

The Phoenix New Times has been Larkin and Lacey’s chief Village Voice Media production, but there’s been a lot of similar editions that have been started in other major cities across the US. The two executives have had quite a few known journalists working under them including Enron scandal author Peter Elkind, and proverbial ESPN and now Fox Sports columnist Skip Bayless.

It was in the mid-2000s that Larkin and Lacey began focusing on immigration issues and particularly called out Sheriff Arpaio for his search and seizure tactics. It wasn’t long though until they themselves were searched and seized without warrants by Arpaio’s deputies, and when the public heard about it they caused such a backlash that Arpaio released the two men instantly.

It wasn’t long after that the two men decided to file a lawsuit against Arpaio in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which awarded them $3.75 million in damages. It was that money that was used to start the Frontera Fund which has taken off since it

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Advocates For Civil Rights

When discussing human rights, civil rights, and migrant rights, there are many different perspectives on which is right and which is wrong. Everyone is absolutely entitled to their own opinion, but some feel as if their opinions don’t matter. That is what these special organizations are for, to speak up for those who feel like minorities don’t have say to their own rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

A special group designed to help those in need is, The Advocates for Human Rights! They try to implement human right standards and promote a civil society that must enforce those rules.

Some of the programs that this organization is interested in serving or has served in the past are, Women’s Human Rights, International Justice, Immigrant Rights, and Human Rights Research. The purpose of helping all these individual groups is so they all can individually seek freedom and justice. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook

Many things have been changing with laws and health insurance policies due to our new president. He’s caused a lot of stress and fear because people are losing their rights to stay in The United States where they have been for ages!

Not only that, but there is a huge protest going on between sports teams and our president. A selective amount of athletes have started a trend of kneeling down during the National Anthem. The president was not fond of this and said they needed to be fired if it continued.

If we were to get technical, it’s not a crime to kneel during the National Anthem and it is a peaceful protest. Athletes of color feel as if they still don’t have the basic human and civil rights as other individuals. Until this issue can be resolved, there will be many more peaceful protests that continue onward.

Another popular organization known for funding money towards migrant rights, is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The money they use to fund migrant rights is money they received from a settlement back in 2007. The two co-founders were taken from their homes and placed in jail for revealing confidential information.

Just like any other rights movement organization, Lacey and Larkin wanted to make an impact, a change for the better. Some minority groups can’t do it all on their own, and that’s when these two heroic men stepped up to the plate. They wanted to see better justice, better freedom, and a better quality of life for individuals!