The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is a real representation of just how far the free people of America will go to defend their rights from external forces as well as from local oppressors, pro-government or otherwise. The fund was founded and funded by two veteran journalists who have lived out their entire careers locking heads with high-handed senior government officials.
The two, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, are avid fighters, stubborn and determined to defend their rights and those of other individuals in the United States facing oppression and discrimination.
The two got into serious trouble one time when they offended and set the infamous Sheriff Arpaio. The former sheriff had been rumored to be the most punitive and oppressive county officer to the Hispanic Community. The two journalists set out to investigate and collected enough evidence to affirm that Mr. Arpiao had indeed been misusing his elective post to illegally infringe on the rights of members of the Hispanic community under his jurisdiction by;
- Confining them in jails illegally
- Mistreating his prisoners
- Racially profiling the members of the community
Corrupted with power and oblivious of his obligation to abide by the law and respect the freedom of media enshrined and protected by the American Constitution of the United States, the misguided official betrayed his office and the county administration by wrongfully arresting the two journalists. Mike and Jim was furious that his flagrant abuse of power had been exposed by the two and that he had been exposed to public scrutiny for his transgressions. Read more: Jim Larkin |LinkedIn and Michael Larcey | Twitter
The two moved to the sheriff’s action to arrest them and detain them for dispensing their obligations to the American people to report on such transgressions. They sued the county government for wrongful arrest and kept losing the case through the 16 appeals they made up to the 19 circuit supreme court.
They finally won the case after fighting stubbornly to defend their rights and to make a statement to the people of America that rights are expensive and have to be fought for through sweat and blood. The court directed Maricopa County to pay 3.7 million dollars to the two as compensation for the grievances inflicted on them.
The two civil rights activists, true to the cause, chose to put the compensation settlement to good use. They founded and funded the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The primary purpose of the fund was and has continued to be to help the members of the Hispanic community to defend their rights through civil litigation.
The fund also assists other immigrant minorities facing severe discrimination within the boundaries of the United States to sue for their rights in court.
Since the pursuit of an equal America is a concerted effort among all civic groups and organizations, the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund does partner with other groups like the America is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Together, they have been collecting shocking statistics on the transgressions of government officials against minority groups and publish them, prosecuting them against public opinion.
To make the fight even more abrasive to be felt and to strengthen the American constitution, these unions also prosecute draconian laws which are tailored towards denying immigrant’s access to justice. Some of the main concerns they address include laws that provide for indefinite and mandatory detention of immigrants or deportation without hearing.
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