Larkin & Lacey

You may think that only people who are in the minority have civil rights that should be defended. This is not the case. It may be surprising to you, but even demographics that exist in large numbers, or are the majority, need protection. A good example of this is laborers. Nearly everyone is a laborer.

However, that does not mean that laborers don’t suffer from human rights abuses. Laborers started unions to work together and to have a political voice. From these unions came labor organizations that weren’t just unions themselves, but consisted of a variety of different unions working together.

Two great example of this were the Congress of Industrial Organization and the American Federation of Labor. These two organizations opposed each other, though they eventually melted into one organization—the AFL-CIO. In the 2000s, due to internal discourse some unions left the AFL-CIO and started their own rival organization—Change To Win. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Unions, more or less, do a pretty good job to protect the rights of their members. Many provide health insurance, career guidance for the children of members, income in times of unemployment and guide members toward employment. The unions set humane hours and rates that employers are supposed to follow.

The American Southwest is flooded with an enormous Hispanic population. Much of this population consists of immigrants, and many of those immigrants are undocumented. Sheriff Arpaio, a local politician in Maricopa county, was wrongfully racially profiling and roughly handling people who he thought were “undocumented.” Two writers, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, wrote about this in a publication.

As a result, they had their houses broken into by law enforcement, and they were forced into separate jails. After the incident, the two men pursued this wrongdoing in court.

Because they were in the right and Maricopa County was in the wrong, they gladly received a huge settlement. Instead of living the high life and throwing their money away on ludicrous, frivolous stuff, they invested in the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has a deep zeal for promoting the existence of DACA. They are outraged about the recent decision to stop and restrict DACA. Their cause is provide as much help as possible to immigrants in every way, shape and form–from giving rations to those who are making the trek over the border to those who are living here and are in need of education.

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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: Frontera Fund

Maricopa County, Arizona, had paid the founders of Village Voice Media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, a total of $3.75 to settle their lawsuit with the county’s former sheriff Joe Arpaio. The 2012 ruling by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that the both of the journalists were arrested without probable cause by the notorious sheriff Arpaio and his Selective Enforcement Unit of armed deputies. The trouble began in October 2007, when the armed units swarmed in and arrested Larkin and Lacey right from their homes in Arizona. They were taken away in unmarked vehicles that had license plates from Mexico and illegally detained in jails operated by the sheriff. A chuck of the settlement money was used for the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, an organization created to help support the Latino community affected by the sheriff’s racial profiling and false arrests.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s Frontera Fund have provided grants to pro-migrant organizations and many others that support and fight for Hispanic and Latino rights. The journalist launched a daily alternative website called Front Page Confidential, a news source that fights to protect and preserve First Amendment rights and free speech in the United States. Larkin and Lacey serves a the site’s publishers and share with their readers news commentary, historical perspectives and more. They recently exposed ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio and his severe racism and discrimination against Arizona’s Latino-American citizens as he foolhardily tries to run for the U.S. Senate.

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